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Ovako completed acquisition of Tibnor Oy in Finland

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Ovako has completed its acquisition of Tibnor Oy following approval from the European Commission and the competition authorities in Finland and Estonia.In conjunction with the acquisition, Tibnor Oy will also change its name to Ovako Metals Oy Ab. Tibnor Oy purchases, warehouses, processes and distributes steel and other metals for the engineering, process and construction industries. The company has approximately 50 employees and sales in 2014 were EUR 67.3 million.
The acquisition of Tibnor Oy in Finland should be seen as a component of Ovako's efforts to enhance its presence and collaboration with customers in new and existing markets. During 2012 and 2013, Ovako opened new sales offices in Italy, Eastern Europe and China. The acquisition is expected to have a slightly positive influence on Ovako's operating profit and a slightly negative influence on cash flow for 2015.

Source: Ovako AB, Stockholm/Sweden
3/30/2015 - Outotec's sustainability report 2014 published

Maximizing Outotec’s handprint

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Outotec has published its annual sustainability report, which describes the company's approach to sustainability, performance and achievements during 2014 as well as future targets. The theme of this report is 'Maximizing our handprint', illustrating the positive impacts of Outotec's solutions and services on resource efficiency and smaller environmental footprint. Outotec's sustainability work in 2014 included, for example, establishing a Sustainability Advisory Council for increased stakeholder dialogue, transition to the GRI G4 guidelines in the reporting, updating the materiality assessment and more comprehensive reporting of supplier performance. Key achievements were the larger positive effect (5.9 million t CO2-e emissions avoided) from the use of Outotec's five metals-related technologies and the share of Environmental Goods and Services in order intake, which reached 90 % for the first time.

Source: Outotec Oyj, Helsinki/Finland
Part of the new energy-efficient power plant at Hille & Müller. Photo: Tata Steel
Part of the new energy-efficient power plant at Hille & Müller. Photo: Tata Steel
3/26/2015 - Tata Steel battery steel plant in Germany

New high-efficiency power plant halves energy costs and CO2 emissions

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Tata Steel has almost halved energy costs at its steel facility in Düsseldorf after building an innovative new power plant. The combined and heat power (CHP) plant will reduce the site’s annual energy costs by about €1 million (£750,000) and cut emissions of CO2 by almost 50%. The power station is the company’s first of its type and has been built on the premises of Hille & Müller, part of Tata Steel’s plating business. The enterprise, which employs 275 people, is one of Europe’s leading producers of specialised steel which is used to case household and car batteries. It was also the first company in the world to produce electroplated steel strip.

Source: Tata Steel, London
3/26/2015 - Imports of stainless steel cold rolled flat products (SSCR) from China and Taiwan

Eurofer welcomes EU anti-dumping measures

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The European Commission has imposed provisional anti-dumping duties of up to 25,2 % on SSCR imports from PR China and up to 12,0 % on imports from Taiwan, following the complaint which was filed by Eurofer in May 2014.The Commission’s investigations have confirmed that imports of SSCR from China and Taiwan were sold at dumped prices and caused significant injury to the EU stainless steel industry.

Source: Eurofer, Brussels
Ring-rolling mill during installation at Electrostal. Photo: Siempelkamp
Ring-rolling mill during installation at Electrostal. Photo: Siempelkamp
3/25/2015 - Siempelkamp

Presses for the entire process chain from the ingot to the finished component part

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At the shared booth of the German Forging Association at the Hannover Fair Siempelkamp introduces single-source solutions for new installations and upgrading of exceptionally large plants for all stages of metal forming.  With two current large projects the company proves its high competence as a systems supplier and provider of complete solutions: At Electrostal in Russia with presses along the entire process chain for the manufacture of rings with a diameter of up to 4 000 mm and at Dalian Shijie in China with a 200 MN closed-die forging press. Siempelkamp is the world’s only manufacturer for large metal forming presses which can provide the entire range of services from a single source including the casting and machining of the parts all the way to their installation and startup at the customer's site.

Source: Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH, Krefeld
The tank container produced with new high-chromium austenitic steel grade Outokumpu 316plus . Photo: Outokumpu
The tank container produced with new high-chromium austenitic steel grade Outokumpu 316plus . Photo: Outokumpu
3/23/2015 - Finnish Langh Group Cargo Solutions

Outokumpu’s new 316plus makes ADR tank container last

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Finnish Langh Group Cargo Solutions selected Outokumpu’s new high-chromium austenitic steel grade Outokumpu 316plus (Outokumpu 4420) as main building material for their portable tank container that is T11 and ADR approved. Steel grade was chosen because of combination of its technical properties and attractive price. 316plus has higher strength compared to 316(L) that allows thinner walls for the tank container.

Source: Outokumpu Oyj, Espoo
Steel coils, Photo: Langh
Steel coils, Photo: Langh
3/23/2015 - Langh Group

Analysis for adjustment of the transport chain

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Langh Group Cargo Solutions’ Product Manager Markku Yli-Kahri has created an information package regarding the special transports of the industry. The summary was initially presented at the Container transports seminar organized by the Centre for Maritime Studies in January this year and the summary is now on Langh Group Cargo Solutions’ homepage. ”Everything starts with studying the whole logistics chain and with analysing the current situation and the current costs. Only then there is enough information to being able to choose the right special container”, says Yli-Kahri. As the logistics process is being improved, the largest savings usually come from reduction of the work force and of the quality costs and also from a decrease in the working capital. More information can be found here.

Source: Langh Group Cargo Solutions, Pikis
3/23/2015 - worldsteel

February 2015 crude steel production increases

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World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 128 million t (Mt) in February 2015, a 0.6% increase compared to February 2014. China’s crude steel production for February 2015 was estimated at 65.0 Mt. The total production for January and February 2015 in China has been confirmed at 130.5 Mt. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.4 Mt of crude steel in February 2015, a decrease of -0.2% compared to February 2014. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.1 Mt, down by -4.4% on February 2014.

Source: worldsteel, Brussels
3/18/2015 - METEC & 2nd ESTAD, 15 to 19 June 2015, Düsseldorf, Germany

Program is available online now

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From 15 to 19 June, 2015, the Messe Düsseldorf and Steel Institute VDEh will open the doors to the speakers and participants of METEC and 2nd European Steel Technology and Application Days (ESTAD) 2015. The Steel Institute VDEh and its partners welcome representatives from leading companies all over the world. More than 660 presentations are clustered into the following topics: Steelmaking, Ironmaking, Rolling, Steel Materials and their Application, Environmental and Energy Aspects.

Source: Steel Institute VDEh, Düsseldorf
3/18/2015 - Tenova Core

Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel LP orders HPH Bell Furnaces

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Tenova Core has been contracted by Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel LP for the design and supply of HPH (High Performance Hydrogen) bell-type furnaces for installation at Bilstein Group’s Bowling Green, Kentucky facility. The furnaces will be used to anneal steel strip coils in a 100% hydrogen atmosphere.

Source: Tenova Core Inc, Coraopolis, PA
3/17/2015 - Winners to be unveiled May 21 at Third Annual Dinner Gala in London

Finalists announced for 2015 Platts Global Metals Awards

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Executives and companies from 10 countries have been selected as finalists for the third annual Platts Global Metals Awards, which recognize exemplary accomplishments in a dozen categories, according to program host Platts, a leading global provider of energy, petrochemical metals and agriculture information. Platts Global Metals Awards highlight corporate and individual innovation, leadership and superior performance within the metals industry. The awards program is modelled after the Platts Global Energy Award, established in 1999 and often described as “the Oscars of the energy industry.”

Source: Platts, London
3/16/2015 - ArcelorMittal

Publication of the 2014 annual report announced

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ArcelorMittal has published its annual report for the year ended December 31, 2014. The report has been filed with the electronic database of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and is available on under "Investors > Financial reports > Annual reports".

Source: ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
3/16/2015 - General Motors

ArcelorMittal receives Supplier of the Year Award

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ArcelorMittal proudly accepted General Motors’ Supplier of the Year award for the second consecutive year at the automaker’s 23th annual ceremony held in Detroit on Thursday, March 5. The Supplier of the Year award was given to just 78, or less than one percent, of GM’s global suppliers. According to GM, winning suppliers from around the world receive the award for going above and beyond GM’s requirements, designed to provide customers with the most innovative technologies and the industry’s best quality vehicles. 

Source: ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
3/13/2015 - ArcelorMittal Galati

Energy efficiency investment programme continues

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ArcelorMittal Galati has invested more than €7m to upgrade a set of turbine blowers, aimed at reducing energy consumption at blast furnace no. 5. The turbine blowers inject cold air into the blast furnaces, and are key to the technological flow of the unit. Following the investment, the company has cut steam consumption by half. We have an extended programme of increasing the energy efficiency of our company, and this new investment is part of it, allowing us to make immediate and long term savings in energy consumption”, said Bruno Ribo, chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal Galati. “Our focus is to increase the performance of our operations, so we can adapt to the demands of our clients and, also, to the realities of the market. We will continue to invest for the implementation of modern technologies that support the better and more productive use of our production processes”.

Source: ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
Coal grinding, drying and pulverised coal injection plant at Blast Furnaces 1, 2 &3, Evraz ZSML, Russia. Photo: Paul Wurth
Coal grinding, drying and pulverised coal injection plant at Blast Furnaces 1, 2 &3, Evraz ZSML, Russia. Photo: Paul Wurth
3/12/2015 - Paul Wurth

Final acceptance for PCI plant in West Siberia received from Evraz ZSMK

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Evraz ZSMK, Novokuznetsk, Russia has issued in favour of Paul Wurth a Final Acceptance Certificate for the pulverised coal injection plant designed and delivered by the Luxembourg-based plant builder. Two coal grinding and drying plants, with a capacity of 88 t/h each feed pulverised coal to the individual injection plants of all three blast furnaces of the “Zapsib” site with a total hot metal capacity of 18 700 t per day. Earlier, it was Evraz NTMK at Nizhnij Tagil where the first adoption of PCI technology in Russia took place – also in cooperation with Paul Wurth. Subsequently, Evraz stated in a press release of summer 2014 that “lessons learned at Evraz NTMK allowed the Siberian engineers at Evraz ZSMK to choose the best-performing and most cost-effective mode of operation for the new equipment.”

Source: Paul Wurth S.A., Luxembourg