The Columbus Flat Roll Division of Steel Dynamics Inc. will invest $140 million to add a new continuous hot-dip galvanizing line from Fives at its plant in Columbus, Miss. The line will be capable of producing 400,000 tons per year of unexposed automotive steel grades and specialized steel grades. Fives scope of supply includes a horizontal annealing furnace, hot-dip galvanizing and cooling equipment, inspection, metallurgical assistance for different steel grades, and construction and commissioning assistance.
Ebner received an order for a bell annealer facility from Japan’s Nisshin Steel Co. Ltd. The facility will include four heating bells, six 6 HICON/H2 workbases and two cooling bells. All required supplementary equipment, such as the hydraulic system, pressure-control system, water recooling system, emergency nitrogen supply connections and the complete electrical system, will be supplied by Ebner.
Nucor Corp. plans to build a state-of-the-art plate mill in the Midwest that is expected to create approximately 400 full-time jobs. Nucor’s Board of Directors approved an investment of $1.35 billion to build the mill, which is scheduled to be fully operational in 2022 and will be capable of producing 1.2 million tons per year of steel plate products. The plate mill will produce cut-to-length, coiled, heat-treated and discrete plate ranging from 60 to 160 inches wide and in gauges from 3/16 of an inch in thickness.
JSW USA has officially restarted its facility in Mingo Junction, Ohio. After being idle for 3,545 days, it is now a melt and manufacture mill. The reopening of the mill is expected to create 1,000 jobs. The first slab on its electric-arc furnace (EAF) was cast on Dec. 14. Now that the facility will be melting its own steel, JSW USA will be more cost effective and ensure the highest quality for customers. The company is already in the design process to install another EAF at Mingo Junction.
GFG Alliance (GFG) of the U.K. signed a binding agreement to purchase all of the outstanding stock in Keystone Consolidated Industries Inc. (KCI) from Contran Corp. Under terms of the deal, GFG Alliance company Liberty Steel USA will acquire KCI, including all of its subsidiaries, for $320 million. The deal includes Keystone Steel and Wire, a division of KCI that has been in the steel and steel products business for over 100 years. Liberty Steel USA will also add a wire-rod facility with a 1.1-million-ton-capacity electric-arc furnace (EAF), an MBQ/SBQ bar mill, three welded-wire reinforcement-mesh facilities and a PC strand facility.
Steel Dynamics Inc. will construct a new state-of-the-art, electric-arc furnace (EAF) flat-roll steel mill in the U.S. The facility is anticipated to have an annual production capacity of approximately 3 million tons with the capability to produce the latest generation of advanced high-strength steel products. The current estimated investment is $1.7-1.8 billion, with anticipated direct job creation of approximately 600 positions. The project will include a galvanizing line with an annual capacity of 450,000 tons.
Ametek Land collaborated with Danieli on an automatic tapping system to increase operational safety and improve process control for steel plants. With the Danieli automatic electric-arc furnace (EAF) tapping system, it is possible to execute a complete furnace tapping remotely from the main pulpit of a steel plant. The system starts furnace tilting in automatic mode, controlling the furnace position during the complete tapping process.
Acciaieria Arvedi S.p.A., an Italian steel producer, installed a new 150-ton electric-arc furnace (EAF) from Primetals Technologies. The EAF, which was installed in the company’s Cremona Steel Works, has a production capacity of 1.4 million metric tons of crude steel per year. The tap-to-tap time is just 36 minutes and is supported by single bucket operation, which enables around 200 metric tons of crude steel to be produced each hour. The EAF is usually charged with a mixture of 65% scrap iron, 25% pig iron and 10% hot-briquetted iron.