With this modernization ArcelorMittal is preparing its hot strip mill in Ghent, Belgium, to be able to meet future requirements. The most important objective is the enlargement of the product portfolio in the eld of high-strength grades and multi-phase steels. At its Ghent location, ArcelorMittal is enhancing the production of strips of the newly developed Fortiform® series which covers new steel grades for the automotive industry and comes with a considerable reduction in weight, at the same time providing an increased level of safety. In addition, ArcelorMittal is striving for more flexibility in production and wants to be able to increase its hot strip capacity at the Ghent site, if and when necessary.
The upgrade focuses on the finishing mill of the plant, which was commissioned in 1967, and comprises the installation of new finishing stands F1 and F2 as well as modifications to boost the rolling forces of mill stands F3 and F4 plus the integration of hydraulic loopers throughout the complete finishing mill. In the recent past, SMS group already strengthened the drive trains of mill stands F1 to F3 by installing new main and mill pinion gear units and powerful SIEFLEX® HT spindles (high torque spindles) and supplied a new profile, contour and flatness control system (PCFC®) for the finishing mill.