The manufacture, pre-assembly and testing of the three cold rolling mills will take place in China, according to the specifications drawn up by Johnson Controls. The supply scope includes a roll coating that SMS group has designed specifically for lead rolling. The automation system will be laid out in close cooperation with Johnson Controls.
The tandem cold mills will be designed to roll lead strip in the narrow strip range. The finished strip is going to be used to make environment-friendly, high-performance automotive batteries.
The first mill successfully passed all functional tests in the pre-assembled state and is now being prepared for shipment. All three tandem cold mills will be installed at different international locations of Johnson Controls.
Being very satisfied with SMS group’s cooperation, and manufacturing efficiency and quality, Johnson Controls has presented SMS group with the “Asia Supplier Excellence Award”. This award is additional incentive for the team of SMS group to work closely with the international team of Johnson Controls experts to also complete the manufacture and shipment of the other two tandem cold mills according to schedule.
Commissioning of the plants is scheduled to take place in 2018.
With more than 2,000 facilities in more than 150 countries, Johnson Controls is a well-established and world-leading provider of products and solutions that create intelligent buildings and integrated infrastructure. Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the world’s leading producer of automotive batteries. The company ships about 152 million batteries every year to automakers and aftermarket distributors and retailers.
SMS group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 13,500 employees who generate worldwide sales of more than EUR 3 billion. The sole owner of the holding company SMS GmbH is the Familie Weiss Foundation.
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