A new steel mill of Grupo Simec located in Apizaco, Tlaxcala in central Mexico, is now in full operation and will produce 600,000 tons per year of specialty steel, large round blooms, bars and wire rod for the automotive industry, the company in charge of the installation announced in a statement.
In February, 26 months after contract signing, the mill started forming wire rod coils, followed by the bar line startup in May.
Danieli Group, an Italy-based company and one of the largest suppliers of equipment and plants to the metal industry in the world was in charge of the installation. An estimated investment of US$ 600 million was allocated in this project.
Plant startup was completed recently with the melt shop, which operates an electric arc furnace of 90-ton capacity, a twin ladle furnace, a twin vacuum degassing and a 3-strand, 14-meter multi-bending radius caster for 300, 450 and 500-millimeter round blooms.
Supplied as greenfield project, the new mini mill for Simec, in addition to the melt shop and rolling mill, includes fume and water treatment plants, electrical sub-station and compressed air plant, product quality laboratories, cranes, electricals and automation featuring Danieli Automation Q3-Intelligence architecture.
Fully equipped to produce high-quality steel grades and featuring the new, innovative 4-roll Danieli DSD Drawer, the plant guarantees the production of top-quality products at the most competitive costs.