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Primetals Arvedi’s ESP line installed at a steel complex in Hebei, China produced its first coil in April 2021 and the first plate on March 17. The two products were produced simultaneously in the new set-up, which was erected within six months. 


The contract by the unnamed steelmaker was given to Primetals 17-months prior, the service provider said in a media statement on Tuesday. The annual capacity of the new installation was undisclosed.


The new casting-rolling facility is part of a new integrated iron and steelworks mill. The Arvedi ESP line can produce rolling strips down to 0.7mm in thickness and widths up to 1,600mm for coil weights up to 32mt. The new smaller high-grade, ultra-thin strip capabilities will allow the company to service new market segments, Primetals noted. The 180-meter-long plant is more compact and efficient than conventional casting and rolling mills.  


The new setup reduces energy consumption and related costs by up to 45pc compared to conventional casting and rolling systems. The Arvedi ESP process uses hot-rolled coils in a linked casting and rolling plant directly from liquid steel in a continuous and uninterrupted manufacturing process. Primetals also integrated media-controls, systems, and automatic systems for process optimization in the new plant.

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