Siemens Metal Technologies received an order from Minmetals Steel Co. Ltd. of Beijing, China, for the engineering and supply of key equipment and technological packages for a 2-strand slab caster to be built at Tiantie Hot Rolling Mill Co. Ltd. (Hebei Province, China). Tiantie Hot Rolling Mill currently casts and rolls approximately 2 million metric tons of steel per year. The new caster is scheduled to start up in July 2008.

Tiantie will install the new caster as part of a production-expansion project that will increase the plant’s annual casting and rolling capacity to 4 million metric tons. Slabs will be cast at thicknesses of 210 and 230 mm and at widths ranging from 900-1,650 mm.