R&A 2011: plenty to talk about

By David Sear

The “R & A” (a regional trade show and Conference for stainless steels and aluminum) recently took place in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. About 65 companies took part, showing the latest technical and product developments. An ideal opportunity, therefore, for your editors to scope out the stainless steel market. Many people we spoke to were optimistic about the future and quite willing to have their thoughts captured on film. We are very grateful for their time.
Rising market

Renate Boom, Management Assistant at CL Staal, indicates that demand for stainless steel is increasing. Orders are coming from machine shops, petrochemicals plants, etc. She also mentions a special flange that CL Staal recently delivered. (Dutch, with English subtitles)
Introducing Stainihard
Stainihard – the surface treatment of stainless steel – is a valuable process that can prevent the cold welding of stainless steel, according to Steffen Schneider (Sales Manager at H & ST).
The advantage of water cutting
General Director Gerrit Hoeksema explains that Hoekman Companies have invested considerably in 2010 in both a laser cutter and a water cutting device. A water jet is an excellent method to cut differing materials thicknesses. Furthermore, Mr Hoekman explains why 2011 is a very special year! (Dutch with English subtitles)
Crisis: a taboo word
We don’t use that word, is the main message from Stefan Bagen, Assistant Director at Paul Meijering Stainless Steel. The company is actively investing in new steels and is thinking about a new warehouse.
Reduced machining
What manufacturer would not want to cut down the machining times? According to Sandvik’s Dyon Hermsen (Area Sales Manager) the key lies in properly considering the starting material and product form.
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