Acciaierie Venete Upgrades Refining at Meltshop in Padua Plant
As part of its production process development and efficiency upgrading plan, Acciaierie Venete has recently implemented a major investment focused on upgrading its secondary metallurgy processes in the Padua plant. The new equipment was installed and commissioned without affecting operation of the melt shop, thus guaranteeing production continuity without any interruption of steel supplies. The upgraded out-of-furnace shop is composed of 3 ladle furnaces, 2 vacuum degassing plants and 1 slag raking machine
From a qualitative perspective, the new set-up supports the achievement of several strategic objectives
1. Production of clean steels using a metallurgically robust, reliable and reproducible process
2. Improvement of inclusion properties in the production of engineering steels, benefiting all customers across the board
3. Development of new production methods in secondary metallurgy, exploiting the ability to add ferroalloys during the vacuum treatment process
4. Precise management of the various different production methods
These advances in secondary metallurgy are part of a programme of implementing the technological innovations necessary to maintain a position of leadership in the engineering steels sector in Europe.
Acciaierie Venete first began producing steel in 1957 operating in the field of commodities: ingots, billets and rebars. At the beginning of the 1980s, the company began to move towards the production of high quality long products, a process which led to it becoming one of Europe's leading producers in the engineering steel market. Acciaierie Venete has a production capacity of 1,800,000 tonnes/year of steel. This steel is produced in Padua, Sarezzo and Borgo Valsugana and transformed into finished products in Padua, Sarezzo, Mura, Dolcè, Odolo and Buja. For some applications, the steel is additionally processed in Modena and Idro. The steel produced by the company is used in a number of industrial sectors: automotive, earth-moving equipment and agricultural machinery, energy, mechanics and construction.