The two lines will have a combined annual total capacity of 670,000 tons and are designed to produce high-strength steel grade for the automotive industry. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.
The furnaces, which form the heart of the plant, are fitted with highly efficient low-NOx burners. In order to guarantee maximum cooling rates, the plant uses the new fast cooling system DRJC (Differential Rapid Jet Cooling) patented by ANDRITZ METALS. DRJC sets new international standards compared to existing plants through highest cooling rates with constant and controlled cooling across the entire strip width. In addition, the new technology adjusts to the respective strip width, thus helping to save energy. The scope of supply also includes automation equipment and key process components, such as the zinc stripping air-knife system and shears. Both lines are designed to handle strip with thicknesses ranging from 0.18-3 millimeters and widths from 850-1,600 millimeters.
This order follows the successful supply and start-up of furnaces and process equipment for another hot-dip galvanizing system and a continuous annealing line at Tangshan Iron and Steel Group that were ordered from ANDRITZ METALS two years ago. Only 21 months passed between the contract entering into force and the production of the first coil.
About The ANDRITZ GROUP
ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of almost 25,000 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.
About ANDRITZ METALS
ANDRITZ METALS is technology and global market leader in metalforming via the Schuler Group, in which ANDRITZ has a stake of more than 95%. Schuler offers presses, automation solutions, dies, process know-how, and services for the entire metalworking industry. Its customers include car manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as companies in the forging, household equipment, packaging, energy, and electrical industries. Schuler is also the market leader in coin minting technology and offers system solutions for the aerospace and railway industries. In addition, ANDRITZ METALS is one of the leading global suppliers of complete lines for the production and processing of cold-rolled strip made of stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, and non-ferrous metal. The lines comprise equipment for cold rolling, heat treatment, surface finishing, strip coating and finishing, punching and deep drawing, and for the regeneration of pickling acids. The business area also supplies turnkey furnace systems for the steel, copper, and aluminum industries, as well as welding systems for the metalworking industry.