Dillinger Bolsters Offshore Wind Strategy with Investment inFrance
Dillinger France is currently using a new edge milling line to produce its first order for edge-machined plates for offshore wind turbines. This forward-looking investment is aimed at strengthening the position of Dillinger in the future market for wind power. After completion of the extensive work of redesigning the halls, creating the rail connection for efficient logistics and constructing the line itself Dillinger France was able to put the new line into operation on schedule despite pandemic-related restrictions. Production began at the end of April for a first order for 62-millimeter-thick plates. Dillinger is putting its third edging machine into operation with this EUR 12 million investment – but this is the first to be installed at Dillinger France in Dunkirk. These are high-precision tools for preparing plate edges for welding, thus meeting the increasingly demanding requirements of wind power operators.
Dillinger France Président Directeur Général Markus Lauer said: "Dillinger is a major European player in the offshore wind power market; in Europe, around 80 wind farms have been built on foundations made of steel from Dillinger. In order to press ahead in this market with our development strategy to significantly strengthen our position in this segment, we have invested EUR 30 million over the last three years in the Dillinger France site in Dunkirk. The funds went into the renovation of a furnace, the purchase of a conveyor crane for the exceptionally large dimensions of plate for wind turbines, the expansion of a hall as well as the acquisition of new halls, and the construction of our new edge milling line.”
Dillinger France has been a subsidiary since 1992 of Dillinger – one of the world's largest producers of premium heavy plate steel. The company was established in 1962 on a site of more than 50 hectares in the Dunkirk region. With more than 500 employees, Dillinger France is able to produce around 750,000 tons of heavy plate per