History

A sampling of our Midrex history.

Jan 1966

1966

Donald Beggs of the Surface Combustion Corp. conceives the idea for the MIDREX Direct Reduction Process.

Jan 1969

1969

First MIDREX® Plants built at Oregon Steel Mills in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Jan 1974

1974

Midrex Corporation purchased by Korf Group and moved to Charlotte, NC, USA.

Oct 1976

1976

Siderca (now TenarisSiderca) starts up in Argentina - First South American MIDREX® Plant.

Aug 1978

1978

Start-up of QASCO (now Qatar Steel) in Qatar - First direct reduction plant in the Middle East.

Feb 1979

Feb-Jul 1979

Start-up of SIDOR II in Venezuala - First multiple module MIDREX® Plant.

Dec 1979

1979

MIDREX® Plants produce more than 50 percent of the world's DRI.

Aug 1983

1983

Kobe Steel, Ltd. acquires Midrex.

Aug 1984

1984

Sabah Gas Industries (now Antara Steel Mills) starts up in Malaysia - First MIDREX® Hot Briquetting Plant.

Dec 1987

1987

MIDREX® Plants produce more than 60 percent of the world's DRI.

Jan 1988

1988

Iron oxide coating first applied at OEMK in Russia.

Jan 1990

1990

Start-up of OPCO (now FMO Planta de Briquetas) in Venezuela - first MEGAMOD® and use of steam reformer.

Dec 1990

1990

MIDREX® Plants exceed 10 million tons per year of DRI production.

Jan 1994

1994

First use of oxygen injection in a MIDREX® Plant at Acindar in Argentina.

Jan 1995

1995

FASTMET® demonstration plant build in Japan.

Dec 1996

1996

MIDREX® Plants produce more than 20 million tons per year of DRI.

Jul 1999

1999

Saldanha Steel (now ArcelorMittal South Africa) starts up world's first COREX®/MIDREX® Plant.

Dec 1999

1999

Essar Steel in India begins hot transport/hot charging of DRI to EAF using insulated containers.

Jan 2000

2000

First commercial FASTMET® Plant starts up in Japan.

Dec 2000

2000

MIDREX® Plant production tops 30 million tons per year.

Dec 2004

2004

IMEXSA (now ArcelorMittal Lazaro Cardenas) sets world production record of 1.76 million tons of DRI from a single module.

Jul 2005

2005

OXY+® Partial Oxidation System installed at OEMK in Russia.

 

Jul 2007

2007

Hadeed Module E begins operations - largest MIDREX® Module to date.

Jul 2007

July 25th, 2007

The world total of DRI produced using the MIDREX® Direct Reduction Process exceeds 500 million tons cumulative.

Sep 2007

2007

LGOK II starts up 1.4 million ton per year MIDREX® HBI Plant; largest HBI facility to date.

Jan 2009

2009

First commercial ITmk3® Plant built in Minnesota, USA.

Nov 2009

2009

Specializing in project financing, Midrex UK Ltd. is created in London, UK.

Dec 2013

2013

Hadeed Module E sets a yearly production record for a single MIDREX® Module at 2.0 million tons of DRI.

Mar 2014

2014

Paul Wurth S.A. of Luxembourg, a member of the SMS Group becomes a MIDREX® construction license  

Apr 2014

2014

voestalpine Texas HBI Plant breaks ground - the plant to be the world's largest MIDREX HBI plant  

Nov 2014

2014

First MXCOL® Gasifier Plant started at JSPL Angul in India.

Mar 2015

2015

Midrex unveils new R&D Technology Center expansion

Apr 2015

2015

JSW Steel uses COG to Supplement NG for DRI Production Midrex successfully completes first phase integration

Jul 2015

2015

LGOK II surpasses 10 million tons of HBI