Worthington Industries announced that its tailor welded blanking joint venture (JV), TWB Company, is opening a new facility in Nashville, Tennessee, US.
The facility will include fibre lasers and curvilinear welding technology, expanding TWB’s 2D welding capabilities.
Commenting on the news, Geoff Gilmore, President of Worthington Industries Steel Processing, said: "We are committed to providing meaningful solutions to our customers and they're rewarding us with more business. Our tailor welded products are helping automakers reduce the weight of vehicles with new, lighter and stronger material choices for car parts."
Ivan Meltzer, President of TWB Company, added: "The market for tailor welded blanks continues to grow and TWB's capabilities are growing with it. We are continually pushing the technology to allow more uses of the product across all vehicle lines. This new Tennessee facility provides capacity to further serve automakers and Tier 1 automotive suppliers in the South."
The use of tailor welded blanks in vehicles has increased as automakers use light weighting to improve the fuel economy of vehicles in order to meet new targets set by the government. The significantly higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards take effect in 2025.
The 120 000 ft2 Nashville facility will have approximately 45 employees, and will initially serve General Motors, Nissan and several Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Production is expected to begin by October 2015.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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