Filame joins the MecaTech cluster

Filame has just joined the MecaTech cluster, the Walloon Region’s Mechanical Engineering competitiveness cluster (

Thanks to the diversity of its metalworking skills and its experience in numerous industrial sectors in Belgium, Europe and around the world, Filame will be able to provide the other members of the network with cutting-edge expertise to support their development and innovation projects and thus actively contribute to the development of the Walloon industrial eco-system.

Filame expands its quality control equipment

As part of the rapid development of its activities in certain high-tech sectors (automotive, aeronautics, etc.), and in order to respond even more quickly to the ever more demanding quality requirements of its customers in these sectors, Filame has strengthened its automatic control capacity by acquiring a new Keyence 8010 dimensional measurement system.

This measuring device, which complements the capabilities offered by Filame’s 3D inspection benches (Aberlink) for precise inspections, allows instantaneous and simultaneous measurements of several parts with a resolution of 2 µm.

This system allows for the simultaneous measurement of up to 300 dimensions in a matter of seconds without the need for positioning or referencing of surfaces and creates immediate inspection reports with automatic calculation of Cp and Cpk and trend curves.

Steel and stainless steel price developments in the second quarter of 2023

Steel prices were more or less stable in Europe in the first quarter.

However, due to certain incidents at the level of certain producers (blast furnace fire at Arcelor Mittal and planned maintenance at Tata Steel), there is a risk of a decrease in available tonnages. Arcelor has announced a reduction of 1 million tonnes.

This has already led to some increase in delivery times, but it cannot be excluded that supply will fall short of demand, which will have an effect on prices. We are already seeing a slight upward trend of between €50 and €100 per tonne in April compared to March. We must not forget to add to this the energy surcharges which vary from producer to producer between €100 and €200 per tonne.

Chinese production is currently almost entirely absorbed by the domestic market and Chinese companies will do everything in their power not to let prices fall. The same is true in Turkey, where domestic demand is strong after the earthquake and reconstruction needs.

As far as alloy surcharges for the various stainless steel grades are concerned, prices are also relatively stable. There was a slight upward push in February and March but in April prices are back to the level of January prices. These elements coupled with the evolution of steel prices do not currently indicate a likelihood of a strong increase in the short term.

Filame participates in the Global Industrie exhibition in Lyon

As every year Filame participates in the Global Industrie exhibition which will be held this year in Lyon from 7 to 10 March 2023.

This year Filame will be present at the French Metal Forming Village which brings together all the major French players in this field.

The Global Industrie exhibition is the leading industrial exhibition in Europe for the metalworking industry.  It brings together all the major international players in Europe

It brings together on a single site five areas of the metalworking industry: industrial subcontracting (which is Filame’s field), connected industry, production equipment, sheet metal work and measuring equipment.

We look forward to seeing you there to present Filame’s expertise in the manufacture of flat and wire parts.

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Evolution of material prices in 2023, what can we expect?

As Filame does on a regular basis, it questioned its panel of suppliers, mainly of steel and stainless steel, to get their forecasts for the next few months for the evolution of the price of these materials.

If the peak had been reached in April 2022, we witnessed a stabilisation and a fall during the third quarter of 2022 in the prices of steel and stainless steel and in particular of the alloy surcharge. However, from September onwards, there was a reversal of the trend and the end of 2022 confirms this reversal of the trend with a fairly significant rise.

This is due to several factors.

First of all, the global market and particularly Asia is booming.  China, which is the world’s largest steel producer with a market share of around 50%, has changed its strategy in several respects.  After a policy of restricting the real estate market to reduce its debt, which led to a sharp drop in housing sales and thus in steel production for this sector, China announced a series of stimulus measures for this sector.

In addition, China has eased its zero covid measures, which is leading to an improvement in demand in the Chinese market.

These two elements, among others linked to a certain recovery of consumption in this market, lead to an increase in the price of raw materials in this market.

In addition, Europe has decided to introduce a carbon tax for non-European companies, which will probably lead to an increase in steel import prices.  At the same time, there is a further reduction in production capacity in Europe.  Several central European mills have closed down blast furnaces, while producers with electric steel mills are shutting them down and restarting them, following the development of demand very closely.  In addition to maintaining prices by reducing supply, this has led to longer delivery times.

This decrease in supply is confronted with an increased demand for steel from the automotive market, which is expected to grow in 2023, particularly as a result of a reduction in supply problems for components such as conductive sills.  The effect is therefore that of an upward price trend.

In the case of stainless steel, an increase in the price of the alloy surcharge was observed in December and January, which was caused in particular by a sharp increase in the price of nickel.  The reasons for this increase are the same as those explained above for steel.  The trend was rather downward in the second and third quarter of 2022.  The increase in nickel prices is generally reflected in the prices of the alloy surcharge within two months.

This evolution will of course have to be correlated with the evolution of the economic situation in general and in particular with the effects that inflation may have on consumption and therefore investments.

We wish you all an excellent year 2023

Filame would like to thank all its clients and visitors from all over the world who have visited its website and who have placed their trust in it in 2022.

We wish you all an excellent year 2023.

May it bring you all happiness and prosperity and we will continue to be at your side for the development of all your projects.

Filame appointed brand ambassador for

In the context of the Wallonia Silver Export Award, Filame has also been appointed as ambassador of the brand

Filame’s international know-how is thus recognised not only for its export performance but also for its technical know-how, which enables it to serve the largest European and world groups in all the sectors in which they are present.

Filame is participating in the Design to Manufacturing trade fair held at Kortrijk Expo on 21 and 22 September 2022

Filame welcomes visitors to its stand at the Design to Manufacturing exhibition.  This exhibition is dedicated to the integration of production processes.

The new value chain of the smart manufacturing company requires a dynamic and digital integration of all relevant processes combined with the use of innovative production and design techniques.

Departments such as design, engineering, prototyping, planning, maintenance, production, supply chain, assembly, logistics, sales and aftersales are becoming one interactive platform of people and technologies.

This integrated and internally controlled approach is one of Filame’s undeniable strengths, enabling it to offer its customers the complete value chain for the production of their parts and to assist them in all stages of design, improvement of drawings in order to minimise production costs, prototyping, etc.

Several steel mills in Europe close their doors

A report from the GMK Center indicates that steel production in Europe has been reduced by 11.7 million tonnes, which is a decrease of 6.7% compared to July of last year (2021).  This decrease is due to the closure of several steel mills in Europe, including several of the Arcelor Mittal Group.  At the beginning of September, some fifteen steelworks were shut down.

The closures are due to the increase in the price of energy, which means that producers are no longer able to cover their production costs and are unable to pass on cost increases to their customers, despite the energy surcharges applied by most players.

These closures are in addition to those already announced, such as the closure of the Aperam stainless steel foundry in Genk.

This reduction in supply will eventually have an effect on the price of steel.  It is therefore not to be expected that prices will fall in the coming months.