Casting and rolling lines for copper

High sustainability and top quality for copper wire rod and tubes

Whether you want to produce anodes, wire rods, tubes, or semi-finished products - we supply all the equipment you need for copper plants. That includes integrated process technology. Working with us means you enjoy a partnership based on expertise and the assurance that all your components mesh perfectly.

Overview Line Concenpts

CONTIROD®* Combined Casting and rolling lines for wire rod

More than half of demand on the copper market is for cast and rolled copper wire rod. That's because this material is crucial to the electrical and electronics industry. We have banked decades of experience and obtained worldwide references.

All of these have made us a global leader with our high-capacity CONTIROD®* plants.

*CONTIROD® is a registered trademark of Aurubis Belgium

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Casting and rolling of copper mother tubes in one step

Here is an innovative process for you which makes even small and medium-sized outputs profitable. Our directube® system casts tube shells from copper cathodes on a horizontal continuous casting plant. Then a planetary rolling mill directly converts them into mother tubes. This short process route results in high efficiency and lower energy consumption. Plus, you can process the mother tubes on conventional drawing lines to the required final tube sizes.


Twin-belt casters

Perfect results: Hazelett twin-belt casters

Hazelett twin-belt casters guarantees:

  • Fine-grained and homogeneous casting structure with equal distribution of oxygen and impurities - better rod quality
  • Much lower costs with more copper scrap as feed stock.
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Rolling mills

Optimal production results at the heart of the plant

The centerpiece of the CONTIROD®* plant is the rolling mill. This is where the benefits of CONTIROD®* technology really stand out. Especially important is our individual drive technology. Here is why:

  • Better rolling quality due to individual drive systems for each rollstand
  • Fine-grained, homogeneous rolling structure
  • Lower process costs for roll rings due to less wear
  • High flexibility for both round and flat sections
  • Less maintenance and lower energy consumption due to robust, frequency-controlled AC motors

*CONTIROD® is a registered trademark of Aurubis Belgium

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PLC systems

Intelligent technology package

It's easy for your plant operators to control the entire CONTIROD®* plant using our PLC systems. Included here is visualization with diagnostic signaling and monitoring software. That eliminates any problems and potential interruptions before they even start. You benefit considerably because the electrical control system guarantees:

  • Good accessibility to process data for troubleshooting
  • Less downtime
  • Higher plant availability
  • Low maintenance for AC drives, high rolling speed control

*CONTIROD® is a registered trademark of Aurubis Belgium

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Selected References

Combined casting and rolling lines Guangzhou JCC Copper, China image

Guangzhou JCC Copper, China

Main Data

Plant: Copper plant for wire rod - CONTIROD®*
Customer: Guangzhou JCC Copper, China
Product: Copper wire rod
Shop: 400.000 tpy
Casting: capacity 60 t/h

*CONTIROD® is a registered trademark of Aurubis Belgium

Combined casting and rolling lines References Eastern Copper, China

Eastern Copper, China

Main Data

Plant: Copper plant for wire rod - CONTIROD®*
Customer: Eastern Copper Co. Ltd., China
Product: Copper wire rod
Shop: 320.000 tpy
Casting capacity: 48 t/h

*CONTIROD® is a registered trademark of Aurubis Belgium



Combined casting and rolling lines References Kobe Wieland, USA

Shahid Bahonar Copper, Iran

Main Data

Plant: Copper plant for mother tubes - DIRECTUBE® 
Customer: Shahid Bahonar Copper, Iran
Product: Copper mother tubes
Cast tube shells: Ø approx. 100 mm / wall thickness 25 mm
Mother tube: Ø approx. 60 mm / wall thickness 3 mm
Basket weight: > 1,000 kg
Capacity: up to 20.000 tpy


Top quality and efficiency

Greener than ever, our CONTIROD®* process is now even more energy-efficient. That's down to improved melting, casting and rolling. Here is what you get: 

  • Much more efficient heat transfer from combustion gas to raw material in our newly designed melting furnace
  • Less liquid copper oxidation and lower gas consumption with our upgraded automatic combustion control system
  • Drastically lower electricity consumption with frequency-controlled AC drives for the melting furnace blowers as well as the rolling mill drives

*CONTIROD® is a registered trademark of Aurubis Belgium

The most compact process for copper tubes

We integrate a special mold technology in our horizontal continuous casting plants so you can efficiently cast small cross sections (near-net- shape casting). What this means for you is that you cast a thick-wall tube, directly roll it into a mother tube, then cold-draw the mother tube to the final tube size on a conventional drawing machine.

This is the most economic route by far for small and medium production capacities.



Warehousing at SULB, Bahrain from ground-breaking

No stores, no personnel costs - and yet all parts are on hand: These are the advantages of the warehousing service offered, under which SMS group manage the storage of spare parts on the customer's behalf by SULB.

Unwanted downtimes are history

This forward-looking development and implementation of an advanced spare parts supply concept reduces the servicing times and prevents unwanted downtimes.

The availability of spare and wear parts is ensured by three-shift operation of the warehouse, available on a 24/7 basis. The entire warehouse concept was originated in close coordination with SULB. The customer has access to the whole storage system at any time and thus has complete cost transparency. The stock is retrievable online around the clock. SULB is just one of several examples in which the SMS group has assumed warehouse management.

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  • Availability of spare parts and consumables at no investment costs
  • Pay on parts usage only
  • Web-based documentation: Simplified spares identification and ordering
  • Transparency: Online access to prices, lead times, stock levels
  • Concentration on core business
  • Parts availability 24/7, guaranteed stock level
  • Inventory management (control & reports)
  • Reliable planning due to fixed price lists


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SMSgroup Hülsemann, Konstanze

Konstanze Hülsemann

SMS group GmbH
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach

Phone : +49 2161 350 2321
Fax : +49 2161 350 2318


Learn about our plant technology covering the entire process chain for the production of high-quality metals.