Ipsco hiking Mobile plant’s heat-treat capacity Tulloch

Dec 05, 2007 | 03:37 PM |

Ipsco Inc., Lisle, Ill., is boosting heat-treated capacity at its Mobile, Ala., plate mill as part of efforts by its parent company, Svenskt Stal AB (SSAB), to expand its presence in the high-strength steel (HSS) sector.

The Mobile mill has a rated heat-treated capacity of 170,000 tons, John Tulloch, the head of SSAB's Ipsco division, told AMM Wednesday. "We are operating above that capacity today, and we see it possible to increase it higher," he said, but declined to say exactly how much capacity had been ramped up.

Other heat-treat expansions or new projects are likely in the future, Tulloch said. Such projects are especially attractive given Ipsco's plate capacity in North America and the Swedish steelmaker's technical know-how. SSAB acquired Ipsco earlier this year for about $7.7 billion (AMM, July 19), and company executives have said the move was designed largely to increase its market share in the advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) sector, primarily in plate.....

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