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Mexican Steelmaker TYASA to Build Castrip Facility

Written by Sandy Williams

Mexican steelmaker, TYASA will begin construction of a Castrip facility at its Ixtaczoquitlan site near Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico. The excess melt capacity of TYASA’s Quantum Furnace will supply the Castrip thin-strip casting process. TYASA expects the new facility to have a production capacity of 500,000 tons of thin-gauge, high-strength, sheet steel that will supply local manufacturing and construction markets. Start-up of the new caster is anticipated in early 2017.

The new twin roll casting and rolling plant will produce UCS coils up to 1,680mm wide, with gauge ranging between 0.8mm – 1.8mm.

Joint venture partner Nucor owns and operates Castrip facilities in Crawfordsville, Ind., and Blytheville, Ark. TYASA will be the first licensee outside of Nucor to build a Castrip mill.

“We are very pleased to welcome TYASA to the Castrip family of licensees. TYASA has a long history of adapting new technologies to feed its entrepreneurial spirit and fuel its growth. Their proven track record of commercial and technical excellence gives us great confidence that TYASA is the right partner to help exploit and expand the Castrip UCS (Ultra-thin Cast Strip) markets,” said Frank Fisher, President of Castrip LLC.

The process equipment and technical services for the new facility will be supplied through a consortium comprised of Siemens, IHI and Castrip LLC. IHI and Siemens are licensed exclusively by Castrip LLC to provide core equipment for Castrip facilities.

Castrip LLC, based in Charlotte, NC, is a joint venture of Nucor Corporation, BlueScope Steel of Australia and IHI Corporation of Japan. The partnership was formed to market and license the intellectual property developed jointly by its three owners, related to the twin-roll casting of carbon and advanced high strength steels (AHSS). Castrip LLC currently holds more than 1,500 patents and patents pending related to strip casting.

Siemens is one of the world’s leading industrial life-cycle partners. Siemens offers a comprehensive technology, modernization, product and service portfolio, as well as integrated automation and environmental solutions covering the entire life cycle of plants.

(Source: Castrip LLC)

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