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Industeel starts construction of new slab caster

On February 13, 2024, Industeel, a European division of ArcelorMittal Downstream Solutions, initiated the construction of a vertical caster at its facility located in Le Creusot, France. This caster is designed to produce light slab with a thickness of up to 35cm. The investment for this project amounts to €52 million ($56 million) and aims at achieving various efficiency and environmental targets.

The primary goals of this investment include reducing energy consumption, cutting CO2 emissions by 10% annually, minimizing scarfing, transformation losses, and rolling passes, as well as optimizing the overall production process. Initially, the caster will have a capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year, with plans to eventually increase it to 50,000 tonnes per year. The output will encompass several steel grades catering to diverse industrial sectors such as clean energy and automotive components.

The new vertical slab caster will be supplied by Danieli, an Italian equipment manufacturer. It will replace ingot casting and enable the production of special grades of carbon, stainless steels, and nickel-based alloy slab. The slabs will range from 1,500 to 2,100mm in width and 4 to 6 meters in length. The start-up for this equipment is scheduled for May 2025. Industeel’s caster will incorporate various technological packages from Danieli 3Q.

It’s worth noting that Danieli previously modernized another slab caster at Industeel’s Charleroi plant in Belgium back in 2017.

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