Jianlong Beiman Special Steel Company, based in Qiqihar, China, has awarded SMS group of Germany a contract to supply core components for a high-speed wire rod mill for quality steel.

The centerpiece of the new wire rod mill, which has an annual capacity of 500kt, is the 10-stand wire rod finishing block. To comply with the high metallurgical requirements of the finished products, the wire rod mill has been designed for low-temperature rolling.

This is achieved by installing a cooling and equalising loop upstream of the block. The rolling schedule includes wire rod with diameters from 5.5 to 25 mm, and rebar with diameters ranging from 6 to 16 mm, which are finish-rolled at speeds of up to 115 m/second.

In addition to the wire rod finishing block, the scope of supply also includes two cantilever compact roughing stands, the group of shears upstream of the block, and the loop laying head including pinch roll unit. SMS group is also supplying the design for a Loop Cooling Conveyor (LCC) with three-fan technology, as well as the coil handling system.

Commissioning will take place in spring 2019.