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Tunisacier gets 35 million Euro loan for modernization from EIB
2003 November 22


Recently-privatised steel producer Tunisacier, a subsidiary of Italy’s Riva Group, has received Eur 35 million ($40.3 million) towards the modernization of its plant at Bizerte, 60 kilometers northwest of Tunis. The project is co-financed by Italy’s Banco Unicredito.

Elfouladh stops ironmaking, now operates with EAF and imported billets
2003 November 21

Tunisia’s Elfouladh, Société Tunisienne de Sidérurgie, has closed its blast furnace and is now operating with one 70,000t/y EAF as well as importing billets, a company source tells Steel Business Briefing. The plant’s blast furnace was closed during the summer following profitability problems. The furnace has a hearth diameter of 4 metres and a production capacity of 225,000 t/y.
Imported billets come from various sources such as Turkey, Ukraine and Lybia. The wire rod mill has also been idled, while production at the 140,000t/y bar mill is still continuing for the local market.
As Elfouladh is the only crude steel producer in Tunisia, the country's output was estimated at 5,000t in September and the same in August, according to IISI figures. Tunisia's nine months crude steel output in 2003 was 72,000t, compared to 169,000t in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, Tunisian re-roller Intermetal is currently working at 80% of its 300,000t/y capacity, says a company executive. It produces a range of bars including rebar and merchant bar, also mostly for the local market. Tunisia is believed to consume around 400,000t/y of long products.

Tunisacier to install new galvanizing and pre-painting line.
2003 September 5

Tunisacier plans to install a new 100 KT/year galvanizing line and a 150 KT/year coil coating pre-painting line in the coming years.
At present Tunisacier, owned by Riva(Italy), and located in Bizerta - Tunisia, operates a 500 KT/year CRC line, a 120 KT/year Hot Dip Galvanizing line, and a 50KT/year Electro Zinc line.

Danielli commissions bar/section mill at Intermetal.
2003 February 2

  Commissioning took place at the end of February 2003, after completion of phase-2 upgrading, while first bars were produced already at the end of January.
The mill was completely revamped and upgraded by Danieli Morgårdshammar in two subsequent steps, namely:
- Phase 1 (commissioned in June 2001) with a new continuous finishing mill, QTB quenching line and a new dividing shear;
- Phase 2 with a new continuous roughing/intermediate mill, automatic cooling bed with entry/delivery services, in-line multistrand straightening/cutting to length facilities and new stacking/bundling station.
Completion of Phase-2 has finally transformed the plant into a completely new, fully continuous flexible bar/section mill with a 300,000-tpy capacity of 10 to 20-mm-dia rebars, up to 50-mm angles and correspondent flats and channels, produced at a rate of up to 60 tph.
The mill is now one of the most modern and highly-efficient medium-scale merchant mills in the region.
Danieli Automation supplied electrical and automation system.

Sidenor to increase production capacity
2003 January 5

  Tunisian "Sidenor" will raise the capacity of its bar mill from 150.000 to 350.000t per year.
They appointed Italian Danieli to install a QTB line and 4 finishing stands (with 2 strand slit rolling)
The plant is designed to produce 8 to 16 mm diameter deformed bars in low and medium carbon at a rated capacity of up to 45 tons per hour. The start-up is expected end 2003.
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