Nitrex Metal received an order from Sapa Profiles to supply a turnkey nitrocarburizing system for its newly acquired extrusion facility in China. The plant, which is located northeast of Shanghai, comprises 16 presses with a total capacity of 95,000 tons. Renamed Sapa Profiles Jiangyin Co. Ltd., this acquisition represents a strategic step in establishing the group’s first aluminum extrusion plant in China. The addition of the nitrocarburizing system is part of the group’s capital improvement plan to enhance the capabilities of the plant’s heat-treat operations and raise output capacity.

Nitrex Metal is supplying a complete system including furnace, racking, control system and process technology tailored for aluminum extrusion dies. The furnace measures 39 inches in diameter x 59 inches high (1,000 mm x 1,500 mm) and can process loads of 4,400 pounds (2,000 kg). Nitreg®-C nitrocarburizing technology was chosen for better case properties.