Charleroi plant is equipped with a large EAF combined with a continuous caster that can cast up to 355 mm thick slabs. Thanks to advanced steelmaking and secondary metallurgy processes (VOD, VD), a 4.25m-wide quarto roller and monitored finishing facilities (including a stainless pickling line), Industeel Belgium produces a wide range of steel grades dedicated to various industries. The mill can also supply slabs to other plants on request.
The company has started production of low carbon heavy steel plate up to 18 tonnes in weight, using slab from its Belgian asset and processing these at its heavy plate mill in Asturias, Spain
Slab will be produced at the company’s electric-arc furnace-equipped Industeel mill in Charleroi, Belgium, using feedstock that is almost 100% scrap as well as electricity from 100% renewable sources. These slabs will be rolled into heavy plate at ArcelorMittal’s heavy plate mill in Gijon, Spain.
In Charleroi, ArcelorMittal has an EAF with capacity for 450,000 tonnes per year, according to Fastmarkets’ database. In Gijon, it has a 600,000-tpy heavy plate mill.
Carbon dioxide emissions from the production of heavy plate by that process would be about 60% lower than for steel plate made via the conventional blast-furnace steelmaking route, the company said
By Viktor Macha in 2005.
Plant facts and figures
The plant have an annual capacity of 450000 tons.
The following processes are conducted in the plant:
- Steel making
- Rolling mill
This plant produces the following type of products:
It is said that Charleroi is the ugliest city in the world. It´s not true, Industeel is there.
FAFER (Fabrique de Fer de Charleroi) was founded in 1863 by entrepreneur Victor Gillieaux. Construction of the plant oriented on the production of sheet metal for bridge constructions was started a year later.
In 1931 the open-hearth steel shop with two furnaces (66 and 70 tons) and three plate mills were put into operation.
After World War II the Boël family took over the production.
In 1956 the steel plant was expanded with a new electric arc furnace (150 tonnes) and in 1977 with a second electric furnace (200 tonnes, still in operation today), which resulted into end of open-hearth era there.
However, the Boël family were gradually losing interest in the further steel production and thus they sold their works to the French group Usinor in 1997.
In 1998 Usinor was incorporated into the Creusot-Loire Industrie group and in 2003 the Industeel took over the operations finally.