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CRU: ArcelorMittal Orders New NGO Mill

Written by Steve Garnsey

Luxembourg-headquartered ArcelorMittal has placed the contract for a reversible 6-high cold rolling mill to produce high-grade, non-oriented silicon steel strip (NGO) for use in electric motors.

The unit will be installed at the group’s Mardyck plant near Dunkirk in northeastern France where it is adding a 200,000 t/y rolling mill to produce electrical steels for electric vehicles (EVs) and electric motors in general, including those used in industrial machinery.

Equipment supplier Andritz of Austria says the light-gauge strip to be produced is in high demand because it contributes to more compact, lightweight and energy-efficient traction motors. The mill will be capable of rolling up to 1,450 mm wide strip to a minimum gauge of 0.2 mm.

ArcelorMittal is spending more than €300 M ($320 M) to add electrical steels to Mardyck. The scheduled start up is 2024. The company currently produces electrical steels at Saint-Chely d’Apcher in southern France.

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