First combined rolling mill in Africa 03 January 2019

Prometal Aciérie has awarded SMS group the order to supply a new hot rolling mill for rebars, sections and wire rod. The new rolling mill will be designed for the production of straight rebars, angles, channels, flats, squares, beams and wire rod coils – enabling Prometal to expand its product portfolio, covering as much as possible the product mix for long steel products.

With this investment, long steel producer Prometal Aciérie, based in Douala, Cameroon, is going to install the first combined rolling mill in the African region. The rolling mill will be designed for a maximum overall capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes per year.

Starting with 130mm2 billets, which will be heated up in a 60 tonnes per hour modern pushertype furnace, the mill will be able to produce rebars from 8mm to 32mm, sections such as 100mm high beams and channels, and smooth rounds in coil from 5.5mm to 12mm.

The state of the art HSD® (High Speed Delivery) system can reach the full production capacity for the complete size range, increasing the material yield. The high-speed finishing block will produce quality wire rod coils at minimised operational costs. Moreover, the rolling will be controlled by a Level 2 automation system provided by SMS group.

The combined mill, completely supplied by SMS group, will become the new reference benchmark for the market in terms of high technology, quality, efficiency and low operational costs in Africa.

Commissioning of the new rolling mill is scheduled for December 2019.


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