Bhushan Steel & Strips Ltd. placed an order with LOI Thermprocess GmbH, Essen, Germany, for an indirectly heated gas-fired continuous roller hearth furnace for its welded steel pipe plant in Mumbai, India. The new furnace will be used for treating alloy and non-alloyed steel pipes in a controlled atmosphere without decarburization. The temperature range of the new furnace will be 650 to 960C and will be indirectly heated by sequentially controlled radiant tubes. Following heat treatment, the pipes will be cooled in a water-cooled radiant cooling section. Production with the new furnace is scheduled to start in May 2003.