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Heat treatment post-Covid

Author : Roger Haw, Flame Hardeners Ltd

06 October 2021

In the light of current driver shortages, imminent energy price increases, potential shortages of products such as CO2 – to name but a few challenges – Roger Haw, Managing Director at Flame Hardeners Ltd., gives a personal overview of the future of the heat treatment industry, post-Covid.

In the months to come, following the Covid crisis, there will be many problems within the heat treatment sector of engineering. 

There are already signs that energy prices (gas and electricity) are rising at a higher than anticipated rate, and energy is the major cost within the heat treatment industry. This will, of course, lead to negotiations on pricing and the subsequent reduction of margins on contracts already agreed.

More importantly, the issues of supply chain disruption presently being experienced will eventually affect the product quality, operating costs, maintenance costs and supply of consumable materials to the industry. Such problems will feed through to the availability of raw materials – and this is already becoming noticeable. 

While the effect of such shortages can be handled easily on new design works, it will be considerably more difficult to accommodate existing designs and component production when customers try to use alternative materials


Read the full article in DPA's October issue


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