September 18, 2008
ArcelorMittal Warszawa Inaugurates New Bar Rolling Mill
ArcelorMittal Warszawa, subsidiary of ArcelorMittal Group, today inaugurates a new bar rolling mill - one of the most advanced rolling lines in Europe, following an investment of EUR 80 million.
The Warsaw rolling mill is the latest ArcelorMittal investment in Poland. During the past three years, the Group invested over EUR 920 million in Polish steel plants. These included a hot rolling mill in Cracow, continuous casting in Dabrowa Gornicza, a coating line in Swietochlowice, as well as the modernization of the wire rod mill in Sosnowiec.
The new bar rolling mill in Warsaw has a production capacity of 650 KT/year. The facility is very flexible and can manufacture rebars of 8-40 mm, plain bars of 16-50 mm, as well as squares, flats, equal angles and channels. It will allow ArcelorMittal Warszawa to reach one of its strategic objectives which is to provide the complete product range and secure market share by optimal service and quality. Products are mainly intended to serve the booming construction market in Poland.
Commenting on the latest ArcelorMittal investment in Poland, Gonzalo Urquijo, member of the ArcelorMittal Group Management Board said: "This investment marks the start of a new era for ArcelorMittal Warszawa, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The new rolling mill completes the modern melt shop constructed at the end of the nineties and transforms the plant into a state-of-the-art mini mill. Thanks to the most advanced technologies installed, ArcelorMittal Warszawa can now further develop its production and respond to the steady demand generated by the dynamic growth of infrastructure investments in Poland.'
The rolling mill is equipped with a 160-tph walking-hearth reheating furnace connected to the existing continuous caster for direct hot charging of billets. This will result in substantial energy savings (80 kilocalories/kg). The 18-stand mill is entirely made up of heavy-duty housingless stands with automatic fast changing system for maximized mill efficiency and operational flexibility. The rolling speed is up to 18 m/s.
Note to Editors
Huta ArcelorMittal Warszawa, subsidiary of ArcelorMittal Group, is a reputed producer of carbon and specialised long products. Products manufactured by ArcelorMittal Warszawa are used in automotive, machinery engineering, bearing and construction industries. The plant employs 740 people.
In 2007 ArcelorMittal Warszawa had revenues of PLN 1 045 million (318 million EUR) and shipments of 477 thousand tonnes. The company's products are sold on domestic market but also exported - mainly to Germany and other EU countries. For more information on ArcelorMittal Warszawa visit: www.arcelormittal-warszawa.com
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