Tianjin Tiantie Metallurgical Group Steel Plate Co., Ltd. signed a contract with EBNER Industrieofenbau (Austria) in September 2006 for the supply of a HICON/H2® bell annealer facility for their cold-rolling mill in Tianjin.

Tianjin Tiantie Metallurgical Group Steel Plate Co., Ltd. signed a contract with EBNER Industrieofenbau (Austria) in September 2006 for the supply of a HICON/H2® bell annealer facility for their cold-rolling mill in Tianjin. The facility will be used to bright anneal cold-rolled steel strip coils in a straight hydrogen atmosphere. The facility is scheduled to start production in the first quarter of 2008.

The facility consists of 29 HICON/H2® workbases, 15 heating bells and 14 cooling bells. Each workbase can accommodate coils with a maximum outside diameter of 2,150 millimeters (84.6 inches) arranged in stacks with a maximum height of 5,600 millimeters (220.5 inches). The total net charge per workbase amounts to a maximum of 140 tons. The annual output of the facility will be 534,000 tons per year.