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London, April 19, 2016

Primetals Technologies to replace two LD converters in Dąbrowa Górnicza for ArcelorMittal Poland

  • Vaicon Link 2.0 maintenance-free converter suspension offers long service life

ArcelorMittal Poland S.A. has given Primetals Technologies an order to replace LD (BOF) converters #1 and #3 in its Dąbrowa Górnicza steel works. The new converters will have a tapping weight of 325 metric tons and the project will be executed on a turnkey basis. The converters will be suspended by the maintenance-free Vaicon Link 2.0. This suspension system not only minimizes the stresses caused by thermal deformations, but also has a long service life. Converter #1 is scheduled to be brought into operation at the end of 2016, and converter #3 six months later, depending on when the option is exercised.

The converters used until now in the Dąbrowa Górnicza steel works have reached the end of their service lives. Primetals Technologies will supply the new vessels and trunnion rings, including the maintenance-free Vaicon Link 2.0 suspension. The converter bearings and housings will also be replaced. The order also includes dismantling of the existing vessels, and pre-assembly and erection of the new equipment. This will be handled by ZKS Ferrum S.A., the Polish partner in the consortium.

ArcelorMittal Poland is the leading steel producer in Poland. The company runs six production plants in the Silesia region and in Małopolska. The range of products covers profiles, rails, fittings for the construction, transport and mining industries, as well as flat products for the automotive industry and domestic appliances. The Dąbrowa Górnicza plant specializes in producing heavy profiles.

Computer-animated depiction of an LD (BOF) converter from Primetals Technologies to be installed for ArcelorMittal Poland in the Dąbrowa Górnicza steel works.

Primetals Technologies, Limited, headquartered in London, United Kingdom, is a worldwide leading engineering, plant-building and lifecycle partner for the metals industry. The company offers a complete technology, product and service portfolio that includes the integrated electrics, automation and environmental solutions. This covers every step of the iron and steel production chain that extends from the raw materials to the finished product – in addition to the latest rolling solutions for the nonferrous metals sector. Primetals Technologies is a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Siemens. Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery (MHMM) - an MHI consolidated group company with equity participation by Hitachi, Ltd. and IHI Corporation - holds a 51% stake and Siemens a 49% stake in the company. The company employs around 9,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.primetals.com.