Nov. 26, 2014
Worthington's TWB Joint Venture Opens New Canadian Facility
TWB Company, the tailor welded blanking joint venture of Worthington Industries and Wuhan Iron and Steel Co., has opened a new facility in Cambridge, Ontario. The new facility will initially house one laser welding line with the capacity to produce two million blanks per year.
"Our business continues to grow as we partner with automakers to help reduce the weight of vehicles by expanding the use of tailor welded products and introducing new lighter and stronger material choices for car parts," says Geoff Gilmore, president of Worthington Industries Steel Processing. "Our first Canadian facility is strategically located near key customers and frees up capacity at our Monroe, Mich., location."
The use of tailor welded blanks in vehicles has grown in recent years as automakers reduce weight to improve fuel economy in order to meet new targets set by the government. Laser welded blanks are made from welding steel blanks of various thicknesses and grades together to form a tailored blank that is then stamped into automotive body panels.
The Cambridge facility includes 35,000 square feet with 16 employees and will initially serve General Motors, Chrysler and several Tier 1 automotive suppliers. The new facility is TWB's eighth in North America.