ATI STAL JV commissions new line

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) commissioned STAL 3, the latest expansion of its 20-year STAL joint venture to produce precision stainless steel strip for China and the Asian markets. Thought to be the most advanced in the world, STAL 3 increases capacity by approximately 65%.

“This expansion allows us to meet the growing demands of the Asian market,â€? said Robert S. Wetherbee, President, and CEO of ATI. “This enables us to produce the ultra-thin, ultra flat, and ultra-hard precision stainless steel products that are crucial to the functional parts of the consumer electronics industry; giving protection and rigidity to smartphones, as well as enabling more energy efficient flexible solar panels and narrow tolerance applications in many other industries.â€? STAL’s products are sold across Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, and India.

The expansion includes a 1219 mm (48�) wide Cold Rolling Mill enabling the production of sheets thinner than a human hair, a bright anneal line and associated auxiliary finishing equipment.

The STAL joint venture was formed in 1995 with the purpose of specializing in the manufacturing and marketing of precision-rolled stainless steel strip products for the Asian market. It is located in the Xin-Zhuang Industrial Zone of Shanghai. The joint venture brought together what was then Allegheny Ludlum now Allegheny Technologies owning 60% and Shanghai No. 10 Iron and Steel Works now China Baowu Steel Group owning 40%. It was last expanded in 2007 when STAL 2 was brought on-line.

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