Sandvik asia limited titex division manufactures solid carbide tools for hard machining to an increasing extent components being cut in the hardened state. This solid carbide tools allow work processes for soft machining and hardening to be omitted enabling significant reductions in production cost and through put times. These benefits to a large degree were initially recognised by the tool and mould industry and now are enjoyed by other branches of industry. During the machining process hard materials place a very high demand on the machine tool and the tool itself. The machine tool must have a high level of rigidity and high damping capacity. The tools must be capable of withstanding high cutting forces and temperatures. This can only be realised by using tools specifically designed for this application with regard to geometry, cutting material and surface coating. The advanced titex plus-programme manufactures solid carbide tools for drilling, tapping and milling.