Steel production started up at Tenaris’ first U.S. melt shop in Koppel, Pa. The facility, part of the company’s strategic acquisition of IPSCO in 2020, began producing steel bars following a year-long investment of more than $15 million in upgrades. It will soon supply steel bars for Tenaris’ seamless pipe mills in the U.S. and Canada. The investments included expansion of the mill’s capabilities to produce a wider range of steel bars. This work entailed new design and install of molds for the caster, where the liquid steel is solidified, and other structural reinforcements. The Koppel facility is expected to be fully commissioned by end of summer.
Primetals Technologies will supply an RH degasser, continuous slab casting machine and material-handling equipment to AM/NS Calvert for its new steel meltshop in Calvert, Ala. A 50-50 joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Corp. (NSC), the facility will be capable of producing 1.5 million tons of slabs annually to feed its existing hot-strip mill. This expansion will give AM/NS Calvert full control of production quality and the flexibility to produce a range of high-quality steel grades for the automotive industry. Construction is expected to take two years.
Tenova LOI Thermprocess received an order from Belgium’s E-MAX group that includes engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of a twin-chamber melting furnace and a melting and casting furnace for the production upgrade and modernization of the E-MAX Kerkrade plant. Commissioning is scheduled for the beginning of 2022. E-MAX delivers sustainable, high-quality aluminum profiles to various sectors of the aluminum market. The Dutch branch in Kerkrade is the central operation plant in the E-MAX group for the production of extrusion billets.
Andritz received an order from Zouping Hongfa Aluminium Science Technology Co. Ltd., part of Weiqiao Aluminum Group, to supply one melting and holding furnace cell for its plant in Shandong Province, China. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022. The furnace cell will include two 115-ton round-top melters and two 125-ton tilting holders. Andritz’s scope of supply includes engineering, manufacturing, commissioning, start-up and follow-up services. According to Andritz, the two melters are the largest ever supplied to China.
Tenaris will invest $11 million at its melt shop in Koppel, Pa., to expand the plant’s size range capabilities. The facility’s caster line will undergo upgrades to increase its steel bar size capabilities and improve safety, IT and automation systems at the mill. The expansion will allow the melt shop to produce bars in a wider range of sizes while securing a reliable source of billets for Tenaris’ seamless mills in Bay City, Texas; Ambridge, Pa.; and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. The project is expected to last 14 months, and it is scheduled for completion by the end of the second quarter of 2021.
Eurometal S.A. placed an order with Hertwich Engineering for the supply of a multi-chamber melting furnace for the expansion of its aluminum casthouse in Klomnice, Poland. The plant, which has a capacity of 30,000 tons per year, is scheduled to start operation in spring 2021. Hertwich Engineering, based in Austria, is a company of SMS group. The furnace, which is designed for a capacity of 100 tons per day, will be integrated into the existing production chain. It will mainly process clean and painted extrusion and sheet scrap as well as smaller amounts of briquetted sawing and machining chips. The scrap will be preheated for around 30 minutes to a temperature of approximately 932°F (500°C) by an intense hot-gas flow.
Cromodora Wheels SPA installed a chip melting furnace for wheel production in Ghedi, Italy. The furnace, which has a capacity of 10,000 tons per year, was supplied and commissioned by Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group. Cromodora Wheels produces cast magnesium and aluminum wheels used for competition. Currently, the wheels are manufactured in a low-pressure casting process. The company is modernizing the recycling of its processing scrap with the new melting furnace.
Otto Fuchs ordered a melting furnace and two tiltable holding and casting furnaces from Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group. The melting furnace, the fifth at Otto Fuchs’ facility in Meinerzhagen, Germany, will have a capacity of 7.7 tons per hour. The two casting furnaces are designed for a capacity of 20 tons. The melting furnace, the largest at Otto Fuchs, combines scrap preheating and submersion melting of cleaned scrap in one compact unit. The entire furnace process is fully automated by a measurement and control system.