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Siemens VAI to deliver rolling mill for stainless-steel long products to India

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18. April 2011

Siemens VAI Metals Technologies is constructing a new rolling mill for stainless steel bar and light profiles in India for Viraj Profiles Ltd., the second largest producer of stainless steel long products in the world. The scope of the project includes the design, engineering and delivery of mechanical, electrical and automation equipment. The order value is in the double-digit million Euro range. The new plant is scheduled to come into production at the start of 2012   

Viraj Profiles Ltd. is an integrated steel producer in Tarapur, about 140 kilometers north of Mumbai. The rolling mill is being constructed as part of an extensive expansion program to increase production capacity and broaden its range of products. Viraj Profiles Ltd. intends to use the new mill to increase its market share of stainless-steel light profiles. The rolling mill will produce 180,000 tons of stainless steel products per year. The project is being handled jointly by Siemens VAI and its Indian subsidiary, Morgan Construction Company Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, Siemens VAI commissioned a stainless rod mill for Viraj at the same site.

Siemens VAI is supplying the complete rolling line as well as auxiliary equipment for the rolling mill. The rolling line consists of a single sliding-stand roughing mill, an eight-stand intermediate mill and a ten-stand finishing mill, including the shearing and transfer systems. All the rolling stands are based on Red Ring technology, and provide twist-free rolling. Quality is assured by the non-contact optical ProScan measuring system. A straightening and finishing area, containing machines for sawing, wrapping and strapping the rolling stock, completes the rolling line.
Morgan Construction is supplying the furnace charging, a 60 meter long cooling bed, the associated transfer and stacking system, the roller tables, devices for quickly exchanging the rolling stands, as well as the lubrication and hydraulic systems.

Siemens India Ltd. is contributing the detail engineering and supply of the electrical and automation equipment. The project will be rounded off by advisory services for installation and commissioning, together with customer training. 

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Stainless rod thermoprocessing at Viraj Profiles Ltd. in Tarapur, India