As part of its 20-30 strategy, thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG has ordered a fully automated slab storage facility from the Italian plant manufacturer Danieli & C Officine Meccaniche SpA for a sum in the mid double-digit million ranges. The special feature of this project is the guarantee of intelligent logistics control with real-time synchronization of approx. 1.7 million tonnes of slabs per year, some of which are used hot directly from the new continuous caster in the new hot strip mill 4 or also fed in from the new walking beam furnaces . In addition, a warehouse management system will be installed, which calculates the distribution of the slabs from various sources in real time and optimizes all crane movements. Another advantage in addition to the optimal use of the 19,200 square meter large slab store lies in the higher operational safety, since no personnel is required on the ground. For this purpose, Danieli is supplying four fully automatic slab cranes and is taking on the design and installation of the entire steel structure.Completion is planned in two phases: In the first phase, four cranes and crane runways will be put into operation by the end of 2022/beginning of 2023. In the second phase, the entire warehouse, including two holding furnaces, will be commissioned by mid-2023.The Duisburg branch of the Italian plant manufacturer Danieli received the order for the construction of the walking beam furnaces of the new hot strip mill 4 in February of this year. These units are at the core of the 20-30 investment strategy at thyssenkrupp Steel. By splitting the casting-rolling plant in the Bruckhausen plant into a new continuous casting plant and a hot strip mill that has essentially new components, the Duisburg-based steel manufacturer can once again increase its capabilities with high-strength steels and premium surfaces. DANIELI Olivotto Ferré is also supplying two holding furnaces, each with a capacity of 2,000 tons, to use the heat energy from the slabs coming from the continuous caster. The slabs can be temporarily stored here before they are fed into the two walking beam furnaces of hot strip mill 4 mentioned above.