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Danieli Endless Welding Rolling Segment Ordered by Sonasid
2004 June 29



Moroccan steelmaker Sonasid (Sociètè Nacionale de Sidérurgie) will install a Danieli Endless Welding Rolling (EWR) line at its 400,000-metric tons/year bar/section mill. The mill, also a Danieli installation, has been operating since July 2002 at Jorf Lasfar, Morocco.

The EWR line will start up in the spring of 2005. 

EWR uses a welding segment after the reheat furnace to link bars in sequence, to establish continuous rolling. Sonasid will be the first African operation to achieve endless rolling. It will be the twelfth EWR unit Danieli has installed since 1997. 

Danieli also is building a new 625,000-metric tons/year melt shop at Jorf Lasfar for Sonasid, to start up in mid 2005 and feed the bar and section mill.

Sonasid achieved steel production record in 2003
2004 June 20


The National Iron and Steel Company Sonassid in Morocco reached total steel production of 802KT in 2003, compared to 690 KT in 2002, so an increase by 16%.

Out of this, the new Al Jorf Lasfar mill, which started production end July 2002, rolled 221KT in 2003 and reached s such already 75% of its planned 300KT production capacity.

Sonasid sold about 775 KT of reinforcing steel in 2003, covering about 90% of the local 838KT demand reinforcing steel market.

Meanwhile the project to add a 620KT billet plant is going on, and expected to start production in 2005.


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