A new SMS Concast combi-caster for BMM Ispat
BMM Ispat from Hospet, Karnataka Province, India, has ordered a combined-caster from SMS Concast, Switzerland. The caster ensures improved machine availability and increases productivity for BMM Ispat. With the new caster, BMM Ispat will produce 1.1 million t of billets and rounds per year.
In the first phase of BMM Ispat’s expansion plan, SMS Concast supplies a high-speed 1 x 5- (optional six-strand) combi-caster, which produces different sections in both square and round formats. This machine is fully equipped to cast challenging steel grades like spring steel, free-cutting steel, bearing steel, pipe grades, micro-alloyed and structural steels. High product quality is ensured by using copper mold tubes with CONVEX technology® by SMS Concast.
The new caster will give BMM Ispat a competitive edge in achieving a lower conversion cost.
The expansion project includes the plan to increase annual steel manufacturing capacity to about 2 million t in two phases. With the capacity expansion, BMM Ispat will become the second largest steel producer in the state of Karnataka, India.
Commissioning of the combi-caster is scheduled for November 2013.
SMS Siemag AG and SMS Meer GmbH are both companies of SMS group which, under the roof of SMS Holding GmbH, consists of a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry.