ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks has opened a new production facility in Senica, Slovakia capable of producing four million laser-welded blanks (LWBs) a year, to meet growing demand for steel for the automotive industry.

The site, which was officially opened on Friday 11 October, is the third production facility at ArcelorMittal’s site in Senica. Its 55 employees will operate a blanking line, as well as two welding lines.

ArcelorMittal has invested €10M in the new facility which is strategically located at the heart of Europe, supplying major automotive manufacturers.

Laser welded blanks allow the car manufacturers to reduce the overall weight and cost of their vehicles, while also improving their safety performance. In combination with hot stamping, laser welding is one of the key technologies used in ‘S-in motion’, ArcelorMittal’s steel solutions used in the latest generations of cars.
ArcelorMittal’s Tailored Blanks division has 20 production sites around the world.

ThyssenKrupp recently sold its Tailored blanks business to Chinese firm Wuhan Iron and Steel Corporation (WISCO).