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Primetals Technologies to modernize continuous billet caster for Valbruna in Italy

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Primetals Technologies has received an order from Italian steel producer Acciaierie Valbruna S.p.a. to modernize the three-strand continuous billet caster at its Bolzano site. Under the project the plant will be able to produce stainless steel and special alloy bars with larger cross-sections up to 180 millimeters. The machine radius of the plant will also be increased from seven to nine meters, setting the stage for producing even larger cross-sections after further modernization at a later date. Primetals Technologies upgraded the continuous caster in 2015 to increase its availability. Modernization work on the caster is scheduled for the 2016 summer shutdown.