The FRANK name has been synonymous with high-quality consumables and structural components for agricultural engineering and a wide range of industrial applications since 1836. The group currently employs around 500 people across six sites in Germany, Hungary, Ukraine and Russia. The product range consists of over 12,000 items, which are distributed to equipment manufacturers all over the world and to the aftermarket under the FRANK Original brand name. In order to maintain its leading position in terms of quality, the company focuses on making improvements throughout the entire value chain. Close, trusting cooperation with its suppliers is therefore an important part of FRANK’s quality assurance process.
Boron manganese steel increasingly used in agriculture
Agricultural equipment can be used day and night under varying conditions, whether that’s ploughing stony ground, mechanically weeding between delicate young plants or harvesting a potato crop. Boron manganese steel is increasingly used in agriculture to overcome these challenges and to prevent parts from becoming broken or worn too quickly. Boron manganese steel is a type of boron-alloyed tempered steel. These types of steel are characterised by their good formability at processing and solidity following heat treatment. The strength properties are provided by carbon and manganese additions with small quantities of boron amounting to a few thousandths of a percent.
Tata Steel as development and production partner
Boron manganese steel is critical for optimising complex structures of consumables and spare parts of ploughs, harrows and similar soil cultivation tools to ensure high-performance in agricultural engineering. This steel is therefore one of the core materials used by FRANK and for this reason is of strategic importance. This traditional company selected Tata Steel as its development and production partner to ensure long term, reliable supply of high-quality boron manganese steel.