The rolling mill will be assembled in Gongyi, Henan Province, where the first strip is due to be rolled in December 2012.

The rolling mill is part of Henan Zhongfu's expansion project to develop its production of strip and sheet metal for packaging materials. The hot rolling mill is designed for production of 760kt/y of flat products.

The plant comprises four heating furnaces, a reversible roughing mill – consisting of a horizontal stand with edger, and a downstream four-stand tandem hot rolling mill, with coiler and pallet transport system.

Siemens will supply the automation and drive equipment for the mill, from the furnace outlet side to the coiler, as well as for the coil conveyor to the high-bay warehouse.

The automation equipment includes the basic automation, together with the technological control systems, the human-machine interface equipment and associated sensor systems.