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Primetals Technologies Reports First Coil on Upgraded PLTCM

11/17/2022 - China’s Valin ArcelorMittal Automotive Steel has produced the first coil on an upgraded tandem cold mill in Loudi, Hunan province, reports project contractor Primetals Technologies. 

According to Primetals Technologies, the improved line will handle an increased production coming from an additional, recently implemented processing line.

Work included installation of a second entry passline, an additional mill stand, and a pickling tank. New drives and automation hardware also were installed. Primetals Technologies originally installed the pickling line/tandem cold mill in 2014 for the joint venture, and the project represented a second phase of work. 

The company said the project was challenged by the shortage of microchips and automation equipment, which resulted in delays in equipment shipments. Also, COVID-19 restrictions in China added a level of uncertainty to the project, the company said.  

“However, despite the challenges and thanks to a successful collaborative approach, the first coil was produced on time,” Primetals Technologies said.