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Steelmaker Starts Russia’s First Tailor-Welding Line
Mar 14, 2016

OAO Severstal, Russia’s largest steelmaker, has started up a tailor-welding line for automotive panels, the first such line in that country. Severstal SMC Vsevolozhsk is a joint venture between Severstal and Mitsui, a Japanese trading firm, and consists of several strip processing operations (slitting, cutting-to-length, and blanking) in the St. Petersburg region, for automakers, construction projects, machine building, and “electrotechnical” applications in northwestern Russia and northern Europe.

 

Tailor welding is the process of joining panels of different alloys and/or thicknesses using laser welding (or friction-stir welding) to achieve a blank that can be stamped or deep drawn efficiently, thus to achieve desired properties in different areas of the finished part. Automotive side panels or doors with different thicknesses and/or strength profiles are typical applications for tailor welded blanks.