ArcelorMittal Zenica is the largest producer of long products in the Balkans with a production capacity of almost one million tons per year. The factory is integrated steel production, using iron ore and the process is made in coke plant, blast furnace, steel plant, while finished goods is produced in the rolling mills.
ArcelorMittal Zenica achieved Record Production WRM in January 2023 – 43.200 t produced
The Wire rod Mill team in the Rolling Mills plant of ArcelorMittal Zenica is showing improvements from year to year in many areas, with H&S in the first place and then in production. In 18 years of operating ArcelorMittal Zenica and being a part of the ArcelorMittal group, the Rolling Mills had record production on Wire rod Mill in March 2022 with 41.700 t produced. This January we achieved a new record - 43.200 t produced, which is showing our good trend of improvement steps.
By Viktor Macha in 2005.
Plant facts and figures
The plant have an annual capacity of 950000 tons.
The following processes are conducted in the plant:
- Steel making
- Rolling mill
- Coke plant
This plant produces the following type of products:
The mill in the middle of Bosnian mountains was founded in 1892 by a group of Austrian industrialists.
Production, which was driven in that time by pair of puddles, was mainly focused on hot rolled profiles and wires. As the “Eisen und Stahlgewerkschaft Zenica” brand was soon introduced on European market, significant development took place between 1898-1913. Zenica became part of Central European Metallurgical Cartel right after.
By 1958 there was a coking plant, three blast furnaces, four open-hearth furnaces, pair of rolling mills and a forge.
Current blast furnace no. 4 was put into operation in 1978, a pair of LD converters with continuous caster followed in 1989.
However the 90´s brought an unexpected turn. The war in Yugoslavia interrupted production for long 17 years. Decayed and damaged mill by air-raids was bought by Mittal Steel in 2004, who revitalizes the works within project “Phoenix”. Old blast furnaces 1-3, including the old coke plant and the open-hearth steel mill were dismantled and replaced by more powerful technologies. Production was fully restored in 2008.
Nowadays Zenica Iron&Steel works are part of ArcelorMittal holding and employs over 2,000 people.