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Tata Steel opens Europe's most powerful decoiler

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Staff writer ▼ | January 21, 2015
Tata Steel has commissioned a new £11 million heavy-gauge decoiler in Llanwern, South Wales, capable of supplying manufacturers with stronger steel to improve their own products.
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Steel industry   New £11 million heavy-gauge decoiler
The state-of-the-art facility is the most powerful in Europe and can process 270,000 tonnes of hot rolled coil a year. The decoiler unwinds, flattens, then cuts the steel to size.

Its strength enables it to produce ultra-flat sheet in thicknesses of up to 25mm, providing ample capability to meet the current as well as future requirements of customers in the construction and earth-moving equipment (CEME), and materials handling sectors.

Manufacturers are looking for increasingly high-strength steels for use in demanding applications such as cranes. The new decoiler can process steel up to 1,600 newtons per square mm in strength. Manufacturers will be able to design new, stronger components at a lower cost because of the quality, strength and thickness of the steel which the decoiler can process.

Tata Steel's Chief Commercial Officer in Europe, Henrik Adam, said: "This investment helps us meet the demand of our customers in sectors like lifting and excavating who want hot rolled material with greater strength, as well as improved flatness and surface quality.

"We want to support them in their future development plans, so we have specified this decoiler to be capable of delivering not only the products our customers want today, but what they will need in the future.