A Good Deal of Quality


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A Good Deal of Quality

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Elena Lobodina to head NLMK Trading

Elena Lobodina, Photo: NLMK

NLMK Group, the global steel company, has announced the appointment of Elena Lobodina as general director (CEO) of NLMK Trading

Elena’s key challenges will include the development of NLMK Group’s customer service across global markets and the introduction of best practices in sales business processes

NLMK Trading manages NLMK Group’s export deliveries. The company’s sales policy is focused on working with end consumers.

World record ultra-thin hot rolled strip with a thickness of 0.6 mm supplied by Primetals

The new world record widens Rizhao’s product range Photo: Primetals

In October 2018, an Arvedi ESP (Endless Strip Production) line installed in a plant belonging to the steel producer Rizhao Steel Group Co., Ltd. of Rizhao, China, produced ultra-thin hot strip with a thickness of just 0.6 mm for the very first time. Hot strip as thin as this had never before been achieved anywhere in the world.

This thin strip can cover more than 80% of regular commercial cold-rolled thicknesses. The line was supplied by Primetals Technologies. This widens Rizhao’s range of products, especially for cold strip substitutes. After the line entered service in April, success was achieved just six months later.

Fives commissioned to add new continuous hot dip galvanizing line

Fives, the global industrial engineering group, has awarded a contract by Steel Dynamics, Inc (SDI), one of the largest steel  producers in the USA. The Columbus Flat Roll Division of SDI is investing 140 million US$ to add a new continuous hot dip galvanizing line (CGL No. 3) into its existing plant in Columbus, Mississippi, USA and diversify its product portfolio.

Currently, the Columbus Division serves the needs of the automotive, agriculture, appliance, building and construction, energy, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting and machinery industries. Fives’ project includes design, supply and commissioning of the complete CGL No. 3 that will be capable of producing 400,000 t/year.

FIMI to deliver High Technology Slitting Line to Voestalpine

Shaking hands after intense but friendly negotiations pointing towards mutual success: Mr Johannes Kazda (Voestalpine) and Mr Antonio Pensotti (FIMI spa). Photo: FIMI

FIMI spa is pleased to announce that their consolidated customer, Voestalpine Stahl GmbH, has chosen them once more for a new High Technology Slitting Line for high strength steel.

This will be the most ambitious and complete Slitting Line in Europe, according to FIMI spa, equipped with the latest state of the art of steel processing and automation industry development.

FIMI states that it will be an honour to develop this project together with Voestalpine.

Voestalpine starts up mini steel mill with Inteco

voestalpine’s steel mill, constructed by Inteco, was successfully started up in October. It produces starting material for the processing of tubes, wires and rails. Photo: Inteco

Two years ago, Inteco was awarded with the construction of a mini steel mill by voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH. The steel mill with a heat size of 5 t was successfully started up in October by a team of experts from voestalpine and Inteco. The facility is equipped with state- of-the-art plant and process control technology for the production of highest quality steels with as-cast dimensions that are identical to the ones of the bloom caster in Donawitz. Inteco’s scope of delivery included: an induction furnace, a ladle furnace, a vacuum treatment (DETEM) plant, all the necessary auxiliary equipment (e.g. ladle preheaters, tundish preheater etc) as well as a segment casting plant for bloom lengths of up to 12 m. The mill’s finished products serve as starting material for the processing in the voestalpine mills of tubes, wires and rails.

Danieli supplies its 500th rolling mill to Acciaierie di Verona

Acciaierie di Verona (part of Pittini Group) has produced the first coil in its new high-speed wire rod mill supplied by Danieli. Photo: Danieli

The new high-speed wire rod mill of Acciaierie di Verona (part of Pittini Group) produced the first coil 19 months after the contract signature. The timely start-up and the following hot test period of seven weeks, during which 25,000 t of finished wire rod in quality have been produced, reflects the long-term cooperation between Pittini Group and Danieli. Strict end-product size tolerances have been reached from the very beginning. Equipped with the most advanced wire rod technologies and in full compliance with Industry 4.0 requirements, the plant produces 750,000 t/year of plain wire rod from 5.5 to 25 mm and rebar from 6 to 18 mm at rolling speed of 100 m/sec.

SMS group wins German Design Award 2019

The German Design Award 2019 was given to SMS group partly in recognition of its innovations in additive manufacturing. Photo: SMS group

SMS group has received the German Design Award 2019 in the category ‘Industry’ for its spray head component that is used to cool dies in forging presses. The judges chose SMS because its product exemplifies various aspects of additive manufacturing, which continues to open a whole range of new possibilities for the design and functional layout of components. Every year, the German Design Council organizes the German Design Award to recognize innovative products and projects and the companies or individuals who have fabricated and designed them.

Sanyo special steel acquires Ovako

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As part of the next step to integrate Ovako into Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC), Ovako will be acquired by Sanyo Special Steel.

NSSMC, which is today the largest shareholder of Sanyo Special Steel, will, in conjunction with the acquisition, increase its shares and make Sanyo Special Steel a subsidiary.

This will enable an even stronger cooperation between Ovako, NSSMC and Sanyo Special Steel with ambitions to strengthen their special steel offering to the global market.

Masteel upgrades reverse cold mill

Photo: Primetals Technologies

Primetals Technologies has modernized a reverse cold mill at Masteel’s production site in Maanshan.

The mill is the first upgrade to a Hyper Universal Crown (UC)-mill which employs smaller diameter work rolls, allowing for the production of harder and thinner materials with improved product quality.

The upgraded mill now processes silicon steel grades with product thicknesses of between 0.3 and 0.65 mm in a width range of 900 to 1,280 mm.