Steuler Anlagenbau wins order worth millions from German steel industry


Steuler Anlagenbau, a medium-sized company based in Höhr-Grenzhausen (Germany), recently received an order from wire manufacturer Westfälische Drahtindustrie (WDI) for the planning and construction of a fully automatic tunnel pickling plant for steel wires.

The order is worth over ten million euros. The new facility at WDI’s Hamm/Westphalia site is scheduled to commence production in the third quarter of 2020. The new pickling plant will have an annual capacity of approximately 550,000 tonnes of different grades of carbon steel, making it the largest continuous pickling plant in the world once it has been commissioned.

However, the customer, WDI, had not originally planned this investment in a new plant – around Easter 2019, welding work caused a major fire in Hamm which completely destroyed the existing 40-year-old pickling plant and made an urgent replacement necessary.

This major contract will also involve the participation of the Steuler Group’s Linings division: Surface Protection Linings will supply and install approximately 3,000 m² of floor coatings and BEKAPLAST linings.

The operator, WDI, has installed an on-site camera to document the progress of the pickling plant construction project:

Demand for Steuler’s environmentally friendly pickling technology is growing.

Steuler Anlagenbau’s Surface Technology division has grown to become a world leader in the chemical treatment of wire in recent years. Thanks to the latest orders from SBE-Varvit (Italy) and Hyundai (Korea), Steuler Anlagenbau has been able to further strengthen its leading position in the market for wire coil pickling plants. Orders for four such steel wire pickling plants have been received in the period since 2017 alone.