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Plants: General Presentation

Grupo SIMEC has a total of 19 steel production and processing plants: 11 in Mexico, seven in the United States and one in Canada.

Seven of these plants (Guadalajara, Jalisco; Mexicali, Baja California; Apizaco, Tlaxcala; Aceros San Luis and Aceros DM, in San Luis Potosí; Canton and Lorain, Ohio) are mini-mills; that is, their raw materials are metal scrap, iron ore and carbon coke, which are converted into liquid steel through the use of electricity and natural gas. This liquid steel is then converted into billets, which are later heated and reduced to different dimensions and shapes to be converted into the final products: rebar, square bars, round bars, flat bars, angles, beams, etc. The plants have a combined installed capacity that surpasses 5 million tons of liquid steel.

Meanwhile, Lackawanna, New York, plant has hot rolling trains to convert billets (a semi-finished product), to finish products which when reheated are used to form finished products, in this case SBQ (special bar quality steel); its installed capacity is 600,000 tons per year.

The plants in Cholula, Puebla; Massillon and Solon, Ohio; Gary, Indiana; Memphis, Tennessee, and Hamilton, Ontario are responsible for processing and adding value (cold drawing, turning, cutting and heat treating) to the steel bars produced in other plants (mainly in Apizaco, Lorain and Lackawanna).

Another location is Malla San in San Luis Potosi, a processing plant for wire rod, using cold rolling techniques to produce electro-welded wire mesh, nails and prefabricated rebar products. Its installed capacity is of 120,000 tons.

Finally, there are four scrap processing plants which collect metal waste and –through a selection process– identify waste with ferrous content to later be used in the smelting process in the steel mills. These major elements of the business supply the Mexicali plant and are: Promex Mexicali, Promex Tijuana, Pacific Steel (in San Diego) and Abastecedora Siderúrgica (in San Luis Potosí), with a capacity, respectively, of 78,000, 60,000, 60,000 and 240,000 tons.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 10:17