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1. April 2015


High-quality tool steel for the plastics industry

At Plastpol in Kielce, Poland, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group are introducing their full range of special steel solutions. The Group produces the materials at their own facilities and all products are optimally engineered to meet the demands of regional tool and mould makers. The focus is on high-hardness and easy-to-machine mould steels for plastic moulds. Formadur® 320, for example, is suitable for economical and precise manufacturing of sophisticated moulds for automotive applications, such as instrument panels or spoilers. In hall D, experts from the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH warehouse and service location in Mysłowice (PL) also present the full range of services from storage to technical customer support and needs-oriented machining and the just-in-time delivery of special steel products.

The requirements of the plastics processing industry for steel are strict. To manufacture tools and mould frames, the material must be machinable, resistant to wear and dimensionally stable – the requirements for economical production and a high-quality part surface. In close cooperation with regional tool and mould makers, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH are constantly expanding their offerings and are thus able to meet the specific demands of the Polish market. At the warehouse and service location Mysłowice, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Poland machines and cuts blocks and plates to size to customer specification. Large sizes are polished, machined and drilled according to specification at the Group's steel mill belonging to Deutsche Edelstahlwerke. It is here that the high-performance steel is produced to meet requirements. For applications requiring a high degree of hardness, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Poland sells the special steel Formadur® 320. This tool steel comes as-supplied at a hardness of 280-325 HB and 310-355 HB. Due to its high core strength, this steel is ideally suited for large-format plastic injection and press moulds for manufacturing sophisticated components such as bumpers and tailgates for the automotive industry as well as products for the packing and household goods industry. It also stands out due to its machinability, polishability and weldability as well as good texturing properties. In addition to plastic mould steel SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Poland will also present at Plastpol its extensive offerings of wear-resistant cold work and high speed steel as well as temperature-resistant hot-work steel.To be able to guarantee just-in-time delivery at all times, the company has stocks of the high-quality tool steel in different grades.

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Photo 1: Mould frame made of tool steel, source: Deutsche Edelstahlwerke
Photo 2: Processing at SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Poland, source: SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH 

Today, the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group is one of the world’s leading providers of customised solutions in the special long steel 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 special and 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 a 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.

Corporate Contact
Marcin Działocha • SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Poland
Phone: +48 (0) 32 317 16 36 • Fax: +48 (0) 32 317 16 15
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Stefanie Steiner • SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group
Phone: +41 (0) 41 209-5042 • Fax: +41 (0) 41 209-5043
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