Tata Steel has today announced it will build a new factory in the Netherlands to enable its subsidiary SAB-profiel to meet the increased demand for steel roof and wall panels.
The new factory in Geldermalsen will replace the current manufacturing facility in Nieuwegein. It will contain two new production lines which will further strengthen SAB-profiel’s leading role in the market for construction cladding and sandwich panels, which consist of an inner and outer steel layer combined with insulation. It is expected to start production in 2019.
Theo Henrar, Chairman of Tata Steel Netherlands, said: “The new manufacturing facility will enable us to meet increasing demand in the market for steel sandwich panels. By increasing our production capacity we will be able to serve customers even better and faster with our new innovative products.”
The market for sandwich panels is growing, partly due to increasing demands for heat retention, the need to make existing buildings more sustainable and the Dutch regulation regarding the replacement of roofs containing asbestos before 2024.
Willem Vermeulen, Director of SAB-profiel: “Choosing a new building in the same region as our current factory allows us to retain our current workforce of about 50 people. We also anticipate hiring additional employees, thus further strengthening the regional economy.”
Sustainability was an important factor in the new factory design. Air source heat pumps will supply heating to the building and solar panels will be installed on its roof. Other energy-saving features include LED lighting, frequency modulators and the automatic shutting down of equipment.
SAB-profiel’s sustainable and innovative roof and wall cladding are used in industrial buildings, in logistical distribution centres and in a wide variety of other buildings. The sandwich panels improve heat retention in buildings and are recyclable. Examples of buildings containing SAB products are the Ahoy concert hall in Rotterdam, the AZ football stadium in Alkmaar, the new Bol.com distribution centre, film institute Eye in Amsterdam and Wildlands zoo in Emmen.
SAB-profiel employees about 200 people. It is the market leader in the Netherlands and has locations in IJsselstein and Nieuwegein, as well as Niederaula in Germany.
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About Tata Steel’s European operations
Tata Steel is one of Europe's leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the UK and Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products that give them a competitive edge. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the top global steel companies, with an annual steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes and almost 74,000 employees across five continents. The group’s revenue in the year ending March 2017 was $18.1 billion.