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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