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Liberty agrees deal with ArcelorMittal to acquire further three European steel plants

British-owned Liberty, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s global GFG Alliance, is set for another major expansion of its steel production capacity in continental Europe following a conditional agreement announced today 2 November to acquire two Belgian cold rolling steel mills and one in Luxembourg from ArcelorMittal.

The group has struck a conditional agreement to buy the Flemalle and Tilleur sites which employ a total of around 700 people near Liege, Belgium and the circa 300-people Dudelange, Luxembourg facility. The three mills, serving the construction, industrial and automotive markets, have a combined annual manufacturing capacity of 2.1 mtons of cold rolled steel, 2 mtons of galvanised steel, and 200 Ktons of tin plated steel.

The announcement closely follows the statement last month (12th October) that Liberty had reached conditional agreement with ArcelorMittal to acquire major integrated works at Galati in Romania and Ostrava in the Czech Republic, along with mills at Skopje in Macedonia and Piombino in Italy.

Both deals are subject to approval by the European Commission and other local processes including the conclusion of information consultations with local and European Works Councils.

In common with the plants in eastern Europe and Italy, the sites at Liege and Dudelange are profitable assets that will further consolidate Liberty’s growing presence in continental Europe, which already includes the Liberty Wheels France plant at Chateauroux and, following the imminently anticipated completion of its acquisition from Rio Tinto, will also include Europe’s largest aluminium smelter at Dunkerque. Liberty is committed to retaining the jobs across the Liege and Dudelange sites.

Referring to the plants in Belgium and Luxembourg, executive chairman of the GFG Alliance Sanjeev Gupta said: “These are high quality, landmark assets with  skilled and experienced workforces that we are looking forward to welcoming into the worldwide GFG fold. Our aim will be to develop close working relationships with respective governments, trade unions and other local stakeholders in Belgium and Luxembourg to optimise and improve the value of these historic assets that are important for the regional and national economies.”

GFG Alliance’s Chief Investment Officer Jay Hambro added: “These plants are an important and logical addition to our expanding, integrated European supply chain. By entering these key markets and expanding our footprint, we’re embedding our European presence and bolstering our competitive position internationally. We’re delighted to be adding these plants to our fleet and to extend our innovative business model based on skill retention, vertical integration and sustainable production to these excellent sites.”

The three sites constitute the second part of a total package of site sales ArcelorMittal agreed with EU competition regulators to clear the way for it to purchase Italian steel giant, Ilva, Europe’s largest producer of flat carbon steel.  Liberty has worked closely with ArcelorMittal to prepare a transaction that satisfies the demands of the EU Commission and creates a secure future for these businesses within the GFG Alliance.


Source: Liberty Steel


ArcelorMittal Zenica completes EUR 30 million blast furnace reconstruction

EUR 30 million reconstruction of the blast furnace prepares ArcelorMittal Zenica for the next 20 years of steel production.

ArcelorMittal Zenica announces the completion of a EUR 30 million project to rebuild the blast furnace and upgrade other areas of the factory, including the energy, sinter and steel plants and the rolling mill. The latest projects are bringing the total invested in the Zenica plant to over EUR 200 million. The refurbishment means that integrated steel production can continue in Zenica for up to 20 years into the future.

The project’s completion was marked with a ceremony in the heart of the steel works, attended by over 200 distinguished guests, including Prime Minister of the F ederation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Fadil Novalic and Mr. Miralem Galijasevic, Prime Minister of Zenica-Doboj Canton. Augustine Kochuparampil and Lutz Bandusch attended on behalf of ArcelorMittal Europe.

Blast Furnace reconstruction

Addressing the guests, Federal Prime Minister Novalic commented: “This is a step that will guarantee competitiveness on a very turbulent steel market. Directly or indirectly, 12,000 people depend on this company, which is beyond doubt the biggest company in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Cantonal Prime Minister Galijasevic also welcomed the achievement: “The Zenica-Doboj Canton is the leader of export precisely thanks to ArcelorMittal, which is the backbone of development here. The general repair of the blast furnace is very important for the local economy as ArcelorMittal Zenica is the biggest exporter in Zenica-Doboj canton and Bosnia and Hercegovina.”

The CEO of ArcelorMittal Zenica, Biju Nair underlined the importance of the project to the city’s future: “This is another very important step on our journey to build a long-term, sustainable future for steelmaking in this great industrial city. It underlines our strong and continuing commitment to the future, which begins right here, today.

“We will continue to invest in the infrastructure of the factory, bringing further improvements in our ecological performance and our production capability. At the same time, we will continue to support, develop and encourage the young managers, engineers and production staff who will write the next chapter in the story of steel in Zenica.”

The lead contractor responsible for project delivery was the specialist Dutch company, Danieli Corus, supported by many local contractors.


Source: ArcelorMittal

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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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ArcelorMittal contracts SMS group for revamp of its Gijón rail rolling mill

ArcelorMittal Espana S.A. has contracted SMS group to revamp its rail rolling mill in Gijón. The modernization project will entail the conversion from conventional two-high rolling to the more economical universal rolling method. The project is also intended to increase the selling length of the rails from 90 to 108 meters.

Rails rolled on universal mills are produced at lower costs, feature improved dimensional accuracy and enhanced surface quality and are the rails of choice for high-speed railway lines.

The central element of the revamp will be the installation of a mill train consisting of a universal stand and an edger, both of which will be designed as CCS® stands (Compact Cartridge Stand). This stand type has been successfully in operation in numerous rail and section mills. Additionally, the existing finishing stand will be replaced by a universal stand. All stands will feature hydraulic screwdown. This ensures a higher rail quality and provides higher availability and flexibility of the rolling mill.

The order scope also includes adaptations to the reversing break-down mill, to the roll shop and to the media supply system. SMS group will install the equipment and adapt the automation system. Also the roll pass design and the mill guides for all stands will be supplied by SMS-technology that has proved highly successful in numerous rail rolling mills.

To minimize the production loss, the modifications to the equipment will be implemented during several scheduled line stoppages of short duration. The main activities will take place in summer 2016.

Worldwide, a total of 16 universal rail rolling mills have been supplied or revamped since 2000. Twelve of those projects were handled by SMS. With this project for ArcelorMittal, SMS group is further strengthening its leading position as suppliers of rail and section rolling mills.

The SMS group is, under the roof of SMS Holding GmbH, a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. Its 14,000 employees generate sales of over EUR 3,4 bn.

Source: SMS Group

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New Finishing End (NFE) Equipment at ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada Rolling Mill to Maximize Profits and Bar Quality

ArcelorMittal chooses Danieli technologies to widen product mix and quality, and better serve its market and customers.

ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada existing rolling mill, located in Longueuil Canada, will be upgraded with the installation of a new finishing end.

The new equipment consists of a water forced cooling system and lining-up rollers to be implemented in the existing cooling bed, cooling bed exit table with automatic layer prep system, 10-roll multistrand straightener, 1100 sht cold shear and an 80’ long automatic single head magnetic stacker to eliminate short bars, maximize plant efficiency, material yield and final product quality.

The equipment will support an increase in the mill’s production capacity and will make new added-value products available to customers. Products will be straightened, cut to a final commercial length from 14’ to 62’ and processed by the stacker in up to 5 sht bundles at the maximum rate of 125 t/h.

Danieli Automation will supply electric motors and automation systems to grant the optimal plant management.
The plant startup is expected in March 2017.

Source: Danieli Group

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Revamp by SMS group successfully completed in just four and a half weeks

ArcelorMittal Belval commissions world’s largest straightener for sheet piles.

ArcelorMittal Belval, based in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, has started up the CRS® Compact Roller Straightener supplied by SMS group. It only took four-and-a-half weeks to dismantle the previous equipment and install the new straightener, including successful commissioning. The new straightener can handle the largest sheet piles currently produced in the world, expanding the range of products producible at Esch-sur-Alzette.

SMS group supplied the double supported CRS® sheet pile straightener on a turnkey basis.

The scope of supply comprised the mechanical equipment, electrics and automation, the media supply systems and all the roller change equipment.

The straightener, which features a fully hydraulic adjustment system, is the first of its kind to be used exclusively for sheet piles. It has been specially designed for straightening Z-type and U-type sheet piles as well as flat sheet piles. Equipped with double supported design instead of the conventional cantilever design, the machine provides for a balanced force distribution, leading to better straightening results especially for extra wide sheet piles.

The manipulator can change all nine straightening rollers in less than 40 minutes. To facilitate roller changing, operator side housing can be moved out.

Straighteners of the CRS® design, an SMS group development, have been successfully in operation in numerous rolling mills for sections and semi-finished long products. The machines are today’s state of the art.

The challenging revamping project for ArcelorMittal Belval, implemented on a turnkey basis, is yet another proof of the SMS group’s leadership position as a supplier of technology for section mills.

Source: SMS Group
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