In Q3, 2009, India’s Conros Group is planning to triple its pipe-making capacity by installing new equipment withcombined capacity 200,000tpy. Thus, in August 2009 it plans to commission a new ERW pipe mill No.3 (60,000tpy), to produce pipes in diameters 21.3-114.3mm. The equipment is being supplied by German SMS Meer. Next, in mid-September, it plans to launch mill No.4, to produce 140,000tpy of ERW pipes under the API standard, in diameters up to 219.1mm, of up to X52 strength class steel. The mill was ordered from Abbey Etna (USA).
At this moment, the feedstock for pipe-making operations is being supplied by steel facilities of Arcelor Mittal Europe, by CIS and Middle Eastern steelmakers, as well as local Ispat Industries and Essar Steel. After start-up of the new mills, the feedstock purchases will be increased.
Apart from the two ERW pipe mills (100,00tpy in total), Conros Group is presently operating a 120,000tpy steelmaking shop and bar-rolling mill of the same capacity. The company’s product range is comprised of 21.3-168.3mm ERW pipes with wall thickness 2.03-10.31mm, including galvanized ones, and also angles, flat bars and channels. According to the company representative, due to the low demand on domestic and export markets, the Conros Group is cutting the products output in the current quarter by 50%.
The company exports some 80% of its pipes. The main export destinations are EU, Middle Eastern countries and Australia.