Belgium's deputy prime minister Kris Peeters and Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois attended the official opening ceremony for the €49m furnace which is set to help the plant produce next-generation steel products.
Kris Peeters and Geert Bourgeois spoke at the event, with additional presentations from Matthieu Jehl, CEO of ArcelorMittal Gent-Liège, and Reiner Blaschek, CMO of business division north, ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products.
The ceremony was followed by a customer tour of the hot strip mill and quality-control departments to provide further insight into investment initiatives at the plant.
ArcelorMittal is investing an additional €140m to future-proof the plant and enable it to become a pilot site for Fortiform®, a range of advanced high-strength steel products for cold-forming. Car parts made with these steels are 10-20% lighter than parts made with alternative materials, enabling more economical, environmentally-friendly vehicles. Thanks to its weight and strength, Fortiform® is helping ArcelorMittal automotive customers to meet CO2 emissions and safety targets.