Arbed's flat-products division
Sidmar is determined to continue building capacity for galvanizing and coating
coils of steel. The recent start-up of its Sidgal 2 & 3 hot-dip galvanizing
lines in Ghent, Belgium was the latest step in a long-term expansion
by Richard Barrett
The steadily growing demand for corrosion-resistant flat-rolled steel
products must be a source of much satisfaction to the world's zinc
producers. Belgian steelmaker Sidmar's brand new hot-dip galvanizing (HDG)
lines brought on-stream at its large integrated steelworks in Ghent, Belgium,
this summer are due to consume 22,000 tpy of the base metal, while the adjacent
and now fully established Galtec HDG line, which started up in early 1998
(see MBM April 1998), already uses around 15,000 tpy.
Sidmar has done its demand projections and is enthusiastic about expanding
its share of the growing market for coated steel sheet. At full capacity Sidgal
3, as one of the...