Research & Development

Research and Development

No matter whether they come in the form of semi-finished products, tools, components, consumables or replacement parts, the molybdenum and tungsten products from the Plansee Group are vital for our high-tech world, both now and in the future.

Investments

During the last fiscal year, the Plansee Group made investments of 220 million euros. And the Plansee Group will continue to invest in machines and capacity, in new technologies and products and in acquisitions across the entire value-added chain in order to remain a competitive supplier of the tough metals tungsten and molybdenum.

Innovations and patents

During the last fiscal year, the Plansee Group invested 31 million euros or five percent of sales revenues in innovation projects. Over the course of 2015/16, the Plansee Group applied for a total of 25 patents.

New products

The aim is to achieve 33 percent of sales revenues in the Plansee Group with new products. With 37 percent, this target was exceeded in the past fiscal year. This is a record! A product is regarded as being new if it is less than five years old, is a significant development of an existing product, or opens up a new application.

Discover our innovations

Hot sheet

Their special structure makes molybdenum-lanthanum sheets from Plansee even stronger for furnace construction, where they provide ideal protection for the layers behind them. These sheets get their name from their appearance: Honeycomb sheets. They are installed as standard in Plansee’s Enerzone hot zones.

New shoulder milling cutter

Ceratizit has developed an entirely new carbide tool for shoulder milling. The new milling system allows precise 90-degree angles to be produced on components far more economically.

Optimizing diesels

Up to 20 percent of the power available in a car is lost to friction. With a heatresistant coating made from molybdenum nitride and molybdenum-copper, Plansee is making it possible to optimize combustion in diesel injection systems by increasing the operating temperature and thus reducing fuel consumption. 

Innovative simulation

Ceratizit Italy has introduced the finite element method for simulating forming processes. This method makes it possible to simulate the entire process as well as each individual step in the forming process for a workpiece. Simulation of the forming process allows Ceratizit to provide scientific evidence of the performance of its forming tools.