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Danieli Completes Expansion of Deacero Celaya Minimill

10/1/2006 -  

Oct. 2006 — Danieli recently completed its expansion project at the Deacero Celaya minimill in Mexico.

Originally supplied by Danieli in 1998 as a greenfield project, the long products minimill plant previously consisted of a steel meltshop and two rolling mills for bars and for wire rod production, respectively.

The expansion comprised the addition of Meltshop No. 2 and Wire Rod Mill No. 3. The No. 2 Meltshop features a 120-tonne EAF, ladle furnace and a 6-strand FastCast conticaster for high-speed casting of 120 to 180-mm billets. The caster is directly connected to the rolling mill for hot charging operation.

The No. 3 rolling mill, composed of 18 stands in continuous plus a 10-pass high-speed finishing block, produces 5.5- to 16-mm diameter wire rod in up to 3-tonne coils.

Danieli Automation supplied all electricals and the advanced Level 2 automation system.

When the facility reaches full commercial operation, the expansion will enable the Celaya minimill to double its production capacity to over two million tonnes per year.

Deacero is the largest wire rod producer in Mexico and one of the largest wire rod producers in the American continent.