Mastery over our metals: Tools made by Plansee.

Our tools do not have it easy: After all, it is their unenviable task to machine molybdenum, tungsten and tantalum. And these belong to a group of materials known as refractory metals, a thoroughly apt name, as they are extremely difficult to machine.

But there's no cause for alarm: Our tools are up to the job. They press, beat, role, bend, draw, cut, punch and stamp molybdenum, tungsten and tantalum into the right shape. And in many fields, this shape is becoming ever more complex. Which means that the tool designers and toolmakers at Plansee have a fascinating job.

We have been making our own tools ever since the company was founded in 1921. Our toolmaking department does not outsource even the most complex of tools. After all, our quality expectations are nothing short of 100%.

Helmut Gassler, head of toolmaking at Plansee sums up the benefits for our customers: "We can only manufacture complex components from refractory metals to an extremely high degree of precision without cracks and other damage on the workpieces when we use our own tools."

Our steel and hard metal tools are extremely wear-resistant and are developed by our in-house design team. The tools are used for both cold and hot-forming and have to withstand temperatures of up to 1500°C. We use state-of-the-art technology when manufacturing our tools, which allows us to meet the most stringent requirements.

And other companies have long since recognized the capabilities of our toolmaking team. This means that "external customers" from a variety of industries turn our expertise to their advantage and insist on tools developed and manufactured by Plansee. These powder pressing tools, forming tools and multiple operation tools have also established themselves in the highly competitive automotive and electronics industries. Our complex tools are used in these industries to manufacture items such as gearbox and engine components and a range of electrical contacts.