A project of this size takes about two years to build. It is a complex process that has a large number of milestones to it. A first milestone for the public was the METEC 2015 trade fair, where visitors had the opportunity to get a first impression of the scope of supply at the SMS group booth. There, a drive spindle was exhibited, which was to be driving one of the CSP® mill stands at Big River Steel. The drive spindle had been manufactured at the SMS group workshop in Hilchenbach.
From mid-2015 on, the plant equipment arrived at the Big River Steel site in Arkansas. Mark Bula, Chief Commercial Officer at Big River Steel: