Siemens to supply steel drives to China

Siemen’s Metals Technologies division has received an order from Shougang Jingtang United Iron and Steel to supply the electrical engineering equipment for three new strip-treatment lines. The value of the order totals approximately €18m and the treatment lines are scheduled to start production in the spring of 2009.

The deal includes the basic and process automation and all of the drive systems for a continuous-annealing line and two hot-dip-galvanising lines. This will be the first time Sinamics type speed-controlled drive systems will be used in a Chinese steelworks.

As part of Shougang Jingtang’s efforts to improve the local environmental situation, the company is moving its production facilities from inside the city limits of Peking to a new location not far from Tianjin. Here, a new steel-production complex with an annual capacity of 1.5 million tonnes is being built on an artificial peninsula near Caofeidian. From 2009 onwards, structural steel, white goods and starting material for the regional automotive industry will be produced here.

The new treatment lines, including an annealing line with an annual capacity of 830,000 tonnes and two hot-dip-galvanising installations—one for processing 462,000 metric tons and the other for 339,000 tonnes per year—will be used to process low-alloy and cold-rolled carbon steels for high-quality car body parts, among other applications.

Siemens is supplying all of the drive systems as well as the basic and process automation for these new lines, including the technological controllers for the built-in sizing stand and the stretcher levellers of the galvanising lines.