June 6, 2014, Loudi China, Valin ArcelorMittal Automotive Steel (VAMA) rolls out its first coil from Pickling & Tandem Cold Rolling Mill (PLTCM) on the morning of June 6, 2014, showcasing a strong testimony of that VAMA project is successfully completed as scheduled. As the countdown for production goes from 730 days to zero, this first coil is an impressive milestone in VAMA’s journey to build itself to be one of China’s most premier and important automotive steel solution providers.
Starting from June 6, 2012, in around 2 years time, VAMA has achieved an unprecedented steel project in Chinese steel industry with more than 5.8 million safe working hours and within budget. This is a result of great team work from over 500 VAMA employees, close cooperation from two stakeholders and substantial support from OEMs, MCCs, BV and other partners. Overriding obstacles like extreme weather, limited time for project construction and risks of safety issues, VAMA team has demonstrated strong commitment, solid capacity and consistent reliability.
On the morning of June 6, 2014, 75 representatives from OEMs, MCCs, BV and other partners which contributed to a concerted effort to build VAMA production lines joined hands with 105 employees from VAMA to witness the coming of first coil. “I’m really amazed when I look around and see what our both companies fulfilled in the last two years. It’s not long ago that I still heard noises about the impossibility to execute such a huge project on time. But see now, we did it.” noted by SVAI project manager Harald Monnweiss.
VAMA CEO Sanjay Sharma, COO Jiao Guohua, PLTCM production line manager Wang Yongqiang pressed together the button to start the production line. “In the past 730 days, we all have done something very few have ever done in our industry. Standing next to this line with the best technology and equipment in the world, I am proud to say that VAMA has set new standard and world record in our industry and in China.” said by CEO Sanjay Sharma. Starting from this point, the roaring sound of VAMA production lines will be carried on and VAMA is officially here today.
“The first coil successfully rolls out from PLTCM today. This is an achievement contributed by all OEMs, MCCs and VAMA internal team in the past 2 years. ” noted by COO Jiao Guohua. The first coil from VAMA production line has shortened the distance to reach full production capacity and win markets. VAMA will have increasing materialistic steps in completing production lines and rolling out quality products. Stay tuned.