The three-strand continuous billet caster modernized by Primetals Technologies was started-up at the
Bolzano production site of Italian steel producer Acciaierie Valbruna S.p.A. The plant is now able to
produce stainless steel and special alloy billets with larger cross-sections up to 180 millimeters. The
machine radius of the plant also was 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 was
carried out during a planned shutdown in September 2016.