Innovation

NEW ROLLING MILL

The Smart Beam manufacturing (SBM) is the new rolling mill that will allow to verticalize the production of the plant in San Zeno Naviglio, Brescia.

The goal is to realize it by the end of 2022 thanks to the experience of the Duferco technicians and to the strong collaboration with SMS Group, technology partner and supplier for the project.

“The new rolling mill will strongly increase our competitiveness. It is an effective example of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. A project that looks to the future, relying on innovation.”

Augusto Gozzi – CEO of Duferco Travi e Profilati

The new rolling mill

Italian steel industry heads toward the future. The new rolling mill will be integrated with the still mill, through innovative and sustainable technologies.

An ambitious project looking to the future. A strong investment that confirms the attitude of Duferco Group to innovation. Integrated with San Zeno Naviglio steel mill, the new SBM rolling mill (Smart Beam Manufacturing) will endow Duferco Travi e Profilati of an extremely efficient system at the heart of the Italian and European steel market, allowing to verticalize the steel production. The plant will have a total rolling capacity of 1.5 million tons of long products.

The total investment is around 180 million euros and will create 150 new job positions and many opportunities for the local satellite activities.

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Circular Economy

The new SBM rolling mill for the steel beam production has been conceived as a system integrated with the steel mill and is the perfect example of circular economy.

It is a sustainable model, based on the reuse of resources: from the recycling of ferrous scrap, which is the main raw material used in production, to its transformation in a semi-product and the further rolling to obtain finished product for the construction field.

Technology

The project will be realized with the most innovative and modern technologies available. It will be fully interconnected with other plant machinery and involves the most advanced technological tools, developed by the company’s teams in collaboration with Universities and Research Institutes, as already done for other projects in the plant.

The system will be highly integrated: every single machine will be digitally interconnected to other digital platforms; information and data will be gathered in database organized to be processed through optimization and simulation software based on predictive algorithms.

Circular Economy

The new SBM rolling mill for the steel beam production has been conceived as a system integrated with the steel mill and is the perfect example of circular economy.

It is a sustainable model, based on the reuse of resources: from the recycling of ferrous scrap, which is the main raw material used in production, to its transformation in a semi-product and the further rolling to obtain finished product for the construction field.

Environmental Impact

The plant will have the lowest possible environmental impact, thanks to the use of the best available technologies and energy-saving systems. Moreover, it will be powered by energy from renewable sources as a result of a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The new plant has been conceived and projected to be ready to face the challenges of consumption reduction and environmental sustainability. For example, the reheating furnace supplied by Forni Industriali Bendotti, will be endowed with state of art burners ready to be powered also by hydrogen.

Timeline

Thanks to the experience of Duferco technicians and the strong collaboration with SMS Group, supplier of technologies, the goal is to start operating the plant by the end of 2022.

January 2021

Authorization of the plant

April 2021

Beginning of construction

February 2022

Start of
installation

November 2022

End of
installation

December 2022

Start of production

The Smart Beam Manufacturing is part of an industrial model that preserves the value of raw material and resources and aims at high standards in terms of:

Environmental Sustainability

Development of innovative models of circular economy

Optimization of energy and resources consumption

Reduction of carbon footprint

Economic Competitiveness

Research of max efficiency

Optimization of production processes

Integration of processes and material flows

Development of digital system for decision-making process

Social Sustainability

Positive employment impact

Product innovation

Support systems for operators