With about 30,000 employees and 153 locations in 40 countries, the BENTELER-Group stands for a high degree of excellent material, production and technology in the areas of Automotive, Steel/Tube and Distribution. The three Business Divisions BENTELER Automotive, BENTELER Steel/ Tube, and BENTELER Distribution are organized under the strategic management holding company BENTELER International AG. Continuing progress by means of new materials, technologies, and products as well as long-term, profitable growth are the supporting pillars of the 140-year success story of the BENTELER-Group, which is in its fourth generation of family ownership.
The decision to site and construct a production site in the U.S. was an important element of BENTELER Steel/Tube’s global business growth strategy, strengthening the company’s position in the North American oil country tubular goods (OCTG) market. The new plant in Shreveport (Louisiana) was designed to produce seamless tubes in the size range 26.7 – 139.7 mm, with the focus on OCTG. The mill however was also designed to be flexible and produce tubes of other specifications and for other markets, e.g. the automotive industry or the energy industry. This flexibility and the ability to produce even small batch sizes economically is a defining feature of the success of the BENTELER business model. The latest generation of the KOCKS Stretch Reducing Block – SRB® 3.0 – in size 315/30 with its automation system was the perfect fit for the BENTELER vision. KOCKS chose here to further develop their tried and tested Star Drive design with individually driven rolls. The combination of high-strength and high-precision roll stands with the absolute latest in automation technology enables BENTELER Steel/Tube to produce seamless tubes of the very best quality, with optimum efficiency.
One of the most challenging aspects of this assignment was its sheer complexity, mainly due to the fact that the project involved a greenfield site in the USA.
KOCKS had to manage the logistics of a highly personnel-intensive project with a great many unknowns.
BENTELER was pleased to note that, despite its complexity, the project was delivered on time, on target and on budget.
BENTELER’s decision to use the latest generation of the KOCKS 3-roll technology puts the following innovative features at their disposal: