Siemens Metal Technologies has received an order from Korean steel producer Posco to install a slab caster capable of casting 400-mm-thick slabs at its Pohang Steelworks. The machine – a twin-strand ultra-thick slab caster – will be the largest of its kind ever supplied worldwide. Siemens will provide engineering, key equipment, technological packages and advisory services for start-up and commissioning. The first slab is scheduled to be cast on the new caster in February 2010.

Posco’s decision to add the new caster was prompted by growing demand in Asia for ultra-thick plates as required for the construction of pipelines as well as in the shipbuilding industry. The new machine will have a nominal casting capacity of 1.3 million tons per year.