Linde Gases will install its REBOX® DFI technology at POSCO’s integrated steel mill in Pohang.

Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, has announced its agreement with POSCO in South Korea for the installation of its REBOX®Direct Flame Impingement technology.

POSCO is the world’s largest steel producer, and the installation, scheduled for October this year, is for improvements to one of the company’s continuous annealing lines at their large integrated steel mill in Pohang.

The main benefits of Linde’s patented DFI technology, where oxyfuel flames directly heat the moving metal, include significantly higher heat transfer rates, which result in increased capacity and reduced fuel consumption.

The technology also delivers the capability to influence surface properties and allows easy retrofits due to the unit’s compactness.

POSCO will benefit from increased production capacity as a result of the installation; the REBOX unit provides a guaranteed level of preheating which will be capable of achieving approximately 15% higher capacity in the annealing furnace.

Dr Joachim von Schéele, Marketing Manager of Metals and Glass at Linde said this is a prestigious contract for Linde, he added, “POSCO is not only one of the most important international steel producers, but is recognised for employing the best technologies.”

“This is our second technology contract with POSCO, having previously supplied our DST technology for stainless wire annealing.”

“POSCO’s decision to also install our REBOX DFI technology is further verification of Linde’s status as a world-leading gas technology supplier.”