LaserBond Breaks into US Export Market
Surface engineering and coating business, LaserBond has broken into the US market, delivering its first order of composite carbide steel mill rolls to an American steel producer.
LaserBond’s steel mill rolls have been in use in the Australian market for over a decade and typically last five to 15 times longer than competitors. Sydney-based LaserBond said that this was the first of many orders it expected for its new range of composite carbide steel mill rolls.
LaserBond CEO, Wayne Hooper, said pressure to increase productivity and reduce maintenance costs meant customers were searching for better performance from wearing components."The products division directly exported $2.6 million in FY18 and we intend to grow that strongly," Hooper said. "These early international orders for a new product range form part of a strategy that will deliver tremendous growth."
"Constant pressure to improve productivity and reduce maintenance costs requires companies all over the world to search for improved performance from the wearing components that form a large slice of their operation costs. LaserBond’s composite carbide enhanced rolls well and truly deliver in this regard."
According to Liberty House Group, one of LaserBond’s domestic steel customers, and the operator of the Whyalla blast furnace and a number of electric arc steel mills, said that LaserBond’s products were integral to its supply chain.
"Within a time period of less than six months LaserBond has become an integral supply chain partner with our procurement and maintenance teams."
"In every case, the composite carbide components that are manufactured and supplied to us by LaserBond have far exceeded our expectations in terms of the service life we are now achieving."
LaserBond utilises advanced surface-engineering techniques to reduce the wear rates, maintenance and operating costs of production-vital components of industrial customers.
LaserBond’s composite carbide steel mill rolls offer:
- Surface texture finished to individual customer requirements from ‘as laser clad’ with a roughness similar to coarse emery paper, to a superfinished Ra 0.2-0.5 micron
- Coarser finish offers excellent ‘pulling’ through where necessary
- Superfinish offers mirror finish, with no scratches visible on the end product
- Roll Shell manufactured to replace OEM shaft
- No retrofitting or modifications required
- Manufactured to customer specifications.
- The product coming off rolling mill generally defaults to one side of every run-out roll, which greatly increases the wear factor
- Outstanding resistance to frictional wear and operating pressure
- A single quoted price covering door-to-door delivery, in sturdy fumigated wooden crates designed for forklift use
Images: LaserBond’s composite carbide steel mill rolls have been in use in the Australian market for 18 months and typically last five to 15 times longer than competitors.