Tenova and Chalco Ruimin Co. have officially signed the Final Acceptance Certificates for a continuous annealing and chemical pre-treatment line for processing aluminium strip coils. The aluminium lines have been installed at a new plant in the Fuzhou Economic Technical Development Area on China’s south-eastern coast. The two new lines process automotive and aerospace industry grade aluminium alloys (series 5xxx, 6 xxx and 7 xxx), with strip width ranging from 1,000 up to 2,200 mm and thickness ranging from 0.5 up to 4 mm.
The continuous annealing line is capable of processing 100,000 tpy at a process speed of 80 m/min, and the chemical line has a production capacity of 120,000 tpy, at a process speed of 60 m/min. Both lines are equipped with the latest technologies for producing qualities and grades requested by automotive and aerospace industry top applications.
Tenova exceeded Chalco’s expectations by commissioning and starting-up both lines well ahead of the planned schedule. The early start-up was achieved due to the excellent installation work as well as to the efficient and effective commissioning process coordinated by the Italian team, supported by the Russian colleagues, specialized in automation design and lines commissioning.
“This project confirms Tenova’s experience and reliability in supplying leading technologies and plants for the aluminium and steel strip processing industry. With more than ten reference plants supplied in the last few years for auto and aerospace highest grades applications, Tenova confirms its leading position in the market”, stated Nicola Cavero, Senior VP of Tenova Italimpianti. “In the next couple of years, several additional lines we are currently supplying will start their production, further strengthening our leading position. We are ready to continue to provide our customers with our experience and our technology.”