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  • Automotive Service Centre - Steelpark

    With a complete multi-metal and full-finish capability, including decoiling, slitting, blanking, press blanking and tailor welded blanks, our hi-tech automotive service centre provides dedicated processing and services for OEMs and tier suppliers.

     

    • Steelpark factsheet

      More about the Steelpark, the UK’s largest steel distribution and processing centre, and the only one to be supported by a domestic steel mill. Based in Wednesfield, West Midlands, the Steelpark has specialised in distribution and processing for 20 years. 

    • Extensive press blanking to support customers

      Our customers can achieve significant cost and productivity efficiencies, thanks to our modern press blanking lines.

      With capacities from 150t-600t, they enable enhanced part nesting, reduced in-process scrap handling, redeployment of floor space and lower inventory costs.

    • Investment in tailor welded blank technology

      Committed to innovation, we've invested in the very latest tailor welded blank technology, capable of producing complex two-dimensional, non-linear weld geometries.

      This provides designers with more  freedom to explore new weight saving and cost reduction opportunities.

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    Steelpark - Automotive Service Centre

    The Steelpark

    Steelpark Way

    Wednesfield, Wolverhampton

    WV11 3SQ

    T +44 (0) 1902 484040

    F +44 (0) 1902 484049

    Overview

     

    The Automotive Service Centre is located at Steelpark near Wolverhampton, one of the largest steel service centres in Europe. It is close to many of our customers and to excellent logistical links - allowing our high-value products to be supplied successfully across Europe.

    Meeting your needs

    Our dedicated automotive facility at Steelpark has:

    • a capacity in excess of 200,000 tonnes of processed steel per annum
    • a complete multi-metal (aluminium) and full-finish capability across the widest range of processes

    As part of Tata Steel, we are able to utilise additional processing capability located at Steelpark - where we also operate the UK’s largest flat product slitting and decoiling facilities. We can also exploit capability elsewhere in our extensive network of service centres. It means we can ensure you receive the product you want, when you need it.

    Benefits for the automotive supply chain

    We undertake a full range of processing activities focused on the needs of the automotive supply chain. Our service delivers product, cost and further processing benefits to customers. In addition to precision slitting and decoiling, highlights of our capability include tailor welded blanks, press blanks and blanking.

    Tailor welded blanks. We operate the very latest tailor welded blank technology, capable of producing complex two-dimensional/non-linear weld geometries. This provides designers with a greater degree of freedom to create:

    • weight-saving opportunities
    • cost-reduction possibilities

    Our capability is particularly relevant for parts such as door inners or larger body side blanks. We use the most appropriate steel grade in the right place and at the right thickness. Without compromise to structural performance, our engineered blanks:

    • optimise material use
    • minimise post-joining operations
    • reduce overall tooling costs

    Press blanks. We currently operate five different press blanking lines from 150-600 tonne capacity and of varying size. Press blanks offer customers potential cost reduction and productivity improvements through:

    • enhanced part nesting
    • reduction of in-process scrap handling
    • re-deployment of floor space and press capacity for additional production
    • lowering of inventory costs through supply chain management

    In response to customer demands, we have invested to create a multi-metal processing capability. This has purpose-designed process sections dedicated to either steel or aluminium. It also includes a novel coating section able to apply customer-specific solutions to blanks – to aid subsequent pressing.

    Blanking. With a total of seven different blanking lines, we are able to produce square, rectangular, trapezoidal and radial blanks of an almost limitless configuration. Additional multi-stand blanking lines located at Steelpark ensure we are able to provide the flexibility and capacity to respond to customer requirements.

     

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    Processing capability

     

    Processing unit

    Width

    Thickness

    Comments

     

    Min (mm)

    Max (mm)

    Min (mm)

    Max (mm)

     

    Tailor welded blanks

    400

    3000

    0.6 (Steel)
    0.9 (Aluminium)

    3.0

    Blank lengths up to 3600mm

    Press blanks

    210

    2050

    0.4

    3.0

    150-600t press capacity
    Stacking up to 5000mm length blanks

    Blanking

             

    - Trapezoidal

    400

    1810

    0.4

    3.0

    Stacking up to 4500mm length blanks

    - Radial

    400

    1680

    - Square/Rectangular

    250

    2010

    Slitting

    34.5

    2020

    0.4

    3.2

    Up to 30 individual slits across coil width

    Shearing

    50

    2500

    0.4

    3.2

     

     

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    Services

     

    The Automotive Service Centre - Steelpark can provide a number of services to complement our best-in-class processing capability.

    Product packing.
    We are able to present our products in the most convenient orientation for subsequent processing. We offer:

    • use of bespoke or customer-own pallets
    • utilisation of pack turners to configure left- or right-handed parts
    • application of ‘dimples’ to blanks to aid separation and handling
    • specific wrapping materials

    Liaison engineers.
    Our liaison engineers have detailed knowledge of our products and processes and how they interact with those of our customers.
    Our engineers are available to work closely with customers from the earliest stages of a project (EVI)– offering significant experience in new part introduction and project management.

    Tool design and management.
    Tata Steel works closely with leading toolmakers across Europe to undertake design, procurement and subsequent management of the tool fleet needed for your specific blanked parts.

    Supply chain.
    We are experienced in the management of Kanban/JIT and other supply arrangements. We utilise complete IT systems that allow you to focus on your own processing activities with peace of mind regarding security of supply.

     

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    Supporting activities

     

    The Automotive Service Centre - Steelpark benefits from a number of supporting activities and features to provide customers with an optimum solution.

    Accreditations.
    The Automotive Service Centre is accredited to both the TS16949: 2009 and BS EN ISO 14001: 2004 standards.

    Full product traceability. 
    Products are uniquely identified at either the pack or blank level to ensure complete traceability of Tata Steel products through various processing stages.

    On-line inspection.
    Tailor welded blanks are automatically inspected via a combination of high-resolution cameras or ultrasonic scanners to ensure integrity of each weld. In addition, our processes allow for additional visual inspection throughout, ensuring the best possible product quality.

    Test facilities. In addition to Tata Steel’s extensive RD&T facilities, the Automotive Service Centre incorporates a dedicated laboratory facility. This provides comprehensive mechanical and chemical testing in additional to metallography and microscopy.



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    Overview

    Overview

     

    The Automotive Service Centre is located at Steelpark near Wolverhampton, one of the largest steel service centres in Europe. It is close to many of our customers and to excellent logistical links - allowing our high-value products to be supplied successfully across Europe.

    Meeting your needs

    Our dedicated automotive facility at Steelpark has:

    • a capacity in excess of 200,000 tonnes of processed steel per annum
    • a complete multi-metal (aluminium) and full-finish capability across the widest range of processes

    As part of Tata Steel, we are able to utilise additional processing capability located at Steelpark - where we also operate the UK’s largest flat product slitting and decoiling facilities. We can also exploit capability elsewhere in our extensive network of service centres. It means we can ensure you receive the product you want, when you need it.

    Benefits for the automotive supply chain

    We undertake a full range of processing activities focused on the needs of the automotive supply chain. Our service delivers product, cost and further processing benefits to customers. In addition to precision slitting and decoiling, highlights of our capability include tailor welded blanks, press blanks and blanking.

    Tailor welded blanks. We operate the very latest tailor welded blank technology, capable of producing complex two-dimensional/non-linear weld geometries. This provides designers with a greater degree of freedom to create:

    • weight-saving opportunities
    • cost-reduction possibilities

    Our capability is particularly relevant for parts such as door inners or larger body side blanks. We use the most appropriate steel grade in the right place and at the right thickness. Without compromise to structural performance, our engineered blanks:

    • optimise material use
    • minimise post-joining operations
    • reduce overall tooling costs

    Press blanks. We currently operate five different press blanking lines from 150-600 tonne capacity and of varying size. Press blanks offer customers potential cost reduction and productivity improvements through:

    • enhanced part nesting
    • reduction of in-process scrap handling
    • re-deployment of floor space and press capacity for additional production
    • lowering of inventory costs through supply chain management

    In response to customer demands, we have invested to create a multi-metal processing capability. This has purpose-designed process sections dedicated to either steel or aluminium. It also includes a novel coating section able to apply customer-specific solutions to blanks – to aid subsequent pressing.

    Blanking. With a total of seven different blanking lines, we are able to produce square, rectangular, trapezoidal and radial blanks of an almost limitless configuration. Additional multi-stand blanking lines located at Steelpark ensure we are able to provide the flexibility and capacity to respond to customer requirements.

     

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    Processing capability

    Processing capability

     

    Processing unit

    Width

    Thickness

    Comments

     

    Min (mm)

    Max (mm)

    Min (mm)

    Max (mm)

     

    Tailor welded blanks

    400

    3000

    0.6 (Steel)
    0.9 (Aluminium)

    3.0

    Blank lengths up to 3600mm

    Press blanks

    210

    2050

    0.4

    3.0

    150-600t press capacity
    Stacking up to 5000mm length blanks

    Blanking

             

    - Trapezoidal

    400

    1810

    0.4

    3.0

    Stacking up to 4500mm length blanks

    - Radial

    400

    1680

    - Square/Rectangular

    250

    2010

    Slitting

    34.5

    2020

    0.4

    3.2

    Up to 30 individual slits across coil width

    Shearing

    50

    2500

    0.4

    3.2

     

     

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    Services

    Services

     

    The Automotive Service Centre - Steelpark can provide a number of services to complement our best-in-class processing capability.

    Product packing.
    We are able to present our products in the most convenient orientation for subsequent processing. We offer:

    • use of bespoke or customer-own pallets
    • utilisation of pack turners to configure left- or right-handed parts
    • application of ‘dimples’ to blanks to aid separation and handling
    • specific wrapping materials

    Liaison engineers.
    Our liaison engineers have detailed knowledge of our products and processes and how they interact with those of our customers.
    Our engineers are available to work closely with customers from the earliest stages of a project (EVI)– offering significant experience in new part introduction and project management.

    Tool design and management.
    Tata Steel works closely with leading toolmakers across Europe to undertake design, procurement and subsequent management of the tool fleet needed for your specific blanked parts.

    Supply chain.
    We are experienced in the management of Kanban/JIT and other supply arrangements. We utilise complete IT systems that allow you to focus on your own processing activities with peace of mind regarding security of supply.

     

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    Supporting activities

    Supporting activities

     

    The Automotive Service Centre - Steelpark benefits from a number of supporting activities and features to provide customers with an optimum solution.

    Accreditations.
    The Automotive Service Centre is accredited to both the TS16949: 2009 and BS EN ISO 14001: 2004 standards.

    Full product traceability. 
    Products are uniquely identified at either the pack or blank level to ensure complete traceability of Tata Steel products through various processing stages.

    On-line inspection.
    Tailor welded blanks are automatically inspected via a combination of high-resolution cameras or ultrasonic scanners to ensure integrity of each weld. In addition, our processes allow for additional visual inspection throughout, ensuring the best possible product quality.

    Test facilities. In addition to Tata Steel’s extensive RD&T facilities, the Automotive Service Centre incorporates a dedicated laboratory facility. This provides comprehensive mechanical and chemical testing in additional to metallography and microscopy.



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