JSW Steel Coated Products Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indian steelmaker JSW Steel, part of the JSW Group, has placed an order with CMI Industry Metals, for the supply of a continuous annealing line (CAL) to be erected at its Vasind Works. This new line will produce 0.5Mt/yr of annealed steel.

According to CMI, the new line is to help JSW to improve its competitive position and capture additional market share in a growing domestic high-end steel market. With this order JSW 'underlines its commitment to enhance its share of high value added steel products dedicated for the construction industry', says CMI.

The supply scope includes all essential components of the annealing line designed by CMI, such as the two pay-off reels, a roller-seam welding machine, vertical multi-stage cleaning section, vertical entry accumulator, low-energy all radiant tube fire annealing section (including CMI’s patented Blowstab cooling system), intermediate accumulator, 6 Hi SPM, exit accumulator and inspection stand, rotary shear and two tension reels.

The line is designed for strips in the thickness range of between 0.25 mm to 1.5 mm and widths of up to 1570 mm. It will produce a wide variety of grades, including C.Q, HSLA-440, DQ, NOSP, and HSLA-590, claims CMI. The process runs continuously at 300m/min, while the entry and exit sections reach 450m/min and 500m/min respectively.

Decisive factors for choosing CMI for this project include the company's extensive experience in designing and building continuous strip processing lines, and its state-of-the-art annealing technology.

The CAL is scheduled to start operation by the beginning of 2021.