Essar Group has awarded LOI Thermprocess a contract for three new furnaces to be used for various types of heat treatment for steel plates at its Hazira plant in the state of Gujarat (India). The contract includes a normalizing furnace as well as a quench and tempering line comprising an austenitizing furnace with continuous quench facility and downstream tempering furnace. The furnaces, which will be designed for a capacity of up to 55 tons/hour, are due to be commissioned by April 2009.

LOI Thermprocess has been awarded a contract by Daimler AG. A new rotary-hearth furnace with zone separation for the carburizing and hardening of gears is to be supplied for the Mercedes Benz plant in Rastatt, Germany. The furnace, due to be completed in June 2009, is to be designed for a throughput of 1,700 kg/hour.