A horizontal annealing furnace is set to deliver its first coil.

The furnace was supplied to ArcelorMittal Brasil by CMI thermline for its continuous galvanising line at its Vega plant.

Commercial production is expected to start shortly after the first coil.

Technology included on the Vega CGL No 2 furnace includes fiber lining with low thermal inertia, specific measures to avoid strip oxidation, P-tubes with on/off control and the Blowstab Jet Cooling LH-TOP mathematical model.

Jean-Marc Kohlgruber, president of CMI Industry said: “This tight schedule was only made possible through a close collaboration with ArcelorMittal project teams.”

He added: “The extensive use of pre-assembly in CMI’s workshops in India was a solution effective in terms of cost, time and risk reduction.”