Leading Italian producer of long products in stainless steel and nickel alloys Cogne Acciai Speciali has recently signed an agreement with Nippon Gases Italia for the modernisation of its air separation plant, located in the Aosta steelworks in Italy and the supply of all the gases required for the steelworks' production processes. The plant will be upgraded and optimised by Nippon Gases, ensuring greater production efficiency, lower energy consumption and a consequent reduction in environmental impact, in full respect of the local community.COGNE began its industrial activity back in 1911 and was called Cogne after the name of the village where iron ore mines have been exploited since the Roman times. Cogne Acciai Speciali is equipped with UHP Electric Arc Furnace; AOD converter; RH degassing, continuous casting unit. It is also equipped with a blooming mill, a forging shop, with a press 2000 tonnes and a SXP 40 forging machine, and an ESR furnace. This unit produces ingots, billets, blooms, forged rounds and flats, bars for extrusion of seamless tubes and profiles. The rolling unit is equipped with an integrated bar and wire rolling mill, for the production of wire rod and round bars, and heat treatment furnaces. The finishing area completes the production cycle with the manufacturing of pickled wire rod, stainless steel round bars, bars and blocks in tool steel and bars in special heat resistant steels for the manufacture of intake and exhaust valves for all types of internal combustion engines.Founded as Rivoira in 1920, Nippon Gases Italia is part of the Nippon Gases Europe, a company reporting to Nippon Sanso Holdings Corporation. The Group supplies an essential support to several industrial areas, i.e. metallurgical, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, electronic, automotive, naval, with a consistent presence in Japan, South–East Asia, Canada, USA, Australia and Europe.