ArcelorMittal to Close Tailored Blanks Unit in Birmingham in UK
As per media reports, ArcelorMittal is planning to close its Tailored Blanks factory in Birmingham in UK. It informed employees “In the face of a significant decline in vehicle demand in the EU and a weak long-term outlook for a recovery in demand, as well as a lower level of vehicle production in the UK, the strategic business analysis concluded that ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks in Birmingham is not sustainable over the long term forecast.”
ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks supplies welded and non-welded blanks to the automotive industry and has offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom. The firm operates under a transfer-pricing agreement with its parent company, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks NV, enabling it to sell all its stock at an agreed transfer price, based on cost plus a 2-4% mark-up.
Tailored Blanks have become less popular in the automotive industry than they once were. Hot forming is more commonly used, which allows for a more aesthetic finish than individual blanks, which allows the use of a single sheet without a welded joint where different sizes are joined.
ArcelorMittal’s Tailored Blanks division is a world leader in laser welded blanks with design and production facilities in most parts of the world. In addition to laser welded blanks, Tailored Blanks also produces tailored shaped blanks. These are blanks with the exact shape of the final parts called net shaped, or close to that shape, called near-net shaped. By using a blank which is close to the final shape, OEMs can
Reduce the complexity of their stamping dies
Reduce scrap rates