As part of Sidenor Group’s ongoing investment plan to achieve enhanced quality and product innovations, the installation of the new Vacuum Degasser – VD was successfully completed at the Stomana Industry plant in Bulgaria.

The degasser was put into operation in the end of 2014 and brought about spectacular improvement in the quality of steel produced at Stomana Industry. The degassing of molten steel significantly lowers its hydrogen and nitrogen content. The use of the Vacuum Degasser yields high quality “pure steel”, which in turn leads to high value-added finished products with technical characteristics and properties that can respond to the needs of the most demanding applications.

Vacuum degassing is performed only by top steel manufacturers in Europe and around the world. Equipped with the system, Stomana Industry will be able to produce new qualities of alloy steels and target higher standard sectors, such as the automotive industry, the forging industry and others.