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Kone win Mittal steel crane order

KCI Konecranes has won an order to supply eight cranes to Mittal steel in Poland via SMS Demag AG, the overall project manager.

The project includes a two-strand slab caster for the Dabrowa Gornicza Works (formerly Huta Katowice). Mittal Steel is the world’s largest carbon steel producer and one of the largest ever orders for KCI Kone from a steel mill

As part of an extensive modernization scheme, Mittal Steel's Dabrowa Gornicza Works will start to produce flat steel products. Mittal Steel contracted SMS Demag for the turnkey supply of a two-strand slab caster, which will double the production capacity at Dabrowa Gornicza works

Two of the cranes will be used for maintenance purposes and the remaining six for the production handling process.
The cranes have high duty ratings with lifting capacities of up to 70 tonnes and are designed to operate in hot environments. Five cranes will handle between one and three slabs at 900°C simultaneously, while the sixth crane is equipped with magnets to handle slabs on the cutting table.
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An earlier and smaller Kone crane, similar in style to the ones ordered by Mittal steel in Poland

All cranes are equipped with KCI Konecranes’ patented inverter frequency control technology; DynAPilot anti sway system and air-conditioned E-rooms. The system enables the handling of large volumes of hot slabs in the new storage area.

“During the past years we have cooperated with SMS-Demag and developed crane solutions for the steel industry. SMS-Demag has played an important role in several of KCI Konecranes’ steel mill deliveries, but this is the first large and direct order received through SMS-Demag”, says Petteri Viinanen, Director, Process Cranes Nordic for Kone cranes.