Sandvik presidents launch Dormer Pramet production hall construction

January 3, 2023

L-R: Stefan Widing, Nadine Crauwels and Eduardo Martin mark the launch of a new production hall for Dormer Pramet (Courtesy Dormer Pramet)
L-R: Stefan Widing, Nadine Crauwels and Eduardo Martin mark the launch of a new production hall for Dormer Pramet (Courtesy Dormer Pramet)

Sandvik president Stefan Widing and Sandvik Machining Solutions (SMS) president Nadine Crauwels joined Dormer Pramet president Eduardo Martin in launching construction of a new 4,500 m2 production hall in Šumperk, Czech Republic. A division of SMS, Dormer Pramet will use the hall as its main location for the production of cutting inserts and tools. The site will also be home to the XP Center, a global R&D, training and testing facility.

The new hall will include two floors and annexes to increase production of inserts. Once completed, this will also allow room for upgrading existing equipment in the current production halls at the Czech site. Along with developments to the manufacturing facility, the safety of employees is also scheduled to be improved; the new hall will feature additional changing rooms and clean spaces to maintain a safe working environment. Innovations in automation and robotisation are planned within the development to meet future demands.

Pramet also aims to improve the sustainability of the Šumperk facility. The company’s goal is to globally reduce CO2 emissions by 50% and achieve recyclability of 90% by 2030. In line with this, the new hall will utilise photovoltaic panels installed on the roof to provide solar energy and reduce carbon emissions. There are additional plans for upgrading waste management capacity, including improved sorting to increase the reclamation of recyclable material.

A virtual tour of the Šumperk facility is available here. Through this interactive tool, viewers can see the various stages of production, packaging, and R&D involved in indexable insert manufacture.

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