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4/23/2014 - World Steel Association (worldsteel)

March 2014 crude steel production increases

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World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 141 million t (Mt) in March 2014, an increase of 2.7% compared to March 2013. In the first three months of 2014, Asia produced 274.0 Mt of crude steel, an increase of 2.6% over the first quarter of 2013. The EU produced 43.8 Mt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2014, up by 6.7% compared to the same quarter of 2013. North America’s crude steel production in the first three months of 2014 was 29.9 Mt, an increase 0.8% compared to the first quarter of 2013. The C.I.S. produced 26.3 Mt of crude steel in the first three months of 2014, a decrease of -2.8% over the same months of 2013.

Source: worldsteel, Brussels
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4/23/2014 - Steel: stakeholder value at every stage

ArcelorMittal launches 2013 corporate responsibility report

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ArcelorMittal publishes its 2013 corporate responsibility report, ‘Steel: stakeholder value at every stage’. The report focuses on how the company has been adapting and innovating at every stage in its value chain: in its mining and steelmaking operations, its application of design technology into products, and its activities to recycle steel as well as by-products from the steelmaking process. It also details the company’s corporate responsibility highlights, including how ArcelorMittal made a direct economic contribution to society of US$78.9 billion in 2013.

Source: ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
4/22/2014 - Steel market balance will remain fragile

EU recovery is broadening

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Strengthening indicators and evidence of improving dynamics suggest that the EU economy is well on track for recovery this year and into 2015. The Q2-2014 outlook from Eurofer’s Economic Committee confirms that economic growth is expected to become more balanced across growth factors, also in the more vulnerable countries in the Eurozone periphery, owing to reforms strengthening particularly the export sector.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels
4/17/2014 - Tenaris Siderca, Argentina

Successful start-up of carbon injection system

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On March 2014, Tenaris Dalmine, located in Campana, Argentina commissioned the carbon storage and injection system supplied from More srl, Gemona del Friuli, Italy on a 100-t EAF4.

The plant of Tenaris Siderca possesses state-of-the-art technology and is considered one of the most efficient and integrated tubes mills worldwide. It has an annual production capacity of 900000 t of seamless tubes and delivers a wide range of products for the energy market, the automotive sector and for agro-industrial applications. More than 70 % of its high value-added products are exported to other countries.

Tenaris Siderca awarded More for the supply of the carbon storage and injection system, the project includes one Moca dispenser of 2500 l/ 660 gal capacity for pneumatic transportation of carbon from the main 130 m3 external storage silo to the tree day-bins – 10 m3 capacity each - located inside the meltshop bay. Three Moca dispenser of 2500 l/ 660 gal units located under the three internal day-bins feed the carbon injectors installed on the  EAF shell with a precise carbon flow rate control, stabilization and optimization of compressed air consumption. MORE has also supplied the engineering for the local manufacturing of the storage silo, day-bins and carbon pipelines; the electrical and automation system has been developed by More.  

This project reconfirms More as a reliable and  innovative manufacturer of equipment needed in the steelmaking industry. Presently, More has a scorecard of 390 carbon  pneumatic transportation/injection systems in operation or under manufacturing world-wide.


Source: MORE s.r.l., Gemona Del Friuli (UD), Italy
4/14/2014 - Shandong Luyang Share Co. Ltd.

Unifrax announces China investment

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Unifrax I LLC, N.Y. based manufacturer of specialty fiber products, announced that through affiliates, it has entered into a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire a 29% stake in Shandong Luyang Share Co. Ltd. from Nanma Town Collective Asset Management Center of Yiyuan County and has concurrently entered into several agreements with Luyang to establish a strategic cooperation relationship between Unifrax and Luyang. This includes a technology license agreement that will allow Luyang to use certain Unifrax manufacturing technology. Unifrax is majority owned by affiliates of American Securities LLC.

Luyang develops, manufactures and sells a variety of refractory and insulation materials used primarily in China. Luyang is a leader in the Chinese marketplace and has been in business for 30 years. It is headquartered in Yiyuan County, Zibo, Shandong, China and has four manufacturing locations in Yiyuan, Xinjiang, Guizhou and Inner Mongolia and 69 sales offices across China.

This investment and related agreements makes Unifrax, upon closing, the largest shareholder of Luyang and provides a framework for the companies to align their joint capabilities in the Chinese market. It also establishes Unifrax as the exclusive distributor of Luyang products in North America and South America, Europe, and India to drive improved growth and establishes a foundation for further collaboration in emerging markets.

Source: Unifrax I LLC, Niagara Falls, NY/USA
4/10/2014 - New blast furnace PCI system

Ruukki to improve cost efficiency at the Raahe steel mill

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Rautaruukki is to replace the blast furnace oil injection system at the Raahe steel mill with a new pulverised coal injection (PCI) system. The aim is to improve steelmaking cost efficiency by reducing raw material costs. The total investment will be around € 65 million and will be spread over slightly more than two years. In addition, work is underway on replacing the converters in the steel plant at the Raahe Works.

Source: Ruukki, Helsinki
4/10/2014 - Republic Alternative Technologies Inc.

Outotec acquires premium coated titanium anode business

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Outotec has acquired the business and IPRs of Republic Alternative Technologies Inc., a premium coated titanium anode engineering and fabrication company based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The acquisition complements Outotec's offerings for sustainable electrowinning plants and supports the company's strategy to grow its service business through providing life-cycle solutions to the customers. The transaction was completed on April 4, 2014. The acquisition price is not disclosed.

Source: Outotec Oyj, Helsinki
4/10/2014 - Energy and Environmental State Aid

New guidelines offer only limited protection from increases in electricity prices

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“We appreciate the aim of the guidelines that the energy intensive industry, such as steel industry should be protected from artificial increase in electricity prices due to support offered to preferred energy generation technologies”, Gordon Moffat comments on the adoption of the new guidelines for energy and environmental state aid today by the European Commission and adds, “however the 15 % minimum contribution to national renewables subsidies will still lead to a further substantial increase in energy costs for many energy intensive companies in the EU, costs which competitors do not have to bear”.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels
4/10/2014 - World Steel Association

Short Range Outlook 2014-2015

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The World Steel Association (worldsteel) released its Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2014 and 2015. worldsteel forecasts that global apparent steel use will increase by 3.1% to 1 527 Mt in 2014 following growth of 3.6% in 2013. In 2015, it is forecast that world steel demand will grow further by 3.3% and will reach 1 576 Mt.

Source: worldsteel, Brussels
4/9/2014 - worldsteel

Raw Materials Improvement Report now available

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The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has published a major technical report on raw materials improvement in the steel industry. The report, which is the result of a project undertaken by worldsteel member companies and with the co-operation of raw materials and equipment suppliers, addresses the key challenges faced by the steel industry in the management of raw material quality.

Source: worldsteel, Brussels