TWB Company, LLC was formed in 1992 as a joint venture between Thyssen Stahl AG and Worthington Industries. Thyssen developed laser
welding of automotive body panels in the early 1980’s and Worthington is a leading steel processor in North America. TWB has largely
developed the tailor welded blank market in North America since its inception and is currently the leading manufacturer of tailor
welded products in the NAFTA region. TWB has 7 strategically located North American facilities supporting JIT production and services
to all our customers. In addition, our parent company ThyssenKrupp Steel has another 9 global facilities throughout Europe and Asia
that TWB has leveraged for technological and customer support. TWB and ThyssenKrupp Tailored Blanks combine to create the largest
and most advanced tailor welded product company in the world.
Tailor welded blanks have evolved from same gauge steel sheets welded together to different thickness and / or strengths that are
joined together to consolidate stampings and achieve cost effective weight reduction. There are over 18 welded blank applications
and over 46 welded coil applications identified for body structures and systems today. Tailor welded blanks and coils are the link
between high safety requirements and affordable weight reduction. Tailored products allow the combination of different steel grades
and thicknesses exactly where they need to be. They are lighter, require less material and assist in consolidating production operations.
The process has evolved continuously to the extent we have a large family of tailored products, which has expanded from blanks to
tubes to tailor welded coils. In the past 15+ years TWB has developed these products into a key success factor for the automotive
industry and beyond.
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