Sandvik Coromant wins best plant award

Sandvik Coromant’s carbide manufacturing facility in Westminster, South Carolina has received an award given to US plants for their operational excellence, customer service and employee engagement.

The award, set up by IndustryWeek magazine, rates plants on their performance measurement, management practices, employee empowerment, customer focus, manufacturing operations and flexibility, and environment and safety programs.

Sandvik says that it has invested over US$200 million in the 328,000 ft2 production center, which makes more than 2,300 standard article and customized cemented carbide inserts, as well as more than 50 grades of ready-to-press powder and press tools.

The factory has also undergone digital transformation to better meet its 2030 energy reduction goals, the company reports. Sandvik has also implemented a program employees to contribute and implement ideas to improve various aspects of the business, including process, quality and cost.

“Through the participation and engagement of our people, we’ve continuously improved our production unit and have achieved fantastic results,” said Arun Pattanaik, production unit director at Sandvik Coromant.