The following articles are going to be published in the upcoming issues
Ironmaking – Steelmaking
Sweden gears up for fossil-free steel production
Nordic steel company SSAB has developed a road map for transition the business to fossil-free steel production. The transition in SSAB’s business is a consequence of the Swedish initiative to find a solution for fossil-free steel production, HYBRIT. The initiative is going to build a globally unique pilot plant for fossil-free steel in Luleå, Northern Sweden.
voestalpine to upgrade bloom casting mill in Austria
voestalpine Group has decided to invest more than EUR 100 million in future-oriented projects at its Donawitz site in Austria. One of the projects is to set up a new continuous casting line for producing extremely pure steels as a sophisticated pre-material for premium rails, quality rolled wire, and high-tech seamless tubes. The highly automated production line with an annual capacity of up to 950,000 t is scheduled to start up operation in 2019.
New rail and section mill started up operations in Kazakhstan
The first rails were produced at new Aktobe Rail and Section Works – the first and only rail manufacturing plant in Kazakhstan. The rails produced are pre-certified per GOST standard and, besides saturating the domestic market, are exported to the Russian Federation and CIS countries.
Fully automatic strapping and sampling line for steel coils of up to ultra-high-strength grades
Steel grades for tube and pipe cover a broad range from soft low-strength to ultra-high-strength steels, with strip thicknesses of over 25 mm. It is particularly challenging for the steel producers to deliver coils to the end customers safely. A fully automatic strapping and sampling system has been developed meeting the technical requirements particularly for ultra-high-strength grades.
Expansion of the world’s first fully automatic batch annealing plant at BILSTEIN, Germany
With the recent expansion of its batch annealing facilities, BILSTEIN has doubled the number of annealing bases at its cold strip mill. The expanded batch annealing plant is not only the world’s first fully automatic one but also the most economically and energy efficient one of its kind.