Liège, Belgium, 3 February
2017 - ArcelorMittal
has opened a new, €63m production line - the Jet Vapor Deposition (JVD) line
- at its facilities in Kessales, Belgium. His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium
officially inaugurated the line at an event, held today. The opening is the
culmination of years of scientific investigation by ArcelorMittal’s research
and development teams in collaboration with the Metallurgical Research Centre, CRM
group, to create a new, breakthrough technology for the metallic coating of
invention continues the Walloon tradition of stretching the boundaries of
coating technology for steel – the first hot dip galvanising line was
commissioned in 1881 in Flémalle and the world’s first electrolytic galvanised
steel rolled off the production line in Marchin in 1954.
The new JVD line is part of a major
€138m investment programme within the scope of the 2014 Industrial Plan, an agreement
between ArcelorMittal, the Walloon Government, Sogepa (Société de Gestion et de
Participations) and the social partners. The JVD project was financed by Sogepa
through ARCEO, a joint venture between Sogepa and ArcelorMittal.
The JVD technology
coats moving strips of steel in a vacuum chamber, by vaporizing zinc onto the
steel at high speed. Zinc is used to coat
steel to prevent corrosion, in order to improve durability.
JVD technology, which will be used to produce coated steels for automotive and
other industrial applications, offers multiple
A lower environmental footprint. A life-cycle
assessment evaluating the environmental impact of this process as a whole - the
coating, the use phase of the products, the waste products and their management
– showed a higher yield and lower energy consumption
than other coating techniques. JVD technology has the lowest ‘global warming
potential’ – a measure used in life-cycle assessment - of any industrial steel
- It ensures an exceptionally uniform coating, which enhances the surface quality and makes welding
easier for the customer
- It guarantees excellent adhesion of the
coating, regardless of the steel grade, even
for the new ultra-high strength steels currently under development
- Coating the steel under vacuum and at lower
temperatures removes the risk of the steel or zinc oxidizing
- It is a highly flexible process thanks to its
ability to produce different coating thicknesses (one side versus another) and
to coat a variety of substrates regardless of their chemical composition.
the event, Matthieu Jehl, CEO of the ArcelorMittal Gent-Liège cluster, said:
strength lies in its ability to innovate and push the boundaries of steelmaking.
The €63m investment made in the JVD line together with our partners, and the
wider investment plans for ArcelorMittal’s Gent and Liège clearly underline that
ArcelorMittal believes in the steelmaking future of Belgium. I’m extremely
proud of all the ArcelorMittal employees who have contributed to this project.”
Marcourt, Vice-President of the Government and Walloon Minister of Economy,
Industry, Innovation and Digitalization, who was present at the inauguration, said:
the worldwide leadership of Wallonia in the field of coating technology.
The future of
Walloon steel depends on innovation. In this way, we will be able to further
develop production thanks to the know-how and the excellence of our highly-qualified
president of the Sogepa management committee, said:
technology demonstrates the Liège basin’s steel sector expertise and innovation
capacity. This investment by Sogepa, alongside ArcelorMittal, demonstrates our
commitment to contribute, alongside our private partners, to the future of the
sector in Wallonia through truly innovative products”.
Ludkovsky, vice president and head of research and development at
“The JVD process
is unique - a world-first - and is the result of a breakthrough scientific
development. Today’s inauguration is the culmination of eight years’ hard work
by ArcelorMittal and the CRM group, starting with a small laboratory trial and
ultimately becoming a full industrial solution that’s now operational and means
we can bring unique solutions to our clients in many different markets.”
JVD is a
breakthrough process, not only in terms of production process but also in terms
of product development. It creates two brand new
product families: Jetgal®
and Jetskin™, to
ArcelorMittal’s unique range of metallic coatings.
the brand name for the JVD zinc coating applied to steel grades for the
automotive industry. It has been developed for steels including ultra
high-strength steel Fortiform®, which is produced in ArcelorMittal
Gent and Liège.
- Jetskin™ is the brand name for the JVD zinc
coating applied to steel grades for industrial applications such as household
appliances, doors, drums and interior building applications.
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About ArcelorMittal in Belgium
ArcelorMittal in Gent and Liège
a workforce of 5,800 employees. Its total number of direct and indirect jobs is
estimated at 13,000. In 2016, the company shipped 6.6 million tons of finished
steel products to its customers, destined for the automotive sector and many
other industries such as the white goods sector, construction, packaging…
Sogepa is an investment fund that
provides investment services and accompanies business reorganization
initiatives driven by credible and sustainable economic and industrial
projects. It develops a large range of solutions: equity participation, loans,
advise and interim management.
investing in steel projects, Sogepa is contributing to making Wallonia a region
of technological innovation in an industry that is central to our economy.
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