TOKYO Wisco-Nippon Steel Tinplate Co. Ltd. (WinSteel) in Chinas Hebei province has started commercial operations, according to joint-venture partner Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (NSSMC).
The Wuhan city-based companya 50-50 joint venture between NSSMC, Japans largest steel producer, and Chinas Wuhan Iron & Steel Group (Wisco) Corp.was established in November 2011 (amm.com, April 22, 2011).
The Wisco-Nippon Steel Tinplate production facilities currently up and running include an 800,000-tonne-per-year pickling and cold-rolling line, a 400,000-tonne-per-year annealing line and a 200,000-tonne-per-year tinplating line. A second 400,000-tonne-per-year annealing line and 200,000-tonne-per-year tinplating line are currently under construction.
The plate being produced at the plant is the same quality as that produced at NSSMCs facilities in Japan.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.