Siemens VAI Metals Technologies has received an order from the Southwire Company, Carrollton, Georgia, USA, to supply a copper rod rolling mill and the associated coil handling system. The end customer is Taihan Electric Wire Co. Ltd. of Seoul, Korea.
The new mill will replace the existing 30-year-old system in Anyang, originally built by Morgan Construction Company, a Siemens VAI business, as a subcontractor to Southwire. The new mill will be delivered by the end of 2010.
In 1955, the Taihan Electric Wire Co. became the first wire and cable manufacturer to be established in Korea. Taihan is the leading domestic cable manufacturer and a major supplier of power transmission cables to the Asian market. Southwire Company is constructing a completely new production line for Taihan Electric, including melting and casting plants with a production output of 40 tonnes of copper rod per hour, in diameters ranging from 8 mm to 25 mm.
Siemens VAI is responsible for the engineering, manufacturing and commissioning of all the equipment for the rolling mill. This includes a roughing mill with one 18-inch, one 16-inch and two 12-inch stands, as well as a finishing mill comprising eight 8-inch stands. The rolling mill is completed by a pickling line, two pinch rolls, a rollerized downturn, coiler and conveyor.
The rolling mill portion of the project will be implemented by Morgan Construction Co., a Siemens VAI business. Southwire has worked together with Morgan for more than 30 years. During that time, Morgan has built more than 60 non-ferrous mills for Southwire customers, in addition to completing nearly 30 upgrades.