It has been announced that Dongbei Special Steel Group, located in Liaoning province, China, has awarded the Gases Division of The Linde Group a contract for the installation of a new state-of-the-art annealing furnace for stainless steel wire.

The installation will be the world´s first application of oxyfuel technology in stainless steel wire treatment and demonstrates the wide range of applications that can be improved with this technology.

The new annealing furnace for stainless steel wire will combine two of Linde’s market-leading technologies, DST and REBOX oxyfuel solutions, and the use of oxyfuel will further improve important parameters such as fuel consumption, throughput capacity, and emission levels.

Compared to air fuel solutions, oxyfuel can boost production throughput up to 50%, equally reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emission by 50%.

The Gases Division of the Linde Group is a leading supplier of industrial and medical gases and related services. The Linde Gases Division will deliver a project of key components and functions, including guaranteed capacity, emission levels and quality. The commissioning of the world’s first REBOX® DST furnace in this application is scheduled for September 2008.

Founded in 1905 as Dalian Steel, Dongbei Special Steel Group is a leading manufacturer of high added value specialty steel products. In an ambitious programme, Dongbei Special Steel Group is investing €800 million in a greenfield specialty steel plant.