On Monday, February 11, 2019, AMAG's newly constructed cladding station was officially commissioned. The facility forms part of the "AMAG 2020" expansion project, which – together with the new cold rolling mill and a multitude of other final plants – marks an important milestone for AMAG's successful future.
"The new plants expands our technological expertise and boosts our competitive strengths. With special multi-layer material composites made of aluminium, we are meeting the future requirements of our customers, especially from the heat exchanger and aviation industries," commented Helmut Wieser, Management Board Chairman (CEO) of AMAG, at the opening ceremony.
The project and the plant
Upper Austria is not only strong in metal production, but also in mechanical and plant engineering. This is clearly demonstrated by AMAG's cooperation with its project partners Fill and Fronius. The plant ordered by AMAG entailing an investment volume of EUR 4 million was constructed by the company Fill as general contractor and equipped with state-of-the-art welding technology (CMT "Cold Metal Transfer" plant) from Fronius. Two fully automated welding robots are deployed at the new cladding station, thereby ensuring the highest and most consistent quality in the welding process. An important innovation of the plant is its ability to process material in excess of two metres in width. This is of particular interest for the future production of clad aviation materials.
Regional value added
AMAG has committed significant investments. Since the start of its plant expansion in the 2012 to 2018 period, AMAG has invested a total of EUR 620 million in Upper Austria and EUR 375 million in the Innviertel district.
Technology and products
Cladding technology is mainly utilised in the production of brazing material, for cooling systems and heat exchangers in vehicles, buildings, machines and plants. Brazing strips consist of a composite of aluminium alloys with different technological properties. AMAG's future direction in the field of brazing materials will be towards corrosion-resistant aluminium sheets and strips for the aviation industry, among other sectors. This area will report rapid growth in the coming years. According to current estimates, around 40,000 new aircraft will be required over the next twenty years.
About the AMAG Group
AMAG is a leading Austrian premium supplier of high-quality aluminium cast and flat rolled products for highly varied industries such as the aircraft, automotive, sports equipment, lighting, mechanical engineering, construction and packaging industries. The Canadian smelter Alouette, in which AMAG holds a 20 percent interest, produces high-quality primary aluminium, while safeguarding an exemplary net ecological impact.