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    Introduction

    When global hydraulic lifting systems manufacturer PALFINGER wanted a strategic partner to enhance its market-leading position, Tata Steel was an ideal choice.

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    Summary

    Summary

    • Complete solution

      End-to-end supply-chain solution for PALFINGER

    • Volume produced

      8,000 tonnes of Ympress® E690TM/S700MC annually

    • Time effective

      Restock PALFINGER’s Austrian plant in 48 hours

    • IT integration

      Shared IT platform tailored to integrated process

    Introduction

    A 10-year relationship with PALFINGER has enabled Tata Steel to develop a spectrum of outsourced services as well as supplying its world-renowned Ympress® products. As a result, PALFINGER has significantly improved productivity and enhanced its market-leading position.

    The challenge

    With greater rivalry in the sector and rising costs, major manufacturers such as PALFINGER must continually improve performance if they are to retain their market-leading position and remain profitable.

    The solution

    By providing an end-to-end outsourcing solution as well as supplying high-performance steels, Tata Steel has played a pivotal role in PALFINGER’s successful initiative to continuously improve its products.

    The product

    Tata Steel’s Ympress range of steel, recognised for its high strength and outstanding formability, has helped PALFINGER strengthen its position for further growth.

    Challenge

    Challenge

    As a leading global manufacturer of hydraulic lifting systems, PALFINGER must continually innovate across its extensive product range. This includes:

    • Loader cranes
    • Forestry and recycling cranes
    • Container handling systems
    • Offshore wind energy cranes

    Delivering total supply-chain management

    Against a commercial backdrop of intensified competition and rising costs, a simple materials supplier would not suffice.

    Instead, PALFINGER needed a comprehensive outsourced procurement service that could take on responsibility for all aspects of supply-chain management, including:

    • Logistics
    • Product development
    • Associated data processing
    • Supply of high quality steel

    Finding the ideal product solution

    At the core of PALFINGER’s international operations is the exceptionally reliable, stable and durable Ympress® steel used in modern cranes and lifting systems.

    • The Ympress steel product range has been consistently relied upon by PALFINGER for 10 years
    • Ympress steel is globally recognised for its high strength and outstanding formability

    PALFINGER’s operations use approximately 8,000 tonnes of Ympress high strength steel every year.

    Solution

    Solution

    Having worked closely with PALFINGER for a decade, Tata Steel was ideally placed to develop and deliver a broad range of outsourced services, in addition to its Ympress® product portfolio.

    Shared IT system creates greater efficiencies

    Among a number of new outsourcing initiatives is the installation of a shared IT system designed to deliver a thoroughly integrated process. This platform was tailored by Tata Steel for PALFINGER and is used for:

    • Managing the entire ordering process
    • Sharing important data
    • Planning forecasts

    Tata Steel’s specially trained personnel regularly check the latest information on material requirements and stock from the database. At the same time, they input information on documentation or logistics, which can be accessed by the PALFINGER team.

    Central contact point ensures productive operations

    Tata Steel Service Centre, Blume Stahlservice  GmbH, is the central contact point for the customer. Blume communicates directly with:

    • Lifting and excavating sector experts in production facilities
    • Research and development units

    To ensure fast delivery, steel produced at Tata Steel’s plant in the Netherlands is held in a central storage facility. Blume organises the decoiling of the Ympress® coils as well as delivery of sheets in the required dimensions to PALFINGER production units in:

    • Austria
    • Slovenia
    • Bulgaria
    • Brazil

    Thanks to efficient logistics, the site in Austria, for instance, can be restocked in just 48 hours.

    Supplying steel of the highest surface quality

    PALFINGER’s new loading crane has set particularly high standards for the surface finish of the steel. An extremely smooth surface is required for subsequent processing steps, such as painting and coating. Tata Steel is working on solutions, ensuring a delivery of the desired surface roughness of less than 30μ, without the need for further post-treatment by the customer.

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    Summary

    • Complete solution

      End-to-end supply-chain solution for PALFINGER

    • Volume produced

      8,000 tonnes of Ympress® E690TM/S700MC annually

    • Time effective

      Restock PALFINGER’s Austrian plant in 48 hours

    • IT integration

      Shared IT platform tailored to integrated process

    Introduction

    A 10-year relationship with PALFINGER has enabled Tata Steel to develop a spectrum of outsourced services as well as supplying its world-renowned Ympress® products. As a result, PALFINGER has significantly improved productivity and enhanced its market-leading position.

    The challenge

    With greater rivalry in the sector and rising costs, major manufacturers such as PALFINGER must continually improve performance if they are to retain their market-leading position and remain profitable.

    The solution

    By providing an end-to-end outsourcing solution as well as supplying high-performance steels, Tata Steel has played a pivotal role in PALFINGER’s successful initiative to continuously improve its products.

    The product

    Tata Steel’s Ympress range of steel, recognised for its high strength and outstanding formability, has helped PALFINGER strengthen its position for further growth.

    Challenge

    As a leading global manufacturer of hydraulic lifting systems, PALFINGER must continually innovate across its extensive product range. This includes:

    • Loader cranes
    • Forestry and recycling cranes
    • Container handling systems
    • Offshore wind energy cranes

    Delivering total supply-chain management

    Against a commercial backdrop of intensified competition and rising costs, a simple materials supplier would not suffice.

    Instead, PALFINGER needed a comprehensive outsourced procurement service that could take on responsibility for all aspects of supply-chain management, including:

    • Logistics
    • Product development
    • Associated data processing
    • Supply of high quality steel

    Finding the ideal product solution

    At the core of PALFINGER’s international operations is the exceptionally reliable, stable and durable Ympress® steel used in modern cranes and lifting systems.

    • The Ympress steel product range has been consistently relied upon by PALFINGER for 10 years
    • Ympress steel is globally recognised for its high strength and outstanding formability

    PALFINGER’s operations use approximately 8,000 tonnes of Ympress high strength steel every year.

    Solution

    Having worked closely with PALFINGER for a decade, Tata Steel was ideally placed to develop and deliver a broad range of outsourced services, in addition to its Ympress® product portfolio.

    Shared IT system creates greater efficiencies

    Among a number of new outsourcing initiatives is the installation of a shared IT system designed to deliver a thoroughly integrated process. This platform was tailored by Tata Steel for PALFINGER and is used for:

    • Managing the entire ordering process
    • Sharing important data
    • Planning forecasts

    Tata Steel’s specially trained personnel regularly check the latest information on material requirements and stock from the database. At the same time, they input information on documentation or logistics, which can be accessed by the PALFINGER team.

    Central contact point ensures productive operations

    Tata Steel Service Centre, Blume Stahlservice  GmbH, is the central contact point for the customer. Blume communicates directly with:

    • Lifting and excavating sector experts in production facilities
    • Research and development units

    To ensure fast delivery, steel produced at Tata Steel’s plant in the Netherlands is held in a central storage facility. Blume organises the decoiling of the Ympress® coils as well as delivery of sheets in the required dimensions to PALFINGER production units in:

    • Austria
    • Slovenia
    • Bulgaria
    • Brazil

    Thanks to efficient logistics, the site in Austria, for instance, can be restocked in just 48 hours.

    Supplying steel of the highest surface quality

    PALFINGER’s new loading crane has set particularly high standards for the surface finish of the steel. An extremely smooth surface is required for subsequent processing steps, such as painting and coating. Tata Steel is working on solutions, ensuring a delivery of the desired surface roughness of less than 30μ, without the need for further post-treatment by the customer.

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