MASSY, France, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The new ThyssenKrupp steel rolling mill has been unveiled at a Grand Opening Ceremony on Friday, December 10 in Mount Vernon, Alabama, in the presence of more than 3,300 people and the local authorities. This mill, producing quality flat rolled carbon and stainless steel, offers the very latest in technology for a mill of this type featuring Converteam high-performance power electronics. It took three years to construct and is now officially being put into operation.
For ThyssenKrupp Steel USA and ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA, the new investment is the key to increasing their market presence in North America and reinforcing their world leader position as high-end steel producers. When fully operational, the complex is expected to provide the NAFTA market with 5.1 million metric tons of high quality, value-added products for customers in the appliance, pipe and tube, commercial food preparation, service center, automotive and construction industries, among others.
The power conversion specialist Converteam supplied the complete electrical systems -- 1,250 drive systems, basic and process automation -- for the carbon steel cold rolling and processing plant and for a set of stainless steel cold rolling mills. Converteam is renowned for its technology and process expertise in dealing with complex industrial processes and global project management. The scope of supply ranged from design, manufacturing, installation advisory service, commissioning of drive technology and automation through to personnel training.
"We are extremely proud to be part of this outstanding landmark project and would like to thank ThyssenKrupp for their confidence in Converteam. The inauguration of the cold rolling and strip processing plant is a significant part of the ThyssenKrupp investment in Alabama today and has proven the position of Converteam as a leader in steel processing technology. The complex project management required the involvement of our teams in the US, Germany, France, Great Britain, India, China and Brazil and demonstrated once again our competitiveness in the implementation of large-scale projects," explains Florent Battistella, Vice CEO of Converteam.
Converteam has accumulated many years of experience in drives and automation systems in the field of building and modernizing steel processing plants, such as hot and cold rolling mills for long and flat products as well as all types of strip processing and treatment plants.
Converteam Group is a world leader in power conversion engineering. Building on over a century of experience, it is firmly placed at the leading edge of technology and innovation with a global reputation for excellence in the conversion of electrical energy. Converteam develops and provides solutions built around three core components: rotating machines, drives and process automation and serves specialised sectors as well as its core markets in Marine, Oil & Gas and Offshore, Power Generation, Renewable Energy and Industry. With over 5,000 staff members, the group provides power conversion solutions worldwide. At the end of 2009, Converteam sales totaled EUR 1,153,000,000.