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4/16/2015 - Sustainability performance report

Aperam publishes its "made for life" report for 2014

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Aperam, a leading global producer of stainless and specialty steel, publishes its made for life report, which constitutes Aperam's sustainability performance report for 2014. Built on stakeholder inclusiveness and materiality, Aperam's report follows the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 framework. It has been assured by an external audit firm as compliant with this protocol, including the reporting of material environmental performance data such as energy intensity, water withdrawal by source, CO2 intensity and air emissions.

Source: Aperam, Luxembourg
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4/16/2015 - worldsteel

The steel industry calls for a holistic approach to water policies

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The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has published its position paper on water management in the steel industry highlighting that local authorities are the most competent regulatory body for the management of water as policies need to be based on local conditions. With increasing recognition of the importance of water issues globally, the management of water resources is one of the most important sustainability challenges for the steel industry.

Source: worldsteel, Brussels
4/14/2015 - Norway

Outotec to deliver zinc concentrate direct leaching technology to Boliden

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Outotec has agreed with Boliden on the delivery of zinc concentrate direct leaching and iron precipitation technologies and site services for the expansion of the Odda zinc production facilities in Norway. The parties have agreed not to disclose the contract value. Typically such solutions are worth € 10-20 million depending on the scope. The order has been booked in Outotec's 2015 first quarter order intake. 

Source: Outotec Oyj, Espoo
GreenCoat PLX can be worked with in temperatures down to -10 °C. Photo: SSAB
GreenCoat PLX can be worked with in temperatures down to -10 °C. Photo: SSAB
4/10/2015 - Global building industry

SSAB launches GreenCoat

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SSAB is launching GreenCoat color-coated steel solutions to the global building industry. GreenCoat offers superior corrosion resistance, long lasting appearance and a lower impact on the environment, even in harsh weather conditions. GreenCoat is SSAB’s new brand for innovative, sustainable color coated products for the building industry and other segments. GreenCoat products feature a color coating partially developed from plant oil instead of traditional fossil oil-based supply, which significantly reduces their environmental footprint. The GreenCoat products are highly resistant to corrosion, UV radiation as well as scrat­ches, while still being easy to form.

Source: SSAB, Stockholm
4/9/2015 - Annual General Meeting 2015

SSAB elected Bengt Kjell new Chairman of the Board

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SSAB's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held yesterday, April 8, 2015 in Stockholm. Bengt Kjell was elected as a new director and also as the new Chairman of the Board. The AGM also resolved that no dividends be paid for the financial year 2014. It was resolved that the Board of Directors comprises eight (8) members. Directors Petra Einarsson, Kim Gran, Matti Lievonen, Martin Lindqvist, Annika Lundius, John Tulloch and Lars Westerberg were re-elected, and Bengt Kjell was elected as a new director and as the new Chairman of the Board. Chairman Sverker Martin-Löf and director Jan Johansson were resigning members of the Board. The AGM granted the directors and President discharge from liability in respect of the financial year 2014.

Source: SSAB, Stockholm
4/8/2015 - National processing hub

Tata Steel completes transformation of Steelpark

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Tata Steel has completed a series of investments at its Steelpark site at Wednesfield in the West Midlands that has strengthened the site’s position as the UK’s largest steel processing centre. The start-up of a further multi-strand blanking line has completed the expansion of Steelpark’s new Light Gauge Service Centre, which operates cut-to-length, blanking and slitting lines processing hot rolled, cold rolled and galvanized steel coils. The £15 million of investment at Steelpark saw the opening last year of the UK’s largest Plate Profiling Centre. The Automotive Service Centre at Steelpark has also received substantial investment with the commissioning of new and upgraded tailor welded and press blanking lines.

Source: Tata Steel, London
MV drive panel supplied by AIC to Aceros DM. Photo:AIC
MV drive panel supplied by AIC to Aceros DM. Photo:AIC
4/8/2015 - MV drive system

AIC received Final Acceptance Certificate from Aceros DM

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In December 2014 Automazioni Industriali Capitanio received the FAC from Aceros DM for the MV drive system suited to command the 10 passes block of the wire rod line installed in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico. The target of the project was to replace the existing two DC motors coupled in series to reduce maintenance costs and activities and to improve the reliability of the original system installed in 2005.

Source: Automazioni Industriali Capitanio Srl, Torbole Casaglia (BS)
4/7/2015 - Vallourec

Vallourec adopts a new regional organization

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Vallourec is making changes, applicable from April 2, 2015. The Group will now operate in four regional units: Europe, North America, the Eastern Hemisphere and South America. "This new, simplified organization is part of Vallourec's commitment to greater closeness to its customers and markets, to greater efficiency for its industrial operations and to faster decision-making processes," declared Philippe Crouzet, Chairman of the Vallourec management board. It is intended to support the changes taking place in the Group, most visible in the competitiveness plan launched recently.

Source: Vallourec, Boulogne-Billancourt
4/7/2015 - Sentiment supported by expectations of stronger construction steel demand

Platts China Steel Sentiment Index edged up in April

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The outlook for China’s steel market over April remained at similar levels to March, underpinned by expectations of stronger construction activity during China’s warmer spring months, according to the latest Platts China Steel Sentiment Index (Platts CSSI), which showed a headline reading of 74.7 out of a possible 100 points. The April index rose 2.4 points from 72.2 in the previous month, and was the highest reading since March last year. The CSSI reflects expectations of market participants for the month ahead. A CSSI reading above 50 indicates an increase/expansion and a reading below 50 indicates a decrease/contraction.

Source: Platts, Beijing
4/2/2015

European Steel Day 2015

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The European Steel Day is an annual event hosted by the European Steel Association. It provides a common voice for the industry and underlines the benefits of steel as a material.  This annual event is a unique occasion for representatives from the steel sector, EU policy makers, business representatives and journalists to discuss the competitiveness and main challenges of the steel industry in Europe.

The European Steel Day 2015 edition will take place on Thursday 28th May at the Square Meeting Centre in Brussels (Belgium).

As both the new European Commission and European Parliament took office, this fifth edition of the European Steel Day will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the EU’s objective to boost industrial competitiveness, growth and jobs and the role of the European steel industry to achieve this objective.

Registration is mandatory as seats are limited. The event is free of charge.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels/Belgium