By Cameron Chai
A consortium headed by Siemens VAI Metals Technologies secured a contract from Tiancheng Stainless Steel Products (TCSS) to provide an annealing and pickling line for the company’s Guanghan Works.
"Annealing and pickling line from Siemens"
The plant will produce 240,000 tons per annum of cold strip and the production may commence by the end of 2013.
The company will build the integrated annealing and pickling line at the TCSS Guanghan site in the Sichuan Province. Siemens VAI Metals Technologies SAS in France, consortium’s leader, will take responsibility to control the installation and commissioning and for managing the project. Siemens will be supplying the products that includes a two-high skin-pass mill, which also incorporates a roll polishing system, installations for bending the work rolls, a strip degreasing unit and mandrels for the uncoilers and the coilers. China-based Siemens together with its local partner will deliver some of the electrical and mechanical devices. European consortium partners will provide the annealing furnace and the pickling segment. Siemens has specifically developed a solution concept, Siroll PL, for strip processing lines. Siroll PL will form the base for the entire line’s built-in automation. TCSS can potentially manufacture cold strips of 240,000 t, wherein the thickness range from 0.3 to 3 mm and widths from 800 to 1300 mm.
TCSS is an integrated metals company, which is a specialist in mining and exploration of chromium, manganese and nickel. It belongs to the Chinese Sichuan Jinguang Group.