06/10/2008

ArcelorMittal Warszawa inaugurates new bar rolling mill

As the company informs on its website, the Warsaw rolling mill is the latest ArcelorMittal investment in Poland. Accordingly, it has a production capacity of 650 KT/year and can manufacture rebars of 8-40 mm, plain bars of 16-50 mm as well as squares, flats, equal angles and channels. Thereby ArcelorMittal Warszawa hopes 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.

"This investment marks the start of a new era for ArcelorMittal Warszawa. It can now further develop its production and respond to the steady demand generated by the dynamic growth of infrastructure investments in Poland“, says Gonzalo Urquijo, member of the ArcelorMittal Group Management Board.
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. Thus the company expects 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.

ArcelorMittal Group has invested over 920 million euro in Polish steel plants during the past three years. These included a hot rolling mill in Cracow, continuous casting in Dąbrowa Górnicza, a coating line in Świętochłowice, as well as the modernization of the wire rod mill in Sosnowiec.