Thyssenkrupp Steel has started construction of the new slab caster and hot strip mill at its Bruckhausen site in Duisburg, Germany.
The steelmaker held a cornerstone ceremony that marked the start of on-site pre-assembly work for both continuous caster No. 4 and hot strip mill No. 4. The Bruckhausen project will separate the existing casting and rolling line into a revamped caster and a modernised hot strip mill, Kallanish learns from the technology supplier, Primetals Technologies.
The existing integrated mill can no longer meet the demanding needs of the automotive industry as well as other rapidly growing markets, Primetals explains. Separating the casting and rolling sections will ensure highly effective production of high-strength steel grades and premium end products, it adds.
“Our rebuilt facilities will enable us to meet the changing needs of the market, e.g. the demand for higher strength steel grades, lower tolerances, and optimised surfaces,” notes tk Steel chief operating officer Heike Denecke-Arnold.
In 2021, thyssenkrupp Steel placed a major order with Primetals Technologies for a reversing
cold mill, the hot-strip mill, and two thick slab continuous casters. The projects are scheduled to be completed over the course of 2025.
The ceremony for the caster and hot strip mill took place only several days after the inauguration event for the two-stand reversing cold mill at tk Steel’s Bochum site, also supplied by Primetals.
Christian Koehl Germany