JSW Steel USA Collaborates with Primetals for Slab Casting Upgrade

JSW Steel USA Collaborates with Primetals for Slab Casting Upgrade

January 26, 2024 : JSW Steel USA, a subsidiary of the Indian steel giant JSW Group, has embarked on a transformative journey to modernize its slab casting infrastructure at its Mingo Junction, Ohio, facility. This ambitious project, announced on August 29, 2023, sees JSW partnering with Primetals Technologies, a global leader in engineered solutions for the metals industry, to optimize its production processes and enhance competitiveness.

The upgrade’s centerpiece is installing a 230-ton vacuum tank degasser (VTD), the largest of its kind in North America. This cutting-edge technology removes impurities from molten steel, resulting in cleaner slabs with superior quality and consistency. This, in turn, translates to improved downstream processing efficiency and enhanced product properties for JSW’s customers.

Beyond the VTD, the project encompasses a comprehensive revamp of the two-strand continuous casting line. Upgraded equipment and optimized operational procedures will increase casting speeds and yield and reduce downtime. These advancements aim to solidify JSW’s position as a reliable supplier of high-quality steel slabs within the demanding North American market.

The collaboration with Primetals Technologies was carefully chosen, leveraging the company’s extensive experience in steel plant modernization and its proven track record in VTD installations. This partnership ensures access to cutting-edge technology, technical expertise, and on-the-ground support throughout the project lifecycle.

However, the modernization also presents its own set of challenges. Integrating new equipment and adjusting operational procedures necessitates meticulous planning, skilled personnel training, and seamless execution. JSW and Primetals are committed to collaborating effectively to navigate these complexities and ensure the successful completion of the project within the targeted timeframe of the second half of 2025.

The Mingo Junction upgrade symbolizes JSW Steel USA’s commitment to long-term growth and continuous improvement. The company aims to enhance its operational efficiency, product quality, and market competitiveness by investing in advanced technologies and forging strategic partnerships. This bold initiative positions JSW as a leader in the North American steel industry, well-equipped to cater to customers’ evolving demands in a dynamic market environment.