Walter FMT's new competence brand focuses on lightweight machining

April 30, 2024 - 06:00am
Walter FMT

Walter is raising its profile for the machining of lightweight components with the new Walter FMT competence brand. The machining solutions provider is bringing together its global presence and the high level technical expertise and know-how of lightweight machining specialist FMT (Frezite Metal Tooling), under the new brand. The new brand will be managed by Pedro Pacheco, former Managing Director of FMT.

Strategic expansion of lightweight machining expertise The proportion of lightweight materials, such as aluminum alloys, in the overall share of processed materials in the manufacturing industry continues to grow significantly. Machining specialist Walter has therefore been consistently expanding this area of its portfolio for years. The PCD offer of Walter and its subsidiary Frezite have been brought together, in order to advance specific customer projects and further develop the market. The new Walter FMT competence brand showcases the importance of lightweight machining for Walter to the outside world. It stands for the added value that Walter offers its customers, through various services from consulting and planning to implementation and maintenance, and for a trusting partnership that goes far beyond the tools.

Pedro Pacheco will be responsible for the new competence brand, as Vice President of Walter Lightweight Business Unit. He served as the first managing director of FMT from 2006 to 2017 and took over the role again in 2019. Pedro Pacheco says: "My focus will be on bringing together the expertise and working methods of FMT and Walter's PCD division in the best possible way. We want to significantly increase our reach in the market and contribute to Walter's strategic growth targets. I want to create the right structures and processes to be able to provide current and potential customers with an attractive offering that enables them to achieve their own economic goals."

Related Glossary Terms

  • alloys


    Substances having metallic properties and being composed of two or more chemical elements of which at least one is a metal.

  • aluminum alloys

    aluminum alloys

    Aluminum containing specified quantities of alloying elements added to obtain the necessary mechanical and physical properties. Aluminum alloys are divided into two categories: wrought compositions and casting compositions. Some compositions may contain up to 10 alloying elements, but only one or two are the main alloying elements, such as copper, manganese, silicon, magnesium, zinc or tin.

  • polycrystalline diamond ( PCD)

    polycrystalline diamond ( PCD)

    Cutting tool material consisting of natural or synthetic diamond crystals bonded together under high pressure at elevated temperatures. PCD is available as a tip brazed to a carbide insert carrier. Used for machining nonferrous alloys and nonmetallic materials at high cutting speeds.


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