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ANDRITZ to supply two walking beam furnaces to ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, USA


International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from steel producer ArcelorMittal to supply two new top- and bottom-fired walking beam furnaces for its 80” hot strip mill in Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA. Start-up of the furnaces, which will replace the existing pusher furnaces, is scheduled for 2020.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes the design, supply, erection supervision, and commissioning of the new furnaces as well as comprehensive training of the operating and maintenance personnel. Each of the two furnaces will heat carbon steel slabs at a rate of 500 tons per hour. The combustion systems include ANDRITZ low NOx burners that will reduce emissions. The furnaces will reduce overall fuel consumption as a result of their long, unfired preheat zones, individual burner control, and improved insulation including efficient ANDRITZ skid insulation.

ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, the company’s second-largest USA facility, is a fully integrated steelmaking plant located on Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana, 50 miles southeast of Chicago. The plant operates two blast furnaces and is capable of producing approximately five million tons of raw steel annually. Burns Harbor produces hot-rolled sheet, cold-rolled sheet, and hot-dipped galvanized steel, primarily for the appliance, automotive, construction, converters, distribution, and pipe and tube markets.

This order follows the successful completion of a major revamp of two 450 tons per hour walking beam furnaces at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago, Indiana, by ANDRITZ.

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ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

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 metalforming 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, railway, and large pipe industries. 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 stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, and non-ferrous metal. The lines comprise equipment for pickling, cold rolling, heat treatment, surface finishing, strip coating and finishing, punching and deep drawing, and the regeneration of pickling acids. The business area also supplies turnkey furnace systems for the steel, copper, and aluminum industries, as well as welding systems for the metalworking industry.

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