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2/10/2016 - ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal reduces net debt by US$4 billion

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ArcelorMittal announces a proposed capital raise of US$3.0 billion which, alongside the sale of its minority stake in Gestamp for approximately US$1 billion, would reduce pro forma net debt as of 31 December 2015 by US$4 billion to below US$12 billion. The Company separately announces a five-year strategic roadmap, the ArcelorMittal Action 2020 plan, which sets out improvement plans for each of its five business segments and aims to improve Ebitda and free cash flow performance.

Source: ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
AISTech 2016
2/4/2016 - Outokumpu

Outokumpu divests its remaining share of the SKS

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Outokumpu and Lujiazui International Trust Co.Ltd (LTC) have agreed on a Put-and-Call-Option upon which LTC is entitled to acquire and Outokumpu is entitled to sell its remaining 5 % share in Shanghai Krupp Stainless Co., Ltd. (SKS).  The option will be exercised and the deal completed within the coming months, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.

Source: Outokumpu Oyj, Espoo
SKS factory. Photo: SKS
SKS factory. Photo: SKS
2/4/2016 - Iran’s Steel Industry

Construction of infrastructure and provision of a supply chain

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The Kish South Kaveh Steel Company (SKS) is one of the largest investments in the field of job creation and heavy industries. The projects, run by the company, have created about 1 000 direct and indirect jobs. Ali Dehaqin, the CEO of the SKS, has weighed that the company plays an important role in the future of the country’s steel industry, “The annual production of 55 million t has been envisaged in the outlook [for the steel industry] until 2025. Kaveh Pars Company would have a ten-percent share of the projected figure”, he added.

Source: Mostazafan Foundation, Tehran
2/3/2016 - Eurofer

Rebar anti-dumping measure “a drop in the Yellow Sea”

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The European Steel Association (Eurofer) welcomed the European Commission’s imposition of provisional anti-dumping measures on imports of Chinese High Fatigue Performance (HFP) Rebar, but questioned their effectiveness in actually deterring wider Chinese dumping. “The provisional measures – as low as 9% – cannot remedy the massive injury caused by Chinese HFP rebar import surges, which have captured 46% of the EU market from zero in less than two years”, said Axel Eggert, Director General of Eurofer.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels
2/2/2016 - World Steel Association

Regional Champions for the 10th steelChallenge

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The Regional Championship took place online for a 24-hour period on 20 January 2016. This year’s steelChallenge attracted 1 099 participants representing 42 countries. The tenth edition was the most engaging challenge ever with over 65% of participants registering a successful run. There were 34 073 attempts with the electric arc furnace steelmaking simulation with 724 people successfully completing at least one run of the simulation and a total of 7 824 successful runs completed.

Source: worldsteel, Brussels
2/1/2016 - Gerdau, Sumitomo Corporation and The Japan Steel Works

Joint venture in Brazil announced

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On January 27th, Gerdau announces its plans to form a joint venture with the Japanese companies Sumitomo Corporation and The Japan Steel Works (JSW) to serve Brazil's growing wind power industry. The project, which will require approval from anti-trust authorities, is expected to be located in Pindamonhangaba (São Paulo) and will supply parts for wind turbine towers starting in 2017. The initiative was made possible by Gerdau 2022, a project launched in 2015 that aims to boost the competitiveness of the company's entire operations guided by a long term strategic vision. Specific measure include streamlining internal operations and structures, modernizing the corporate culture, reassessing the potential profitability of assets and developing new business opportunities.

Source: Gerdau, Porto Alegre-RS
2/1/2016 - Tube 2016

In-Line Weld Inspection System for Large Tube and Pipes

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Xiris Automation Inc. is pleased to announce that it will release and display its new WI-3000 Weld Inspection System for Large Pipes at the upcoming Tube Duesseldorf fair, Booth 06-6J09, to be held April 4-8, 2016 at Messe Duesseldorf, Germany. The new WI-3000 laser based Inspection system has been exclusively created for larger and heavier wall pipes. Employing an all new redesigned sensor head with high resolution, high quality optics, the system is the larger version of our popular WI-2000 inspection system used on smaller tubes.

Source: Xiris Automation Inc., Burlington, Ontario
1/29/2016 - Spain

Acerinox Europe modernizes production equipment

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Acerinox Europe in Campo de Gibraltar, near Cadiz, Andalusia, plans the the acquisition of new equipment with the latest technology which will enable production at the factory to be optimized, product quality to be improved, costs to be minimized and environmental impact to be reduced. This includes the acquisition of an annealing and pickling (AP) line and a new cold-rolling mill, as well as civil engineering works and auxiliary equipment required for the operation of these large facilities.

Source: Acerinox, Madrid, Spain
1/29/2016 - Bécancour, Canada

New HBI plant in Quebec

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Société  Internationale  Métallique  (SIM)  is building a 2.0-million t/a hot briquetted iron (HBI) plant in the Bécancour Waterfront Industrial Park, a public-owned industrial park on the shores of the Saint-Lawrence River (Quebec); the site is a year-round deep water port and connected to major North American rail and road infrastructure. SIM has  chosen Midrex Technologies, Inc. and its construction licensee Primetals Technologies to furnish the equipment and oversee the technological aspects of the project.

Source: Primetals Technologies with Société Internationale Métallique and Midrex Technologies, Inc.
1/28/2016 - Despite muted fundamentals

Imports continued to target the EU steel market in 2015

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Steel imports continued to target the EU market despite still relatively weak demand, low domestic prices and the weak euro in the second half of 2015. Going forward, abundant global supply and suppliers fighting for tonnage fuels uncertainty in the market. The outlook for 2016 and 2017 is for a gradual further improvement in EU steel demand. Nevertheless EU mills fear for losing further market share in the EU and abroad.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels, Belgium