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The section mill
Our section mill is capable of producing 350,000 tonnes of merchant bar and section. It is a 14-stand cross-country mill with a billet reheating furnace that can produce 80 tonnes per hour.
The original mill was commissioned in 1964 and updated in 1985 to produce a range of medium steel section products, including angles, flats and channels in a range of sizes and lengths up to 15.5m. Further developments came in 1993 and 1994 when the furnace was reconstructed to use either oil or gas. In 2003, after a successful commissioning period, the mill began producing equal and unequal angles, standard and UPN channels, and flat bars from 60mm to 300mm. In 2006 a new Russula process control system was installed ensuring tighter tolerances, a greater production volume, as well as extending the product range to include smaller sizes.