SSAB Europe, a leading steel producer of high-quality strip, plate and tube products, has contracted Fives, a French global engineering group, to handle design, production and supply of two complete OTO tube mill lines.

SSAB Europe has been investing in the modernisation its tube production lines at its Hämeenlinna facility in Finland with a view to widening its product range and increase its premium tubular output.

Fives will design, manufacture, supply and commission two complete OTO tube mill lines for welded tubes, ranging from 16mm up to 130mm in diameter. The mill lines will be designed to process high grade yield carbon steel to produce tubes with 8mm maximum thickness for automotive applications. The scope of supply includes fully automatic entry lines, and a forming and sizing section with quick change, tools and cut-off units.

Fives’ proposal featured 'innovative technical solutions and production flexibility' to meet highly customised advanced technology equipment requirements, as well as tight scheduling. OTO tube mill lines will be designed and preassembled at Fives’ plant in Boretto, Italy, and delivered to Hämeenlinna’s in 2019-2020.

Fives has been a long-term partner of SSAB, and recently has been contracted to modernise the continuous annealing line in SSAB’s Borlänge plant in Sweden.