Four News in Briefs

JFE galvanizing line

JFE Steel will construct Thailand’s first continuous galvanizing line for automobiles at the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate of Rayong Province in southeastern Thailand. JFE Steel Galvanizing (Thailand) – a JFE subsidiary – will handle construction and operation, as well as sales of hot-dip galvanized steel.

Domestic demand for high-end automotive steel sheet is expected to grow as automakers expand capacity, including through the construction of new plants.

The galvanizing line will enable JFE Steel to respond to demands from automakers in Thailand for high-end automotive steel sheet that can be procured domestically.

TKC Steel blast furnace

TKC Steel Corp has started commissioning work of its blast furnace in Iligan City, the Philippines.

TKC said the blast furnace in Northern Mindanao is scheduled for cold testing to ensure all components of the system including the material handling equipment will function properly when the facility is energised.

Upon confirmation of cold testing results, the facility will be scheduled for hot testing and actual firing.

Delays pushed back the commissioning work in the blast furnace, which was originally scheduled for Q3.

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Consteel commissioning

Tenova has commissioned a Consteel plant at Tokyo Steel, Japan.

Tokyo Steel has equipped its new 2.5Mt/y steel plant in Tahara, Japan, with 360t of scrap per hour with the Consteel system, the highest installed capacity Consteel in the world.

The system has been coupled with an EAF of 300t nominal tapping capacity and 420t total capacity.

EAF reconstruction

ThyssenKrupp Nirosta is to reconstruct its 80t EAF (furnace 32) at its Krefeld, Germany site.

The project execution, which is scheduled to be finalised in May 2011, was awarded to Badische Stahl-Engineering of Kehl, Germany.

The total project-scope, which as well as the required engineering also includes supply of the entire hardware such as tilting platform, lower- and upper-shell, gantry, will also comprise installation and start-up.