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03 July 2012

Amsterdam, 3rd July 2012
--- AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.’s (“AMG”, EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: “AMG”) Engineering Systems Division, ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH (“ALD”) announces the introduction of the SyncroTherm® furnace with orders from two launch customers, Skoda Auto a.s., a member of Volkswagen AG, and a multinational Japanese automaker.


The SyncroTherm® furnace is designed to meet increasing demand from the automotive industry for lower cost, single part manufacturing, utilizing just-in-time production principles.  The SyncroTherm® furnace eliminates the existing gap between soft and hard machining in a gear wheel manufacturing line, completing the ‘One-Piece-Flow’ process technology for the first time.  The gear components are loaded in one layer into the SyncroTherm® furnace, using an innovative vacuum carburising process followed by gas quenching with 6 bar nitrogen.   The integration of heat treatment processes into the production line ensures continuous production without interruption, reducing production costs and working capital while ensuring consistent quality and reproducibility of heat treatment results.  SyncroTherm® is also more eco-friendly than traditional heat treatment by eliminating oil quenching and washing.  

Skoda ordered two SyncroTherm® furnaces for its manufacturing of double clutch transmission parts. These SyncroTherm® furnaces will operate in combination with a hardening press, further reducing operating costs and production timeframes.  ALD operates an industrial-scale SyncroTherm® furnace in its technical laboratory in Hanau, Germany which is available for customer trials.

 The introduction of the SyncroTherm® furnace opens the door for a lower cost, innovative production philosophy in gear manufacturing.   For product inquiries and further information please contact our SyncroTherm® Product Manager,  Mr. Karl Ritter, (p)+49 61 81 307 3279 or e-mail karl.ritter(at)ald-vt.de


About AMG

AMG creates and applies innovative metallurgical solutions to the global trend of sustainable development of natural resources and CO2 reduction.  AMG produces highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems for the Energy, Aerospace, Infrastructure and Specialty Metals and Chemicals end markets.  AMG consists of two operating divisions, Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems, and owns an interest in publicly-listed Graphit Kropfmühl AG (Deutsche Börse: GKR.DE).

The Advanced Materials Division develops and produces specialty metals, alloys and high performance materials. AMG is a significant producer of specialty metals, such as ferrovanadium, ferronickel-molybdenum, aluminum master alloys and additives, chromium metal and ferrotitanium, for Energy, Aerospace, Infrastructure and Specialty Metal and Chemicals applications.  Other key products include specialty alloys for titanium and superalloys, coating materials, tantalum and niobium oxides, vanadium chemicals and antimony trioxide.

The Engineering Systems Division designs, engineers and produces advanced vacuum furnace systems and operates vacuum heat treatment facilities, primarily for the Aerospace and Energy (including solar and nuclear) industries.  Furnace systems produced by AMG include vacuum remelting, solar silicon melting and crystallization, vacuum induction melting, vacuum heat treatment and high pressure gas quenching, turbine blade coating and sintering.  AMG also provides vacuum case-hardening heat treatment services on a tolling basis.

Graphit Kropfmühl AG is a majority owned, publicly listed subsidiary of AMG.  Based on its secure raw material sources in Africa, Asia and Europe, Graphit Kropfmühl is a specialist in the production of silicon metal and the extraction, processing and refining of natural crystalline graphite for a wide range of energy saving industrial applications. 

With over 3,000 employees, AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, United States, China, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, India and Sri Lanka and has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia and Japan (www.amg-nv.com).   


For further information, please contact:

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. +1 610 975 4901

Jonathan Costello

Vice President of Corporate Development and Corporate Communications




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