Russian Federation aluminium titan U.C. Rusal announced yesterday the installation of a new rolling mill in its Kandalaksha Aluminium Smelter (KAZ) facility in Murmansk.
A part of the US$19.8-million casthouse modernization project being undertaken at the plant, the Properzi rolling mill is expected to turn out up to fifty thousand metric tons of value-added products each year. Among those products will be seven different sizes of wire rods ranging between 9 and 25 mm in diameter. This represents a significant expansion of wire production at the plant, as at the present time the only wire size it offers is 9 mm in diameter.
In addition to new diameters of wire, the press will allow the plant to produce wires in different alloys, among them the 1xxx, 6xxx, and 8xxx series of alloys. Rusal says that the main consumers of the wires to be made by the new press consist primarily of cable manufacturing plants, both domestically and abroad.
“The launch of the rolling mill at Kandalaksha aluminium smelter is another step within RUSAL’s strategy to increase the output of value added products,” explained Rusal’s CEO Vladislav Soloviev.
“According to plans, the smelter will start operating at full production capacity in 2017 having increased the production of the smelter up to 72.5 thousand tonnes per year; with that, VAP is to comprise 98.5% of the total amount of output.”