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ArcelorMittal to Invest EUR96 Million in Florange and Dunkerque Sites in France

ArcelorMittal to Invest EUR96 Million in Florange and Dunkerque Sites in France

Introduction:

ArcelorMittal plans to invest EUR96 Million at its Florange and Dunkerque sites in France to enhance its service and quality for clients, and a strong response to their expectations in terms of new steel solutions.

Features:

These investments are as follows

A new automotive steel line in Florange

In Florange (eastern France) EUR67m will be dedicated to a new production line for automotive steels. This project is part of the company’s strategy to consolidate its centre of excellence for automotive steels production in Lorraine (Florange and Mouzon in France, Dudelange in Luxemburg).

The investment will see the construction of a new 600,000 tonne Usibor® line in Florange, which will be operational by mid-2019. This line will be dedicated to producing advanced high strength steels (AHSS) for the automotive industry and will replace the current electro-galvanising line.

The new line, which will be integrated with a hot strip mill and a pickling line, will be able to produce steels such as Usibor® 2000 and Ductibor® 1000 as well as a new Usibor® Ultraprotect coating. This builds on Florange’s strong reputation for Usibor®. The line also strengthens ArcelorMittal’s position in advanced high strength steels for the automotive industry, which has been a focus of its R&D effort.

Greater flexibility for high value-added products at Dunkerque

ArcelorMittal will invest 29 million euros in the plant's steelshop, to deliver technical improvements that will provide greater flexibility for high value-added products.

The vacuum degassing unit will be modified, adding steel desulphurisation, and a better slag retention system will be installed on the converters. These projects will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2018.

These investments will increase the steelshop's ability to produce grades with very low sulphur, phosphorus and nitrogen contents, in line with the requirements of automotive customers in particular. Therefore, Usibor® 2000, awaited by customers, will go into industrial production at Dunkerque in 2019.

Specifications:

Company Name ArcelorMittal
Location France
Type New Production Line & Technical Improvements
Estimated Cost EUR96 Million

 

Source: arcelormittalinfrance.com 

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