At the beginning of the 1990s, BUTTING developed the mechanically clad BUTTING bi-metal pipe – the BuBi® pipe for short. Since then, this pipe has impressed numerous customers worldwide. As demand grows steadily, BUTTING is making a major investment in expanding its production capacity.
Norbert Heinzle, Managing Director of BUTTING in Knesebeck, explains on the subject: "Our references prove: Today, BUTTING is the world’s leading manufacturer of mechanically clad pipes. Our goal is to continue expanding our market position in the future, thereby making an important contribution to the success of our customers in the development of new resources."
Against this background, BUTTING has taken the expectations of customers and the market into account and will make a substantial investment in the coming years in order to significantly expand production capacities for BuBi® pipes.
So far BUTTING has a 12-m hydroforming press in which a corrosion-resistant stainless steel BUTTING pipe and a carbon-manganese steel pipe are mechanically connected to make a BuBi® pipe. On average, about 15 kilometres in medium BuBi® pipe sizes can currently be produced per month.
BUTTING’s long-term objective is to double monthly capacities. Thomas Janssen, Head of Production Technology, is responsible for this major investment: "We are duplicating the previous production line, taking into account our many years of experience and the latest technical advances in our planning." The construction of a new hall and the associated adjustments to the processes are intended to further optimise production processes and increase productivity.
In addition, a new 12-metre hydroforming press has been planned together with a mechanical engineering company and commissioned for production. "We are currently assuming that production of the first BuBi® pipes in our new production cycle will begin in the third quarter of next year”, explains Thomas Janssen.
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