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Timken Bearings equip Siemens-built steel mill in Poland

Canton, OH -- The Timken Company announced today that it is the exclusive supplier of tapered, spherical and cylind...


Canton, OH — The Timken Company announced today that it is the exclusive supplier of tapered, spherical and cylindrical roller bearings for Arcelor Mittal’s new high-capacity hot-strip steel rolling mill in Krakow, Poland. Timken received the $2-million contract from Siemens Metals Technologies, which is building the mill.

Timken bearings have been installed in various locations throughout the mill, including the roll stands that shape the steel, cutting shears and the power coilers that wind the finished steel sheets onto a roll, and other equipment. The mill is scheduled to be commissioned later this quarter.

“We work closely with builders to bring our first-hand knowledge of rolling-mill manufacturing to the design and selection of the bearing products for such a mill,” said Michael J. Connors, Timken’s vice-president – industrial equipment.

With a steel strip width of up to 2100 mm, or 84 inches, the mill will produce some of the widest finished products in Europe for carbon, stainless and special-steel grades to meet the higher quality needs of the automotive, petroleum and fuel industries. The new mill will also significantly reduce operating costs for Arcelor Mittal, while producing 2.4 million tons of steel annually, which is approximately 20% of total steel production in Poland.

London-based Arcelor Mittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, invested around 300 million euros, or about US$400 million, in construction of the Krakow mill. Part of a comprehensive modernization program, the mill is the first hot-rolled facility to be built in Europe in 10 years.