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Short history of an ambitious project

In 2009 the journal stahlmarkt started plans for an English language European edition. In 2010 the all-new journal stahlmarkt EUROPEAN EDITION was introduced initially as a quarterly journal (2010). Later on, the new journal published three issues per year. In 2014 the journal was re-named steel market Europe. Due to the ongoing steel crisis in Europe the journal has ceased publication end of 2014.

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5/31/2016 - Shougang Jingtang United Iron & Steel Co., Ltd, P.R. China

New Danieli Universal Endless strip plant ordered for Caofeidian

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After several years of successful co-operation, Shougang Jingtang United Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. once again confirmed its trust in and satisfaction with the “product” supplied by Danieli, placing another order with the Group for a Danieli Universal Endless (DUE) plant, to be installed in Caofeidian, P.R. of China. The new DUE plant features an innovative and patented layout configuration, which Danieli has developed in a continuous effort to improve existing processes and technologies and overcome their current limitations.

Source: Danieli, Buttrio
Bo Krogvig. Photo: LKAB
Bo Krogvig. Photo: LKAB
5/31/2016 - LKAB

Bo Krogvig appointed Senior Vice President, Communications

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As of 1 June 2016 Bo Krogvig will become LKAB's new Senior Vice President, Communications, after having served as acting Senior VP Communications since 1 January. Most recently, Bo Krogvig has been responsible for Public Affairs at LKAB. Prior to that, he was employed with the business development consultancy Six Year Plan AB, where he was a senior advisor and partner. Krogvig has been an advisor since 1998, before which he served as county council commissioner and head of communications for the Social Democratic Party. The Senior VP Communications answers to the President and CEO and is stationed in Luleå.

Source: LKAB, Luleå
5/30/2016 - Tenova

A new corporate campus in Castellanza

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Tenova is moving its main headquarters to Castellanza (Varese), to a new and modern corporate campus. The Tenova Campus extends over a surface of approximately 100,000 m2 and shall host over 400 employees. It was designed and developed in accordance with principles of functionality and environmental sustainability, characterized by the integration of new buildings with the Tenova Pomini offices and production site. The company has invested a total of approximately 15 million € in the project.

Source: Tenova, Milan
5/30/2016 - Water recycling in Mexico

Outokumpu wins ISSF Sustainability Award

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International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has given Outokumpu its annual sustainability award for the efforts of Outokumpu’s Mexican mill in water recycling. Water is used in various phases of the manufacturing process of stainless steel, from casting of steel slabs at melt shop via hot rolling to annealing, pickling and wet polishing in cold rolling. In 2015, Outokumpu used altogether 40 million m3 of water, out of which 95% was surface or rainwaters and only 5% municipal or groundwater. In all processes, water is recycled whenever possible, for instance through cooling towers.

Source: Outokumpu Oyj, Espoo
5/30/2016 - ISSF

New office bearers elected during ISSF-20 in Helsinki

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The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has elected new office bearers during the 20th Annual Conference in Helsinki on 25 and 26 May. Roeland Baan, Chief Executive Officer of Outokumpu, has been elected Chairman of the International Stainless Steel Forum. Bernardo Velázquez, CEO of Acerinox Group, Tim Di Maulo, CEO of Aperam Group, Oh, In-Hwan, Head of Posco’s Steel Division and Hitoshi Ito, Representative Director and President of NSSC have been elected as Vice Chairmen. Clemens Iller of Schmolz+Bickenbach has been elected as Treasurer.

Source: ISSF, Helsinki
5/30/2016 - World Steel Association

World Steel in Figures 2016 is available online

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The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has published the 2016 edition of World Steel in Figures. The publication provides a comprehensive overview of steel industry activities, stretching from crude steel production to apparent steel use, from indications of global steel trade flows to iron ore production and trade. It is now available on worldsteel.org .

Source: worldsteel, Brussels
5/27/2016 - ISSF

2016 Sustainability and Safety Award Winners

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The International Stainless Steel Forum announced the winners of their two Premier Annual Awards during their Annual Conference in Helsinki on 25 and 26 May. The winner of the Sustainability Award is Outokumpu, for maximising water recycling in their Cold Rolling Plant in Mexico. The winner of the Safety Award is North American Stainless, for their Safety Performance Improvement project.

Source: ISSF, Helsinki
5/27/2016 - Special steel operation in Spain

Gerdau divests operation in Spain

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Gerdau announced the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its specialty steel producer in Spain to Clerbil SL, an investment group with international experience formed by local executives of the Company and led by the current CEO of the operation, José Jainaga. The transaction value is € 155 million, with the possibility of receiving up to another € 45 million by the end of five years, depending on future business performance.

Source: Gerdau, Porto Allegre
Photo: Danieli
Photo: Danieli
5/24/2016 - Turkey

New bar heat treating line for Cemtas Celik Makina

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Cemtas Celik signed a contract for the engineering, supply and supervision to the erection, commissioning and start-up of a new heat treating line at the company’s Bursa location. This new line, to be supplied by Danieli Centro Combustion – Olivotto Ferrè, will allow to enter the hardening, tempering and normalizing market with a superior quality of annealed bars.

Çemtaş is the second-largest producer of alloyed steel bars in Turkey exporting around 70 % of its products to the European automotive industry. The company has its own steel production and rolling capacities at its Bursa location.

Source: Danieli, Buttrio, Italy
Graphics: worldsteel
Graphics: worldsteel
5/23/2016 - April 2016 crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to worldsteel

World crude steel production 135 million t in April 2016

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World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 135 million t in April 2016, a -0.5 % decrease compared to April 2015.

China’s crude steel production for April 2016 was 69.4 million t, an increase of 0.5 % compared to April 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.5 million t of crude steel in April 2016, an increase of 1.2 % compared to April 2015. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.7 million t in April 2016, down by -1.3% on April 2015.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.6 million t of crude steel in April 2016, a decrease of -1.5 % compared to April 2015. Italy produced 2.1 million t of crude steel, up by 14.5% on April 2015. Spain produced 1.2 million t of crude steel, down by -10.6% compared to April 2015.

Turkey’s crude steel production for April 2016 was 2.9 million t, up by 5.3 % on April 2015.

In April 2016, Russia produced 5.9 million t of crude steel, down by -0.4 % over April 2015. Ukraine produced 2.2 million t of crude steel, up by 11.7% compared to the same month in 2015.

The United States produced 6.6 million t of crude steel in April 2016, an increase of 2.5 % compared to April 2015.

Brazil’s crude steel production for April 2016 was 2.3 million t, down by -20.6 % on April 2015.

Note to readers: The capacity utilisation ratio data for April 2016 was updated on 23 May: The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in April 2016 was 71.5%. This is 1.3 percentage points lower than April 2015. Compared to March 2016, it is 0.8 percentage points higher.

Source: World Steel Association, Brussels, Belgium
Danieli Q-Panel. Photo: Danieli
Danieli Q-Panel. Photo: Danieli
5/23/2016 - Danieli Centro Met receives order from Outokumpu Stainless Oy, Finland

Innovative Q-Panels to be installed on stainless steel EAF

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Confirming the effectiveness of Danieli's Q-Panels in other stainless steel EAF installations, Outokumpu Stainless Oy has placed a new order to upgrade its stainless steel EAF with the Q-Panels technological package, in order to reduce heat losses and increase safety.

The Q-Panels, with their double-layer design, entrap the slag, which acts as a heat insulator, reducing by approximately 50 % the cooled surface exposed to heat radiance from the steel bath. The slag cuts down on the heat flux peaks created by the melting heat, and electrically insulates the pipes to reduce the possibility of arc flares. The two independent cooling circuits ensure higher reliability and operating safety. Thanks to their patented design, panel lifetime can be up to four times longer than conventional water-cooled panels, thus reducing maintenance costs and overall operating costs.

Source: Danieli S.p.A., Buttrio, Italy
5/20/2016 - Platts Global Metals Awards

Steel Dynamics wins Metals Company of the Year

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Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI), one of the United States’ largest steel producers won the prestigious Metals Company of the Year award at the fourth annual Platts Global Metals Awards, which recognize exemplary performance in fifteen categories across the steel, metals and mining complex. SDI was one of 15 honorees from four continents heralded at the black-tie gala in central London. The event, hosted by S&P Global Platts, the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, was emceed by CNBC’s Karen Tso and attended by nearly 200 industry executives.

Source: Platts, London
5/20/2016 - The Association for Iron & Steel Technology

John J. Ferriola named Steelmaker of the Year at Aistech 2016

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John J. Ferriola, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Nucor Corp. was named "Steelmaker of the Year" at AISTech 2016 — The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, managed by The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST). The Steelmaker of the Year Award is presented annually by AIST to recognize notable leaders and their contributions to the steel industry.

Source: Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), Warrendale, PA
5/20/2016 - Vice President and General Manager, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor

Wendell L. Carter appointed AIST President for 2016–2017

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Wendell L. Carter, vice president and general manager, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, East Chicago, Ind., USA, has been appointed president of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) for 2016–2017. Wendell succeeds George J. Koenig, director — global business and technology development, Iron & Steel, Hatch Associates Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.

Source: Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), Warrendale, PA
5/19/2016 - Hot-rolled strip

Red Bud Industries receives EPS coil line order from Tyasa

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Red Bud Industries recently received an order for an EPS coil line from Tyasa located in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico. Red Bud Industries is located in Red Bud, Illinois, United States of America. The new line can descale hot-rolled strip up to 1.9 mm thick and 1 829 mm wide, and can handle coil weights up to 73 000 lbs. EPS (Eco Pickled Surface) is an “acid free” replacement for traditional acid pickling that is environmentally friendly and produces a scale free, clean, rust resistant surface without the use of hazardous chemicals associated with pickling steel. EPS eliminates harmful chemicals that create safety and environmental risks.

Source: Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, Illinois