Nippon Steel & Sumikin Cold Heading Wire Indiana (NSCI) officially opened its 150,000-square-foot steel-wire production facility in Shelbyville, Ind. The $50 million project is expected to create up to 70 jobs by 2021. The plant, parent company Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.’s (NSSMC) first in the U.S. for its bar and wire rod unit, has an annual production capacity of 36,000 tons and is capable of manufacturing steel wires with a maximum diameter of 1.5 inches (40 mm).
Steel wires for cold heading and forging, which are produced by adding secondary processes such as heat treatment and wire drawing, are mainly used for important safety-related parts such as automobile bolts. In order to satisfy requirements for high quality, NSSMC and NSCI are cooperating in performing strict and unified quality management.