Steel Galvanizing Lines in North America – A Status Report

A market examine was carried out in 2010 to characterize Galvanizing Line operations in North America, assess their present necessities, and goal one of the best alternatives for varied Galvanizing applied sciences, tools, and companies. This venture was supposed to offer helpful data enabling suppliers that supply services and products for Galvanizing Traces to formulate a advertising and enterprise technique geared toward these operations. The total report gives potential suppliers the chance to evaluate the marketplace for new applied sciences, tools upgrades or replacements, new services and varied outsourced companies.

This examine included interviews with key personnel in 51 Galvanizing operations within the U.S. and Canada. The ten part 91 pages closing report contains 75 figures and 13 tables. Along with analyzing the end result total, the outcomes are additionally analyzed by 4 “Kind of Finish-use Market” segments. General, the “Development” phase (41%) accounts for the biggest share of crops surveyed, adopted by the “Uncovered Automotive” phase (27%).

All sources of knowledge that’s summarized on this article had been the people that had been interviewed in the course of the survey. General, 62 people had been interviewed within the survey. People particularly from “Operations accounted for 68% (45) of all the people interviewed. The survey was carried out between January 11, 2010 and March 15, 2010. The Galvanizing operations surveyed are positioned within the U.S, Canada, and Mexico. The U.S. accounted for 92% of those Galvanizing Traces. The 50 Galvanizing Traces included within the survey are positioned in 16 completely different states, Canada and Mexico.

General, the crops surveyed function 69 Galvanizing traces, consisting of 61 HDG (Scorching Dip Galvanizing), six EGL (Electro-galvanizing), and three HD Flux (Scorching Dip Flux) traces. There have been 70 galvanizing traces within the galvanized plant stand surveyed which have a complete galvanizing capability of 24,825,000 tons per 12 months. These traces vary in galvanizing capability 66,000 to 845,000 tons per 12 months. Of those traces, 34% (24) have a galvanizing capability of no less than 400,000 tons per 12 months. Beneath are 4 figures that present a distribution of the capacities of every of those traces by phase.

There are 30 firms with 57 areas, and 85 galvanizing traces in North America with a complete manufacturing capability of 27.2 million tons. The main galvanized metal producers based mostly on capability are: Arcelor Mittal, US Metal, Metal Dynamics, Nucor, Ternium, and Severstal. These six companies account for 74% (20.2 million tons) of the galvanized metal strip manufacturing capability in North America. There have been 9 galvanizing areas in North America that weren’t included within the survey. The galvanizing capability of the areas that weren’t included within the survey exceeds 3.9 million tons.

There have been 48 galvanizing traces that indicated the 12 months of start-up or final main improve. The oldest was started-up in 1952 and the latest in 2009. Eight (16%) of those traces had been began up earlier than 1985. The operations are projected to provide a complete of seven,888,000 tons in 2010 with a capability of 11,850,000 tons or an total utilization of 67% of capability.

General, 63% of the 2010 projected impress metal manufacturing is anticipated to include “galvanized” metal and 28% “galvanneal”. Chilly Rolled metal accounts for 91% of the substrate employed for galvanizing by the operations surveyed.

Solely six of the traces acknowledged that they’re processing “high-strength” metal. In 5 instances, the manufacturing ranges from 5 to 30% of their manufacturing. The overall projected 2010 manufacturing of “Excessive Power” steels for these 5 traces is 215,000 tons.

“Development” is the end-use market that accounts for the best share of the 2010 galvanized manufacturing projected by the crops surveyed, adopted by “Auto-unexposed” (25%), and “Auto-exposed” (17%).

The nominal velocity of those galvanizing traces vary from 65 to 600 toes per minute. 82% of those traces stated that the “strip cross-section’ is an element that limits line velocity, adopted by 56% figuring out “Coating Weight”, and 29% stated that it’s “the time required for heating and cooling. Three of the EGL traces talked about that coating weight limits velocity. The nominal width of those traces vary from 5 to 68 inches, a minimal of three.7 inches and a most of 80 inches. The nominal thickness of galvanizing traces producing galvanized steels vary from.010 to.098 inches, a minimal of.007 inches and most of.25 inches.

All however one of many respondents surveyed stated that their line or the Galvanizing services at their plant is enough for his or her wants. All however eight of the operations surveyed stated that they haven’t any main issues or points relating to the current or way forward for their galvanizing operation. The issues that had been recognized are particular to that line. Not one of the traces surveyed acknowledged that they’ve any “should do” initiatives deliberate for this galvanizing line. Solely three of the crops surveyed indicated that they count on furnace-related bottlenecks for some portion of your product combine if the galvanized metal market has ample demand power.

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