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WinSteel tinplate venture starts commercial output

Keywords: Tags  Wisco-Nippon Steel, WinSteel, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, NSSMC, Wuhan Iron & Steel Group, Wisco, tinplate venture, China venture

TOKYO — Wisco-Nippon Steel Tinplate Co. Ltd. (WinSteel) in China’s Hebei province has started commercial operations, according to joint-venture partner Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (NSSMC).

The Wuhan city-based company—a 50-50 joint venture between NSSMC, Japan’s largest steel producer, and China’s Wuhan Iron & Steel Group (Wisco) Corp.—was established in November 2011 (, 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 NSSMC’s facilities in Japan.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.

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