ANDRITZ to supply new hot-dip galvanizing line to Nucor Steel Arkansas, USA

14 November 2018

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Nucor Steel Arkansas Division, USA, to supply a hot-dip galvanizing line for its facility in Hickman, Arkansas, USA. The new line will have an annual capacity of approximately 455,000 metric tons and is designed to produce high-strength steel grades, mainly for the automotive industry. Start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2021.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply and services comprises the complete hot-dip galvanizing line, in particular the furnace with the latest annealing technology for high-strength steel grades (Generation 3 AHSS), strip cleaning, mechanical equipment including strip transport and skin pass mill, electrical equipment, automation, and start-up of the plant.

Following the order to supply a pickling line and rolling mills for Nucor’s new cold-rolling mill in Hickman, AR, last year, ANDRITZ succeeded in convincing Nucor once again with its innovative technologies for the hot-dip galvanizing line.

Nucor Corporation, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, is the largest US steel producer, with a production capacity of over 24 million tons per annum, and is also the largest “mini-mill” steelmaker (i.e. the company uses electric arc furnaces to melt steel scrap instead of blast furnaces for smelting iron).