Abinsk Electric Steel Works orders two roughing stands
Abinsk Electric Steel Works from the Krasnodar Region, Russia, has placed an order with SMS Meer, Germany, to upgrade its high-speed rebar rolling mill. With two new roughing stands, Abinsk will be able to roll larger square billets than to date. This will enhance the company’s competitiveness on the local market.
So far Abinsk has fed its rolling mill with 130-mm square billets purchased from other suppliers. The two new roughing stands from SMS Meer will extend the range to 150-mm square billets which will be produced in Abinsk’s own new steel plant.
Furthermore, the two new stands will increase the rolling mill’s productivity by 2 to 3 % for 8 - 10 mm rebars.
With this investment Abinsk wants to become the leading iron and steel producer in the Krasnodar Region. The company intends to also increase its production volumes and extend its product range.
Abinsk’s high-speed rebar rolling mill was supplied and commissioned by SMS Meer in 2011. It operates with a rolling speed of 40 m/s and reaches a monthly production of 47,000 t. This amounts to more than 550,000 tpy and exceeds the agreed nominal capacity by almost 10 %.
Commissioning of the new stands is scheduled for April 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.