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7/2/2015

EU supports testing of groundbreaking iron production technology

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The European Union has agreed to contribute 7.4 million euros towards testing a groundbreaking new iron production process being developed at Tata Steel’s IJmuiden steelworks in the Netherlands. The 6-month test campaign of the HIsarna pilot plant in 2016 will establish whether the new technology can produce molten iron in a stable way over a sustained period of time. The EU’s support represents nearly a third of the 25-million euro test costs next year. If the technology is viable and can be scaled up successfully, it would enable further resource efficiency improvements in steelmaking – using the world’s limited resources in a more sustainable way while minimising impacts on the environment. Steel companies would be able to use a wider range of raw materials, including recycling materials, and the technology would lead to 20 % lower CO2 emissions. If successful, the HIsarna technology could deliver greater environmental and economic sustainability 10 to 15 years from now.

Source: Tata Steel, IJmuiden, The Netherlands
7/1/2015 - Roughing shear revamping project

AIC gets final acceptance certificate in Siderperu, Gerdau group

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AIC has successfully accomplished the roughing shear revamping project in Siderperu, Tren 2, located in Nuevo Chimbote, Ancash/Peru and received the final acceptance certificate. The job consisted in replacing the complete automation and power control of the start/stop roughing shear installing a Siemens Simotion technology after a previous successful project regarding the cooling bed entry shears commissioned on last October, as to confirm the good job done at that time. The roughing shear has been brought from an AC motor and drive configuration to a DC configuration using SIEMENS Sinamics DCM drive to reuse a dc motor existing in plant and to improve cuts precisions. The collaboration started last year between Siderperu and AIC has been so strengthened with this job.

AIC is a global system integrator providing advanced and tailored automation solutions for the steel industry, with the aim to continuously improve both efficiency, competitiveness and safety of the production processes. With more than 800 applications worldwide and 40 years of history, AIC can boost an unique experience in both greenfield and revamping projects in long products rolling mills and continuous casting machines.

Source: AIC, Odolo, Italy
6/29/2015 - New in-depth study – China's state capitalism said to be biggest threat to industries’ existence in Europe

China wants the EU to recognise it as a market economy

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A few days before the EU-China Summit on 29 June, an in-depth study by economists confirms that China is far away from being a market economy. Several hundreds of national, regional and sectoral five-year plans, pervasive state control over businesses, subsidies that have doubled over the past five years, and dumped exports financed by state-owned banks - these are only some examples of how the People’s Republic of China controls its industry.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels, Belgium
6/25/2015 - Changsha, China

Record-breaking skyscraper built in 19 days

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ArcelorMittal supplied 10345 t of steel for an ambitious project to construct a 57-storey skyscraper in a record-breaking 19 days.

Broad Sustainable Building made headlines for constructing the high-rise in Changsha, China, at the equivalent rate of three storeys per day, using a total of 10345 t of Histar beams, supplied by ArcelorMittal Europe’s long products plant in Differdange, Luxembourg.

Source: ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
Source: worldsteel
Source: worldsteel
6/23/2015 - May 2015 crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to worldsteel

World crude steel production in May 2015 decreases compared to May 2014

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China’s crude steel production for May 2015 was 70.0 million t, a -1.7 % decrease compared to May 2014. Japan produced 8.9 million t of crude steel in May 2015, a decrease of -7.0 % compared to May 2014. South Korea’s crude steel production for May 2015 was 6.0 million t of crude steel, down by -2.6 % compared to May 2014.

Source: World Steel Association, Brussels, Belgium
6/23/2015 - Dumping investigations against China

Towards fair competition in Latin America’s steel industry

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Following the meeting of the Steel Committee of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and the strong insistence of the steel industry on the damage that current overcapacity and unfair trade practices of China are causing to the global and Latin American steel markets, the governments of our continent are beginning to act in favor of ensuring a level playing field in regional trade. In Latin America, there are currently 27 resolutions in force against steel imports from China, and another 4 investigations in progress.

Source: Alacero, Santiago, Chile
ArcelorMittal Newcastle plant, South Africa. Photo: ABB
ArcelorMittal Newcastle plant, South Africa. Photo: ABB
6/17/2015 - ABB systems chosen for South African blast furnace revamp

ArcelorMittal will expand production at its flagship KwaZulu-Natal steelwork

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ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has helped achieve a 12-% increase in liquid iron production following the electrical, control and instrumentation systems upgrade at an ArcelorMittal blast furnace and steelworks in South Africa. During a shutdown last year, ArcelorMittal South Africa invested heavily in relining and refurbishing the sole blast furnace and renewed the control system at its plant at Newcastle in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The investment, one of ArcelorMittal’s largest in South Africa, took two years to plan and six months to carry out. It will increase production from 1.7 million to 1.9 million t/a.

The upgraded blast furnace control system has 7 000 I/O points and uses ABB’s System 800xA, with seven redundant AC800M controllers. The system controls the overall blast furnace process including stockhouse and charging, the bell-less top, the casthouse, hot blast stoves, slag treatment, gas cleaning, water cooling system and pulverized coal preparation and injection. The control system includes alarm and asset management, enabling easier operation and maintenance of the blast furnace plant. The project involved integrating more than 300 Profibus PA devices and 200 HART devices to the System 800xA.

Source: ABB, Zurich, Switzerland
6/16/2015 - GMTN: Competition for students at the “Bright World of Metals“

Steel is not necessarily heavy – “Steel flies”

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They are not difficult to transport: the flying objects that are competing against each other in the student competition “Steel flies” are extremely light. The futuristic flying objects that will be trying to win the title of the best plane in Hall 6 at the “Bright World of Metals” in Düsseldorf on 17. June weigh a maximum of 400 grams, less that two packs of butter. The little indoor planes are judged by how light they are, how innovative their design is and how long they fly. In other words: the one that is lightest and flies longest wins.

“Steel flies” has already become an established tradition in the meantime: for more than 15 years now, students from the universities of Aachen, Bremen, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Kassel and Saarbrücken have been experimenting with steel and have incorporated many innovative ideas in their planes during this time. After only three months of development time, the models are required to demonstrate their flying skills at the final of the flying competition in Düsseldorf during the four metal trade fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST.

Source: Messe Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
6/15/2015 - Weaker domestic outlook pushed index below 50-point threshold

Platts China Steel Sentiment Index slumped in June

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The outlook for new steel orders in China over June deteriorated from May, while expectations for flat steel prices over the coming month was also depressed, according to the latest Platts China Steel Sentiment Index (Platts CSSI), which showed a headline reading of 42.2 out of a possible 100 points. “Market sentiment is extremely pessimistic at the moment due to continued weak demand from domestic end-user segments, such as manufacturing and property construction,” said Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor, steel & steel raw materials. “This is expected to put downward pressure on flat steel prices, such as hot rolled coil, over the next month despite slightly higher iron ore input costs.”

Source: Platts, Beijing
6/11/2015 - Saudi Arabia Joint Venture

Castolin Eutectic expands in the Middle East

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Castolin Eutectic opened a new subsidiary in Saudi Arabia via a Joint Venture agreement with its long-term distributor, Tarek Nasser Al Akeel Company Ltd (Taco). The joint venture was formally signed during the Castolin European Sales Congress on 19 March 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. Founded in 1982, Tarek Nasser Al Akeel Company Ltd started as a family business, having operation and maintenance amongst core business activities. The previous Castolin Eutectic - Taco collaboration referred to product sales, on-site welding repairs, vertical roller mill refurbishment and CDP wearplates business. Besides growing existing branches, plans for 2015 focus on the Cement, Steel and Mining Industries in Saudi Arabia, as well as expanding the CPD wearplates prepared parts and services business.

Source: Castolin Eutectic, St Sulpice
6/11/2015 - Research and Markets: Analyzing the Steel Industry in Germany 2015

Report contains profiles of major and domestic steel industry players

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Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Analyzing the Steel Industry in Germany 2015” report to their offering. The steel industry has gone through many phases of development. In the recent past, the issues for the European industry were mainly local in nature, such as elimination of state intervention and restructuring of the industry following the collapse of Communism. Today, the issues are different, with globalization and climate change being the most significant.

Source: Research and Markets, Dublin
6/10/2015 - ISSF

Update of educational material for architects and engineers available

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In May 2014, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) launched a new educational resource to increase the awareness of the potential of stainless steel in the architecture, building and construction (ABC). Known as the ISSF Education Project, the series of resources has already proved popular with lecturers and students.

Source: ISSF, Brussels
Pulverised coal injection plant, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, Germany. Photo: Paul Wurth
Pulverised coal injection plant, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, Germany. Photo: Paul Wurth
6/9/2015 - Pulverised coal injection plant at Salzgitter Flachstahl

Successful completion of turn-key project in Germany

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In August 2013, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH (SZFG), Germany, had awarded the Paul Wurth Group with a turn-key order for the construction of a pulverised coal injection (PCI) plant for Blast Furnaces ‘A’ and ‘B’ at their Salzgitter integrated steel plant. As SZFG announced already on May 4th, the plant has started operation in spring 2015 and helps now to reduce the cost of ironmaking operations. The plant features two coal grinding and drying plants of 50 t/h capacity each. The injection plants are designed to reach a capacity of 200 kg of pulverised coal per ton of hot metal. With the first coal having been injected into the BF ‘B’ on March 23rd and the readiness for operation achieved on April 2nd, 2015, the respective contractual milestones have been accomplished.

Source: Paul Wurth S.A., Luxembourg
6/9/2015 - Moody's

Falling steel prices not enough to change stable outlook for European steelmakers

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Low steel prices will hurt profitability, particularly for steelmakers with large US exposure, according Moody's Investors Service. However, volumes output continue to be supported by strong and growing demand from the European car and construction industries, which together account for more than half of the region's steel consumption. The report titled "Downward Pressure on Steel Prices not Enough to Change Stable Outlook" is now available on http://www.moodys.com/ .

Source: Moody’s, London
DRI plant in Convent, LA. Photo: Tenova
DRI plant in Convent, LA. Photo: Tenova
6/8/2015 - Nucor Steel Louisiana

Tenova HYL announces the final acceptance of the DRI plant in Convent, LA

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After the combined team effort that has led to the restart of the 2.5 mtpy Energiron DRI plant in Convent, LA, Tenova HYL announces the successful repair of the process gas heater with the recommencement of production at Nucor Steel Louisiana and final acceptance of the plant. In fact the DRI plant has demonstrated to produce premium quality DRI with metallization of 96%, carbon ranging from 3.6 to 4.0% with productivity above 300 tph. The plant is operating smooth and stable. No other DRI plant has ever shown the capacity to produce sponge iron at such class quality at the highest production level in the world.

Source: HYL Technologies S.A. de C.V., Monterrey