The INTECO Group at the AISTech 2014

Die INTECO Gruppe auf der AISTECH 2014

The joint both of INTECO special melting technologies and PTI LLC was a great success at this year’s AISTech in Indianapolis. Besides the signature Austrian chalet style of INTECO also several exhibits such as the famous SWINGdoorTM of PTI were the attractions of the booth. Interested visitors also found out more about further INTECO Group members: INTECO TBR’s sales managers presented their gas coupling system and INTECO atec showcased their new ISEC (INTECO Smart Electrode Control).

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INTECO to built ESR plant for Uddeholm, Sweden

INTECO erhält Auftrag von Uddeholm, Schweden

INTECO is very proud to announce that a contract for a 30t ESR plant signed with Uddeholms AB in Sweden has become effective in March 2014.

Though this is the first INTECO supply, this unit will represent the 10th remelting furnace to be installed by the Swedish company, the world’s biggest producer of ESR remelted tool steel. This most modern ESR furnace will be operated at a max. operation pressure of 3 bars and will be capable of remelting ingots with a max. diameter of 1250 mm and a weight of approx. 30 t. Additionally it will have all state-of-the-art features such as protective gas operation, a full coaxial high current line and a completely updated control system of newest generation.

The opportunity to deliver a second identical furnace has also been discussed, but this has to be decided depending on the market situation in the near future. INTECO´s entire staff is motivated and excited about this challenging project and will use this opportunity to demonstrate its leading position as a supplier of equipment and technology in the field of Electroslag Remelting.

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A new and promising cooperation

Eine neue und vielversprechende Kooperation

The future cooperation between INTECO Group and Henan Xibao Metallurgy Materials Group Co. Ltd. was finalised and contractually stipulated in spring 2014.

Xibao is a group of companies with 3500 employees and one of the largest and leading manufacturers of metallurgical consumer goods on the Chinese market. The product range of the production company located in the Chinese province of Henan ranges from ferroalloys, refractory materials and casting powder to different types of slag, especially pre-melted slag for the ESR business. 210 steel plants in more than 20 countries are already purchasing products from Xibao.

Both companies stand to benefit from the joint cooperation agreement. TECTRADE will assume responsibility for the exclusive distribution of ESR slag and selected products in Europe for Xibao. As a global market leader in the construction of ESR plants, INTECO will use its existing contacts and  focus on the distribution of ESR slag, among other things. Xibao will offer technical sales support for the “Smart ESR” plant designed by INTECO and its subsidiary in Dalian specifically for the Chinese market.

Dr. Harald Holzgruber, CEO of INTECO, is also pleased about the cooperation: “Xibao and INTECO will both benefit from each other’s networks. There is also a great deal of mutual trust involved in this cooperation as the products of both companies stand for high quality and customer satisfaction.”


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INTECO to built new VAR plant for BGH Lippendorf

INTECO baut VAR Anlage für BGH Lippendorf

After a short but productive negotiation period, an order for engineering and supply of a 10,5 t Vacuum Arc Remelting Furnace (VAR) was placed by BGH Edelstahl Lippendorf GmbH.

The first INTECO plants for this longterm costumer were delivered in the 90s and as a result of close cooperation as well as excellent and fair teamwork the German special steel manufacturer again chose an INTECO solution. The VAR furnace is designed according to the latest technology and is equipped with a drip short control, a helium cooling system and the possibility to execute partial pressure remelting.

The installation of this project will start in October and the production of the first ingot is also scheduled for 2014.

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First Heat at Deutsche Edelstahlwerke Witten

Erste Schmelze bei den Deutschen Edelstahlwerken Witten

In January 2014 the first heat at the new secondary metallurgical centre at Deutsche Edelstahlwerke Witten was carried out. The melting process on the new treatment line’s ladle furnace and VD/VOD plant was realized without any major difficulties and delays.

This was the first important milestone of the start up phase, which took place according to schedule.

The first part of this large scale project comprised the revamping of the existing secondary metallurgical line and was finalized mid of 2012.

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