Production speed will almost double: Shanxi Zhongyang upgrades with three Siemens mini finishing mills

Linz, Austria, (PresseBox) - Chinese steel producer Shanxi Zhongyang Iron and Steel Company Ltd. (ZISCO) contracted with Siemens VAI Metals Technologies to add a high-speed mini finishing mill to each of its three rod mills. The new mills will be located in a suburb of Zhongyang County, Shanxi Province, China. This will almost double the mills' production speed. Commissioning is expected in late 2012.

After the three finishing mills begin operation, the annual output of each mill will increase to 700,000 tons from 500,000 tons and thus considerably enhance ZISCO's production capacity. Meanwhile, with the three high-speed mini finishing mills, the company will also be able to produce small sizes, with one plant producing rod from 5.5 mm to 10 mm and rebar from 8 mm to 10 mm, and in the other two mills, rod from 5.5 mm to 16 mm and rebar from 8 mm to 14 mm. Speeds are guaranteed at 105 meters per second. The scope of supply from Siemens VAI also includes guides. The electrical and automation package will be supplied by Siemens Limited China, utilizing the standard Siroll LR solution platform for long-product rolling mills and including the medium voltage drive.

A mid-size private company established in 1985, ZISCO is an integrated mining, steel making and power generation company, which produces carbon grade rod and rebar for the Chinese construction market. It produced 3.6 million tons of steel wire in 2009.

Further information about solutions for steel works, rolling mills and processing lines is available at http://www.siemens.com/metals

Siemens AG Industry Sector / Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the Sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Divisions Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services as well as the Business Unit Metals Technologies. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/industry

The Metals Technologies Business Unit (Linz, Austria), part of the Siemens Industry Sector, is one of the world's leading suppliers of plant construction and engineering in the iron and steel industry as well as in the flat rolling segment of the aluminum industry. The Business Unit offers a comprehensive product and service portfolio for metallurgical plants and equipment as well as integrated automation and environmental solutions covering the entire lifecycle of plants. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/metals

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