MINO are pleased to announce a significant new Contract award from Hindalco Industries of India for the total revamping of a Foil Finishing Mill.
The Contract follows a previous award to MINO in 2012 for similar revamping projects at Hindalco foils division at Mouda, Maharashtra state. The Mills of that first stage (a Cold Mill and two Foil Mills) have been successfully commissioned and are in production ever since.
This new project will see a comprehensive redesign of the Foil Mill exit side, with the supply of new mechanical equipment. A complete replacement of the electrical and automation equipment to bring the Mill up to the latest design standards and performance. MINO will also provide new designs for the fluids systems and roll load. The original mill stand was exported from the UK to India at the closure of the Novelis Foil rolling plant in the West Midlands, England in 2011.
MINO provided detailed studies of the revamping with solutions to improve rolling efficiency, productivity and quality. The Contract award includes supply of the equipment and the latest foil rolling technology which will be designed and built in the MINO engineering centres at Alessandria and Vicenza and the UK. A new 'Avanti' process control system will also be provided with the flatness and thickness control software supplied from Mino Process Control in the UK.
This expansion of the foil rolling operation at Hindalco Mouda will cater for the rapid growth in the Indian market for flexible and pharmaceutical packaging. The Mill is due to roll its first coil in 2019.
Commenting on this order, the Managing Director of MINO SpA, Cesare Pettazzi,stated :
" It is a great honor to be chosen again by Hindalco for this second phase of the expansion project at Mouda site. We regard the Hindalco and the Indian market as an important growth area in the aluminium rolling sector. This award cements our long term relationship with Hindalco who are the largest and most influential manufacturer of aluminium semis in the Indian Sub Continent. To receive a repeat order which follows our first phase award is an expression of confidence in our foil rolling technology which we greatly appreciate.”
The mill is being revamped for high speed thin gauge rolling in wider widths. The alloys rolled will be 1 series, 3 series and 8 series.