LOS ANGELES Ellwood Group
Inc. has commissioned a new vacuum oxygen decarburization (VOD)
furnace, boosting vacuum melting capacity at its Ellwood
National Steel unit.
The VOD furnace, installed at
the Ellwood City, Pa.-based companys facility in Irvine,
Pa., will focus on stainless steel ingot but could also produce
certain nickel-based alloys "down the road," Michael A.
Kamnikar, senior vice president of marketing and business
development, told AMM. It augments existing capacity
at Ellwood Groups primary melt facility in New Castle,
Ultimate capacity of the new SMS
Siemag AG furnace, which is still being brought into service,
has yet to be determined, according to Kamnikar, who
didnt give a start date for shipments to customers.
"We want to make sure that
its performing the way it needs to perform," he said,
adding that Ellwood Group is pleased with the furnaces
progress so far.
The stainless ingots are
intended for forging and ring rolling, as well as electrodes
for both vacuum-arc remelting (VAR) and electroslag remelting
(ESR). They will be marketed both to the trade and to other
divisions within Ellwood for such applications as oil and gas,
petrochemical and aerospace, Kamnikar said.
Meanwhile, Kamnikar said Ellwood
Group has yet to decide whether to install additional VAR
furnaces at its Oil City, Pa., operation, which would produce
300M and additional vacuum remelt steels used in aerospace and
other markets (
amm.com, July 2).
Ellwood Group has also completed
its acquisition of Houston-based Rose Machine Inc., a producer
of finished and semifinished parts for the oilfield,
petrochemical, midstream oil and gas industries. Financial
details of the deal, which closed in December, were not