Baosteel Zhanjiang Iron & Steel Co has commissioned a high-performance hot strip mill supplied by German steel production technology specialist SMS Group.

The new mill in Zhanjiang has an annual capacity of 5.5Mt and has been designed to produce hot strip with final thicknesses between 1.2mm and 25.4mm and strip widths from 800mm to 2,100mm.

SMS Group reports that the Chinese steelmaker’s product portfolio ranges from soft deep-drawing grades to high-strength construction steels and tube and pipe grades.

The mill offers a slab sizing press, one two-high and one four-high reversing roughing stand, each with a flanged-on edger, seven CVC plus four-high finishing stands, a laminar strip cooling system and two hydraulically operated coilers.

According to SMS Group, the mill sets a new benchmark in terms of economic efficiency thanks to Ecoplant technology incorporated into the plant design.