World’s largest continuous caster for blooms comes on stream
Dongbei Special Steel in Dalian City, Liaoning Province, China, successfully commissioned an 800-mm bloom continuous caster of SMS Concast, Switzerland. That means the company is now operating its third continuous bloom caster from SMS Concast.
“This continuous caster is a milestone in terms of mechanical, electrical and process engineering. It sets a new benchmark in the steel casting industry,” said Luis Hernandez, CEO of SMS Concast. “We integrated various technological innovations. The fact that Dongbei has chosen us as its partner three times already proves we are on the right course with our technology.”
With the new plant, Dongbei and SMS Concast are continuing their long-lasting partnership. Just like the previous plants in Dongbei-Beiman (2002) and Dongbei-Dalian (2011), the new continuous caster produces high-quality special steel blooms. It comes with an annual capacity of up to 450,000 tons. The machine casts blooms with diameters of 600 to 800 millimeters.
Dongbei Special Steel uses the blooms to forge large shafts, tool steel, and stainless steel on its hydraulic presses and radial forging machines from SMS Meer. It supplies these products to the oil, energy, aircraft, and automotive industry.
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.