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Ruifeng Orders Continuous Hot-Dip Galvanizing Line from SMS Group

350,000 tons per year of galvanized steel strip for the Chinese construction and home appliances industries.

Ruifeng (Shandong Ruifeng Stainless Steel Co.), China, has selected SMS group to supply a continuous hot-dip galvanizing line for steel strip, which is to be erected in Binzhou in the Chinese province of Shandong and is scheduled to start production in the second half of 2019. The new galvanizing line will enable Ruifeng to anneal and galvanize 350,000 tons annually of cold strip that is produced on the company’s own pickling line/tandem mill. To protect it against corrosion the strip will be coated with a layer of zinc or aluminum-zinc. The material will mainly be used for applications in the construction industry and to produce home appliances.

The line is to be completely supplied by SMS group. All mechanical and process-technological components, including furnace and air-knife system, as well as all electrical and automation systems are part of SMS group’s package, too. Also included in the scope of supply is the supervision of erection and commissioning.

The strips to be processed in the line will first run through a cleaning section including electrolytic cleaning segment. Subsequent heat treatment will be accomplished in a horizontal Drever furnace with direct-fired zone and radiant-tube zone. In addition, a DUMA-BANDZINK BASIC Jet air-knife system for the homogeneous and precise thickness setting of the zinc layer will be integrated to meet even extremely high surface quality demands. To be able to coat the strips with both aluminum-zinc or zinc, it is planned to install a change system with two zinc pots. For post-treatment, the line will be equipped with a skin-pass stand, a tension leveler and two vertical roll coaters, as well as an oiling machine in the exit section.

The hot-dip galvanizing line will be designed to process strips up to 1,350 millimeters wide and between 0.30 and 2.0 millimeters thick. The maximum strip speed during the galvanizing process will be 180 meters per minute, whereas in the entry and exit sections maximum speed may reach up to 240 meters per minute. The product range will comprise commercial grades and deep-drawing grades, among others.

Source:  SMS Group

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ANDRITZ greatly improves productivity at the Fuxin Special Steel annealing and pickling line

International technology group ANDRITZ has successfully improved performance of the annealing and pickling line for stainless steel strip at Fuxin Special Steel Co., Ltd, Fujian Province, China.

Based on proven software and algorithms developed by ANDRITZ, the operating and process data of the plant were analyzed, and some bottlenecks were identified. After implementation of the necessary changes, the capacity of the line was increased by 15%, with virtually no additional capital investment. This extraordinary improvement once again demonstrates the expertise and know-how of ANDRITZ in optimizing the production performance of plants in the metals industry, based on digital products and software developed by ANDRITZ.

ANDRITZ has combined all of its digitalization activities under the Metris umbrella brand. Metris encompasses innovative IIoT products largely relating to optimization of plants and processes by combining sensors, complex data analysis, and augmented reality. Smart service offerings, such as an online spare part catalog, as well as research and development work on digital solutions that provide added value to the customer complete the comprehensive ANDRITZ product offerings in the digitalization sector.

Fuxin Special Steel Co., Ltd. is an integrated stainless steel manufacturer that covers steel making, casting, and hot rolling, as well as hot strip annealing and pickling.

 

Source: ANDRITZ

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Nucor Announces Plans to Build Galvanizing Line at Arkansas Sheet Mill

Nucor Corporation’s (NYSE: NUE) Board of Directors approved the construction of a galvanizing line at the company’s sheet mill in Arkansas to support Nucor’s growth into a wider and more diverse set of strategic end-market applications. The new galvanizing line is a $240 million investment with an annual capacity of approximately 500,000 tons. It is expected to be operational in the first half of 2021.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 11, 2018

This project complements the $230 million investment currently underway to construct a specialty cold mill complex at Nucor Steel Arkansas. These projects are important components of Nucor’s long-term strategy for profitable growth and will accelerate the company’s goal of increasing its automotive market share.

“At Nucor Steel Arkansas, we are building one of the most modern and efficient steel mills in the world,” said John Ferriola, Chairman, CEO & President of Nucor. “This new galvanizing line, coupled with our new specialty cold mill complex, will allow us to efficiently produce products beyond the capability of any North American mill, and to have the flexibility to meet current and future demand for advanced high-strength steel products.”

The company is also evaluating building additional galvanizing lines at its other sheet mills as part of Nucor’s initiative to further expand its sheet business.

“Building this galvanizing line will diversify the product mix at Nucor Steel Arkansas and allow us to better serve our automotive and value-added customers,” said MaryEmily Slate, Vice President and General Manager, Nucor Steel Arkansas. “We are positioning ourselves to become a major supplier to the growing galvanized market in the U.S.”

Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada.  Products produced include carbon and alloy steel — in bars, beams, sheet and plate. Hollow structural section tubing, electrical conduit, steel piling, steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating; and wire and wire mesh.  Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI/DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America’s largest recycler.

Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties. The words “believe,” “expect,” “project,” “will,” “should,” “could” and similar expressions are intended to identify those forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) competitive pressure on sales and pricing, including competition from imports and substitute materials; (2) U.S. and foreign trade policies affecting steel imports or exports; (3) the sensitivity of the results of our operations to prevailing steel prices and the changes in the supply and cost of raw materials, including scrap steel; (4) market demand for steel products; and (5) energy costs and availability.

These and other factors are discussed in Nucor’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in Nucor’s fiscal 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Item 1A. Risk Factors. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release speak only as of this date, and Nucor does not assume any obligation to update them.

Source: www.nucor.com

People also read: Fourth Arvedi ESP line from Primetals Technologies started up at Rizhao Steel in China

Fourth Arvedi ESP line from Primetals Technologies started up at Rizhao Steel in China

Casting-rolling plant produces 1.7 million metric tons of high-quality, ultra-thin hot strip

At the Chinese steel producer Rizhao Steel Co., Ltd. (Rizhao Steel), the fourth Arvedi ESP (Endless Strip Production) plant supplied by Primetals Technologies was started up in April 2018. The casting and rolling plant will produce 1.7 million metric tons of high-quality, ultra-thin hot strip with thicknesses of down to 0.8 millimetres and widths of up to 1,300 millimetres. The product portfolio ranges from carbon steel to HSLA (high-strength low alloyed) grades. To cater to capacity shifts of Rizhao´s crude steel production and a change in plant setup, the Arvedi ESP plant was re-engineered for the use of larger ladles as well as for decreased space availability during the ongoing project. The plant features a Through-Process Optimization solution (TPO) and Industry 4.0. The order was placed with Primetals Technologies in 2014.

Arvedi ESP Plant was adapted to changes in crude steel production and space availability during the ongoing project

Rizhao Steel Co., Ltd. (Rizhao Steel), a company of the Rizhao Steel Holding Group, is located around 30 kilometres outside of the port of Rizhao in the south of Shandong province. The company has a production capacity of approximately 15 million metric tons of crude steel. Rizhao Steel’s product portfolio includes hot-rolled coils, wire, rods and small-dimensioned I-beams, which are mainly sold to Chinese customers. The new Arvedi ESP plants enable Rizhao Steel to further expand its production capacities for high-grade thin strip products and production of cold-rolled substitutes.

Plant features Through-Process Optimization solution (TPO) and Industry 4.0

Primetals Technologies was responsible for the engineering of the Arvedi ESP plant and supplied the mechanical equipment, the media systems, technology packages and the automation technology. The casting and rolling lines are controlled with the aid of consistent and integrated basic (level 1) and process automation (level 2). This ensures a finely coordinated interaction of the casting and rolling process. The installed Through-Process Optimization solution (TPO) compromises of the intelligent Through-Process Quality Control System (TPQC), a newly developed Industry 4.0 IT system and Through-Process Know-How (TPKH) modules. The TPO system will continuously monitor and manage product quality by recording all process parameters as well as measured production and product data, starting from the liquid phase up to the final processing lines.

The Arvedi ESP system produces hot strip directly from liquid steel in a continuous and uninterrupted production process in a linked casting and rolling plant. In this type of plant, the power consumption and the related costs are up to 45 percent less than in the case of a conventional plant with separate casting and rolling processes. It also means a significant reduction of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, with a length of only 155 meters, the dimensions of these plants are clearly more compact than those of conventional casting and rolling plants.

Shaking hands in front of the first coil produced on the fourth Arvedi ESP line at Rizhao Steel: Yu Yao, Plant Manager ESP lines, Rizhao Steel; Harald Monn-Weiss, Site Manager Primetals Technologies; Xie Jibiao, Overall Plant Manager ESP Melt shop, Rizhao Steel (from left to right).

Primetals Technologies, Limited

Primetals Technologies, Limited headquartered in London, United Kingdom is a worldwide leading engineering, plant-building and lifecycle services partner for the metals industry. The company offers a complete technology, product and service portfolio that includes integrated electrics, automation and environmental solutions. This covers every step of the iron and steel production chain, extending from the raw materials to the finished product – in addition to the latest rolling solutions for the nonferrous metals sector. Primetals Technologies is a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Siemens. Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery (MHMM) – an MHI consolidated group company with equity participation by Hitachi, Ltd. and the IHI Corporation – holds a 51% stake and Siemens a 49% stake in the joint venture. The company employs around 7,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.primetals.com.

US Steel Import Restrictions Unsettle EU Steel Market

The European Commission is investigating the possibility of implementing additional trade measures against steel imports. It will focus on the potential diversion of trade which may result from the imposition, by the USA, of a 25 percent tariff on steel imports from a range of countries worldwide. The announcement created further speculation and uncertainty in the marketplace, not only regarding supply alternatives but also the effect that it could have on steel prices – both for flat and long products.

So far, strip mill product prices have not been directly affected. However, many customers, who, at present, are well stocked and have material already on order, can afford to postpone further purchasing decisions while they reflect on the eventual outcome. This has prevented further upward price momentum, in April, and even led to small negative corrections, in some instances, according to the latest edition of MEPS European Steel Review.

Germany

Output growth, in the German manufacturing sector, slowed, for the third consecutive month, in March. Nevertheless, steel demand remains relatively strong. Recent strip mill product business was negotiated at figures similar to those reported last month. Order intake at the domestic mills is positive, with bookings for the third quarter now in progress. Distributors’ stocks are well tuned to expected activity levels. Third country import offers are available from Turkey and Brazil but prices remain quite high.

France

Activity is at a good level, in France. Prices are relatively stable, this month. However, distributors report a slowdown in order intake since the end of March/beginning of April. Inventories are high, at a number of companies. The auto industry continues to be the main driver for strip mill products demand. In general, buyers report better availability, while mill delivery lead times are decreasing a little.

Italy

Italy’s manufacturing sector continued to expand during March, although the pace of growth slowed. However, market sentiment has softened. The formation of a new government is protracted, leading to a halt in new investment. Moreover, uncertainty exists regarding trade in global steel markets. Buyers, who bought heavily in the first quarter, can now afford to wait before reordering. Mill delivery lead times are reducing, for strip mill products, with the exception of hot dipped galvanised coil. Several small, downward price corrections were noted, during April negotiations, for material to be delivered in June/July. Resale values remain under pressure.

United Kingdom

In the UK, distributors report improved sales volumes. Supplying mills’ delivery lead times are out to July/August. Basis values were rolled over during recent settlements. Resale prices, which were under negative pressure, due to high service centre inventories, are starting to rise, as stock levels reduce. Nevertheless, independent distributors continue to complain that their integrated counterparts are selling aggressively. Third country quotations are limited.

Belgium

The Belgian economy is healthy, with robust steel demand. Strip mill product spot prices are stable. The European steelmakers are claiming an increase for the third trimester. Alternatives to domestically produced material are difficult to source. Although third country importers reduced their quotations, MEPS detects little incentive to purchase from overseas, as the price differential is quite small. Distributors are busy. They report that replacement costs can be incorporated into their resale prices without much difficulty.

Spain

Spanish manufacturers recorded a further marked improvement in business conditions, at the end of the first quarter of 2018. Steel demand is healthy and stable. However, service centre stocks are at an acceptable level, enabling buyers to wait before placing new orders. Quotations from importers reduced, in late March/early April. Domestic price corrections were noted by MEPS for all strip mill product categories, this month. Buyers are nervous that further weakness may develop, ahead of the summer vacation. Service centres have not fully succeeded in recouping the recent mill hikes from their customers.

Source: MEPS International LTD – European Steel Review

MEPS European Steel Review is published every month and provides accurate, independent data and analysis on the European steel industry.

Primetals Technologies received PAC from ArcelorMittal Poland for second LD converter

  • Converter entered service on schedule in February 2018 in the Dąbrowa Górnicza plant
  • A first converter had entered service on schedule at the end of November 2016
  • Vaicon Link 2.0 maintenance-free converter suspension offers a long service life

 

Primetals Technologies has received the Provisional Acceptance Certificate (PAC) from ArcelorMittal Poland S.A. for the replacement of the second LD(BOF) converter at its Dąbrowa Górnicza steel works. Like its counterpart, Converter #1 – already replaced by Primetals Technologies and commissioned in November 2016 – Converter #3 was a turnkey construction. Its replacement had already been agreed as an option in the third quarter of 2015. The second converter will also be suspended by the maintenance-free Vaicon Link 2.0 which not only has a long service life but also minimizes the stresses caused by thermal deformations.

The converters previously used in the Dąbrowa Górnicza steel works had reached the end of their life cycles. As in the case of Converter #1, Primetals Technologies supplied the vessel and the trunnion ring, including the maintenance-free Vaicon Link 2.0 suspension, for Converter #3. The converter bearings and the enclosure have also been renewed. The order included also removal of the existing vessel and assembly and installation of the new equipment. This had been handled by ZKS Ferrum S.A., the Polish partner in the consortium.

ArcelorMittal Poland is the leading steel producer in Poland, operating six production plants in the south of Poland. Its range of products includes profiles, rails, fittings for the construction, transport and mining industries, as well as flat products for the automotive industry and domestic appliances. The Dąbrowa Górnicza plant specializes in producing heavy profiles. It is also one of a few plants worldwide able to produce 120 meter long rails.

LD (BOF) converter  installed by Primetals Technologies at the Dąbrowa Górnicza steel works for ArcelorMittal Poland S.A.

Source: Primetals Technologies received PAC from ArcelorMittal Poland for second LD converter

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