Colakoglu Metalurji AS of Turkey has awarded SMS Demag of Germany an order to construct a compact hot strip mill. The order comprises mechanical, electrical and automation systems. The new mill, which will be built in Gebze, will be designed for an annual capacity of 3 million metric tons of hot strip ranging in gages from 1.2-2.54 mm and widths from 800-1,650 mm. The product extends from low-carbon steel grades to high-strength low-alloy steels, pipe grades and multiphase steels. The new mill is scheduled to go into operation in the fall of 2009.

The 330-meter-long hot strip mill will feature a highly compact construction. It will include a four-high roughing stand with edger, a mandrel-less coilbox, seven CVC plus® four-high finishing stands, laminar strip cooling and two fully hydraulic coilers.