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SSAB to start fuelling the slab reheating furnace with LNG at the Raahe hot strip mill

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Nordic steel company SSAB is going to start using liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Raahe steel mill in Finland, where it will replace the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the walking beam furnace in the hot strip mill. Work on building the LNG storage facility is under way and the facility will […]

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NLMK Engineering and Chinese WISDRI sign cooperation agreement

NLMK Engineering, one of the leading design institutes in the Russian steel sector, and China’s leading state engineering company WISDRI Engineering & Research Incorporation Limited, have signed a master cooperation agreement. The term…
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Ovako to modernize steelmaking plant at the Imatra, Finland works

Nordic steel company Ovako will modernize the secondary metallurgy technology at the Imatra works in Finland. The company has decided to invest in a new vacuum pump system for the vacuum degassing station. The modernization targets to improve…
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VDMA Metallurgy - German manufacturers of metallurgical equipment and plant sectors join forces

Board of VDMA specialist association Metallurgy from left.: Prof. Dr. Johann Rinnhofer, SMS Elotherm; Dr. Joachim G. Wünning, WS Wärmeprozesstechnik; Axel E. Barten, Achenbach Buschhütten; Dr. Ioannis Ioannidis, Oskar Frech; Dr. Christian…
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3 in a row: Nam Kim Steel, Vietnam, starts up the next cold strip mill supplied by SMS group

Nam Kim Steel rolled the first coil on this new reversing cold mill on October 24th, 2017 (Picture: SMS group) Vietnamese Nam Kim Steel, located in An Thanh production zone, Binh Duong province, has successfully produced the first coil at…
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Wuppermann sells sheet metal activities to investment company Lafayette

The Wuppermann Group has signed the sales contract with investment firm Lafayette Mittelstand Capital for five of its sheet metal companies. It involves the Wuppermann works in Thalgau (Austria), Holýšov (Czech Republic), Herbolzheim (2) and…
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Open-die forging plant commissioned at CHW Forge in Ghaziabad, India

CHW Forge commissioned a new open-die forging press from PAHNKE at the workshops in Ghaziabad, near Delhi, India on July 24, 2017. Two manipulator machines are used for the handling of the work piece at both sides of the powerful 31.5/38-MN…
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Additive Industries and SMS group team up for industrial additive manufacturing serial production

3D printing technology for metallic materials has made huge strides forward in recent years. To help this manufacturing process break through into serial production, Additive Industries and SMS group have agreed to develop and jointly market…
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German Salzgitter Group achieves best result for a nine-month period since 2008

German steelmaker Salzgitter Group is reporting a very satisfactory third quarter in 2017. The sustained healthy order situation in conjunction with imports into the EU that, while remaining at a high level, did not increase further have resulted…
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RHI Magnesita presents business figures for the 9 months to Sep 2017

RHI Magnesita, supplier of high-grade refractory products formed by the combination of RHI and Magnesita, has improved its trading performance significantly. Revenue of the combined group for the nine months to September 2017 was €2,052.3m,…
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Saudi-Arabian Global Pipe Company to double capacity with new equipment from SMS group

Since 2002, SMS group has installed a total of 17 mechanical pipe expanders worldwide (© Picture: SMS group) Global Pipe Company (GPC), based in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a mechanical expander…
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EUROFER: "EU ETS reform agreement is disappointing for the EU steel industry"

Negotiations on the reform of the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) were concluded yesterday (8th Nov) after a more than two year legislative process. While the agreement improves on the initial proposal in some places, it falls short of securing…
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Schmolz + Bickenbach group presents excellent business figures in Q3 2017

Schmolz + Bickenbach group achieves double-digit EBITDA growth in Q3 2017. Sales volume in terms of tons rose by 3.6%. The provider of special long steel products achieved an adjusted EBITDA at EUR 38.0 million up 19.5% compared to EUR 31.8…