Grupo Simec, a Mexican steel products manufacturer with operations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, last week started up a new production line for wire rod coils at its Apizaco, Tlaxcala facility.
After 26 months of construction work and equipment installation, the first billet rolled out of the minimill with production capacity for 600,000 tons a year of big round blooms, bars and wire rod of special steel.
“Is safe to say that this will be the first complete state-of-the-art minimill of that type,” said in a statement Danieli Group, an Italy-based company in charge of the installation and one of the largest suppliers of equipment and plants to the metal industry in the world.
Although none of the companies revealed on this occasion the amount invested, MexicoNow had previously reported that Simec would allocate US$ 600 million to this new endeavor.
The production line is fully equipped to produce high quality steel grades with a world class technology, processes and automation equipment. “This will guarantee top quality products with a total cost of production (Capex + Opex) that will make it absolutely competitive, not only in North American context, but also worldwide,” added Danieli Group.
Grupo Simec and Danieli Team will continue to improve production and plant completion in order to reinforce the facility’s leading position in Mexico, as a unique producer and processor of special quality bar steels, mainly dedicated to Automotive application.