Zhangjiang Rongsheng Steel Making Co. and Concast AG, a company of the SMS Group, commissioned a five-strand continuous-casting machine with hot-charging facilities. The plant produced mild-carbon-steel billets for the Chinese market. The new machine enhances two existing Concast five-strand casters that are in service in the same meltshop, which now operates with a total of 15 strands.

Zhangjiang Rongsheng Steel Making Co. has also successfully upgraded its meltshop with the installation of final stirrers in the continuous-casting machine, new strand-guiding equipment, new rigid dummy bars and secondary-cooling modifications. In addition, the ladle furnace was retrofitted with an automatic lance system, a new ladle cover and wire feeder. This upgrade allows the company to produce SBQ steel grades.