Wieland in Asia
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Extra service - Wieland group opens rolling mill in Singapore

The Wieland group is opening a cold rolling mill for copper and copper alloys in Singapore on 8th October 2007. Wieland has been operating a slitting centre for strips and sheets made from copper and copper alloys for use in electronics and electrical engineering in Singapore since 1991. The company is significantly expanding its service capability for the Asian market with its biggest ever foreign investment of 60 million Euros: it will now be possible to deal with customer requests more quickly and flexibly – a decisive competitive advantage for the Wieland group, which mainly supplies to manufacturers of connectors, leadframes and transistors in South East Asia.

Rolling mill allows manufacturing to take place in proximity to customers

The Wieland group has been operating in Asia since 1987. The company first opened a sales office in Hong Kong, followed by the slitting centre for strips made from copper and copper alloy in Singapore in 1991. Wieland then continued to expand its activities in Asia. The decision to build the rolling mill in Singapore was made against the background of an increase in demand for strips made from copper materials for electronic applications. ”As a leading supplier we have to manufacture where our customers are, namely here in Asia”, Bernd Dautel, Managing Director of Wieland Metals in Asia, explains the decision to build a rolling mill in Singapore. ”We can now deal with special requests both quickly and flexibly”, continues Dautel. The new rolling mill is now located on a new, bigger site in the “Jurong” industrial area. The slitting centre and the administration area relocated to the new site last year.

Unique in south-east Asia

“I am happy to note that Wieland-Werke is setting a fine example of introducing a new capability by adding precision cold rolling in their new facility. Precision cold rolling is something not many countries can offer, and we are thankful that Singapore is now able to because of Wieland-Werke", said Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry.

This investment means that Wieland Metals Singapore now has the only rolling mill for copper products in South East Asia, covering an area of approximately 27,000 square metres. About 160 employees will be working in the production, administration, sales and marketing areas.

Short portrait of the Wieland Group

The Ulm-based Wieland Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of semifinished products and special products made from copper and copper alloys. The semifinished products are strips, sheets, tubes, rods, wires and sections. The special products include slide bearings, finned tubes and heat exchangers.

The Wieland Group consists of more than 30 manufacturing sites, slitting centres and trading companies in Europe, China, Singapore, South Africa and in the USA. Wieland-Werke AG has four plants in Germany: in Ulm, Velbert-Langenberg, Villingen-Schwenningen and Vöhringen.

Wieland supplies customers in numerous markets with over 100 different copper alloys which are primarily used in the electrical and electronic industry. Other important consumer areas are the automotive industry, the construction industry and the engineering industry.

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