SMS Siemag of Germany has supplied a hot strip mill to the Turkish steelmaker Habaş, marking the company’s entry into the flat products market.

The mill, installed at the steelmaker’s Aliağa plant, is designed for an annual production of 2.5Mt of hot strip with widths varying from 700mm and 2,100mm.

According to SMS, the mill is designed to produce a wide range of premium steel grades including carbon and multi-phase steels as well as pipe grades up to strength class X80.

Mill capacity may be increased to 4.5Mt per year at a later stage, claims SMS, by installing a second reheating furnace, an additional two-high reversing roughing stand and a third downcoiler.