Siemens has started up a bar mill at the Chinese steelmaker Handan Iron & Steel Co.

Engineering, manufacturing and delivery were completed in less than six months and the first bar was rolled after an additional period of only six months.

The rolling mill is designed to produce 800kt/y of special-bar-quality (SBQ) steels and expands the production capacity and product range of Handan Iron & Steel, replacing the outdated production equipment with a new high-end productivity line.