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Siemens supplies secondary metallurgy and continuous billet casting plant to Belarusian steel producer

Siemens VAI Metals Technologies has received an order from Byelorussian Steelworks (BMZ) to equip the factory in Zhlobin with secondary metallurgical plants and a new six-strand continuous billet casting plant.

Thus, BMZ wishes to boost its production capacity to around 1.2 million annual tons and expand its product spectrum and quality. The order volume is in the middle two-digit euro million range. The project is to be completed in early 2013.

Siemens is supplying the secondary metallurgical systems for the Zhlobin factory located in the Gomel region in the country's south-west. This includes two 100-ton ladle furnaces, a 100-ton RH plant, the complete alloy material management including the weighing and transport systems, a dust extraction system and water management. Integrated basic automation (level 1) will ensure an optimum interplay of all plant components. The ladle furnaces and the RH plant will also have a level 2 process optimization system. This will enable BMZ to manufacture a broader range of steel grades, including high-strength, alloyed and standard carbon steels. Around 1.5 million tons of liquid steel can be treated on an annual basis in the new secondary metallurgical plant.

Billets with cross-sections of 125 times 125 or 140 times 140 millimeters can be produced on the six-strand continuous billet casting plant. The plant is designed for both open and closed casting and achieves an annual capacity of 1.2 million tons. To assure high product quality, the casting plant is equipped with a series of technological packages, including DiaMold high-speed permanent molds, DynafFlex mold oscillators, the LevCon mold level control system and a level 2 process optimization system.

Siemens will also be responsible for the engineering, installation and commissioning monitoring of all plants and will be in charge of training maintenance and operating personnel.

The state-owned BMZ was founded in 1984 and its end products are profiles and shaped steels, reinforcement steels, steel cables and wire. Around 85 percent of its products are exported. The current project with Siemens is part of a modernization program that will be running until 2015.

Further information about solutions for steel works, rolling mills and processing lines is available at

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world’s leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the Sector enhances its customers’ productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Divisions Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services as well as the Business Unit Metals Technologies. For more information, visit

The Metals Technologies Business Unit (Linz, Austria), part of the Siemens Industry Sector, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of plant construction and engineering in the iron and steel industry as well as in the flat rolling segment of the aluminum industry. The Business Unit offers a comprehensive product and service portfolio for metallurgical plants and equipment as well as integrated automation and environmental solutions covering the entire lifecycle of plants. For more information, visit

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