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ANDRITZ to supply new hot-dip galvanizing line to Nucor Steel Arkansas, USA


International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Nucor Steel Arkansas Division, USA, to supply a hot-dip galvanizing line for its facility in Hickman, Arkansas, USA. The new line will have an annual capacity of approximately 455,000 metric tons and is designed to produce high-strength steel grades, mainly for the automotive industry. Start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2021.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply and services comprises the complete hot-dip galvanizing line, in particular the furnace with the latest annealing technology for high-strength steel grades (Generation 3 AHSS), strip cleaning, mechanical equipment including strip transport and skin pass mill, electrical equipment, automation, and start-up of the plant.

Following the order to supply a pickling line and rolling mills for Nucor’s new cold-rolling mill in Hickman, AR, last year, ANDRITZ succeeded in convincing Nucor once again with its innovative technologies for the hot-dip galvanizing line.

Nucor Corporation, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, is the largest US steel producer, with a production capacity of over 24 million tons per annum, and is also the largest “mini-mill” steelmaker (i.e. the company uses electric arc furnaces to melt steel scrap instead of blast furnaces for smelting iron).

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ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial segments. Other important fields of business are animal feed and biomass pelleting, as well as automation, where ANDRITZ offers a wide range of innovative products and services in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) sector under the brand name of Metris. In addition, the international technology Group is active in power generation (steam boiler plants, biomass power plants, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard, as well as recycling plants.

A passion for innovative technology, absolute customer focus, reliability, and integrity are the central values to which ANDRITZ commits. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With over 160 years of experience, 29,000 employees, and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and sustainability goals.

ANDRITZ Metals is the technology and global market leader in forming equipment through the Schuler Group, in which ANDRITZ has a stake of more than 95 percent. Schuler offers presses, automation solutions, dies, process know-how, and services for the entire metal forming industry. Its customers include car manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as companies in the forging, household appliance, packaging, energy, and electrical industries. Schuler is also the market leader in coin minting technology and offers system solutions for the aerospace industry, rail transport, and manufacture of large pipes. In addition, ANDRITZ Metals is one of the leading global suppliers of complete lines for the production and processing of cold-rolled strip made of carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and other non-ferrous metals. The lines comprise equipment for pickling, cold rolling, annealing and heat treatment, surface finishing, strip coating and finishing, punching and deep drawing, and regeneration of pickling acids. The business area also supplies turnkey furnace systems for the steel, copper, and aluminum industries, burners and refractory products, as well as welding systems and comprehensive service for the metal working industry.

ANDRITZ entry looper and annealing furnace

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