Hot-dipped galvanized steel sheet from Sagunto again

Hot-dipped galvanizing plant of thyssenkrupp Galmed S.A. back in operation in Sagunto, Spain

The hot-dipped galvanizing line of thyssenkrupp Galmed S.A. is back in operation in Sagunto, Spain. The official launch was carried out on December 9 by the President of the Autonomous Community of Valencia, Ximo Puig Ferrer. As members of the executive, Wolfgang Born and Miguel Arrabal Lopez issued an invitation to the recommissioning of HDG line 9.

Herbert Eichelkraut and Thomas Schlenz traveled from Duisburg. There was certainly reason to celebrate. In 2013 the plant near Valencia had been closed down as a result of low demand following the economic crisis, along with other consolidation measures in the context of the "Best-in-Class Reloaded" optimization program at Steel.

Hot-dipped galvanized steel sheet for customers throughout Europe.

In recent times, there has been an increase in demand from customers in a variety of industries for the hot-dipped galvanized steel sheet which is produced at several of Steel's plants. For example, the European automotive industry has recently been very much on the up. This is having an effect on the number of new car registrations in Europe, among other things. Nine percent more vehicles were registered in 2015 compared with the previous year.

There is also increasing demand from other industries for hot-dipped galvanized products, a process in which the steel is given its corrosion-resistant coating by being dipped into molten zinc. Against the background of this significantly improved overall situation, thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG and thyssenkrupp Galmed S.A. decided to start up the plant in Sagunto again. The invited guests were right there live when the line was started up. "This move underlines our flexibility to respond optimally and promptly to the requirements of the market and of our customers," says Andreas Goss, CEO of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG. "We are confident that our Spanish plant will thrive again."

Process in full swing

The preparatory measures for the technical production startup have been underway for some weeks. Now the production of sheet steel is being started up again. The workforce for the Spanish plant is also being gradually built up.

The plant is getting support in that respect from the colleagues from Duisburg. "The aim is of course for the Sagunto plant to be able to operate independently again. Until then we are providing support for the colleagues there in matters of staffing," says Klaus Bailer, Head of Human Resources Development at Steel.