Siemens Industry, a global supplier of environmentally friendly production, building and transportation technologies, announced that it has installed the first polypropylene process tanks in Japan. The client is one of Japan’s leading stainless steel companies, Nippon Steel & Sumikin Stainless Steel (NSSC).
NSSC has ordered two polypropylene pickling tanks along with a grinding brush scrubber chamber, covers and spares. Siemens has designed and installed one polypropylene tank for the first annealing and pickling line (APL) at the Hikari Works facility in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Another polypropylene pickling tank for the second APL will be installed at the same facility in December 2011.
President of Siemens’ Industry Solutions Division, Jagannath Rao stated that their polypropylene tank business has entered a new market through NSSC. Siemens will help NSSC to enhance cost savings and include environmental value to their steel mills via individually specified polypropylene tanks.
The equipment produced from plastics like polypropylene offer several benefits to the customers including reduced labor costs, lower maintenance costs and very low initial cost. Thus, the overall cost of ownership is considerably less with polypropylene process tanks when compared to traditional rubber and brick lined steel tanks. The polypropylene tanks are corrosion-resistant and they offer additional environmental benefits. If the rubber linings in steel tanks are removed, the polypropylene tanks minimize the acid leakage and fume emission risks enabling improved control over the acidic atmosphere and extended lifecycles.