Zurich, Switzerland, August 23 - ABB has won a $56-million contract to provide automation equipment and electrical systems for a high-efficiency steel mill to be built by Zhangjiagang GTA Plate Co. in eastern China. The new hot-strip mill in Jiangsu province will have an annual capacity of 3.5 million tons. The 1.45-meter wide mill, set to begin operations in late 2009, will be one of the most advanced and efficient rolling mills in the world.
ABBs scope of supply covers a broad range of electrical and automation technologies, including System 800xA for process control and human system interface, as well as process modeling, drives and motors, and manufacturing execution systems (MES) to accurately track the processing of steel coils. ABB will also provide startup services and training.
Zhangjiagang GTA Plate Co. is a unit of Chinas Shagang Group, for whom ABB has delivered a number of key projects during the past ten years. The current contract was booked in July 2007.