manufacturer Konecranes Plc says it has received an order to
supply equipment for TPCO America Corp.s new seamless
pipe mill in South Texas, one of its largest-ever orders in the
The order includes 24 cranes for
TPCOs planned melt shop, rolling mill and finishing mill.
Crane delivery is expected to begin in October 2013, Konecranes
said in a statement Tuesday.
The Finnish-based company did
not disclose the value of the order.
The order includes seven
custom-designed cranes for the melt shop: two hot metal ladle
cranes, a tundish crane, two magnet scrap handling cranes and
two magnet billet cranes, Konecranes said. It also includes 10
cranes with capacity ranging from 20 tons to 50 tons for the
rolling mill. Those cranes will be responsible for pipe and
billet handling as well as mill maintenance, Konecranes
In addition, three 25-ton
pipe-handling cranes are slated for the finishing mill and two
30-ton gantry magnet cranes are planned to store finished pipe
in the mills yard for loading onto rail cars, Konecranes
"Konecranes has a global
reputation for excellent quality. Many of their clients in the
United States are our clients as well," TPCO America senior
representative Bai Renzhao said in a statement confirming the
TPCO broke ground on the
$1-billion project near Corpus Christi in August 2011. The mill
is expected to include an electric-arc furnace and have an
annual capacity of 500,000 tonnes (
amm.com, March 9).
TPCOa subsidiary of
Tianjin, China-based Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corp.has said
it is in the process of ordering equipment as it pushes ahead
with the project (
amm.com, July 30).