The history of Danieli Group
Integrated steelworks, flat products and thin-slab casters
After achieving leadership in the field of electric minimills, which at the time accounted for approximately 40% of world steel production, in the 1990s Danieli decided to undertake design and supply of plants for integrated steelworks, as well as of hot- and cold-rolling mills for flat products.
With this objective in mind, Danieli acquired Wean Industries and United Engineering in the USA, at that time leaders in design of hot- and cold-rolling mills for flat products, and in parallel Corus Technical Services (The Netherlands) specialized in the technology of blast furnaces and converters.
Thanks to these acquisitions, Danieli became a qualified and high-tech supplier also for integrated steelworks.
In 1985, Danieli began experimenting with a prototype thin-slab caster that became a winning asset, strengthening its flat-products technologies.
The first plants for flat products equipped with thin-slab casting and direct rolling were supplied in 1995 to Algoma Steel (Canada) and OMK (Russia), Posco and Dongbu (Korea), Tangshan (China), and then worldwide.