In November 2000, UGINE&ALZ Genk awarded VAI a contract to upgrade their
steelmaking plant. The scope of work included the world's largest stainless steel slab
caster designed for an annual output of 1.2 million tons. The existing casting machine
had to be replaced within a comprehensive shut-down period of 21 days only to minimize
the financial burden due to the production outage. Innovative project management solutions
combined with excellent realization resulted in a successful start-up on October 1, 2002,
after a shutdown period of only 20 days. Operational results with regard to productivity
and quality are discussed.