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Big River Steel to expand the Arkansas flat steel complex

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US$1.2 billion investment will double capacity of technology-based steel mill and recycling facility Big River Steel announced that it is expanding its Arkansas-based scrap recycling and flat steel production facility. The expansion will double Big River Steel’s hot-rolled steel production capacity to 3.3 million short tons annually. In addition, the expansion will facilitate the company’s […]

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Praxair to divest European gases business to allow merger clearance by European Commission

Praxair, Inc. and the Japanese industrial gases manufacturer Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation have entered into an agreement to sell the majority of Praxair's European gases business. The business to be sold generated annual sales of approximately…
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Tata Steel and thyssenkrupp sign definitive JV agreement to combine European steel operations

Agreement to combine European steel operations in 50/50 joint venture thyssenkrupp Tata Steel Proposed new company to focus on quality and technology leadership Expected annual synergies of €400-€500 million plus synergies in capex…
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Tata Steel Packaging modernized strip annealing plant at IJmuiden works

Recently, the continuous annealing line CA 12 at Tata Steel Packaging in IJmuiden, The Netherlands modernized by Primetals Technologies with new electric and automation equipment recommenced operations. The objectives of the modernization…
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Big River Steel CCO Mark Bula to leave the company

Big River Steel’s chief commercial officer, Mark Bula, will be exiting the company to pursue new entrepreneurial opportunities. Mark was a member of the initial development team and was instrumental in the formulation of Big River’s marketing…
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Advanced cold strip mill to be erected in Uzbekistan

Toshkent Metallurgiya Zavodi (TMZ) and MetProm awarded Danieli the order for the design and supply of an most advanced cold strip complex in Central Asia. The new steel mill, which will process 500,000 t/year of cold rolled galvanized and painted…
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FIMI group takes over SELEMA

FIMI group announces the acquisition of SELEMA S.r.l. - a renown Italian manufacturer of processing lines for non-ferrous metal strips. In particular, their focus is on aluminium strip with a thickness range from 10 µm to 4 mm for all varieties…

AIST Tadeusz Sendzimir Memorial Medal presented to Gianpietro Benedetti

On occasion of AISTech 2018 - the Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, industry leaders recognized for significant contributions to the global steel industry were honored with prestigious awards. AIST Tadeusz Sendzimir Memorial…
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ArcelorMittal receives approval for its acquisition of Italian steel company Ilva

ArcelorMittal has announced today that it has been granted merger clearance by the European Commission for AM Investco Italy Srl (AM Investco)’s proposed acquisition of Ilva S.p.A (Ilva). EC merger clearance follows the conclusion of the…
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Quick commissioning of AOD converters after revamp at Columbus Stainless

Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd. in Middelburg, South Africa belongs to the Acerinox group of companies and is the only manufacturer of stainless steel on the African continent. Here SMS group has successfully supplied and installed a torque retainer…
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Chinese Chengde Jianlong Steel to upgrade bar mill

The Chinese steel manufacturer Chengde Jianlong has placed an order with Friedrich KOCKS GmbH & Co KG, Hilden, Germany, for a Reducing & Sizing Block (RSB®) 370++/4 in 5.0 design. This modernisation project marks Chengde Jianlong’s…
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voestalpine starts construction of the new special steel plant in Austria

Around half a year after announcing the location decision, the groundbreaking ceremony marked the official start of the three-year construction phase for the new voestalpine special steel plant in Kapfenberg, Austria. From 2021 onwards,…
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Planned joint venture thyssenkrupp Tata Steel is advancing

Expected synergies confirmed Due diligence almost completed Viable solutions for key issues achieved Consultation process with employee representatives at Tata Steel Europe currently underway Today, the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp…