Andritz received an order from China’s HBIS Group Co. Ltd. to supply two strip processing furnaces. One furnace is for a continuous annealing line and will be used to produce the latest generation of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS). The annual capacity of the line is 825,000 tons. The second furnace is for a continuous hot-galvanizing line to produce hot-rolled products up to 6 mm thick. The annual capacity of the line is 412,000 tons. Production of the first coil on these two lines is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

These two furnaces are designed with particular focus on production level and high cooling rates with the uniform strip temperature required to achieve the specific mechanical properties of AHSS. Special attention is also directed toward minimizing environmental impact in terms of emissions and low fuel and utility consumption.

HBIS Group is one of China’s largest iron and steel material manufacturers and service suppliers.