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    Tata Steel Plating has unique expertise in the production of cold rolled and electro plated steel products. Our rolling, annealing and electroplating capabilities allow Tata Steel to provide cold-rolled and plated steels for your most demanding applications.

    We have also added high-strength steel (HSLA) as an alternative substrate for stainless steel and high performance copper based alloys.  

    Tata Steel Plating is a specialized business unit within Tata Steel Europe with four production sites on two continents and a wide range of international sales offices.

    • HIBRITE® - a brilliant surface appearance

      Tata Steel’s HIBRITE® cold-rolled steel and nickel-plated steel products offer a superb surface finish in a choice of ‘bright’ or ‘mirror’. HIBRITE® finishes exceed the industry norms of ‘MC’ standard for mirror finish and ‘MB’ standard for bright finish. For added benefits, we can tailor our offering to meet your exact processing and end-product requirements.

    • Cost-effective alternative to solid brass

      Tata Steel’s brass-plated steel strip products offer significant benefits for your processing operations. They have outstanding formability. Their deep-drawing properties enable reliable production of components in demanding shapes. 

    • We contribute to superior products

      We supply the global top producers of alkaline batteries.

      The features of our nickel-plated steel for batteries are fundamental to the quality of the final product. They include:

      • battery quality grade substrate
      • coating integrity (during and after stamping)
      • adherence to tight thickness tolerances
      • precise mechanical properties

      In addition, leak protection, corrosion resistance and electrical conductivity are all positively influenced by our products.

    • Tata Steel Plating products can give you an edge

      In the highly competitive automotive environment, Tata Steel cold rolled and plated steel products can help you succeed. They can:

      • help to speed up production
      • enhance component quality
      • enable innovative solutions

      Our products satisfy the very latest automotive standards.

    • Hilumin® Cobalt increases shelf life

      Tata Steel Plating is the world's leading supplier of materials for the production of battery cases.
      HILUMIN® offers the coating and mechanical properties that you require for high speed can making and contribute to cell reliability so our customers can guarantee up to ten years of shelf life .

    Contact us

    Tata Steel Plating

    Head Office

    c/o Hille & Müller GmbH

    Am Trippelsberg 48

    D-40589 Düsseldorf

    General enquiries

    T +49 (0)211 79 50 471

    Sales enquiries

    T +49 (0)211 79 50 250

    Overview

     

    Benefits

    We know you want a steel supplier and services that you can rely on.  At Tata Steel Plating we offer:

    • the benefits of an integrated supply chain
    • quality products delivered on time
    • products tailored to your specific requirements
    • opportunities for you to cut costs and waste
    • ongoing investment in products and processes
    • an international network of manufacturing plants and sales centres

    We offer a wide choice of pre-plated steel to meet your needs. Combined with our expertise in material application, our products also provide you with opportunities to:

    • meet new design challenges
    • substitute solid metals such as brass, copper and stainless steel – for weight savings, cost reduction and process benefits

    Our product portfolio includes:

    Our many years of experience and manufacturing expertise - including rolling and plating technologies - ensure that the steel we deliver is of first-rate quality.

    We deliver reliable quality every day

    Our unique production and process control systems mean that we deliver plated products with:

    • reliable mechanical properties
    • consistently tight dimensional tolerances

    Our company-wide total quality management programme gives you the confidence that our products and services always conform to the highest quality standards.

    Benefits of our products and services include:

    • Cost-effective processing
    • Optimum corrosion and heat-resistance
    • Excellent adhesion
    • Outstanding formability
    • Diverse choice of surface finish
    • Excellent weldability and brazeability
    • Roll-forming and rounded edges
    • Extremely tight tolerances (gauge, plating)
    • Simplification of post-plating through a pre-plated material
    • Integrated supply chains

    Commitment to quality

    We deliver reliable quality every day.

    Our many years of experience and precise rolling and plating technologies ensure strip in first-rate quality as the perfect basis for downstream processing. Tata Steel Plating processes are compliant with worldwide and local standards:

    •     ISO / TS 16949:2009
    •     ISO 9001:2008
    •     ISO 14001:2004
    •     ISO 50001:2011
    •     BS OHSAS 18001:2007

    Our unique production and process control systems mean we deliver plated products with:   

    •     consistently tight dimensional tolerances
    •     reliable mechanical properties

    Research & Development

    We seek to develop material solutions in co-operation with our customers through innovative combinations of coatings and substrates.
    Collaboration between our two competence centres and Tata Steel's research laboratories means we have a wide range of expertise to assist your needs.

    Are your ideas more advanced than your material? Then why not take advantage of our unique specialised knowledge?

    Plated steel strip innovations

    One of Tata Steel Plating's strengths is the ability to combine different substrates with different coatings. This enables us to develop new products and open up new perspectives for you.

    Research capabilities

    Joining forces to find the perfect solution for your specific requirements.

    Maximum product quality can only be realised through the right combination and balance of design, function and material. We mobilise our extensive research and development resources and team up with you to develop tailor-made materials that:

    •     meet your design specifications
    •     meet your functional requirements
    •     allow you to optimise your production process

    Two product market development (PMD) sites of excellence:

    •     Thomas Steel Strip (US)
    •     Hille & Müller (Germany)

    Laboratories equipped with:

    •     SEM/EDAX, GDOS, HPLC, IEC, AA, UV/Vis
    •     Electrochemical analysis equipment
    •     Metallographic equipment


    Links to Tata Steel Research & Development and Research Institutes:

    •     IJmuiden and Swinden
    •     Fraunhofer Institute

    From laboratory sample to product sample

    We know that good ideas need to be nurtured.  To assist, we can supply small test coils to get you moving in the right direction.

     

     

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    Applications

     

     

    We serve many different and demanding markets worldwide ranging from Automotive & Fluid Handling, Battery, Electrical, Household, ICT, Office and Sporting Ammunition.

    Tata Steel is the world's leading supplier of materials for the production of battery cases. The high quality demanded by the automotive industry is what makes Tata Steel Plating the first choice for many customers.

    We understand that the needs of our customers are different in each market and have created market sector teams to support your market demands. Our dedicated account teams ensure you have access to experts in our Technical, Engineering, Supply Chain planning, and Research & Development departments all over Europe.

     

    Battery

    Tata Steel Plating is the world's leading supplier of materials for the production of battery cases. 
    We pioneered nickel plating technology. HILUMIN®, a material that we developed and patented over 60 years ago, plays an integral part in the production of batteries.

    It is an electrolytically nickel-plated, diffusion-annealed cold rolled steel strip. Its properties are optimised for the production of high-quality batteries. The benefits of HILUMIN® are recognised by many international manufacturers.

    We contribute to superior products

    We supply the global top producers of alkaline batteries.

    The features of our nickel-plated steel for batteries are fundamental to the quality of the final product. They include:

    • battery quality grade substrate
    • coating integrity (during and after stamping)
    • adherence to tight thickness tolerances
    • precise mechanical properties

    In addition, leak protection, corrosion resistance and electrical conductivity are all positively influenced by our products.

    HILUMIN® has excellent deep-drawing properties - aiding efficient and fast production of uniformly high quality batteries.

    To further enhance battery performance, HILUMIN® can also be supplied with a cobalt top layer, dull or bright finishes or as a coating on stainless steel.  For more information visit our dedicated Consumer products page.

     

    Automotive & Fluid Handling 

    Our products are used for diverse applications in the automotive industry. They include:

    Our total quality management (TQM) system ensures compliance with exacting specifications for:

    • tight dimensional tolerances.
    • material composition.
    • coatings and material thickness.

    This means that our products satisfy the very latest automotive standards.

    Tata Steel Plating products can give you an edge  
    In the highly competitive automotive environment, Tata Steel cold rolled and plated steel products can help you succeed. They can:

    • help to speed up production.
    • enhance component quality.
    • enable innovative solutions.

    The quality of our pre-plated steel strip also gives your products the perfect finish and delivers years of reliability.  A comprehensive range of pre-plated steel options gives you greater design freedom. It includes a wide choice of metallic surface finishes.

    Our products help you meet demanding safety and environmental requirements
    Tata Steel Plating helps you to produce safe and environmentally-friendly cars and automotive components. In addition to being fully recyclable, our cold rolled and plated steel products offer significant performance benefits:

    • They provide very high levels of corrosion resistance against bio fuels and de-icing agents.
    • They offer heat resistance at temperatures over 200 C°.
    • Our products also deliver outstanding collision performance against leaking or splitting.

    Brake Lines - Tata Steel Plating is a leading producer of copper-plated cold rolled steel strip. Our customers include many of the world's major brake line manufacturers.

    Fuel Lines - The automotive industry relies on tubes made from nickel-plated, cold-rolled steel to deliver fuel from the tank to the engine. The superior corrosion resistance of our tubes makes them the ideal choice for new ecological fuels.

    Bearings - Excellent deep drawing, advanced non-earring qualities make our strip the perfect choice for bearings applications.

    Gaskets - Tata Steel Plating's new high-strength strip material with nickel-zinc or nickel coatings offers a lot. It can be used to replace stainless steel in gaskets - providing customers with cost-saving opportunities. Its functional performance can be further enhanced with graphite coatings.

    Flex Tubes - To avoid stress corrosion cracking, we offer flexible stainless steel tubes with corrosion-inhibiting protection.

    For more information visit our dedicated Automotive & Fluid Handling product page.

     

    Sporting ammunition

    The market leaders in Europe and the USA come to Tata Steel Plating for their steel strip requirements of sporting ammunition.

    We have a solid track record in brass and NiZn plated products. Our ability to control all aspects of the process - including cold rolling and plating - has earned us a reputation for dependability and consistency. You can use our experience and expertise to your advantage.

    As a market leader, our products are recognised throughout Europe and the USA for their:

    •     formability.
    •     surface appearance.

    Tata Steel Plating controls all aspects of the production process - ensuring both a consistent steel substrate and plating layer.
    Tata Steel Plating offers the ammunition market cost advantages though the use of various platings.  Product options include:

    •     brass-plated steel for cost-effective replacement of solid brass.
    •     NiZn-plated products to provide the look of stainless steel at a fraction of the cost.

    Whether you're at the range or in the tree stand, we know that maximum reliability is essential. Our products provide that - and that's why we're a top choice for the sporting ammunition market.
    Superior technology for superior performance

    The innovative steel strip products produced by Tata Steel Plating offer a unique combination of formability and strength. Technical aspects aside, economic factors are a powerful argument for using pre-plated strip products, especially in times of rising raw material and environmental costs.

    Extremely tight tolerances, extensive quality controls, optimum material properties

    Unique production processes and our many years' experience ensure we produce plated steel strip products with extremely tight tolerances. This enables:

    •     simplified downstream processing.
    •     consistently high production quality.
    •     reduced reject rates.

    Our comprehensive range of products enables the optimum combination of materials - precisely tailored to customer needs. Tata Steel Plating products contribute to the perfect shot for both target-shooters and hunters alike.
    The unrivalled quality of Tata Steel Plating products makes our pre-plated steel strip the first choice for production of sporting ammuniti

    For more information visit our Nickel Zinc-plated steel product page, or download our data sheet.

     

    Consumer Electrical

    Our copper-plated product is a cold rolled steel strip that has been electroplated with copper.
    The electrical industry uses our pre-plated strip products for a wide range of applications including: conduction; protection; guiding; connection.

    Just as versatile as electricity

    In the electrical and IT industry, the versatile electroplated steel strip products manufactured by Tata Steel Plating can be utilised in numerous products. These include:

    •     circuit breaker.
    •     conducting element.
    •     pin and socket connector.
    •     hard disk frame.
    •     guide rail.
    •     screen.
    •     decorative casing for the finished appliance.

    We are here to help you explore the opportunities and benefits of substituting solid copper with our copper-plated steel.
    Pre-plated steel strip improves efficiency in the production process

    As well as reducing processing costs, our products offer you fundamental advantages on the production line. These include:

    •     excellent forming properties and stability.
    •     improved corrosion protection.
    •     good soldering/welding characteristics.
    •     high scratch resistance.

    Our copper-plated strips ensure excellent brazing behaviour. The copper layer has a high electrical conductivity and high corrosion resistance.
    Copper acts as a lubricant for outstanding formability and is an excellent substrate for post-plating.
    Plenty of potential: fine-tuning product features

    The tight tolerances of the primary products manufactured by Tata Steel Plating ensure smooth production operations. The biggest benefits come when the mechanical, chemical and electrical properties of our products are tailored to your specific production requirements. Talk with us to find out how our copper-plated products can help improve your efficiency.

     

    Household products

    Tata Steel Plating supplies top-quality electroplated strips for the production of both visible and non-visible parts in household appliances.
    To make these products, we use our high demand cold rolled strips and then undertake nickel plating or copper plating.

    Great looks and performance at an affordable price

    Our electroplated strips provide all the beauty of solid metal at a fraction of the cost. They also provide the benefit of high mechanical strength.

    Start with a perfect finish

    At Tata Steel Plating, we use our technical expertise and production know-how to produce consistently reliable electroplated material. All of our high-tech electroplated products benefit from stringent quality control and ongoing investment in research and development. We can deliver these products in large coils, small-sized coils or cut lengths.

    For more information visit our dedicated Consumer products page.

     

    Office products

    There are some products that can't be improved upon in the computer age…
    …and some that can. Tata Steel Plating delivers bright nickel-plated steel strip of consistently high quality. It's used for a wide variety of classic office products such as:

    •     ring binders
    •     lever arch mechanisms
    •     Staplers
    •     hole punches

    Tata Steel Plating electroplated strips are the perfect choice for filing products that make office work easier and efficient. Even in the computer age.  We can provide our bright nickel-plated strips (HILAN®) with several surface finishes to suit your needs - from exceptionally smooth mirror finish, bright finish and smooth finish through to rough finish.

    Our special design satin finish is equivalent to brush finish.
    Advantages for your production and your customers

    • The good scratch and abrasion resistance of HILAN® helps to guarantee a long life for your end products.
    • It leads to longer tool life and ensures the electroplated strip is suitable for stamping and deep drawing.
    • Other benefits include tight dimensional tolerances and optimal consistency of the nickel layer.

    HILAN® products can be piece-plated - in chrome, silver and gold plating - after the stamping process.

     

    ICT products

    We provide a broad range of cold rolled electroplated strip products such as NICOR® and HILAN ®.
    These are utilised in a wide variety of functional and decorative surface finishes.

    Our electroplated products are highly utilised in information and communication technology (ICT).
    We are committed to building on our technical expertise and experience to develop strip solutions with a perfect cost-advantage balance.
    The numerous applications for our products include:

    •     PC card slots
    •     tape drive parts
    •     paper guide lines
    •     disk drive parts
    •     bracket and connector parts


    Engineering, functionality and material choice.  We combine these to find the perfect solution for you.

    We want to be your partner of choice - assisting you in the improvement or new development of your ICT product.
    We always start our collaborative work by listening to you and understanding your needs.
    Electroplated strips made by Tata Steel Plating meet the demand for functional properties including:

    •     electromagnetic shielding
    •     acoustic dampening
    •     corrosion resistance
    •     surface reflectivity
    •     stability of shape
    •     electrical and thermal conductivity
    •     contact resistance
    •     vibrational wear resistance
    •     friction properties
    •     stress relaxation

    Just let us know what you need and we will provide a tailor-made strip product. Our goal is to help you achieve greater success in this market.

     

    Our development engineers and sales team are here to help you. For more information please contact us at: TSP.marketing@tatasteeleurope.com

     

     

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    Locations

     

     

    Our global presence provides local benefits. Thanks to our international sales network, we can meet your product and service needs – wherever you are.  We offer technical and logistical support directly from our mills. But we can also assist you through our international sales offices.  Local sales representatives are trained in our products and applications and will offer you service in your own language and time zone.

    For more information on our products and services, please contact the Tata Steel Plating site in your country or region. Alternatively, you can contact Tata Steel’s international sales office in your country or region where our team will be happy to help you.

    Our mill sales contacts in Europe and the USA are:

    Hille & Müller GmbH

    Hille & Müller, Düsseldorf was founded in 1905 and is now the headquarter of Tata Steel Plating. It was the first company in the world to produce electroplated steel strip.

    Over 100 years’ experience and a longstanding commitment to innovation have made Hille & Müller the world's leading expert in nickel-plated steel strip. Excellent surface finish is a hallmark of our products. A wide choice of mirror finish and smooth, matte surfaces are available.

    Our electroplating process enables us to meet all customer expectations for product characteristics including:

    • chemical properties
    • corrosion resistance
    • electrical conductivity

    Hille & Müller is renowned for consistently reliable manufacturing processes. These deliver customised products with exacting dimensional tolerances for diverse applications and requirements.

    Hille & Müller GmbH contact details:

    Tata Steel Plating
    Head Office
    c/o Hille & Müller GmbH
    Am Trippelsberg 48
    D-40589 Düsseldorf
    Germany

    T: +49 (0)211 79 50 471
    E:  tsp.marketing@tatasteeleurope.com

    site map

     

    Hille & Müller GmbH Service Center Wallau

    Our service centre does far more than just supply steel. Dedicated teams will work with you to help:

    • reduce your costs
    • reduce waste
    • ensure the best possible product performance
    • meet your specific needs

    The Wallau Service Centre cuts, prepares and delivers these materials:

    • nickel-plated steel
    • copper-plated steel
    • brass-plated steel
    • zinc-plated steel
    • cold rolled steel

    These steel strip products - supplied from Tata Steel Plating manufacturing plants - offer the benefit of a fully integrated supply chain. They can be ordered in the following dimensions:gauges from 0.10 - 1.8 mm.

    • widths from 2.0 - 650 mm
    • inside coil diameters from 100-500 mm
    • coil weights of up to 4 kg/mm
    • cut to length

    Our service can help you to optimise your material input. We offer:

    • a warehouse facility to help you when short lead times are essential
    •  just-in-time delivery to keep your inventory down.

    We also offer a slitting service for your materials.

    Hille & Müller GmbH Service Center Wallau contact details:

    Hille & Müller GmbH Service Center Wallau
    Nassaustraße 26
    65719 Hofheim
    Germany

    T  +49 (0) 61 22 / 70 409 0
    F  +49 (0) 61 22 / 70 409 17
    E  scw.sales@tatasteeleurope.com

     

    Thomas Steel Strip Corp.

    With a history dating back to the early 1920s, Thomas Steel Strip is today recognised as a world-class industry leader in plating.
    Our combination of equipment and capabilities ensures we can offer a flexible customer service. We can:

    •     meet customer needs for smaller volumes (much like a service centre)
    •     respond to customer production requirements for larger volumes

    Our electroplating process enables us to meet all customer expectations for product characteristics including:

    •     chemical properties
    •     corrosion resistance
    •     electrical conductivity

    As a pioneer of many new technologies, Thomas Steel Strip supplies a wide range of steel products. These are:

    •     cold rolled
    •     nickel-plated
    •     cobalt-plated
    •     nickel-zinc (NiZn)

    Whether your applications require cold-rolled or plated steel, you can be confident that Thomas Steel will provide products that meet the highest levels of dimensional and plating layer precision.
    Our combination of equipment and capabilities ensures we can offer a flexible customer service. We can:

    • meet customer needs for smaller volumes (much like a service centre)
    • respond to customer production requirements for larger volumes

    Our electroplating process enables us to meet all customer expectations for product characteristics including:

    • chemical properties
    • corrosion resistance
    • electrical conductivity

    As a pioneer of many new technologies, Thomas Steel Strip supplies a wide range of steel products. These are:

    • cold rolled
    • nickel-plated
    • cobalt-plated
    • nickel-zinc (NiZn)

    Whether your applications require cold-rolled or plated steel, you can be confident that Thomas Steel will provide products that meet the highest levels of dimensional and plating layer precision.

    Thomas Steel Strip Corp. contact details:

    Thomas Steel Strip Corp. 
    2518 West Market Street
    Warren, Ohio 44485
    United States

    T: +1 330 / 8 41 64 29
    E:  tss.marketing@tatasteelamericas.com

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    Hille & Mueller (U.S.A.), Inc

    Tata Steel Plating
    Delaware Avenue, N.W.
    Warren, OH 44485
    United States

    T: +1 330 / 8 41 62 62
    E: tsp.marketing@tatasteeleurope.com

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    Apollo Metals Ltd.

    Apollo Metals has been electroplating continuous coil at its Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, facility for more than 80 years.
    We produce copper and brass-plated cold rolled steel products in a diverse range of dimensions and surface finishes. Our products are used for:

    • critical automotive and ammunition applications
    •  a range of functional applications
    • decorative product applications

    Our electroplating process enables us to meet all customer expectations for product characteristics including:

    • chemical properties
    • corrosion resistance
    • electrical conductivity

    Apollo's state-of-the-art plating delivers optimised quality and overall product consistency. Our plating line configurations ensure extremely tight plating control.

    We specialise in plating to exacting tolerances - allowing our customers to produce at optimum efficiencies.

    Apollo Metals Ltd. contact details:

    Apollo Metals Ltd.

    1001 Fourteenth Avenue
    Bethlehem, PA 18018
    United States

    T: +1 610 / 8 67 58 26
    E: apollo.marketing@tatasteelamericas.com

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    Downloads

     

    Brochure and data sheets

    Quality Certificates

    Our company-wide management programme gives you the confidence that our products and services always conform to the very latest quality standards.  If you have questions about our quality management please contact:

    Igor Gricar, Manager Environment & Quality, (igor.gricar@tatasteeleurope.com)

    Apollo Metals Ltd

    87 kB    Download   IATF 16949:2016

    Hille & Müller

    87 kB    Download   ISO 50001:2011
    87 kB    Download   IATF 16949:2016

    Thomas Steel Strip

    87 kB    Download   ISO 14001:2004
    87 kB    Download   ISO 9001:2008

    Terms & Conditions

    Our development engineers and sales team are here to help you.
    For more information please contact us at: TSP.marketing@tatasteeleurope.com

    Apollo Metals Ltd

    87 kB    Download   Standard terms of sale & delivery
    91 kB    Download   Purchasing terms & conditions

    Hille & Müller

    Standard terms of sale & delivery
    104 kB   Download   English
    101 kB   Download   Deutsch

    Purchasing terms & conditions
    81 kB    Download   English
    85 kB    Download   Deutsch

    Standard terms for acquisitions of machinery equipment and other works and services
    77 kB    Download   English
    81 kB    Download   Deutsch

    Thomas Steel Strip

    31 kB    Download   Standard terms of sale & delivery
    69 kB    Download   Purchasing terms & conditions

     

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    Overview

    Overview

     

    Benefits

    We know you want a steel supplier and services that you can rely on.  At Tata Steel Plating we offer:

    • the benefits of an integrated supply chain
    • quality products delivered on time
    • products tailored to your specific requirements
    • opportunities for you to cut costs and waste
    • ongoing investment in products and processes
    • an international network of manufacturing plants and sales centres

    We offer a wide choice of pre-plated steel to meet your needs. Combined with our expertise in material application, our products also provide you with opportunities to:

    • meet new design challenges
    • substitute solid metals such as brass, copper and stainless steel – for weight savings, cost reduction and process benefits

    Our product portfolio includes:

    Our many years of experience and manufacturing expertise - including rolling and plating technologies - ensure that the steel we deliver is of first-rate quality.

    We deliver reliable quality every day

    Our unique production and process control systems mean that we deliver plated products with:

    • reliable mechanical properties
    • consistently tight dimensional tolerances

    Our company-wide total quality management programme gives you the confidence that our products and services always conform to the highest quality standards.

    Benefits of our products and services include:

    • Cost-effective processing
    • Optimum corrosion and heat-resistance
    • Excellent adhesion
    • Outstanding formability
    • Diverse choice of surface finish
    • Excellent weldability and brazeability
    • Roll-forming and rounded edges
    • Extremely tight tolerances (gauge, plating)
    • Simplification of post-plating through a pre-plated material
    • Integrated supply chains

    Commitment to quality

    We deliver reliable quality every day.

    Our many years of experience and precise rolling and plating technologies ensure strip in first-rate quality as the perfect basis for downstream processing. Tata Steel Plating processes are compliant with worldwide and local standards:

    •     ISO / TS 16949:2009
    •     ISO 9001:2008
    •     ISO 14001:2004
    •     ISO 50001:2011
    •     BS OHSAS 18001:2007

    Our unique production and process control systems mean we deliver plated products with:   

    •     consistently tight dimensional tolerances
    •     reliable mechanical properties

    Research & Development

    We seek to develop material solutions in co-operation with our customers through innovative combinations of coatings and substrates.
    Collaboration between our two competence centres and Tata Steel's research laboratories means we have a wide range of expertise to assist your needs.

    Are your ideas more advanced than your material? Then why not take advantage of our unique specialised knowledge?

    Plated steel strip innovations

    One of Tata Steel Plating's strengths is the ability to combine different substrates with different coatings. This enables us to develop new products and open up new perspectives for you.

    Research capabilities

    Joining forces to find the perfect solution for your specific requirements.

    Maximum product quality can only be realised through the right combination and balance of design, function and material. We mobilise our extensive research and development resources and team up with you to develop tailor-made materials that:

    •     meet your design specifications
    •     meet your functional requirements
    •     allow you to optimise your production process

    Two product market development (PMD) sites of excellence:

    •     Thomas Steel Strip (US)
    •     Hille & Müller (Germany)

    Laboratories equipped with:

    •     SEM/EDAX, GDOS, HPLC, IEC, AA, UV/Vis
    •     Electrochemical analysis equipment
    •     Metallographic equipment


    Links to Tata Steel Research & Development and Research Institutes:

    •     IJmuiden and Swinden
    •     Fraunhofer Institute

    From laboratory sample to product sample

    We know that good ideas need to be nurtured.  To assist, we can supply small test coils to get you moving in the right direction.

     

     

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    Applications

    Applications

     

     

    We serve many different and demanding markets worldwide ranging from Automotive & Fluid Handling, Battery, Electrical, Household, ICT, Office and Sporting Ammunition.

    Tata Steel is the world's leading supplier of materials for the production of battery cases. The high quality demanded by the automotive industry is what makes Tata Steel Plating the first choice for many customers.

    We understand that the needs of our customers are different in each market and have created market sector teams to support your market demands. Our dedicated account teams ensure you have access to experts in our Technical, Engineering, Supply Chain planning, and Research & Development departments all over Europe.

     

    Battery

    Tata Steel Plating is the world's leading supplier of materials for the production of battery cases. 
    We pioneered nickel plating technology. HILUMIN®, a material that we developed and patented over 60 years ago, plays an integral part in the production of batteries.

    It is an electrolytically nickel-plated, diffusion-annealed cold rolled steel strip. Its properties are optimised for the production of high-quality batteries. The benefits of HILUMIN® are recognised by many international manufacturers.

    We contribute to superior products

    We supply the global top producers of alkaline batteries.

    The features of our nickel-plated steel for batteries are fundamental to the quality of the final product. They include:

    • battery quality grade substrate
    • coating integrity (during and after stamping)
    • adherence to tight thickness tolerances
    • precise mechanical properties

    In addition, leak protection, corrosion resistance and electrical conductivity are all positively influenced by our products.

    HILUMIN® has excellent deep-drawing properties - aiding efficient and fast production of uniformly high quality batteries.

    To further enhance battery performance, HILUMIN® can also be supplied with a cobalt top layer, dull or bright finishes or as a coating on stainless steel.  For more information visit our dedicated Consumer products page.

     

    Automotive & Fluid Handling 

    Our products are used for diverse applications in the automotive industry. They include:

    Our total quality management (TQM) system ensures compliance with exacting specifications for:

    • tight dimensional tolerances.
    • material composition.
    • coatings and material thickness.

    This means that our products satisfy the very latest automotive standards.

    Tata Steel Plating products can give you an edge  
    In the highly competitive automotive environment, Tata Steel cold rolled and plated steel products can help you succeed. They can:

    • help to speed up production.
    • enhance component quality.
    • enable innovative solutions.

    The quality of our pre-plated steel strip also gives your products the perfect finish and delivers years of reliability.  A comprehensive range of pre-plated steel options gives you greater design freedom. It includes a wide choice of metallic surface finishes.

    Our products help you meet demanding safety and environmental requirements
    Tata Steel Plating helps you to produce safe and environmentally-friendly cars and automotive components. In addition to being fully recyclable, our cold rolled and plated steel products offer significant performance benefits:

    • They provide very high levels of corrosion resistance against bio fuels and de-icing agents.
    • They offer heat resistance at temperatures over 200 C°.
    • Our products also deliver outstanding collision performance against leaking or splitting.

    Brake Lines - Tata Steel Plating is a leading producer of copper-plated cold rolled steel strip. Our customers include many of the world's major brake line manufacturers.

    Fuel Lines - The automotive industry relies on tubes made from nickel-plated, cold-rolled steel to deliver fuel from the tank to the engine. The superior corrosion resistance of our tubes makes them the ideal choice for new ecological fuels.

    Bearings - Excellent deep drawing, advanced non-earring qualities make our strip the perfect choice for bearings applications.

    Gaskets - Tata Steel Plating's new high-strength strip material with nickel-zinc or nickel coatings offers a lot. It can be used to replace stainless steel in gaskets - providing customers with cost-saving opportunities. Its functional performance can be further enhanced with graphite coatings.

    Flex Tubes - To avoid stress corrosion cracking, we offer flexible stainless steel tubes with corrosion-inhibiting protection.

    For more information visit our dedicated Automotive & Fluid Handling product page.

     

    Sporting ammunition

    The market leaders in Europe and the USA come to Tata Steel Plating for their steel strip requirements of sporting ammunition.

    We have a solid track record in brass and NiZn plated products. Our ability to control all aspects of the process - including cold rolling and plating - has earned us a reputation for dependability and consistency. You can use our experience and expertise to your advantage.

    As a market leader, our products are recognised throughout Europe and the USA for their:

    •     formability.
    •     surface appearance.

    Tata Steel Plating controls all aspects of the production process - ensuring both a consistent steel substrate and plating layer.
    Tata Steel Plating offers the ammunition market cost advantages though the use of various platings.  Product options include:

    •     brass-plated steel for cost-effective replacement of solid brass.
    •     NiZn-plated products to provide the look of stainless steel at a fraction of the cost.

    Whether you're at the range or in the tree stand, we know that maximum reliability is essential. Our products provide that - and that's why we're a top choice for the sporting ammunition market.
    Superior technology for superior performance

    The innovative steel strip products produced by Tata Steel Plating offer a unique combination of formability and strength. Technical aspects aside, economic factors are a powerful argument for using pre-plated strip products, especially in times of rising raw material and environmental costs.

    Extremely tight tolerances, extensive quality controls, optimum material properties

    Unique production processes and our many years' experience ensure we produce plated steel strip products with extremely tight tolerances. This enables:

    •     simplified downstream processing.
    •     consistently high production quality.
    •     reduced reject rates.

    Our comprehensive range of products enables the optimum combination of materials - precisely tailored to customer needs. Tata Steel Plating products contribute to the perfect shot for both target-shooters and hunters alike.
    The unrivalled quality of Tata Steel Plating products makes our pre-plated steel strip the first choice for production of sporting ammuniti

    For more information visit our Nickel Zinc-plated steel product page, or download our data sheet.

     

    Consumer Electrical

    Our copper-plated product is a cold rolled steel strip that has been electroplated with copper.
    The electrical industry uses our pre-plated strip products for a wide range of applications including: conduction; protection; guiding; connection.

    Just as versatile as electricity

    In the electrical and IT industry, the versatile electroplated steel strip products manufactured by Tata Steel Plating can be utilised in numerous products. These include:

    •     circuit breaker.
    •     conducting element.
    •     pin and socket connector.
    •     hard disk frame.
    •     guide rail.
    •     screen.
    •     decorative casing for the finished appliance.

    We are here to help you explore the opportunities and benefits of substituting solid copper with our copper-plated steel.
    Pre-plated steel strip improves efficiency in the production process

    As well as reducing processing costs, our products offer you fundamental advantages on the production line. These include:

    •     excellent forming properties and stability.
    •     improved corrosion protection.
    •     good soldering/welding characteristics.
    •     high scratch resistance.

    Our copper-plated strips ensure excellent brazing behaviour. The copper layer has a high electrical conductivity and high corrosion resistance.
    Copper acts as a lubricant for outstanding formability and is an excellent substrate for post-plating.
    Plenty of potential: fine-tuning product features

    The tight tolerances of the primary products manufactured by Tata Steel Plating ensure smooth production operations. The biggest benefits come when the mechanical, chemical and electrical properties of our products are tailored to your specific production requirements. Talk with us to find out how our copper-plated products can help improve your efficiency.

     

    Household products

    Tata Steel Plating supplies top-quality electroplated strips for the production of both visible and non-visible parts in household appliances.
    To make these products, we use our high demand cold rolled strips and then undertake nickel plating or copper plating.

    Great looks and performance at an affordable price

    Our electroplated strips provide all the beauty of solid metal at a fraction of the cost. They also provide the benefit of high mechanical strength.

    Start with a perfect finish

    At Tata Steel Plating, we use our technical expertise and production know-how to produce consistently reliable electroplated material. All of our high-tech electroplated products benefit from stringent quality control and ongoing investment in research and development. We can deliver these products in large coils, small-sized coils or cut lengths.

    For more information visit our dedicated Consumer products page.

     

    Office products

    There are some products that can't be improved upon in the computer age…
    …and some that can. Tata Steel Plating delivers bright nickel-plated steel strip of consistently high quality. It's used for a wide variety of classic office products such as:

    •     ring binders
    •     lever arch mechanisms
    •     Staplers
    •     hole punches

    Tata Steel Plating electroplated strips are the perfect choice for filing products that make office work easier and efficient. Even in the computer age.  We can provide our bright nickel-plated strips (HILAN®) with several surface finishes to suit your needs - from exceptionally smooth mirror finish, bright finish and smooth finish through to rough finish.

    Our special design satin finish is equivalent to brush finish.
    Advantages for your production and your customers

    • The good scratch and abrasion resistance of HILAN® helps to guarantee a long life for your end products.
    • It leads to longer tool life and ensures the electroplated strip is suitable for stamping and deep drawing.
    • Other benefits include tight dimensional tolerances and optimal consistency of the nickel layer.

    HILAN® products can be piece-plated - in chrome, silver and gold plating - after the stamping process.

     

    ICT products

    We provide a broad range of cold rolled electroplated strip products such as NICOR® and HILAN ®.
    These are utilised in a wide variety of functional and decorative surface finishes.

    Our electroplated products are highly utilised in information and communication technology (ICT).
    We are committed to building on our technical expertise and experience to develop strip solutions with a perfect cost-advantage balance.
    The numerous applications for our products include:

    •     PC card slots
    •     tape drive parts
    •     paper guide lines
    •     disk drive parts
    •     bracket and connector parts


    Engineering, functionality and material choice.  We combine these to find the perfect solution for you.

    We want to be your partner of choice - assisting you in the improvement or new development of your ICT product.
    We always start our collaborative work by listening to you and understanding your needs.
    Electroplated strips made by Tata Steel Plating meet the demand for functional properties including:

    •     electromagnetic shielding
    •     acoustic dampening
    •     corrosion resistance
    •     surface reflectivity
    •     stability of shape
    •     electrical and thermal conductivity
    •     contact resistance
    •     vibrational wear resistance
    •     friction properties
    •     stress relaxation

    Just let us know what you need and we will provide a tailor-made strip product. Our goal is to help you achieve greater success in this market.

     

    Our development engineers and sales team are here to help you. For more information please contact us at: TSP.marketing@tatasteeleurope.com

     

     

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    Locations

    Locations

     

     

    Our global presence provides local benefits. Thanks to our international sales network, we can meet your product and service needs – wherever you are.  We offer technical and logistical support directly from our mills. But we can also assist you through our international sales offices.  Local sales representatives are trained in our products and applications and will offer you service in your own language and time zone.

    For more information on our products and services, please contact the Tata Steel Plating site in your country or region. Alternatively, you can contact Tata Steel’s international sales office in your country or region where our team will be happy to help you.

    Our mill sales contacts in Europe and the USA are:

    Hille & Müller GmbH

    Hille & Müller, Düsseldorf was founded in 1905 and is now the headquarter of Tata Steel Plating. It was the first company in the world to produce electroplated steel strip.

    Over 100 years’ experience and a longstanding commitment to innovation have made Hille & Müller the world's leading expert in nickel-plated steel strip. Excellent surface finish is a hallmark of our products. A wide choice of mirror finish and smooth, matte surfaces are available.

    Our electroplating process enables us to meet all customer expectations for product characteristics including:

    • chemical properties
    • corrosion resistance
    • electrical conductivity

    Hille & Müller is renowned for consistently reliable manufacturing processes. These deliver customised products with exacting dimensional tolerances for diverse applications and requirements.

    Hille & Müller GmbH contact details:

    Tata Steel Plating
    Head Office
    c/o Hille & Müller GmbH
    Am Trippelsberg 48
    D-40589 Düsseldorf
    Germany

    T: +49 (0)211 79 50 471
    E:  tsp.marketing@tatasteeleurope.com

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    Hille & Müller GmbH Service Center Wallau

    Our service centre does far more than just supply steel. Dedicated teams will work with you to help:

    • reduce your costs
    • reduce waste
    • ensure the best possible product performance
    • meet your specific needs

    The Wallau Service Centre cuts, prepares and delivers these materials:

    • nickel-plated steel
    • copper-plated steel
    • brass-plated steel
    • zinc-plated steel
    • cold rolled steel

    These steel strip products - supplied from Tata Steel Plating manufacturing plants - offer the benefit of a fully integrated supply chain. They can be ordered in the following dimensions:gauges from 0.10 - 1.8 mm.

    • widths from 2.0 - 650 mm
    • inside coil diameters from 100-500 mm
    • coil weights of up to 4 kg/mm
    • cut to length

    Our service can help you to optimise your material input. We offer:

    • a warehouse facility to help you when short lead times are essential
    •  just-in-time delivery to keep your inventory down.

    We also offer a slitting service for your materials.

    Hille & Müller GmbH Service Center Wallau contact details:

    Hille & Müller GmbH Service Center Wallau
    Nassaustraße 26
    65719 Hofheim
    Germany

    T  +49 (0) 61 22 / 70 409 0
    F  +49 (0) 61 22 / 70 409 17
    E  scw.sales@tatasteeleurope.com

     

    Thomas Steel Strip Corp.

    With a history dating back to the early 1920s, Thomas Steel Strip is today recognised as a world-class industry leader in plating.
    Our combination of equipment and capabilities ensures we can offer a flexible customer service. We can:

    •     meet customer needs for smaller volumes (much like a service centre)
    •     respond to customer production requirements for larger volumes

    Our electroplating process enables us to meet all customer expectations for product characteristics including:

    •     chemical properties
    •     corrosion resistance
    •     electrical conductivity

    As a pioneer of many new technologies, Thomas Steel Strip supplies a wide range of steel products. These are:

    •     cold rolled
    •     nickel-plated
    •     cobalt-plated
    •     nickel-zinc (NiZn)

    Whether your applications require cold-rolled or plated steel, you can be confident that Thomas Steel will provide products that meet the highest levels of dimensional and plating layer precision.
    Our combination of equipment and capabilities ensures we can offer a flexible customer service. We can:

    • meet customer needs for smaller volumes (much like a service centre)
    • respond to customer production requirements for larger volumes

    Our electroplating process enables us to meet all customer expectations for product characteristics including:

    • chemical properties
    • corrosion resistance
    • electrical conductivity

    As a pioneer of many new technologies, Thomas Steel Strip supplies a wide range of steel products. These are:

    • cold rolled
    • nickel-plated
    • cobalt-plated
    • nickel-zinc (NiZn)

    Whether your applications require cold-rolled or plated steel, you can be confident that Thomas Steel will provide products that meet the highest levels of dimensional and plating layer precision.

    Thomas Steel Strip Corp. contact details:

    Thomas Steel Strip Corp. 
    2518 West Market Street
    Warren, Ohio 44485
    United States

    T: +1 330 / 8 41 64 29
    E:  tss.marketing@tatasteelamericas.com

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    Hille & Mueller (U.S.A.), Inc

    Tata Steel Plating
    Delaware Avenue, N.W.
    Warren, OH 44485
    United States

    T: +1 330 / 8 41 62 62
    E: tsp.marketing@tatasteeleurope.com

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    Apollo Metals Ltd.

    Apollo Metals has been electroplating continuous coil at its Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, facility for more than 80 years.
    We produce copper and brass-plated cold rolled steel products in a diverse range of dimensions and surface finishes. Our products are used for:

    • critical automotive and ammunition applications
    •  a range of functional applications
    • decorative product applications

    Our electroplating process enables us to meet all customer expectations for product characteristics including:

    • chemical properties
    • corrosion resistance
    • electrical conductivity

    Apollo's state-of-the-art plating delivers optimised quality and overall product consistency. Our plating line configurations ensure extremely tight plating control.

    We specialise in plating to exacting tolerances - allowing our customers to produce at optimum efficiencies.

    Apollo Metals Ltd. contact details:

    Apollo Metals Ltd.

    1001 Fourteenth Avenue
    Bethlehem, PA 18018
    United States

    T: +1 610 / 8 67 58 26
    E: apollo.marketing@tatasteelamericas.com

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    Downloads

    Downloads

     

    Brochure and data sheets

    Quality Certificates

    Our company-wide management programme gives you the confidence that our products and services always conform to the very latest quality standards.  If you have questions about our quality management please contact:

    Igor Gricar, Manager Environment & Quality, (igor.gricar@tatasteeleurope.com)

    Apollo Metals Ltd

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    Hille & Müller

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    Thomas Steel Strip

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    Terms & Conditions

    Our development engineers and sales team are here to help you.
    For more information please contact us at: TSP.marketing@tatasteeleurope.com

    Apollo Metals Ltd

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    Hille & Müller

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