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Siemens VAI Supplies Equipment for New Metal-Coating Line at Steelscape, USA


Erlangen, Mar 17, 2006, The Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) received a contract from the North American company Steelscape, Inc. to supply process equipment and solutions for a new metallic-coating line in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. The project will be implemented by Voest-Alpine Industries, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, - a company of the I&S division VAI. It was agreed not to disclose the contract price. Upon completion of this new facility scheduled for November 2006, Steelscape will produce an additional 260,000 tons of hot-dipped galvanized/galvalume products for use in the construction industry.

Steelscape, Inc. is a 100% subsidiary of IMSA Acero, the leading supplier of metallic-coated steel in Mexico and a company of the Grupo IMSA Group. Steelscape produces cold-rolled, metallic-coated and painted steel coils for use in the construction market in the United States and Canada. The company has several production facilities in the U.S.A., including Shreveport, Louisiana. In this facility a new metallic-coating line will be built for the production of galvanized and galvalume (mixture of aluminum and zinc) steel-sheet coils. Purchased cold-rolled coils will be used as the starting material for production. The line will be comprised of a mixture of new equipment and existing equipment from an idled Steelscape continuous galvanizing line in Richmond, California.

Voest-Alpine Industries, Inc. will participate in this project with the supply of engineering and new process equipment. This will include a welder, cleaning section, entry accumulator, dual-pot coating system, dynamic air knives (DAK), a surface-conditioning mill, tension leveler, roll coaters, a strip-transport system in addition to the electrical and automation systems.

The VAI group, a division of the Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S), is one of the world’s leading engineering and plant-building companies for the iron and steel industry as well as for the flat-product-rolling sector of the aluminum industry. VAI, derived from the company VOEST-ALPINE Industrieanlagenbau, Linz/Austria, provides a comprehensive range of supplies and services for all related technological processes and integrated automation solutions for the entire life-cycle of metallurgical plants.

The Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) is the integrator of systems and solutions for industrial and infrastructure facilities and global service provider for the plant and projects business covering planning, installation, operation and the entire life cycle. I&S uses the electrical and technical products of other Siemens Groups in order to enhance productivity and improve competitiveness of companies in the sectors of metallurgy, water treatment, pulp and paper, oil and gas, marine engineering, open-cast mining, airport logistics, postal automation, intelligent traffic systems and industrial services. In fiscal 2005 (to September 30) I&S employed a total of 31,700 people worldwide and achieved total sales of EUR 5.390 billion.

Reference number / Informationsnummer: I&S 0106.4968 e


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