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The first HICON/H2Q hardening and tempering line for East Asia.

Based in Pohang, Dongkuk Industries Co., Ltd. Is the largest manufacturer of cold-rolled medium and high carbon steel strip in South Korea.

To increase added value, the company decided to invest in state-of-the-art technology; an EBNER HICON/H2Q hardening and tempering line which will be the first facility of its kind in East Asia.

The unrivaled quenching technology using hydrogen, improved product quality and high facility efficiency were key factors in the decision for HICON/H2Q.

In February, an order was placed with EBNER for the heat treatment section of the new hardening and tempering line. The customer will order the strip handling gear from a local supplier.

The scope of supply includes an austenitizing furnace, the HICON/H2Q hydrogen quenching system, a FlexFlat martensite cooler with SmartFlat automatic flatness supervision system, a leveling furnace and an atmosphere jet cooler. A combined bainite / pearlite transformation zone will also be supplied, allowing the facility to be configured to produce these materials.

Medium and high carbon steel strip will be hardened and tempered in the EBNER HICON/H2Q facility starting in the summer of 2021.


Aleris Rolled Products Germany increases its homogenizing capacity.

In the first quarter of 2020, Aleris Rolled Products Germany (Koblenz, Germany) placed an order with Austrian furnace supplier EBNER Industrieofenbau for the delivery, turnkey installation and commissioning of an additional HICON batch-type furnace to homogenize cast aluminum slab. The furnace accepts charges of up to 180 t.

Also included in the scope of supply and services is a charger for loading and unloading the furnace facility. This charger will also be employed to charge all of the already-existing furnaces.

Primary advantages provided by the additional equipment include:

  • An additional increase in facility availability
  • Increased speeds when exchanging charges / reduction of facility downtime, leading to increased throughput

The facility will start production around the end of 2021.

Aleris Rolled Products Germany, based in Koblenz, has been a customer of EBNER Industrieofenbau for 40 years. Aleris primarily manufactures products for the aerospace industry, but their products also find applications in the automotive and other industrial sectors.



The first fully-automatic EBNER HICON/H2® bell annealer facility has successfully started production.

Wieland Austria, based in Amstetten, Lower Austria, has been a leading manufacturer of copper and copper alloy specialty tube and long products for many years. The company has now placed its trust in new bell annealer technology from EBNER.

The new charging concept was first announced by EBNER at the WIRE & TUBE 2018 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. Only three months later, Wieland Austria was convinced by the new concept and an order was placed for the turn-key delivery of a HICON/H2® bell annealer facility to heat treat copper and copper alloy LWC coils.

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Indian stainless steel producer places order with EBNER for a HICON/H2® bright annealing line for CrNi strip.

Jindal Stainless Group is one of the largest producers of stainless steel in the world and has plants in Hisar and in Jajpur. They have invested in a HICON/H2® strand annealer to produce precision strip at their Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited plant.
HICON/H2® bright annealing line

The Hisar plant has a production capacity of 0.8 million tonnes per year and will anneal material grades such as AISI 200 series (CrMn), AISI-300 series (CrNi) and AISI-400 series in the new EBNER facility.

The HICON/H2® strand annealer, which features a muffle with a heated length of 18.5 meters, is also equipped with a hydrogen jet cooler. The strip handling gear and degreasing system will be provided by the customer.

The facility will be delivered in the first quarter of 2020 and the start of production is scheduled for the beginning of 2021.


China's Jiang Yin Xing Cheng Alloy Material Co., Ltd. places an order for the world's largest volume HICON /H2 ® bell annealer facility for wire.

During the pre-project phase, a number of different potential facility sizes were discussed. In the end, however, after taking into account coil data and the desired charge weight, a choice was made to install what will be the world’s largest HICON /H2 ® bell annealer facility, when measured in terms of volume.

With an effective workload space diameter of 4550 mm and a charging height of 5900 mm, 24 wire coils weighing 2 tons each can be charged at each workbase. The reference charge thus weighs 48 tons.

The scope of supply includes 2 gas-fired heating bells, 2 workbases, 1 air cooling bell, 2 inner covers, 2 valve stands, an electrical control center that includes a visualization system and supplementary equipment. A coil carrier tipper will be supplied along with the facility.

The facility will be capable of heat treating over 20,000 tons of steel wire per year, and is scheduled to be handed over to the customer following turn-key installation and commissioning in July, 2020.


Masteel once again turns to EBNER to expand a bell annealer facility.

Masteel Special Steel Company, based in Maanshan City, China, has placed an order with EBNER to expand an existing HICON /H2 ® bell annealer facility.

Accepting charges with maximum diameters of 4050 mm and maximum heights of 4600 mm, up to 35 tons of steel wire can be charged.

The customer has the capability of annealing scaled wire rod in straight nitrogen atmosphere, or drawn wire in 100 % hydrogen atmosphere.

The scope of supply includes two gas-fired heating bells, three workbases, one air cooling bell and the associated electrical systems. The new facility components will be tied into the existing shared facilities.

Turn-key installation is included in the package, and the facility is scheduled to start production at the end of April, 2020.