Trebos is a wire-drawing plant located in Tildonk, Belgium, with an annual transformation capacity of over 60,000 tons of wire rod. The plant is situated between the canal Leuven - Mechelen and the corresponding railway line. At 40 km distance from the port of Antwerp, with motorway connections to the Netherlands and France, and at a few hundred kilometers from important German markets, it is well connected to major clients for drawn wire.
The markets for drawn wire are mainly characterized by the surface aspects of the wire. In a simplified way, we distinguish between three main product groups: Bright wire is used by clients in nickel and chromium plating applications and with other types of coating. High carbon spring wire is used in bedding and seating applications. Cold heading wire, mostly interannealed, is used by producers of bolts and screws and all types of fixation applications. Smaller market segments are chain wire and wire for the production of steel wool.
After the closure in 2013 of the steel plant in La Louvière, Trebos focused on the consolidation of its supply chain.
In 2014, its constant efforts to gain market share resulted in a 20% increase in the sales volume, despite a market adversely affected by persistently low consumption and a very low price level. Trebos has also launched a new business strategy in the market for a higher profitability margin for its products.
The objective for 2015 is to continue on this growth path, by further developing existing products as well as by introducing drawn wire for new applications.