Voestalpine adds nitriding capabilities, named exclusive licensee for Czech Republic

Nitrex Metal has entered into an exclusive agreement with Voestalpine AG to bring innovations in stainless steel hardening technologies to the Czech market. (Courtesy: Nitrex)

Voestalpine AG’s High Performance Metals Division has expanded its heat-treatment capabilities with a Nitrex system for nitriding and surface hardening stainless steel.

Nitrex Metal has entered into an exclusive agreement with Voestalpine AG, in the Czech Republic, to bring innovations in stainless steel hardening technologies to the Czech market. The new nitriding system, model NX-820, is configured to process 31.5” diameter by 78.75” high (800 mm by 2000 mm) workloads that weigh up to 3,850 pounds (1750 kg) and complements a prior Nitrex system installed in 2008 that combined Nitreg®-C gas nitrocarburizing technology with ONC® post- oxidizing technology for processing firearms.

Capable of treating 304, 316, and 412 grade stainless steels, the new system with integral process technologies Nitreg®-S and Nano-S™ optimizes the mechanical performance and economic return by making these steels extremely wear- and corrosion-resistant and capable of achieving a longer useful life. Like all Nitreg® brand technologies, post cleaning of treated parts and added production steps such as machining are eliminated.

As part of the new system order, Voestalpine and Nitrex have expanded their cooperation, granting Voestalpine the exclusive rights to commercialize Nitreg-S and Nano-S technologies in the Czech Republic. “The agreement builds on a strong partnership and confirms the market potential of hardening technologies for stainless steels. Under the terms of the license, Nitrex will work closely with Voestalpine to help meet their customer demands with research and process development for a variety of applications, materials, and markets,” said Marcin Stoklosa, special projects manager of Nitrex Metal.

“We are excited about bringing these innovative heat-treat processes to the Czech Republic market. With this license, Voestalpine will continue to enlarge the size of its prospective customer base and provide the local manufacturing community with much needed access to comprehensive technologies. Nitrex’s proven technologies offer numerous benefits to our industrial customers looking to maximize the life span and quality of their engineered parts and components,” said Zbyněk Drda, Voestalpine heat treatment manager.

The High Performance Metals Division of Voestalpine Group specializes in high-performance materials and customer-specific services including heat treatment, surface treatments, and additive manufacturing processes to the aerospace, automobile, consumer goods, oil and gas, and tooling industries. Since 2005, Nitrex Metal has been building a lifelong customer relationship with Voestalpine and its affiliates – Assab, Assab Steels, Assab Tooling, and Böhler- Uddeholm. The company operates twelve Nitrex nitriding and nitrocarburizing systems in nine countries including China, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Poland, Slovakia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

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