Nucor Steel Berkeley, a sheet mill division of U.S.-based steel producer Nucor Corporation, has placed an order with Primetals Technologies for a new, automotive-grade continuous galvanizing line (CGL). The CGL will be implemented at Nucor’s Huger, South Carolina facility. Nucor Corporation is North America’s largest steel producer and is the largest recycler of any material in the Americas.
Advanced Continuous Galvanizing Line
Nucor Steel Berkeley will receive one of the most advanced CGLs in the Western Hemisphere. With an annual capacity of approximately 500,000 tons, the new line will increase the company’s galvanized production capacity and enable this location to produce advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) and other automotive products. The new equipment supports the company’s strategy to shift its product mix to higher-margin value-added items. Nucor Steel Berkeley expects to produce the first coil by mid-2025.
Primetals Technologies will handle the engineering and supply of a vertical galvanizing furnace with galvanneal capability, after-pot cooling, and quench technology. Primetals Technologies has partnered with Clecim, a leading heavy industry manufacturer, to supply key mechanical scope, including terminal equipment and unique products, as well as a complete automation package, including drives, furnace model, and advanced scheduling, as well as power solutions, including a new incoming substation, rounds off the scope of supply.
Primetals Technologies met all technical requirements from Nucor Steel and will, during the project execution phase, leverage the strengths of its global organization. Locally, skilled workers in the Primetals Technologies service workshop in Huger will perform on-site pre-assembly and support installation and equipment modification.
Six Sheet Steel Mills
Nucor Corporation, a leading North American producer of merchant bar, rebar, engineered bar, structural steel, carbon steel plate, and sheet steel products, operates six sheet steel mills in the United States. It is currently in the process of adding a seventh sheet mill, which will be located in Mason County, West Virginia. These plants produce flat-rolled steel for automotive, appliance, construction, pipe and tube, and other industries and consumer applications. Nucor’s six operating sheet mills have an annual capacity of approximately 13.8 million tons annually.