The Linde Group has been awarded a contract by Dongbei Special Steel Group of China for a state-of-the-art annealing furnace for stainless steel wire. The installation will be the world’s first application of oxyfuel technology in stainless steel wire treatment. The Linde Gases Division will deliver a project of key components and functions, including guaranteed capacity, emission levels and quality. Commissioning of the furnace is scheduled for September 2008.

The annealing furnace will combine two of Linde’s technologies, DST and REBOX®. DST (direct solution treatment) has been installed at Fagersta Stainless in Sweden and POSCO Specialty Steel in Korea. REBOX® oxyfuel solutions, which can boost production throughput up to 50%, are employed in over 100 reheat and annealing furnaces.