Severstal to add longs’ capacity with new mill

Russia’s vertically-integrated steelmaker Severstal is adding an extra 1 million tonnes/year of long rolled and drawn products to its product range. It is installing a new flexible drawing mill-170 at its principal Russian Cherepovets works, the company says.

The RUB 11 billion ($168.3 million) shop is set to produce wire rod ranging 5.5-18mm in diameter and round coiled bar of 20-32mm diameter. It is due for commissioning in the second half of 2022, Kallanish notes.

The shop will consist of a heating furnace, a hydraulic descaling line, an 18-strand two stands rolling and drawing line, Stelmor air cooling line, and a Garret winder line complete with versatile packing line. 

Severstal’s decision to install a versatile drawing mill capable of producing long products ranging from wire rod to coiled round bar in one aggregate is dictated by increasing volatility and competitiveness in the market. “The new plant will allow Severstal to considerably improve our long product and metalware supply chain, end to end,” Alexander Shevelev, general director, is quoted as saying.

Last year Severstal’s sales of long drawn and metalware products amounted to 563,000 tonnes and long rolled products sales were 1.23 million tonnes. Once the new mill is on stream, Severstal long and drawn product capacity will approach nearly 3mt of finished products.