Nuclear technology: BUTTING – supplier to the ITER Project

BUTTING has been producing a wide variety of high-quality products for nuclear plants for more than 60 years: Currently, we are involved in one of the world's largest experiments in nuclear technology. We were awarded the contract to supply plates, plate cuttings and welded square pipes for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) research project.

The client is our long-standing French partner Global Nuclear Metal Supply (GNMS). BUTTING has been part of this collaborative community of European manufacturers and trading houses for more than five years. The objective of GNMS is to enable direct supplies of all metallic products to clients in the nuclear industry as a one-stop source, and to provide an efficient value and supply chain from raw material provider to end product. 

Norbert Heinzle, Managing Director of BUTTING in Knesebeck and current President of GNMS, sees many advantages: "The different metal processing companies combine maximum flexibility with engineering excellence. This network of top European manufacturers enables us to offer customised product solutions to clients or entire projects both quickly and economically – and as a one-stop source."

This is also the case for a manufacturer of products for the improvement and transportation of cryogenic liquids. Our supply is used as a component for cryogenic pipelines in the megaproject (ITER). The material 304 / 304L was selected for the products, but with narrower tolerances for the individual alloy elements and wall thicknesses of 5 to 30 mm. 

Matthias Leber, Sales Manager Spools and plant construction at BUTTING in Knesebeck is in no doubt: "Together we can be a strong partner for the nuclear industry thanks to the multi-faceted nature of the GNMS network and the individual strengths and high-quality products offered by the individual members." 

International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)

The international research project is currently regarded as one of the world's largest experiments in the field of plasma physics. An experimental fusion reactor will be started with the aim of generating electricity by means of fusion energy.
Since 2007, the extremely technologically complex project with 35 nations participating is under construction at the Cadarache research centre in southern France. The power station is planned to be commissioned in 2025.

BUTTING – Fortschritt aus Tradition

Photo Matthias Leber
Matthias Leber
Sales Spools & plant construction