Bokaro Steel Plant (Steel Authority of India) placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a 130-ton twin-ladle furnace. The furnace will allow Bokaro to precisely control the chemical composition and temperature of the liquid steel and slag, which satisfies an important basic requirement for further process steps aimed at producing high-quality steel grades. The supply scope includes the mechanical equipment, the electrical and automation packages (level 1 and level 2), and the civil engineering and building construction work. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2018.

In other news, Western Superconducting Technologies Co. Ltd. of Shaanxi Province, China, placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a high-speed 63-MN/80-MN two-column push-down open-die forging press with two integrated 25-ton rail-bound manipulators and an 8-ton mobile loading and unloading manipulator. The machine operates with a press force of up to 63 MN and a maximum upsetting force of 80 MN. High-quality semi-finished products for industrial applications such as high-grade superconducting materials (e.g., titanium alloys for superconducting magnets for use in the aerospace industry) will be processed on the press. Commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2017.