International technology group ANDRITZ received an order from China’s Tangshan Iron and Steel Group to supply furnaces and process equipment for a hot-dip galvanizing plant with an annual capacity of 415,000 tons and a continuous annealing line with an annual capacity of 770,000 tons. The two new heat-treatment lines have been designed to produce high-strength steel for the automotive industry. The furnaces are fitted with highly efficient low-NOx burners. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014.

In an effort to guarantee maximum cooling rates, the plant uses the DRJC (differential rapid jet cooling) fast cooling system patented by ANDRITZ METALS. DRJC sets new standards through high cooling rates with constant and controlled cooling across the strip width. The technology also adjusts to the strip width, which helps save energy. ANDRITZ’s scope of supply also includes automation equipment and key process components.