The continuous annealing line at Kessales produced almost 100,000 tonnes of HSS is 2012 with slightly increasing volumes expected for 2013. These increasingly sophisticated steels are being used in the automotive industry to save weight and enhance crash safety. Their high yield strength allows forming operations while guaranteeing the flatness. The outstanding performance of the new flattener makes it possible to deform the strip with a tensile loading up to 100 tonnes to make it plane. This specific feature will allow to meet customers’ requirements. The new flattener will be delivered in the summer of 2014.
“This investment demonstrates the group’s commitment to continue investing in future products in Liège,” ArcelorMittal Liège CEO Bernard Dehut said.