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3. March 2015


Cutting-edge special steel solutions for plastic moulds and die casting dies

Wear, cracking or distortions of mould frames are the enemy of flawless plastic and light alloy products as well economically efficient manufacturing processes. The solution is customized tool steel from the special steel market leader SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group. At Moulding Expo (hall 6-B 55), SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH’s steel production brands Sorel Forge and Deutsche Edelstahlwerke will showcase their cutting-edge special steel solutions for tool and die manufacture, including the new highly polishable pre-hardened steel grades SF-2000® LQ40 and SF-2050® as well as Thermodur E 40 K Superclean, a new high-performance hot-working tool steel that is also resistant to hot cracking. The SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group’s comprehensive special steel product and service portfolio is available worldwide through the Group's global sales & service network. Thus, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH’s customers worldwide profit from the Group’s unsurpassed technical expertise, economically reproducible steel products and consistent quality.

To meet the increasing demands of the trend-setting automotive industry, the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group constantly develops and refines its market-leading special steel solutions. State-of-the-art technologies enable finest steel microstructures and resistance to highest stresses. SF-2000® LQ40 and SF-2050®, the newest steel grades from Canadian steelmaker Sorel Forge feature excellent polishability and excellent machinability, especially for large-size applications requiring flawless surfaces, such as moulds for headlamp lenses or windshields of passenger cars. Both products enable competitive manufacturing with high production runs. For particularly large plastic moulds, e.g. for bumpers, Sorel Forge offers the pre-hardened tool steel SF-2000®.

Thermodur E 40 K Superclean, a new hot-working tool steel developed by Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, withstands the highest working pressures and thermal loads used in the production of die-cast components, enabling longer tool life by a delayed formation of hot cracking. These features make Thermodur E 40 K Superclean particularly suitable for the dimensionally accurate reproduction of die-cast parts made of light alloys, including engine housings and suspension-strut domes. At Moulding Expo, the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group will exhibit mould inserts of an aluminium casting die made of Thermodur E 40 K Superclean, a die cast four-cylinder engine housing as well as a car headlamp.

Visitors to Moulding Expo can obtain more information in hall 6-B 55 or on the Internet at and as well as

Photo 1:  Tool steel, source: Deutsche Edelstahlwerke
Photo 2: Motorcar headlamp, source: ©iStockphoto, Sorel Forge
Photo 3: Pressure-cast part of an engine crankcase, source: Deutsche Edelstahlwerke

Today, the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group is one of the world’s leading providers of customised solutions in the specialty steel long products business. A global name in tool steel and stainless long steel, the Group is one of the two largest companies in Europe for alloy and high-alloy engineering steel. With around 10 000 employees at its own production and distribution companies in 38 countries across five continents, the company supports and supplies customers wherever they operate. Besides the comprehensive Production and Sales & Services portfolio, customers benefit from the company’s technological expertise, consistent high quality worldwide and in-depth knowledge of local markets.

About Deutsche Edelstahlwerke GmbH
Deutsche Edelstahlwerke GmbH is a leading manufacturer of long high-grade steel products with over 150 years of experience. The product range unrivalled around the world comprises tool steel, stainless, acid, and heat-resistant steel, high-grade construction steel and special materials. The range of dimensions extends from drawn steel with 0.8 mm in diameter as well as forged products with 1.100 mm in diameter. Customers of Deutsche Edelstahlwerke obtain the complete production chain from one source: from manufacture and prefabrication to finishing with heat and surface treatment.

About Sorel Forge
Sorel Forge with headquarters in Quebec, Canada, are specialists in the production of large-size forged steel products with a unit weight of up to 27,000kg. Using state-of-the-art technologies and with over 75 years of experience, Sorel Forge is one of the leading producers of open-die forgings in Canada. The company's own melting, forging, heat treatment as well as machining, testing and inspection plants and facilities provide a diverse product range of high-quality forged products of a homogeneous hardness and stable microstructure. Customers around the world in the automotive industry, mining, power as well as the petroleum and gas industry, manufacturing and petrochemistry profit from the modified, pre-hardened tool steel engineered for their applications.

Corporate Contact
Stefanie Steiner • SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group
Phone: +41 (0) 41 209-5042 • Fax: +41 (0) 41 209-5043
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Melanie Biskup • Deutsche Edelstahlwerke
Phone: +49 (0) 2302-292216 • Fax: +49 (0) 2302-2 94-9 78
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Michel Perras • Sorel Forge
Phone: +1  450 746-4035 • Fax: +1 450 746-4092
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External media contact
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