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Worldwide investment benefits UK manufacturing

Sandvik Coromant UK : 10 February, 2001  (Company News)
Investment by Swedish steelmaker Sandvik Steel, aimed at increasing its worldwide manufacturing capacity for diemaking rules, has led to a potential doubling of output for Sandvik Saxon based in Rugby, England.
An investment, valued at around 1/4 million, in new and upgraded cutting and creasing rule production equipment, has just been completed at the Rugby plant. New edge hardening and edge testing machines have been installed, together with an upgraded edge shaving line. There is also a new coating line for cutting rules which applies a dry rust protection in place of the conventional oil coating.

This latest investment phase follows the installation earlier in the year of a Service Centre for rotary diecutting rules. This new facility has been set up to curve, stress relieve and service rotary diecutting rules. It is a major addition to Sandvik's rotary rules capability enabling customised manufacture and quick delivery to be offered to UK and European customers.

Part of the overall investment is in new and upgraded materials handling systems throughout the plant, designed to process volume production.

Says General Manager Simon Lile, 'Sandvik Steel has experienced dramatic growth in world demand for cutting and creasing rules and has decided to invest accordingly at its plants in Sandviken in Sweden, Qingdao in China and in the UK. Here at Sandvik Saxon, we are primarily concerned with the UK and European markets. Our expanded production facilities will give our customers the benefit of volume production whilst maintaining our flexibility to offer short runs and special rules on short lead times. No other UK manufacturer can match our range and production capability'.
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