ArcelorMittal Vega, Brazil has awarded SMS group the order to expand the flat rolling mill complex in São Francisco do Sul, Brazil, supplied by SMS group in 2003. With this project, the company intends to boot the mill's capacity by 640,000 tons annually and add ultra-high-strength steel strip for the automotive industry to its portfolio. To this end, the existing pickling line/tandem cold mill will be modified, and a new universal annealing and hot-dip galvanizing line as well as a new recoiling and inspection line will be integrated into the facility. Commissioning of the new and modified lines is scheduled for 2023.
The line will process strip in thicknesses from 0.4 to 3.0 millimeters and widths between 750 and 1,875 millimeters.