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Arcelor orders crop shear
ArcelorMittal has awarded a contract to design and manufacture the world’s largest hot strip mill crop shear to Butech Blish of Ohio, USA.
The Arcelor mill, in Bremen, Germany produces high strength tube steel grades of carbon steel.
The supply includes the new crop shear and a new gear drive unit. All existing crop shear motors will be retained and used to operate the new shear.
The new shear can process up to 76mm thick by 2200mm wide high strength steel grades. Commissioning is scheduled for December 2010.

SMS Meer partnership
SMS Meer has partnered with Simufact Engineering to develop forming process technology.
SMS Meer will use Simufact forming, a software for simulating manufacturing processes, to support the initiative. The software covers all areas of bulk metal forming simulation. The deal includes forming simulation of pipes, large-diameter pipes and profile simulations among others.
SMS signs $20M order
SMS Meer has signed a $20M order to supply a forging press to a Chinese firm.
The Düsseldorf, Germany based company will supply the 45/50MN (4588-5098t force) press to Jiangsu Tiangong International, based in Danyang, Jiangsu Province.
The press will be used for the processing of materials, tool steel, stainless steel and high-alloy materials as semi-finished products for industrial applications. The plant operates with a press force of up to 40MN and an upsetting force of 45MN.
Brazilian market improving
The Brazilian market is set to improve in 2010 thanks to strengthening commodity prices and an upswing in steel demand which bodes well for Brazil going into 2010, according to a Latin American industry executive.
Techint CEO Paulo Rocca said that, after a difficult beginning to this year, Brazil appears to be on a solid path.
Sumitomo replacement
Sumitomo Metals Kokura (SMK) is to replace the 3-roll finishing block of its bar mill in Kokura, Japan.
German group Friedrich Kocks will replace it with its latest 3-roll block.
Once the work is completed the mill will consist of a roughing mill, an intermediate mill and finishing mill, all three of them in 2-high design and the 3-roll reducing and sizing block in Heavy Duty-Design. Production of the bar mill will be increased by 10% to 90kt/m.
Measurement order
Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas has chosen a measurement system to trim and operate the process of producing steel plates for the Brazilian and international markets.
The order is for three Shapeline systems from Thermo Fisher Scientific.
The downturn and resulting lower production levels have given Usimas the opportunity to make improvements to its capability.