ABS Inaugurates High Quality Wire Rod Plant in Italy
Danieli Group’s Acciaierie Bertoli Safau has inaugurated its new quality wire rod 4.0 plants at Cargnacco in Pozzuolo del Friuli in the northeast Italian province of Udine. QWR 4.0 involves the most advanced technologies that will be used for the production of special and quality steel wire rod. When fully operational, the plant will boast an annual productivity of 500,000 tonnes at a maximum speed of 400 kilometres per hour. Acciaierie Bertoli Safau will be able to offer the entire dimensional range, expanding the portfolio with a range of 5-25mm, which integrates with that of the Luna Bordione's 13-63mm range.
Unlike the traditional wire rod for commodities, the new QWR system is mainly designed for the production of special steel wire rods widely used in the automotive world, for applications such as car suspensions, engine fixing screws, connecting rods and bearings. The areas of use also include drawing and the field of welding.
The plant has been designed to be extremely flexible and to be able to manage small groups of both common steels and special grades, therefore capable of operating according to a "tailor-made" logic. This system introduces multiple innovations in the field of safety, enabling the "zero man on the floor" concept, with most of the process and control activities highly automated.
The history of the company began in 1813, when Giuseppe Bertoli transformed his small workshop into a "battiferro" and founded the Officine Bertoli. In 1934 SAFAU, a capital company dedicated to metal working was then established in Udine. In 1988 it was included in the Danieli Group. Acciaierie Bertoli Safau has specialized for over thirty years in the production of special long steels and boasts a range that is unique in the world in terms of both quality and variety of products. The areas of application enable ABS to provide industries such as automotive, oil and gas, wind power and machines earthmoving.