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steel market Europe 03.2014
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SSAB and Aspo Group’s ESL Shipping Ltd have signed a long-term frame agreement covering sea freight for SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transport within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea. The purpose of the agreement is to secure deliveries of raw materials, enable mutual, long-term gains in efficiency and to reduce overall logistics costs. This will simultaneously make raw material logistics as sustainable and environmentally aware as possible. The estimated transport volume is 6-7 million t annually.
The Extraordinary Competitiveness Council of 9 November convened to discuss the worsening crisis in the European steel industry. That fruitful discussion delivered a number of promising goals. Today, the industry calls on the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) and Foreign Affairs (FAC) Council to move the EU from words towards action. “The Extraordinary Competitiveness Council came to a number of significant conclusions. It touched on the competitiveness of the steel sector, in particular: global competition including trade policy tools, relaunching investment projects, EU climate policy and high energy costs,” said Axel Eggert, Director General of Eurofer.
The French "Union des Forgerons" ordered from Siempelkamp an open-die forging press and a ring-rolling mill for its plant in Méréville. With the two plants, which will be components of a new ring-rolling line, the customer intends to expand its product range with parts made of nickel-base alloys and titanium as well as difficult to form metals for the aerospace industry. In this way, the customer wants to significantly increase its production capacity. The new line consists of an open-die forging press and a ring-rolling mill as well as furnaces and material handling equipment.
This year’s winner of the international Swedish Steel Prize is Ponsse from Finland. The prize is awarded for the company’s new generation of forest harvester, the Scorpion. Ponsse has with high-strength steel realized a revolutionary design which improves both performance and comfort. “Ponsse has not only significantly improved operator ergonomics, but also enhanced functionality and safety, and increased productivity with this new design,” says Gregoire Parenty, chairman of the jury and Executive Vice President and Head of Market Development SSAB.
World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 134 million t (Mt) in October 2015, a -3.1% decrease compared to October 2014. China’s crude steel production for October 2015 was 66.1 Mt, down by -3.1% compared to October 2014. Japan produced 9.0 Mt of crude steel in October 2015, a decrease of -3.8% compared to the same month in 2014.
Chairman Emeritus and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Nucor Corporation Daniel R. DiMicco was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame on November 17 by the Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce. The event honored the accomplishments of outstanding business leaders from across the Tar Heel State. Mr. DiMicco was joined by Mr. Robert J. Barnhill Jr. of the Barnhill Contracting Company and Mrs. Susan Cameron of Reynolds American Inc., each of whom was selected by a panel of business and community leaders for their significant contributions in building and defining the North Carolina business landscape.
Thomas Stenberg, a PhD student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, wins the Swedish Steel Prize University Challenge 2015 with a quality assurance method for weld joints. According to modern quality standards, the weld quality of welded joints affects the fatigue strength of components made of high-strength steel. “Good weld quality affects the fatigue strength of components, especially important for the use of high-strength steel. The winning application is a new method for assuring the high quality in the form of longer fatigue life of weld joints,” says Gregoire Parenty, chairman of the jury and Executive Vice President and Head of Market Development SSAB.
International Chromium Development Association (ICDA) awarded Outokumpu’s operations in Kemi Mine, Finland, for the progress in safety improvements in contractors’ safety. The award is based on voting of ICDA member companies. Says Jyrki Salmi, head of Kemi Mine: “We are extremely pleased with ICDA’s recognition. This acknowledgement highlights Outokumpu’s long term safety effort and developments both in Kemi Mine and Tornio stainless steel plant. Around half of the personnel working daily at the Kemi Mine are contractor employees, and their participation on safety actions is 100%. Globally our target is to get every employee, whether our own or contractor’s, home safely every day. The bottom line is always ‘Safety first’.”
Nucor Steel Seattle Inc., has placed an order for the installation and commissioning of one complete iEAF system with Tenova Goodfellow Inc., Canada. The system includes the breakthrough NextGen hybrid optical/extractive off-gas analysis hardware, iEAF process control models, proprietary off-gas velocity and temperature optical sensors as well as a Water Detection System.
With its innovative Boom Booster Kit, global crane manufacturer Terex Cranes can dramatically increase the performance of its existing cranes. The Boom Booster Kit is an easy-to-assemble and transport boom system that increases crane load capacity more than 90 %. Terex Cranes Germany is one of four finalists for this year’s Swedish Steel Prize. The Swedish Steel Prize is awarded annually by SSAB, the global leader in high-strength steel and wear plate, to recognize the most innovative and creative products and solutions utilizing high-strength steels. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Stockholm on November 19.
Nucor announced that it has agreed to acquire Gerdau Long Steel's Bright Bar assets located in Orrville, Ohio, and Cartersville, Georgia, for an undisclosed amount. The facilities manufacture cold drawn steel bars for steel service centers and other markets across the U.S. and have a combined production capacity of 75,000 t per year. The acquisition is expected to close later this month.
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has published the 2015 Steel Statistical Yearbook, now available on worldsteel.org . worldsteel’s Steel Statistical Yearbook presents a cross-section of steel industry statistics. It contains comprehensive statistics from 2005 to 2014 on crude steel production by country and process, steel production by product, steel trade by product, apparent steel use and apparent steel use per capita by country, and production and trade of pig iron and directly reduced iron. It also includes data on production and trade of iron ore, and trade of scrap from 2005 to 2014. The statistics were collected from members of worldsteel and various international organisations.
steelChallenge-10 will begin with the regional championship round on 20 January 2016 and will finish with the world championship round on 11 April 2016. There are two categories: ‘Student’ and ‘Industry’. Entrants in both categories will compete online from their own countries in the first round and the winners will come together in London, UK for the world championship. The online regional championship will run for 24 hours starting from 12:00 UTC, 20 January 2016. The task will be to produce a specific grade of steel at the lowest total cost, while meeting the steel quality requirements, using the electric arc furnace steelmaking simulation at steeluniversity.org. Participants take part as individuals only and can make an unlimited number of attempts to achieve the specified steel product grade. Registration is now open.
Finnish company Ponsse Plc gave its designers a free hand to create a new generation of forest harvester. The result was the Ponsse Scorpion, built around the operator with a focus on ergonomics. High-strength steels enabled Ponsse to improve both harvester performance and control. The Ponsse Scorpion has been named one of four finalists for this year’s Swedish Steel Prize. The Swedish Steel Prize is awarded annually by SSAB, the global leader in high-strength steel and wear plate, to recognize the most innovative and creative products and solutions utilizing high-strength steels. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Stockholm on November 19.
The South African company Milotek Pty Ltd has developed a completely new, innovative and environmentally aware system for high-capacity heavy transportation: a modular elevated track with self-propelled trains. The Futran System creatively utilizes high-strength steel in several different parts of the structure. Milotek is one of four finalists for this year’s Swedish Steel Prize.