MEXICO CITY Mexican long steel products producer Deacero SA de CV plans to inaugurate its new plant in the northern state of Coahuila soon.
The mini-mill, Acería Laminación Ramos Arizpe, became operational at the end of March, Deacero told AMM sister publication Steel First.
It has an initial capacity of 550,000 tonnes per year of crude steel, a company spokesman said. Its rolling mill is able to produce 500,000 tonnes per year of finished steel, including 100,000 tonnes per year of small sections.
However, the spokesman couldnt specify a date for the inauguration or provide details about the next stages of the projects development.
Deacero general director Raúl Gutiérrez Muguerza has said on several occasions that the mill will be able to produce 1.5 million tonnes per year of crude steel and 1 million tonnes per year of finished products.
In 2011, he said that the Monterrey-based company might opt to install another rolling mill on the site (amm.com, Sept. 8, 2011).
Deacero can currently produce 3 million tonnes per year of crude steel and 2.7 million tonnes per year of long products at its Celaya works in the central state of Guanajuato.
The new Coahuila mill will ultimately allow the company to produce as much as 4.5 million tonnes per year of crude steel and 3.7 million tonnes per year of finished products in Mexico.
Last year, the steelmaker produced 2.97 million tonnes of crude steel, up 4.8 percent from 2011 levels (amm.com, June 5).
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.