In August 2011, SWSS (South West Stainless Steel), the Chinese steelmaker belonging to the Jinguang group, located in Sichuan province, selected Fives for the design and supply of its second stainless steel hot annealing and pickling line.
For this project, Fives DMS and Fives Engineering Shanghai will design and supply all of the mechanical equipment for the line, Fives DMS will supply the pickling section through the surface treatment know-how developed by FL Industries, Inc. in the USA, and Fives Stein together with Fives Stein Shanghai will supply the furnace.
This project will be the first Fives reference for stainless steel bringing together five of the group's subsidiaries. It is also the first order for a Fives Stein furnace in the stainless steel sector. Ultimately, the success of this project could bring about further orders, as SWSS has also launched a new cold rolling investment project, combining a cold annealing and pickling line and two rolling mills.