Taiwan’s Wei Chih to widen product mix after mill modernisation

Taiwan’s long steel producer Wei Chih Steel Industry will diversify its product portfolio through a modernisation of its bar mill, which will be carried out by Siemens Metals Technologies.

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The upgrade will allow Wei Chih to produce flat and square bars at its 450,000 tpy bar mill in Tainan county in south-western Taiwan, Siemens said on Tuesday December 9. The work is expected to be concluded in mid-2015

The Taiwanese steelmaker will also be able to produce round bars with diameter up to 100mm – currently it can only manufacture products of 10mm to 60mm sizes.

Siemens supplied the bar mill in 1994, and a bar-in-coil mill in 2013, it said.

Wei Chih was founded in 1982 and produces concrete reinforcing steel and structural steels for both the domestic market and for export, Siemens added.