Walzwerke Einsal – future from experience

History

The Helbecker Hammer was first documented on the premises of the current Walzwerke Einsal in 1675. The history of Walzwerke Einsal goes back to the early processing of local osmond iron. The hammer mill was initially owned by the Holtzbrinck family and then leased out to different companies.

In 1856 the operation was named Einsaler Eisenwerk, later on Einsaler Walzwerk and today it is known as Walzwerke Einsal. For a long period, the Einsaler mill limited itself to manufacturing simple wire products which were then reprocessed into nails, screws or other wire items,

The mill was only modernised significantly during the last century and converted to stainless steel processing. This step and the expansion of the rolling capacities allowed the production capacity to be multiplied. At times, 450 employees worked at the plant.

In 1963 the company was taken over by the Thomashoff family who is still the sole owner today. In the following decades, consistent investments were made for the modernisation and expansion of the capacities.


Walzwerke Einsal today

The heart of the hot rolling mill is the automatic bloom which was installed in 1992 and modernised in 2014. The process-controlled plant meets the latest industry standards and allows processing of a large range of stainless steel qualities with many different flat and square dimensions. The products from the hot rolling mill are either marketed directly or processed further to customer requirements in the finishing or cold drawing shops.

The flexible rolling capacities and the fast set-up times allow Walzwerke Einsal to manufacture even small lots to individual customer requirements. This means that sophisticated requirements for dimensional accuracy, surface texture and structure can be met.

The cold rolling mill was converted to the manufacturing of sophisticated wire profiles in recent years. The requirements for tolerances and surfaces have increased even more in this area. The prerequisite is the precise control and monitoring of all processing stages during the production process.

The addition of a new drawing line to the bar drawing mill set new standards with regard to resource efficiency and performance.

A newly developed industrial estate in the direct vicinity of the existing premises is available for further investments. The first step was already made in 2009 with the construction of the annealing shop.

This performance is only possible with the daily commitment of 300 qualified and motivated employees. Excellent results, e.g. for the aerospace industry, can only be achieved through the interaction of all administrative and technical specialists in line with the management system according to EN 9100.

 


Future strategy

International competition motivates Einsal to achieve new development steps time and again. Meeting ever more differentiated and sophisticated customer requests requires continued investments in the improvement of performance, whether the steel economy is at a high or at a low.

Walzwerke Einsal intends to continue developing the existing technologies in the future to defend its leading position in Germany. In addition to improving the production facilities, this also includes training and further education of employees and the systematic accumulation of relevant knowledge.

Leading industries are continuously presenting new requirements for new and old materials. This goes beyond classic limits and opens up new areas of application through the targeted modification of processing steps. Improved process control as well as new requirements for testing technology, documentation and certification have to be taken into account to comply with the required quality standards.