Two copper rod mills to Southwire for Ningbo in China

June 2018 — Enabling expansion into new geographic markets, Ningbo Jintian Copper (Group) Co. Ltd. has signed contracts with Southwire Company, LLC of Carrollton, Georgia, USA for two identical “SCR 7000” copper rod mills to be supplied by Primetals Technologies in 2019. 

London/Great Britain (Primetals) – The first new mill will operate in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, and the second mill will be installed in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Start-up is expected in the summer of 2019 for the first mill and early 2020 for the second. These new orders bring the total number of copper rod mills supplied by Primetals Technologies to Southwire for Ningbo to four, increasing their total annual installed capacity to nearly 1 million metric tons. Primetals Technologies is responsible for the engineering, manufacturing and commissioning of the rolling mill and coiler equipment for the Southwire SCR 7000 rolling mills to produce electrolytic tough pitch (ETP) copper for the building construction wire and cable market. The contract scope includes a Morgan No-Twist mill with 13 independently driven roll stands, which will produce 2t to 4t coils of 8mm, 9.5mm, 12.7mm, 16mm, 18mm and 25mm diameter rod from an 8,200mm² cast bar at a production rate of 48 metric tons per hour. Each mill will have an annual capacity of approximately 315,000 metric tons. The contract also includes for each mill a 24-inch entry shear and table, one 18-inch roughing mill stand, four 12-inch roughing mill stands, and eight 8-inch finishing mill stands, all with hydraulic roll mounting, a rod cooling and cleaning system including injectors and air wipes, rollerized turndown, two pinch rolls, coiler, designs for a conveyor with rotary turntable, and two lubrication oil systems. The arrangement will also include the latest inline recirculating coil handling system.

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