In August, Benteler Stahl/Rohr GmbH & Co. KG awarded LOI Thermprocess GmbH a contract for a continuous roller hearth furnace for its pipe plant in Dinslaken. The new furnace is to be used for treated non-alloyed and alloyed steel pipes in the diameter range from 30 to 154 with wall thickness between 2.6 and 20 mm. The furnace will be designed for a capacity of 3.0 to 7.0 t/h depending on the annealing program selected. The furnace plant will have an overall length of 100 m. Production of the new furnace is scheduled to start in August 2001.