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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.