First rolled coil at Baotou Steel’s annealing line
Fives and Baotou Iron and Steel Group, the largest steel producer in northwest China’s Inner Mongolia region, produced the first cold rolled annealed coil in December 2015.
During the last 3 years, Baotou entrusted Fives with several contracts for the design and supply of furnaces for two continuous annealing lines and two full automotive hot-dip galvanizing lines, as well as a long-term technical support agreement.
The first coil was produced at the continuous annealing line № 2 with an annual capacity of 630,000 tons of premium automotive steel sheets. Despite different challenging conditions, the project was completed in 12 months from the design stage to the first annealed coil. Baotou acknowledged Fives’ technical excellence and effective project management.
Through the technical support agreement, signed in August 2015, Fives will provide Baotou with technical and process expertise in steelmaking, hot rolling, pickling, cold rolling, annealing and galvanizing during the next 10 years. The agreement includes training, technical support, development and certification of new automotive steel sheets, including the latest advanced high-strength steels.