Danieli was awarded an order from Mexico’s Deacero to supply a new minimill for the production of deformed bars and smooth and deformed wire rod. The facility’s meltshop will comprise a 150-metric-ton EAF, 150-metric-ton twin-ladle furnace and 6-strand continuous caster. It will be capable of producing up to 1.5 million metric tons of 130- to 200-mm billets per year. A 120-metric-ton/hour walking-beam reheating furnace will be directly connected to the continuous casting machine for hot charging of billets to the rolling mill, which will have an annual capacity of approximately 0.8-1 million metric tons.

Start-up of the new facility, which will be built near Deacero’s existing Monterrey operations, is scheduled to begin at the end of 2011. The rolling-mill area will be first priority. With this added capacity, Deacero – Mexico’s largest steel producer – will be capable of producing approximately 4 million metric tons of long products per year.