Stainless steel continuous slab caster modernized by Primetals Technologies started up at Outokumpu in Finland
Modernization facilitates production of slabs with a thickness of 200 millimeters
High-speed casting of austenitic grades is still possible with the new thickness
Production capacity rises
In December 2017, the stainless-steel continuous slab caster modernized by Primetals Technologies was started up at Outokumpu’s production site in Tornio, Finland. The aims of the project were to increase the annual production capacity of slabs and to enable thicker slabs of austenitic grades to be cast at high speed. This involved the machine head of the casting plant to be modified to cast slabs with a thickness of 200 millimeters, and the necessary adaptations were also made in the bending section and to the dummy bar system. The order was awarded to Primetals Technologies in the second quarter of 2017.