A five-strand billet caster from SMS Concast has been ordered by Saarstahl AG of Volklingen, Germany. The new equipment will be designed for an annual capacity of 850kt/yr of billets.

The new casting machine, to be named S1, will produce 180mm x 180mm square billets in a wide range of steel grades, including bearing steels, spring steels, cold heading wire rod and free-cutting steels. Products made of these steel grades are used in the automotive industry and in mechanical engineering applications.

The S1 will come with state-of-the-art equipment such as Convex molds, hydraulic mold oscillator, electromagnetic mold and strand stirrers, mechanical soft reduction and modern automation and communication technology in line with Industry 4.0 standards.

Saarstahl was the first steel producer worldwide to apply mechanical soft reduction in billet casting.

According to SMS group, the investment in a new caster further strengthens the company’s leadership position in mechanical soft reduction technology.

Saarstahl is a leading global manufacturer of high-quality steel grades and has a longstanding business relationship with SMS Concast, going back to 2002 when the company supplied a first continuous caster to Saarstahl, followed by a second one in 2007.