INTERVIEW: Iran’s Mobarakeh Steel plans to boost slab exports

Mobarakeh Steel, Iran’s largest flat steel producer, aims to increase its slab exports rapidly over the next couple of years.

The plan follows the expansion of the company's finished steelmaking capacity in recent years, managing director Bahram Sobhani told Metal Bulletin at the 21st Middle East Iron & Steel Conference (MEIS) in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
Growing slab capacity
At the end of 2016, Mobarakeh Steel added a 1.8-million-tonne continuous casting machine at its main plant in Esfahan province that increased annual slab capacity to 7.2 million tonnes. Currently, it feeds a 5.5-million-tonne-per-year hot-rolling mill.
The company also operates a 1.5-million-tonne slab facility at its Hormozgan Steel Complex (Hosco) subsidiary and a 1.6-million-tonne continuous strip production unit at its Saba Steel complex.
 
Saba Steel doubled its capacity this past April and is self-sufficient in slab, but does not produce slab for sale.

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Vlada Novokreshchenova

December 14, 2017

20:28 GMT

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