Key customers get a peek into the future at a Feintool meeting


Events

On May 7, 2018, around 70 invited guests took part in Feintool’s Circle Meeting, an innovation event that takes place every two years. After keynote speeches on future developments for the fineblanking market, a podium discussion about the possible future of the automobile industry and – by way of a highlight – a tour of the company’s own press competence center in Jona, Switzerland, the day ended with an evening social event.

The automobile industry of tomorrow
The high points of the day included the presentation by Thomas Palme and the podium discussion that followed, which involved customers, professors and the Feintool management. Thomas Palme is an automobile industry expert from the Boston Consulting Group, and was therefore able to offer a look into the future challenges in the industry and the various scenarios.

 

Latest developments in fineblanking
Christian Maurer, Head of Materials Technology at Feintool, presented the newest research results about tungsten carbide for tools as well as hot fineblanking, and talked about the challenges involved in the production of bipolar plates. This research was carried out with RWTH Aachen University and ETH Zurich, which continually explore the boundaries of fineblanking. In addition, Feintool shared the experiences its Arbeitskreis Feinschneiden has gained with users, fineblanking producers, tool and materials manufacturers, and lubricant producers, with the aim of furthering research.

 

Spare parts elements available quickly
Feintool was also able to present a further development in the area of service: the new central warehouse close to Frankfurt. This warehouse for replacement part elements offers clients spare parts quickly at attractive prices and with fast delivery. Dr. Fabrice Seite, Head of Global Service, pointed to the advantages gained from FEINmonitoring and how the customer can benefit from the set-up of the global service team.

 

Competence center for press construction expanded
In a tour of the site in Jona, Switzerland, guests were given an insight into the expanded press competence center with its engineering services, streamlined flow line and testing facilities. The tour concluded with the presentation of a pioneering innovation.

 

Information about the Feintool Circle Meeting
Selected clients have the opportunity to take part in one of Feintool’s most important innovation events: the Circle Meeting. The event is generally held every two years and fosters joint exchange among fineblanking specialists from all over the world.