Paul Wurth took an important step towards becoming a complete supplier of all iron and steel production processes in 2014 when it signed a construction license agreement with Kobe Steel in Japan. As a result, Paul Wurth is able to offer Midrex® gas-based direct reduction ironmaking plants as part of its portfolio.
The Midrex® direct reduction process is the industry’s most productive technology for making high-quality direct reduced iron (DRI) products, accounting for approximately 60% of the world’s total annual production. DRI and its derivatives, including hot briquetted iron (HBI), are a virgin iron feedstock that is often used in steelmaking applications. Increased global demand for DRI products is fuelling interest in direct reduction plants worldwide.