Element Six announces automated manufacturing line for road milling bits

March 15, 2022

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MasterGrade bits use Element Six’s proprietary nano-technology to enhance the cobalt binder matrix and optimise the bit’s toughness. These innovative carbides result in a versatile bit that offers greater wear resistance, improved tool life and increased operating efficiency (Courtesy Element Six)

Element Six (E6), part of the De Beers Group, has announced the introduction of a new, fully automated production line for road milling bit manufacturing, expected to be in service in the second quarter of 2022.

The multi-million-dollar investment will expand E6’s capacity for the manufacture of wear-resistant tungsten carbide tools and enable the company to service its customers more efficiently thanks to faster production speeds at its Burghaun, Germany, facility. More integrated control steps are also expected to lead to an improvement in product quality, with the line automating the production of carbide tools.

E6‘s history has been in supplying the market with high-quality road milling bits, used in a range of diverse applications, including agriculture and forestry machinery, mineral processing and metal forming solutions. The company points to its E6 bits, and the MasterGrade™ range in particular, as an especially high-quality solution, said to reduce total operation cost while improving safety.

“Innovation has always been at the heart of E6’s success and this move will strengthen the company’s already established position in the market,” commented Markus Bening, Sales Director for Road, Mining and Wear at E6. “The line will increase flexibility and supply capacity while, crucially, delivering competitive advantage to new and existing customers on a global scale.”


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