AvestaPolarit Inaugurates Stainless Steel Plant in Tornio
AvestaPolarit, Stockholm, Sweden, marked the end of a 3-year phase in an investment project to more than double the steelmaking and rolling capacity for stainless steel at its Tornio Works. The project included a new melting shop, the expansion of hot rolling facilities and a new cold rolling plant. The new steel melting shop, which was commissioned in August last year and has an annual production capacity of 1 million tons, raises steelmaking capacity at the Group's Tornio site to 1.65 million tons per year. The new cold rolling plant, known as the RAP line (for rolling, annealing and pickling), increases the capacity of finished products from the current 550,000 tons to 1,200,000 tons, of which 750,000 tons is cold rolled material and 450,000 tons white hot bands. The whole program will be completed when the project to expand hot rolling capacity to 1.7 million tons starts up in the third quarter of next year. Principal equipment suppliers to this expansion are VAI, Austria (melting and casting), Chugai Ro, Japan (reheating and annealing furnace), Danieli, Italy (RAP line) and Siemens, Germany (RAP line electricity and automation) and SMS Demag, Germany (hot rolling mill expansion).