Location: Phoenix Petroterminal & Industrial Park, Calaca Batangas, Region 4A (Southern Luzon)
The Calaca Works of SteelAsia houses a mini-mill or an integrated rebar line. The rebar line is directly integrated with its scrap-based billet production. BSII established the mill in 1999. It was mothballed a year later, soon after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, and was acquired by the SteelAsia group in 2007. After rehabilitating and upgrading the facility, it was re-commissioned in 2008, now known as M3.
M3 is unique because it is the only integrated steel works in the Philippines. M3 has steelmaking capability. It recycles domestically purchased steel scrap, which it melts and casts into semi-finished steel called billets. The unique feature of this process links steelmaking to rolling. Newly-cast red-hot billets are charged into the rolling mill facility. The direct hot charging process saves up to 40% on fuel consumption compared to simply buying and feeding cold billets into the rebar line. The mill also features a twin high-speed tungsten carbide monoblock. M3 was the first mill to use this technology, allowing it to produce small rebar sizes with high precision while maintaining speed and productivity.
It features many other modern technologies, such as an in-line rolling train configuration, independent drives, Level-2 automation, and quick size change. These brought the mill to world standards of productivity, conservation, operational health, and safety.
Originally commissioned as a 300,000 TPY mill, SteelAsia has upgraded its equipment and technologies to its current capacity of 500,000 TPY.
M3 is located in an industrial park with its port. This logistic feature improved service to Visayas and Mindanao consumers of rebar. Though M3 primarily serves Region 4 customers, it continues to be an able back-up during spurts of rebar requirements of construction projects in Metro Manila and the southern islands of the Philippines.
Calaca Works offers:
- PNS49 Rebar (sizes 10mm to 50mm, lengths 6M to 15M)
- Grade 415 (ASTM Grade 60) regular and weldable
- Grade 275 (ASTM Grade 40) regular and weldable
- Grade 230 (ASTM Grade 33) regular and weldable