The transformation of supply chains in the spirit of sustainability
The steel industry is one of the most important sectors of the European Union, producing around 160 million tons of finished steel annually. However, the importance of the steel industry goes beyond the more production of steel, since we can assess its true impact on society and the economy only if we take into account the role of both the supplier and the customer side. As a raw material, steel plays a key role in many industries, and its economic impact is extremely significant. The steel industry employs a total of 2.3 million people within the EU and is responsible for more than 96 million jobs worldwide, taking into account the global supply chain. That is why securing the supply chain and making it more sustainable is extremely important.
Materials as a Service for the House of Hungarian Music
We were delighted to have been part of the birth of this fantastic building from 2019. thyssenkrupp Materials Hungary Ltd. supplied the fabrication and construction companies with ca. 8 200 m2 of gold-coloured (Spectra Desert Gold 921) Alucobond aluminium composite sheets with which we were able to provide the designer's vision of light wells and gilded leaf suspended ceilings in line with our MaaS strategy.
Properties and uses of plates
Plates can be rolled from any metal, and the use of plates made in this way is extremely wide. thyssenkrupp Materials in Eastern Europe offers copper plates, aluminum plates and, of course, steel plates as well. Steel plates can be divided into two main categories based on the manufacturing process: hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel plates. We present them briefly in our latest blog article.
Advantages of aluminium
Aluminium is the third most abundant element in the earth's crust - a very light metal with a specific gravity only one-third that of steel. However, it has excellent mechanical properties compared to its weight. Thanks to this, its application can significantly reduce energy consumption in certain areas, including in aircraft manufacturing, since it does not matter at all how many tons the aircraft that needs to be lifted into the air is. In addition to its light weight, one of its favorable features is that it does not corrode. It can be made practically completely corrosion-resistant by painting, varnishing, anodizing or other surface treatment methods, which is a basic requirement in the case of tall buildings, for example. But even without treatment, its lifespan is several decades.
Material testing with ultrasound
The quality of the basic materials used always affects the end result, whether it is construction, cooking or even furniture making. In the case of steel and non-ferrous metals, this is perhaps an even more important factor than elsewhere, moreover, the peculiarity of metallurgical products is that it is not always possible to produce a product that is completely compact and free of material discontinuity. If we do not want this to endanger the stability of a building or a vehicle, the selected basic materials must be carefully examined before they are used. There are destructive and non-destructive methods for testing materials - ultrasonic material testing belongs to the latter category.
Choosing the right material
When planning a project in the construction industry, machine industry or automotive industry, a number of factors must be taken into account, and one of the most important of them is the choice of the right materials, which greatly affects the quality of the final result and the economy of the project. It can be decisive how durable the selected materials are, how they react to extreme weather conditions, or what style they represent aesthetically. In case of steel, stainless steel materials and non-ferrous metals other aspects should also be taken into account, such as quality and availability.