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Munich, , 80807
Dongbei Special Steel Group Awards Linde State-of-the-Art Furnace Contract
Linde to deliver the world's first REBOX® oxyfuel furnace for stainless steel wire annealing
London, UK - 18th October 2007 - Dongbei Special Steel Group, located in Liaoning province, China, has awarded the Gases Division of The Linde Group a contract for a new state-of-the-art annealing furnace for stainless steel wire. The installation will be the world´s first application of oxyfuel technology in stainless steel wire treatment and demonstrates the wide range of applications that can be improved with this technology.
Founded in 1905 as Dalian Steel, Dongbei Special Steel Group is a leading manufacturer of high added value specialty steel products. In an ambitious programme, Dongbei Special Steel Group is investing 800 million in a greenfield specialty steel plant.
The new annealing furnace for stainless steel wire will combine two of Linde's market-leading technologies, DST and REBOX®. DST (Direct Solution Treatment) has earlier been installed at Fagersta Stainless, Sweden and POSCO Specialty Steel, Korea. REBOX® oxyfuel solutions are employed in over 100 reheat and annealing furnaces. The use of oxyfuel will further improve important parameters such as fuel consumption, throughput capacity, and emission levels. Compared to air fuel solutions, oxyfuel can boost production throughput up to 50 percent, equally reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emission by 50 percent.
The Linde Gases Division will deliver a project of key components and functions, including guaranteed capacity, emission levels and quality. The commissioning of the world's first REBOX® DST furnace in this application is scheduled for September 2008.
About The Linde Gases Divison:
The Gases Division of the Linde Group is a leading supplier of industrial and medical gases and related services. The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 49,000 employees working in more than 70 countries worldwide. Following the acquisition of The BOC Group plc, the company has gases and engineering sales of around 12 billion euro per annum. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.
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