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Bohler-Uddeholm UK Hosts Austrian Trade Visit

Austrian Ambassador 20Bohler-Uddeholm (UK) Ltd welcomed Austrian Ambassador, Dr Martin Eichtinger and the Austrian Trade Commissioner, Dr Christian Kesberg to their award-winning distribution facility in Oldbury. BUUK is part of the Special Steel Division of the Austrian based voestalpine Group, a steel-based technology and capital goods group that operates worldwide.

Ambassador Dr. Martin Eichtinger commented, “Bohler-Uddeholm, world leader in high quality special steels, is also one of the most successful Austrian companies in the UK. My recent visit to its new logistics facility and operations hub gave me great insights into the future of warehouse efficiency”.

With an emphasis on high-quality products, the voestalpine Group turnover is in excess of €11bn. The UK is structured into three core businesses: Specialty Metals Division which targets the Oil & Gas, CPI & Energy industries; the recently enhanced Aerospace Division which operates in Aviation and Defence and the Tool Steel & High Speed Steel Division which supports the Automotive, Packaging, Aerospace, Medical and Motorsport sectors.

Tom Gowans explains how being part of one of the world’s largest businesses has supported the UK, “the Mill structures and the strength of the voestalpine Special Steels Division means the UK business benefi ts from a strong supply chain, extensive product portfolio and fi nancial backing. This has allowed the UK to invest in a diffi cult market, ensuring it is more efficient and better placed to meet both current and future demands”.

Building a logistics plant and operations hub has been integral to Bohler-Uddeholm UK’s strategy. Tom Gowans Managing Director adds, “we had a choice, invest or stagnate, so we modernised. Our new logistics plant came on line first half of last year and is now fully operational”.

In September 2016, Bohler Uddeholm won the SHD Logistics Award for Warehouse Effi ciency. The new KASTO system is the tallest in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. With an average picking time of 6mins, orders can be picked and despatched the same day. Value-Added solutions give our customers access to cutting, machining, bevelling, testing and other services providing turnkey customer solutions.

This includes an onsite testing service, used when customers require additional certifi cation to that supplied by the Mill. The UK’s strategy is to be a one-stop-shop and it looks like that’s exactly what they have achieved.

For more information please contact Bohler-Uddeholm (UK) Ltd on 0121 552 5681 or visit www.bohler-uddeholm.co.uk.

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