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Siemens VAI Receives Contract for Supply of New Continuous-Pickling Line from Zaporizhstal, Ukraine


Erlangen, Dec 15, 2005, The Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) received a contract from Zaporizhstal JSC for the supply of a new continuous-pickling line at the company’s steel works in Zaporozhje, Ukraine. The pickling line will have a nominal pickling capacity of 1,350,000 t/a and start-up of the new plant is scheduled for June 2008.

Zaporizhstal JSC, one of the largest industrial enterprises in the Ukraine, is an integrated iron and steel works with a production capacity of approximately 3.3 million t/a hot metal and 4.4 million t/a liquid steel (carbon steels and low-alloyed steels). The steel is hot- and cold-rolled to coils and sheets. The steel is used by manufacturers of welded tubes and in the automotive, agricultural, transport, and domestic-appliance industries. Approximately 70% of the rolled products produced by Zaporizhstal is exported to the Middle East, Eastern Asia and CIS countries, and approximately 30% of the rolled products is consumed in the local Ukrainian market.

In the course of a major modernization program currently underway at Zaporizhstal, the I&S division VAI received a contract for the supply of a new continuous-pickling line. The project scope includes the engineering, supply and installation of mechanical, electrical (Siemens components), chemical, process-control and automation equipment and systems in addition to advisory services for erection, start-up and commissioning. The plant will be fully automated and a high degree of pickling efficiency will be assured by the application of turbulent pickling-acid injection.

With the completion and scheduled start-up of the plant in June 2008, Zaporizhstal JSC will produce high-quality pickled coils and sheets, ideal for direct sale or for subsequent cold-rolling and coating applications.

VAI, 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, intelligent traffic systems and industrial services. In fiscal 2004 (to September 30) I&S employed a total of 30,000 people worldwide and achieved total sales of EUR 4.290 billion.

Reference number: I&S 1205.4896 e


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