Primetals Technologies

Primetals Techologies (PTAT) is a worldwide leading engineering, plant-building, and lifecycle services partner for the metals industry. The company provides metals producers with cutting-edge, custom-tailored plant equipment and services.

Our latest focus areas include solutions for carbon-reduced and decarbonized iron- and steel production, the digitalization of all production-related processes, advanced automation as summed up by the term “Industry 4.0”, future-oriented designs for linked casting and rolling, as well as advanced process analysis and optimization.

This portfolio covers every step of the iron and steel production chain, extending from the raw materials to the finished product – in addition to the latest rolling solutions for the nonferrous metals sector.

Primetals Technologies, Limited, headquartered in London, United Kingdom, is a pioneer in the metals industry. The company is a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and partners, with around 7,000 employees worldwide.

Role in the project

  • Boehm as head of the Technical Committee of the IIMA is one of originators of the HBI C- Flex program (together with Chris Barringtion – Senior Advisor of IIMA)
  • Primetals has vast experience in direct reduction being a licensee of Midrex having built several Midrex plants. Primetals has also developed the FINORED direct reduction process (direct reduction based on sinter feed iron ore) and is developing the HYFOR process (direct reduction based on concentrate iron ore). Primetals has developed the COREX and FINEX process (direct reduction based on shaft and fluidized bed technology respectively combined with a coal based melter gasifier)
  • Based on this, a high level of experience is available for all stages of the project.
  • Primetals will accompany the project during all stages (work package 2, 3, and 4) as a sort of an adviser, will finally summarize the results and will try finally to derive a guidance for safe HBI handling and transport (which is the target of the project).


Christian Böhm is Sales Manager for Direct and Smelting Reduction and is heading the Technical Committee of the IIMA

Christoph Eglauer works as a R&D Project manager in the field of direct reduction.

Robert Millner is a Senior Key Expert in the field of direct reduction and also team leader of the technology department for direct reduction plants.

Christian Böhm

Christoph Eglauer

Robert Millner


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To learn more about Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH, visit the company website

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