SMS Siemag revamps 20-roll cold mill at Outokumpu Nirosta

Outokumpu Nirosta in Krefeld, Germany, has awarded to SMS Siemag, Germany, (www.sms-siemag.com) an order to modernize the 20-roll cold mill “SG3” of type MB 21BB-61“. The order was placed at the beginning of September 2014, with the aim of technically updating the 45-year-old cold rolling stand and preparing it to deal with demanding new rolling tasks.

The 20-roll cold rolling mill of stand type Monoblock MB 21BB-61“ had been supplied in 1969 by SMS Siemag (previously Demag). It was modernized in 1991. Following the closure of the Outokumpu works at the Düsseldorf-Benrath location, the production previously carried out there, for example thin mirror-finish material, is being transferred to the Krefeld works.

The “SG3” 20-roll cold mill, with a strip width of 1,570 millimeters, and strip gages of max. 10 millimeters in the entry section and min. 0.50 millimeters in the exit section, will continue to be used for the production of high-grade special-steel strips made of austenitic, ferritic and martensitic materials. The mill’s future rolling tasks will include, in particular, thin-gage ferritic strips in high-gloss quality (2R bright-annealed). The cold rolling mill needs to undergo a certain amount of conversion work in order to satisfy the preconditions for manufacturing mirror-finish material. The SMS Siemag supply scope comprises changes to the entry and exit sides and on the millstand itself.

To achieve the desired strip surface quality, the existing squeezer system is to be converted to a dual-cassette wiper system, including changing device, which can be operated with various types of coated wiper rolls. One of the aims of the conversion work is to enable the entire thickness range to be rolled at maximum rolling speed. The existing strip cooling system will be equipped with a volume control so as to allow pre-setting of different rolling-oil quantities, depending on the pass schedule. The axial shifting system of the first intermediate rolls is to be renewed in the millstand. The plant is also to be provided with a new millstand door and new exhaust hoods. The pinch roll situated at the entry end will be replaced by an adjustable, swiveling pinch roll. This will make it easier for the strip to be threaded into the stand. The exit end too will be provided with a bending and pinch roll. Furthermore, new carry-over tables will ensure that the strip head end can be inserted directly into the reel slot. The above work will help to achieve safe, gentle and rapid threading and tailing-out of the strip and thus ensure the efficient operation of the rolling mill also in the future.

Besides the equipment described above, the SMS Siemag supply scope also comprises the dismantling of the components to be replaced, the performance and supervision of erection of the new equipment items, and the commissioning of these items. A tight time schedule has to be observed here, since the commissioning of the modernized mill is to take place already in July 2015, following a revamp shutdown of 21 days.

This is already the fourth order within a period of a few years for the revamping of a 20-roll cold mill, awarded to SMS Siemag by customers in Germany, and is powerful proof of the confidence in the ability of SMS Siemag to carry out modernization work.

Source: SMS Siemag

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INDIAN STEEL PRICE ROUNDUP FROM MEPS INTERNATIONAL LTD

According to the latest report by MEPS, buying sentiment, for hot rolled coil, has failed to improve in India. The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has kept prices for its commercial grade hot rolled coil material unchanged as a result.

The outlook for the plate market is unchanged. Local stockists report that the settlement of payments from customers remains a problem. Moreover, demand from state-funded construction and infrastructure projects has yet to come on-stream.

Cold rolled coil negotiated price settlement values were unchanged. Distributors have been buoyed by an upturn in shipments to the automobile manufacturers. However, orders from engineering and pipe fabricators were weaker than previously forecast. Coated coil values were stable during the period under review.

Wire rod stockists are forecasting that trading volumes will begin to improve from mid-September onwards. Structural section transaction values edged, marginally, higher on the back of rising production costs.

Procurement activity, for rebar, remains weak. The pricing positions of secondary producers based in the Central and Western states have begun to shadow the cost of pencil ingots and billets

Merchant bar producers were unable to hold on to the price gains achieved in weeks 36 and 37. Purchasing activity amongst local construction firms is weak.

Source: MEPS – Developing Markets Steel Review – September issue

ANDRITZ receives order for second expansion stage of the Walsin Lihwa cold-rolling mill for stainless steel, Taiwan

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Walsin Lihwa to supply a stretch-bend-leveling line, a rolling mill, and a regeneration plant for the stainless steel cold-rolling mill in Taichung, Taiwan. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

ANDRITZ had already received an order from Walsin in 2010 to supply the cold-rolling mill with an annual capacity of 350,000 tons.

he tension leveling line with integrated two-high skin-pass mill will process stainless steel grades AISI 200, 300, and 400. With the S6-high rolling mill, it is possible to roll hot-rolled steel with a width of 1,600 mm to a thickness of down to 0.5 mm without preliminary annealing.

In addition to optimizing its production processes, Walsin Lihwa will also be setting new standards in terms of environmental protection in stainless steel production with this order: The waste pickling liquor produced in the pickling process is treated in a Pyromars mixed acid regeneration plant, the acids of the rinse water are recovered in an additional ANDRITZ ZEMAP plant (Zero Effluent Mixed Acid Pickling), and the water loop is closed – thus the pickling line will be the first one worldwide which can be operated practically free of nitrate.

Walsin Lihwa is an established producer of stainless steel, copper, and aluminum long-products. The company has been producing hot-rolled stainless steel strip since 2003 and also started production of cold-rolled strip in 2012 with the plant in Taichung.

Source: ANDRITZ

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US STAINLESS STEEL MARKET ROUNDUP FROM MEPS

Hot rolled plate sales in the United States are stable at a moderate level according to MEPS. Aggressive price offers from various suppliers, including European mills, have been reported. Domestic discrete plate producers have announced a 2 cents per pound basis price hike, to be applied to sales from 1 October.

Business activity, for stainless cold rolled coil, has been good through the summer. Sales volumes in September have improved, after a slow start. There have been commissioning difficulties at the new Outokumpu rolling mill in Alabama. When it is up to speed, it will add to the competition in the North American market, where Far Eastern steelmakers are already trying to sell some of their excess production.

Stainless steel bar sales volumes are at a satisfactory level. Demand for commodity grades is poor but more specialist products, such as those used in aerospace, automotive and energy applications, are selling well. Inventories at services centres are low. Small price fluctuations are not expected to encourage any speculative buying.

Source: MEPS – Stainless Steel Review – September Issue

CHINESE STEEL EXPORT VOLUMES CONTINUE TO SOAR – MEPS INTERNATIONAL LTD

According to the latest report by MEPS, Chinese steel mills have responded to the decline in steel prices around the world by cutting export selling figures. The steelmakers have carefully targeted their response by making the largest decreases to those products which are in most demand.

Merchant bar is the most popular product for sale to export customers of the Chinese mills. The tonnage supplied into foreign markets increased by approximately 75 percent in the first seven months of this year. Export offers for October, are down by 4.5 percent.

A significant price reduction has been scheduled for wire rod exports. This is the second most popular product, sold into the global market by Chinese suppliers. So far this year, exports have increased by, in excess of 1.5 million tonnes, to clients around the world.

In the period, January to August 2014, Chinese exports to North America were more than double the tonnage despatched in the same time span in the previous year. The emphasis was on the flat products forms – particularly cold rolled and metal coated coil. Almost fourfold increases were recorded in the first seven months of this year compared with 2013.

Chinese supply to East and South East Asian customers continues to expand. Over half of the total tonnage exported by the mills is scheduled for delivery to customers in these regions. South Korea is the most popular destination, taking 24 percent of all Chinese rolled steel exports in the first seven months of this year – up from 18 percent in 2013.

Chinese steel shipments to the European Union were modest but have been expanding in recent months – encouraged by the competitively priced material. Since the beginning of this year, imports of Chinese material have increased substantially – mainly flat products but also wire rod and merchant bars.
Source: MEPS China Steel Review – September Edition

Tata Steel opens new automotive finishing line

Tata Steel has opened a new finishing line at its IJmuiden steelworks in the Netherlands to strengthen the supply of high-value steels to the automotive sector and other markets.
Tata Steel invested 12 million euros in Finishing Line 32, which will process up to 400,000 tonnes of galvanised (corrosion resistant) steel coil a year.

Henrik Adam, Tata Steel’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “This investment will enable us to improve the supply of high-quality steels to customers while also improving delivery times.

“The new finishing line enables us to meet the most stringent quality standards for advanced steels, some of which are used by automotive manufacturers for vehicle body panels and safety-critical components. These steels are often stronger and thinner enabling our automotive customers to produce more fuel-efficient and lighter-weight vehicles.”

The finishing line’s location at the end of the company’s three hot-dip galvanising lines in IJmuiden will increase processing speed and delivery reliability for customers, while also reducing on-site steel movements. Finishing Line 32 enables inspection, cutting to width and length, laser welding, slitting, two sided oiling, marking, coiling and binding of galvanised steel. After the finishing, coils are wrapped and loaded onto trucks or trains for direct delivery to customers.

The new finishing line follows the opening in IJmuiden of the third hot-dip galvanising line in 2009.

Hans Fischer, Tata Steel’s Chief Technical Officer, said: “The combination of our automotive R&D centre and these new production facilities enables us to both develop and manufacture advanced steel products like MagiZinc(R) for car manufacturers and the construction industry.”

MagiZinc is an innovative zinc coating for steel products which incorporates aluminium and magnesium. It offers twice the protection against corrosion which enables thinner coating layers. The coating is also harder, making it easier for car manufacturers to process steel products, leading to a reduction of rejections and manufacturing downtime.

The opening of Finishing Line 32 has also freed up Tata Steel’s Cold Rolling Plant in IJmuiden which was responsible for finishing galvanised steel. This will enable the company to increase the supply of uncoated cold rolled steel to customers.

Source: Tata Steel 

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