First compact billet caster from Siemens goes operational in Armenia

Fast and low-cost construction with new plant design / Two-line casting plant produces 200,000 metric tons of billets per year

Linz, (PresseBox) - In August, a newly designed billet caster from Siemens Metals Technologies commenced operations at the Charentsavan works of the Armenian ASCE Group OJSC. Thanks to the compact design of the plant, the project could be implemented quickly and cost-effectively within 16 months. The two-strand caster is designed for annual production of 200,000 metric tons of billets made out of carbon steels.

ASCE Group OJSC is the market leader in scrap recycling in Armenia and runs an electric arc furnace-based minimill melt shop in Charentsavan. The new billet caster has a machine radius of six meters and is designed to produce up to 200,000 metric tons of billets per year with a square cross-section of 120x120 millimeters on two strands. The strands can be operated independently of each other. The plant's capacity can therefore always be utilized to the best possible degree, depending on the available quantity of liquid steel. Both quality steel as well as low and medium carbon steel can be cast. The scope of supply included engineering, process turnkey equipment and basic automation as well as the operator control and monitoring system together. Siemens was also responsible for installation and commissioning supervision. The billets produced at the Charentsavan plant are processed further to make structural steel in a bar mill, also supplied by Siemens.

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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

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