The plant in Smederevo produces iron at two blast furnaces, then converts blast furnace iron to raw steel at a three-furnace converter shop and continuous casting complex. Steel processing includes a hot strip mill, sheet cold reduction mill, annealing and tempering units.
HBIS Serbia produces flat rolled steel products in coils and sheets such as:
Hot-rolled chequered products
Hot rolled pickled products
Cold rolled products
BLAST FURNACE NO. 2 WILL MEET THE CUSTOMERS’ NEEDS
He also added that the stoppage of Blast Furnace number 1 would last until the needs of our customers increase. Over the past period, we had a reduced operation of both furnaces, and the Blast Furnace 2 will now operate in full capacity, with full work parameters, lower energy source consumption, so the operation will be far more efficient. Comparing to the production from the first six months of this years, the production decrease will only be 15% per cent, explains Vladan.
By Viktor Macha in 2005.
Plant facts and figures
The plant have an annual capacity of 2200000 tons.
The following processes are conducted in the plant:
- Rolling mill
This plant produces the following type of products:
Metallurgical Kombinat Smederevo, the pride of Serbian steel industry, was built in 1970 as a successor of famous SARTID (Srpsko akcionarsko rudarsko topioničarsko industrijsko društvo) plant who used to exist on the bank of Danube river nearby. The mill was founded in 1913 and was manufacturing steam locomotives and wagons for several decades.
As the demands for local steel were growing after second world war and the old plant had no place to expand, it was necessary to built new modern plant. The decision was made in 1960 already, but took 10 long years to finish due to difficult political situation.
The sintering plant, blast furnace department and oxygen steelworks were built by Ukrainian Azovmash, hot strip mill and cold line were supplied by German company Thyssen. First melt was successfully made in 1971.
Today the works are operating two blast furnaces, three 120t oxygen converters and the hot strip mill. After US Steel sold their Serbian assets in 2015, the plant is now owned by Chinese HeSteel company.