Voest-Alpine Austria Draht GmbH, of Bruck a.d. Mur, Austria, has awarded LOI Thermprocess GmbH, Essen, Germany, a contract for the modification of three annealing bases of the existing bell-type annealing plant at its Donawitz facility. In particular, the welded structure of the diffusers is to be replaced by a stronger cast system. The Voest-Alpine plant consists of a total of seven annealing bases, four heating hoods and three cooling hoods. It is used for the heat treatment of wire in a 100% nitrogen atmosphere. The project is due to be completed in June 2003.