USS said testing slabs at TK’s Ala. rolling mill

Nov 06, 2013 | 12:36 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  steel, steel slabs, U.S. Steel, ThyssenKrupp, API coils, Calvert plant, Alabama rolling mill, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — U.S. Steel Corp. is said to have recently delivered steel slabs into ThyssenKrupp AG’s Calvert, Ala., mill for rolling, according to three sources familiar with the matter, fueling speculation that a raw material supply agreement could be in the works after the southern mill’s imminent sale.

Sources indicated that the slabs, which were likely brought in from U.S. Steel’s Fairfield, Ala., facility, are going to be tested to make American Petroleum Institute (API)-grade coils for the pipe and tube market, as well as extra wide hot-rolled coils.

Fairfield Works, located some 200 miles southwest of ThyssenKrupp’s Calvert facility, has a slab capacity of 1.9 million tons per year, according to the Association for Iron and Steel Technology’s 2012 iron and steel plants directory. While U.S. Steel can make slabs up to 100 inches wide, its hot strip mill can only produce 24- to 60-inch wide product.....





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