Fives received an order from Baosteel, the largest automotive steel producer in China, to supply the complete thermal portion for a continuous annealing line (CAL) with a production capacity of 630,000 tons per year. The CAL, which aims to produce both standard steel grades and advanced high-strength steels, includes a Stein Digiflex furnace and Celes induction heaters. The first coil is scheduled to be produced by the end of 2021.

The furnace includes: a compact and efficient jet preheating furnace, Advantek combustion system, waste-gas system, FlashCooling system for rapid cooling and a thermal optimization solution. The line will be also equipped with Celes induction heaters, which serve as in-furnace heating boosters to perform the most stringent thermal cycle required.

Baosteel is expanding its Zhanjiang integrated steel production complex in southeastern Guangdong province in an effort to meet demand for automotive-grade steel in the south China and southeast Asia markets.