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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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Tenova has developed the new furnace concept for Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) Raigarh Steel Plant in India. Photo: Tenova
Tenova has developed the new furnace concept for Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) Raigarh Steel Plant in India. Photo: Tenova
6/29/2016 - India

Tenova developed a new Flexible Modular Furnace (FMF) for JSPL

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Tenova has developed the new furnace concept, the Flexible Modular Furnace (FMF), for Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) Raigarh Steel Plant in India. This innovative technology is designed for steelmakers that currently use a significant amount of hot metal in their charge mix yet ready to move or return to scrap based steelmaking. In the JSPL steel plant, the steelmaker converted the existing Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) into a Tenova FMF. Adopting the new Tenova technology, JSPL gained a saving on the production costs of around 15-18 USD per tons of steel, resulting in a year saving of approximately 15-20 million USD – achieving a ROI in less than 4 months. The same new furnace can easily produce 32 heats with 89% guaranteed yield, and has the potential of producing 36 heats with operation excellence. Moreover, it succeeded in producing 42 heats-through on November 14, 2015 - a world record.

Source: Tenova, Milan
6/28/2016 - XiWang Special Steel

The 31st Jumbo Bloom Caster for 800 mm rounds by Danieli is on the way

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The special steel producer from Shandong province has commissioned Danieli to supply a new two-strand jumbo bloom caster for the production of high alloyed grades in large sections. The new CCM for XiWang Special Steel will be equipped with two casting strands and a nominal radius of 16.5m, allowing it to cast quality low and medium carbon structural steel in sections of 600, 700 and 800 mm diameter. The design annual productivity of this caster allows reaching over 450 000 t, achievable thanks to some of the latest technological advancements on the market, such as hydraulic bloom oscillator with dynamic parameter control; soft mould and secondary cooling system to prevent crack formation; mould and final stirring designed to improve overall quality, reduce crack formation and central porosity.

Source: Danieli, Buttrio
6/28/2016 - Aperam

The EIB provides financing for future investment projects of Aperam of € 50 million

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Aperam and the European Investment Bank (EIB) announce the signature of a financing contract of an amount of € 50 million for the purpose of financing a research and development programme over the period 2016-2019 as well as the upgrade of two plants located in cohesion regions (Isbergues - Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Châtelet-Hainaut). This project was funded under the Investment Plan for Europe, also named " Juncker Plan", of which France is one the main beneficiary countries with 35 operations launched to date by the EIB Group and for a total amount of € 1.7 billion, which should generate 15 billion € of additional investment.

Source: Aperam, Luxembourg
6/23/2016 - Outotec Oyj

Markku Teräsvasara appointed as Outotec's CEO

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Outotec's Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Markku Teräsvasara (51) as Outotec's new Chief Executive Officer. He will commence in his new position on November 1, 2016 at the latest. Markku Teräsvasara is currently President of Atlas Copco's Mining and Rock Excavation Service Division. He has been employed by Atlas Copco since 1997.

Source: Outotec Oyj, Espoo
6/22/2016 - worldsteel

May 2016 world crude steel production decreases a little

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World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 139 million t (Mt) in May 2016, a -0.1% decrease compared to May 2015. China’s crude steel production for May 2016 was 70.5 Mt, an increase of 1.8% compared to May 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.8 Mt of crude steel in May 2016, a decrease of -0.9% compared to May 2015. India’s crude steel production was 8.0 Mt in May 2016, up by 4.9% on May 2015. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.8 Mt in May 2016, down by -3.5% on May 2015.

Source: worldsteel, Brussels
6/21/2016 - European Steel Association

Brexit would “further damage” UK steel industry

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The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union puts a historic decision in the hands of the British people. However, a vote for Brexit would represent another blow to the UK steel industry, its value chains and the wider economy, and would also have far reaching effects on the European steel sector. “There are a number of foreseeable negatives and very few discernible positives in the event that the UK ends its membership of the EU”, said Axel Eggert, Director General of the European Steel Association (Eurofer). “The UK steel industry is a vital component of the overall European steel sector, and Brexit throws its close integration into Europe’s value chains into doubt. It is clear that a vote for Brexit would further damage the UK steel industry.”

Source: Eurofer, Brussels
6/20/2016 - European Steel Association

China takeover of Serbian steel mill “undermines fair competition”

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The visit beginning on Friday of China’s President to Serbia follows the agreement over the sale of Serbia’s largest steel producer, Zelezara Smederevo, to Hebei Iron & Steel. The purchase of a steel works in an EU candidate country by a state-owned Chinese enterprise raises serious concerns about unfair competition from state-backed enterprises and shines a spotlight on China’s continued lack of progress towards meeting its WTO commitments.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels
Pipes undergoing Helical Submerged Arc Welding (HSAW) at CPW. Photo: Corinth Pipeworks
Pipes undergoing Helical Submerged Arc Welding (HSAW) at CPW. Photo: Corinth Pipeworks
6/16/2016 - Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

ArcelorMittal supplies over 75 000 t of steel for TAP

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ArcelorMittal is supplying over 75 000 t of hot-rolled coils (HRC) for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). TAP, the construction of which will begin mid-2016, is the final European leg of the 3 500 km Southern Gas Corridor and will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea to Europe, improving Europe’s energy security. The steel coils for the project are being produced at ArcelorMittal Bremen (Germany) and then shipped to the group’s partner Corinth Pipeworks in Greece, where the pipes are being produced. Deliveries of the hot rolled coils began in late 2015 and will continue until the first quarter of 2017.

Source: ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
6/16/2016 - Eurofer

EU ETS reform must “better balance industry competiveness and emissions reduction efforts”

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Ahead of next week’s European Parliament Environment Committee (ENVI) debate on the recent report by Ian Duncan MEP on the revision of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), the European Steel Association (Eurofer) has highlighted its position. “The draft report proposed recently by Dr Duncan MEP in the European Parliament Environment Committee introduces some flexibility in the distribution of allowances between auctioning and free allocation. However, it enlarges the volume of free allocation only to a minor extent and maintains the mechanism of cutting benchmarks through arbitrary linear flat rates,” said Axel Eggert, Director General of Eurofer.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels
6/16/2016 - Higher corrosive environment

Outokumpu offers decorative surfaces on duplex stainless steel

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To provide solution to projects and applications in areas with higher risk of corrosion, Outokumpu now offers its Deco surfaces on Outokumpu Forta DX 2205 duplex stainless steel. Forta DX 2205 has proven to sufficiently weather even in the warm marine environments for example in the Middle East.

Source: Outokumpu Oyj, Espoo
6/16/2016 - New cold rolling workshop

Fives’ new cold rolling mill for Shanghai STAL’s high-end products

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Fives, a global industrial engineering group, and Shanghai STAL Precision Stainless Steel Co., Ltd. signed a contract for design, manufacturing and supply of a unique new 20Hi cold rolling mill. The new mill is designated for STAL’s new stainless steel line in Shanghai’s Xin-Zhuang industrial zone in China. STAL, a joint venture between USA’s Allegheny Ludlum and China’s Baosteel Group Corporation, is specializing in manufacturing and marketing precision-rolled stainless strips. Aiming for increasing its current capacity of precision stainless steel strips, STAL has decided to build a new cold rolling workshop, which includes a new bright annealing line and a new 20Hi cold rolling mill, to be commissioned in 2017.

Source: Fives, Moscow
6/15/2016 - SSAB

Swedish Energy Agency supports carbon-dioxide-free ironmaking project

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The Swedish Energy Agency has decided to contribute SEK 6.7 million to support the pre-feasibility study in SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall’s joint initiative for carbon-dioxide-free ironmaking. “We are delighted that the Swedish Energy Agency has chosen to support the pre-feasibility study in the initiative for carbon-dioxide-free ironmaking. The success of the project is not only important for the steel industry, but is also an important contribution to the drive to make Sweden fossil free by 2045,” said SSAB’s CEO and President Martin Lindqvist.

Source: SSAB, Stockholm
6/15/2016 - Midrex and Paul Wurth awarded project for HDRI/CDRI combination facility

Algerian Qatari Steel to build 2.5 MTPY Midrex plant

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Algerian Qatari Steel (AQS) has awarded Midrex Technologies, Inc., and its consortium partner Paul Wurth, a contract to supply Equipment, Engineering and Technical Services for one of the world’s largest direct reduced ironmaking (DRI) plants. The new natural gas-based Midrex NG DRI plant will be located in Bellara, Algeria, 375 km east of Algiers. AQS is a joint venture between Sider Co. and National Investment Fund (51%) and Qatar Steel International (49%). The Midrex Plant will be part of the overall steel complex that will produce 2.0 million t of re-bar and wire rod as finished products.

Source: Paul Wurth S.A., Luxembourg
6/14/2016 - Danieli

ESF Elbe Stahlwerke Riesa goes sizing to enhance quality coils production

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The existing ESF mill will be modernized with a new wire rod production outlet, equipped with the three-stand CSB-Compact Sizing Block, with M2 multiple drive technology. After the modernization the plant will roll 5.5 to 16 mm dia. plain and deformed wire rod into 2 400 kg coils at the rolling speed of up to 115 m/s, with better end-product size tolerances and ovality. The product mix includes low and medium carbon grades for reinforcing and cold drawing applications. The supply also includes a high-tech OFB-Oil Film Bearing loop laying head (patented) with associated auxiliaries and WCC-Wire Rod Controlled Cooling line. The CSB is the answer to meet all requirements for the modernization of wire rod mills in terms of consistent production of high-quality products and flexibility. The M2 multiple drive technology means that each module of the CSB block is driven by an independent motor. This solution allows a better control of the ov erspeed set-up for each finished round thus resulting in excellent and constant finished product qualities and tolerances. The electrical part will be supplied by Danieli Automation. The plant start-up is scheduled for the beginning of 2017.

Source: Danieli, Buttrio
New high-alloy bolts from Sandvik have been used to replace existing 1960s bolts on Sweden’s Royal Warship Vasa.  The ship sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and was raised from the ocean floor in 1961. Photo: Sandvik
New high-alloy bolts from Sandvik have been used to replace existing 1960s bolts on Sweden’s Royal Warship Vasa. The ship sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and was raised from the ocean floor in 1961. Photo: Sandvik
6/10/2016 - Sandvik Materials Technology

An elephant has disappeared from the Royal Warship Vasa

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Half of the bolts installed in the historic Vasa ship during the 1960s have now been exchanged for specially designed, high-alloy stainless steel bolts from Sandvik. Thanks to this, the Vasa is now both lighter and more stable. The weight savings are a whole 5 t — which is the equivalent to a full-grown elephant leaving the ship. Once the world’s most powerful warship, the Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. When the Vasa was raised from the ocean floor in 1961, the rivets that originally held the hull together had corroded away. Crews inserted new bolts where the old rivets had been, but now even these are corroding, causing serious problems for the vessel.

Source: Sandvik Materials Technology, Sandviken