Shandong Jinsheng, a Chinese producer of high-quality copper rod, placed an order with Germany’s SMS Meer for the supply of a complete continuous casting and rolling plant. The new wire-rod mill forms part of Shandong Jinsheng's strategy of safeguarding its position in the production of wire rod by increasing its annual output to more than 320,000 tons of high-quality copper wire rod. The CONTIROD® line is designed for an output of 48 tons/hour and will be the largest of its kind in China. The plant comprises the SMS Meer-designed gas-control system for the shaft furnace for melting copper cathodes.

The modular-designed Hazelett twin-belt caster will offer a casting section of 123 mm x 70 mm. The plant also comprises the highly flexible 14-stand rolling mill with frequency-controlled AC drives and integrated coil compacting and foil packing equipment. The plant is designed to be erected in Shandong Jinsheng's new facility in the Shandong Linyi Economic Development Area.