SMS Group will realize the new beam rolling mill for Duferco steel division in San Zeno Naviglio in Brescia in Northern Italy. The new rolling beam, integrated with the steel plant, will endow Duferco, the sole national producer of steel beams, of a very efficient system at the heart of the European and Italian market. The mill will be realized with cutting edge technologies, focusing on digitization, artificial intelligence and automation both for production and logistics. The total investment, facility and infrastructure included, will amount to 180 million Euro and, when fully operating, will create 150 job positions, not including those related to ancillary industries. The whole rolling mill capacity of the Group will reach 1.5 million tonnes of long products.
The goal is to maximize the customer service standard and the overall process efficiency and become the European best cost producer. The commitment is also to create a more sustainable factory, with the possible lowest environmental impact and the highest safety standard.
The walking beam furnace will be supplied by the Italian company Forni Industriali Bendotti and will be equipped with innovative hydrogen fuel injected burners, further contributing to decarbonize the production process.