Optimal quality and innovative solutions contribute to securing the Group’s future.
Exceptional quality is the foundation of our long history and our success. This is why we are bound to the highest standards and strive for the production of flawless products with consistently high process and service quality in all company divisions around the world. For instance, our copper cathodes have an outstanding chemical quality that exceeds the requirements of the metal exchanges.
The quality management systems at all of the production sites are certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2008. The Business Line Flat Rolled Products sites in Buffalo, Stolberg and Zutphen have also been certified in accordance with the stricter rules of the standard ISO TS 16949.
Our own quality standards are expressed in outstanding product and service quality. In addition to excellent products, we offer our customers high-quality services, for example in logistics and commercial and technical customer service. Our engineers support our customers on site. Training, seminars and workshops round off our service offering.
Innovations from our Research, Development and Innovation division are very significant for us, as they help to secure our economic future. Our international team of 56 highly qualified employees from different fields develops successful innovations – together with internal and external partners.
Environmental protection is a key driver of our R&D strategy. The consideration of current and future environmental standards, a resource-efficient approach to raw materials, water and energy, and the continuous reduction of emissions are important targets in this respect. One example of a reaction to future environmental demands is the research in primary and secondary metallurgical slags, which we continued.
Minimizing losses: the Ultrawire project
Utilizing electricity as efficiently as possible is one of the central goals of business and science. Because the transport of electricity is always connected with losses due to the resistance of electrical mains, the European project “Ultrawire” is attempting to create a material with the lowest possible electrical resistance by combining copper and carbon. We are taking part in this project together with other partners.
You can read more about Ultrawire on page 15 of our Annual Report 2014/15
Excellent properties: “BlueBrass 42” at Aurubis Stolberg
When developing innovations, we also utilize our close contact with our customers to orient our R&D work to the demands of the market. One example can be found at Aurubis Stolberg. The site has developed the “BlueBrass 42” family of alloys, which combines the current standards of the electrical and automotive industries in terms of conductivity, machinability and formability with the increasing demand for lead-free products. There was a breakthrough towards series fabrication for key customers during the reporting period.
Read more about “BlueBrass 42” at www.bluebrass.com
High-performance copper-bearing alloys: "Alloyed Wire"
In the “Alloyed Wire” project, we made progress in the fabrication of high-performance alloys made of wire with high copper contents. This top-quality wire is exceedingly stable with high electrical conductivity. It is used as a base material for connectors, press-in contacts and electrical conductors with special demands. These materials are also used in safety applications in cars, e.g. airbags and ABS. Nevertheless, additional process developments are necessary before a stable series production is possible. In the strip sector, the introduction of a high-performance alloy that is used to produce connectors was successfully concluded. The special feature is once again the good combination of strength and conductivity, paired with above-average resistance to softening at higher temperatures. The alloy is used in the automotive sector, among others. In addition to casting the alloy, production trials up to the initial sampling stage were successfully carried out with key automotive suppliers.