Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG has selected Tenova, an Italian metals and mining engineering solutions provider, to supply a walking beam furnace for the heating of slabs at its Beeckerwerth plant in Duisburg, according to a company statement on Oct 2.
The plant will be built in Hot Strip Mill 2 to produce premium sheets to be used in the automotive industry. The plant replaces an old reheating furnace and will be installed directly next to an existing Tenova walking beam furnace. The furnace, with a capacity of 380 mt per heat, will be integrated in the existing hot rolling mill infrastructure. It will be used for heating slabs made of alloyed or unalloyed steel and charged in one and/or two rows.
According to Thyssenkrupp the new unit is intended to ensure a significantly improved surface quality of premium sheets, which are used, for instance, for exterior car body shells. Completion of the unit is scheduled for 2022.
Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe has the capacity to produce up to 12mn mt of crude steel per year from its Duisburg facility. The plant engages in the manufacturing hot strip, precision strip, heavy plate, coated, organic coated, electrical, packaging, and composite steels.