Industrial investments Spain: Major projects boost the industry investments

Author Stéphane Itasse

Euro crisis? Debt crisis? Steel crisis? Spain’s industry has obviously ticked off these negative buzzwords. This clearly shows a whole range of major projects in the industry, which also partly involves the German enterprises.

The world’s largest stainless steel manufacturer Acerinox from Spain has relied on the Austrian supplier Andritz for the construction of a turnkeyannealing and pickling line for cold strip
The world’s largest stainless steel manufacturer Acerinox from Spain has relied on the Austrian supplier Andritz for the construction of a turnkeyannealing and pickling line for cold strip
(Bild: Andritz)

In this way, for instance, the world’s largest stainless steel producer Acerinox Europe has awarded a contract to the Austrian Andritz group for supply of a turnkey annealing and pickling line for cold strip in Campo de Gibraltar plant, Los Barrios. The line will manufacture flat products from stainless steel like quality production lines of surface categories 2D and 2B and have an annual capacity of 300,000 t. According to Andritz, the production of the first batch is planned for the third quarter of 2017. The scope of supply also includes the skin pass mill and the levelling machine, the automation and electric system as well the instrumentation.

At the same time, the Spanish machine manufacturer Fagor Arrasate can gladly look forward to a contract for a cut-to-length line machine from Acerinox. The new equipment shall process stainless steel from coil with the width of up to 800 mm and with the thickness of 0.3to 1.2 mm. The weight of the coil can reach up to 10 t, the cut-to-length line machine shall produce up to 86 boards per minute.


Steel industry relies on the Spain location

Even the world’s largest steel manufacturer Arcelor Mittal relies on the Spain location. The local subsidiary, Arcelor Mittal España S.A., has assigned the German SMS group with the modernisation of the rail rolling mill at Gijón. This modernisation aims at changing the rolling method of the conventional duo- to the more cost-efficient universal rolling method. In addition to this, the length of the ready-for-sale rails shall be increased from 90 to 108 m. The core of modernisation is the integration of work group from a universal stand and an edging stand. These are implemented as CCS-stands (Compact Cartridge Stand). Furthermore, the available finishing stand is replaced with a universal stand. The German enterprise informs that all rolling stands are hydraulically employed and ensure the quality improvement of the rails as well as an increase in availability and flexibility of the equipment.

The scope of contract includes modifications in reversing-roughing stand in the roll workshop and in the media equipment. In the future, the SMS Group will implement the assembly and also adopt the modification of automation. The calibration and the roller guides for all stands are also supplied by SMS. The renovation works are executed in several short shutdown periods, in order to minimise the loss of production. The main renovation shall take place in summer of 2016.

The SMS Group has received another contract from Arcelor Mittal Asturias. It essentially involves a new concept for the incineration technology of the 150-t/h-walking-beam furnace, which provides the local wire rod as well as the renovation of the furnace. The modernisation has been completely executed by the Italian SMS-group-enterprise SMS Meer SpA.

Automobile and pipe manufacturers invest heavily

The automobile industry also invests heavily. In this way, Fagor Arrasate has received a contract in the current year from an undisclosed German automobile manufacturer for supply of a press line. It consists of six presses with a stroke of 1300 mm, as reported by the Spanish enterprise. The first press has a pressing force of 2100 TN, a hydraulic cushion and is equipped with servo technology. The rest of the five presses have a pressing force of 1200 TN. The automation in the feeding and between the presses is derived from the recent generation and is supplied in collaboration with a Swiss enterprise, as is said. The press line makes up to 15 stokes per minute and thereby, according to the manufacturer, has presently the highest performance at the time of manufacturing the outer body panels in the automobile sector.

In the industry sector, the international enterprise, Tubos Reunidos has relied on Danobat-machines in its new plant, in order to install threads in pipes and in tubes. The new installation area comprises 31,500 m², as reported by Danobat.

The machines shall provide pipes for oil and gas drilling as well as the extraction with patented premium threads, as is said. Tubos Reunidos has ordered several Danobat-horizontal lathes for this purpose.