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5/27/2016 - ISSF

2016 Sustainability and Safety Award Winners

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The International Stainless Steel Forum announced the winners of their two Premier Annual Awards during their Annual Conference in Helsinki on 25 and 26 May. The winner of the Sustainability Award is Outokumpu, for maximising water recycling in their Cold Rolling Plant in Mexico. The winner of the Safety Award is North American Stainless, for their Safety Performance Improvement project.

Source: ISSF, Helsinki
5/27/2016 - Special steel operation in Spain

Gerdau divests operation in Spain

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Gerdau announced the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its specialty steel producer in Spain to Clerbil SL, an investment group with international experience formed by local executives of the Company and led by the current CEO of the operation, José Jainaga. The transaction value is € 155 million, with the possibility of receiving up to another € 45 million by the end of five years, depending on future business performance.

Source: Gerdau, Porto Allegre
Photo: Danieli
Photo: Danieli
5/24/2016 - Turkey

New bar heat treating line for Cemtas Celik Makina

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Cemtas Celik signed a contract for the engineering, supply and supervision to the erection, commissioning and start-up of a new heat treating line at the company’s Bursa location. This new line, to be supplied by Danieli Centro Combustion – Olivotto Ferrè, will allow to enter the hardening, tempering and normalizing market with a superior quality of annealed bars.

Çemtaş is the second-largest producer of alloyed steel bars in Turkey exporting around 70 % of its products to the European automotive industry. The company has its own steel production and rolling capacities at its Bursa location.

Source: Danieli, Buttrio, Italy
Graphics: worldsteel
Graphics: worldsteel
5/23/2016 - April 2016 crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to worldsteel

World crude steel production 135 million t in April 2016

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World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 135 million t in April 2016, a -0.5 % decrease compared to April 2015.

China’s crude steel production for April 2016 was 69.4 million t, an increase of 0.5 % compared to April 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.5 million t of crude steel in April 2016, an increase of 1.2 % compared to April 2015. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.7 million t in April 2016, down by -1.3% on April 2015.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.6 million t of crude steel in April 2016, a decrease of -1.5 % compared to April 2015. Italy produced 2.1 million t of crude steel, up by 14.5% on April 2015. Spain produced 1.2 million t of crude steel, down by -10.6% compared to April 2015.

Turkey’s crude steel production for April 2016 was 2.9 million t, up by 5.3 % on April 2015.

In April 2016, Russia produced 5.9 million t of crude steel, down by -0.4 % over April 2015. Ukraine produced 2.2 million t of crude steel, up by 11.7% compared to the same month in 2015.

The United States produced 6.6 million t of crude steel in April 2016, an increase of 2.5 % compared to April 2015.

Brazil’s crude steel production for April 2016 was 2.3 million t, down by -20.6 % on April 2015.

Note to readers: The capacity utilisation ratio data for April 2016 was updated on 23 May: The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in April 2016 was 71.5%. This is 1.3 percentage points lower than April 2015. Compared to March 2016, it is 0.8 percentage points higher.

Source: World Steel Association, Brussels, Belgium
Danieli Q-Panel. Photo: Danieli
Danieli Q-Panel. Photo: Danieli
5/23/2016 - Danieli Centro Met receives order from Outokumpu Stainless Oy, Finland

Innovative Q-Panels to be installed on stainless steel EAF

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Confirming the effectiveness of Danieli's Q-Panels in other stainless steel EAF installations, Outokumpu Stainless Oy has placed a new order to upgrade its stainless steel EAF with the Q-Panels technological package, in order to reduce heat losses and increase safety.

The Q-Panels, with their double-layer design, entrap the slag, which acts as a heat insulator, reducing by approximately 50 % the cooled surface exposed to heat radiance from the steel bath. The slag cuts down on the heat flux peaks created by the melting heat, and electrically insulates the pipes to reduce the possibility of arc flares. The two independent cooling circuits ensure higher reliability and operating safety. Thanks to their patented design, panel lifetime can be up to four times longer than conventional water-cooled panels, thus reducing maintenance costs and overall operating costs.

Source: Danieli S.p.A., Buttrio, Italy
5/20/2016 - Platts Global Metals Awards

Steel Dynamics wins Metals Company of the Year

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Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI), one of the United States’ largest steel producers won the prestigious Metals Company of the Year award at the fourth annual Platts Global Metals Awards, which recognize exemplary performance in fifteen categories across the steel, metals and mining complex. SDI was one of 15 honorees from four continents heralded at the black-tie gala in central London. The event, hosted by S&P Global Platts, the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, was emceed by CNBC’s Karen Tso and attended by nearly 200 industry executives.

Source: Platts, London
5/20/2016 - The Association for Iron & Steel Technology

John J. Ferriola named Steelmaker of the Year at Aistech 2016

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John J. Ferriola, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Nucor Corp. was named "Steelmaker of the Year" at AISTech 2016 — The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, managed by The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST). The Steelmaker of the Year Award is presented annually by AIST to recognize notable leaders and their contributions to the steel industry.

Source: Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), Warrendale, PA
5/20/2016 - Vice President and General Manager, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor

Wendell L. Carter appointed AIST President for 2016–2017

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Wendell L. Carter, vice president and general manager, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, East Chicago, Ind., USA, has been appointed president of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) for 2016–2017. Wendell succeeds George J. Koenig, director — global business and technology development, Iron & Steel, Hatch Associates Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.

Source: Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), Warrendale, PA
5/19/2016 - Hot-rolled strip

Red Bud Industries receives EPS coil line order from Tyasa

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Red Bud Industries recently received an order for an EPS coil line from Tyasa located in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico. Red Bud Industries is located in Red Bud, Illinois, United States of America. The new line can descale hot-rolled strip up to 1.9 mm thick and 1 829 mm wide, and can handle coil weights up to 73 000 lbs. EPS (Eco Pickled Surface) is an “acid free” replacement for traditional acid pickling that is environmentally friendly and produces a scale free, clean, rust resistant surface without the use of hazardous chemicals associated with pickling steel. EPS eliminates harmful chemicals that create safety and environmental risks.

Source: Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, Illinois
5/18/2016 - Harmony of the Seas

ArcelorMittal supplies 100% of steel used in world’s largest cruise ship

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Harmony of the Seas – dubbed “Europe’s biggest hotel” – has docked at the UK port of Southampton yesterday after leaving Saint-Nazaire in France at the weekend. ArcelorMittal sites in Spain and France provided 100% of the steel used in this 362m-long, 65m-wide floating city, the largest cruise ship ever built. Longer than the Eiffel tower, Harmony of the Seas is made of heavy plates made at the site in Gijón, Spain, and coils produced at ArcelorMittal Fos-sur-Mer and subsequently processed at the service centre in Saint-Nazaire, both in France.

Source: ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
5/17/2016 - Eurofer

Steel industry welcomes Parliament rejection of MES China

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The European Parliament voted last week through a Resolution on Market Economy Status (MES) for China, highlighting the institution’s firm reservations on granting China MES. The European Steel Association (Eurofer) welcomes the Resolution of the European Parliament, and asks the European Commission to consider more seriously the wider implications of MES on the steel industry, as well as to motivate member states to overcome the blockage in the Council on the modernisation of Europe’s Trade Defence Instruments (TDI).

Source: Eurofer, Brussels
13 environmental investments cut dust emissions at the Ostrava steel plant. Photo: ArcelorMittal
13 environmental investments cut dust emissions at the Ostrava steel plant. Photo: ArcelorMittal
5/12/2016 - ArcelorMittal Ostrava

Commissioning of 13 new investments that will cut dust emissions to historic low

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New technologies worth US$84m - the largest environmental investment made at the plant in the past five years – have been installed at ArcelorMittal Ostrava, in the Czech Republic. Czech industry minister Jan Mládek and environment minister Richard Brabec visited ArcelorMittal Ostrava on 10 May to officially commission 13 environmental investments at the steel plant, which produces more than 2 million t of steel a year.

Source: ArcelorMittal, Ostrava
5/12/2016 - Steel joists, joist girders, and decking

Nucor announces expansion of Vulcraft/Verco Group into Canada

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Nucor Corporation announced that its Vulcraft/Verco Group is expanding into Canada. The new production facility will operate as Vulcraft Canada, Inc., and will be located near Hamilton, Ontario to serve the Central and Eastern Canadian markets. The facility will produce steel joists, joist girders, and decking. Product fabrication is expected to begin later this year.

Source: Nucor Corporation, Charlotte, N.C.
5/11/2016 - Tata Steel Europe

Seven expressions of interest for Tata Steel’s UK business

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The Board of Tata Steel Europe has announced that seven expressions of interest submitted for Tata Steel’s UK business have been immediately taken forward to the next stage of the sale process. In addition, Tata Steel Europe is clarifying outstanding points with a number of other parties who have submitted an expression of interest. The remaining parties who submitted expressions of interest have been thanked for their participation in the process but informed that their expressions would not be taken forward currently

Source: Tata Steel, London
5/10/2016 - Highest honor in North American steel industry

SSAB Americas’ top executive Chuck Schmitt honoured

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The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has announced that Chuck Schmitt, president of SSAB Americas, is the 2016 recipient of the Gary Memorial Medal - the industry’s highest honor. Schmitt, the Institute’s immediate past chairman, was recognized with the award during AISI’s 124th General Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Chuck is an outstanding leader for AISI and for the entire steel industry in North America,” said Martin Lindqvist, CEO of SSAB AB. “His hard work continues to help strengthen the role of steel in American manufacturing. I am proud to have him represent SSAB and congratulate him on this prestigious award.”

Source: SSAB, Stockholm