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Ferrous Metals
First pouring of "largest castings in the world"
Castings : 06 February, 2015
Sheffield Forgemasters International (SFIL) has poured the first in a series of ultra-large components destined to be some of the largest castings ever made - and it weighs the same as a 1.5 mile long traffic jam!
 
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
Steel (General) : 06 February, 2015
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purchase.
 
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Stainless Steel : 24 October, 2014
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces different kind of alternative stoves that can be used like forced air stoves or solar cooking stoves.
 
Steel partnership being used on the frontline
Steel (General) : 17 January, 2014
A partnership forged between industry and Sheffield Hallam University is protecting front-line troops in Afghanistan and providing a future for steel production in the city.
 
Steel association promotes green manufacturing in China, recognises opposing challenges
Engineering Steels : 24 November, 2013
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has co-hosted with the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Industry Committee (CCPIT-Auto) a major one-day conference on "Green Manufacturing, the Future of Steel and Automotive".
 
UK rail order helps secure Tata Steel's Scunthorpe site
Engineering Steels : 25 October, 2013
Tata Steel has won a contract to supply rail track and steel sleeper plate to Network Rail for at least five years. Network Rail, the company set up to operate and maintain Britain’s rail infrastructure, has chosen to source more than 95% of its rail from Tata Steel until 2019, with the option to extend this until 2024.
 
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Wear-Resistant Steels and Irons : 08 September, 2013
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design improvements and has taken on a new brand name, Pavise SBS 600P. The company will be exhibiting its Pavise product at next week's DSEI show, the defence and security event, which runs from 10-13 September 2013 at the ExCel London exhibition centre.
 
Direct-quenched ballistic protection steel enables increasingly lighter structures
Wear-Resistant Steels and Irons : 03 September, 2013
Ruukki is expanding its range of Ramor protection steels with a new Ramor 550 grade designed for ballistic protection. Ramor 550 is six times harder and stronger than mild steel. Designed for applications requiring protection against explosions or ballistic threats, Ramor protection steels combine excellent ballistic properties with hardness and high strength.
 
ISSF: Global stainless crude steel production in Q1 2013 higher than last year
Stainless Steel : 03 June, 2013
Based on preliminary data, global stainless crude steel production in the first quarter of 2013 was almost 9.4 million metric tonnes (Mt) according to the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF). Compared to the first quarter of 2012, this is an increase of 6.0%. However, all areas except China showed decreased production volumes in the year-on-year comparison.
 
Another record year for stainless steel production but increase uneven
Stainless Steel : 18 May, 2013
The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has released preliminary figures for 2012 which show that stainless steel production grew by 5.2% to reach a record high of 35.4 million metric tonnes (Mt). China accounted for the increase in production, with other regions of the world showing negative growth, mainly due to de-stocking.
 
AHSS steel structures can eliminate weight gap against aluminium for car bodies, claims research study
Engineering Steels : 19 April, 2013
The latest in a continuing series of research studies strongly suggest that steel auto body structures in the near future can be as lightweight as today’s aluminium bodies, while meeting all crash performance standards and at comparable cost of current steel structures. The studies also address critical manufacturing challenges, showing that car makers can form and fabricate sophisticated steel designs, thus accelerating implementation of this technology into production vehicles.
 
Forecast: Global steel use to increase by 2.9% in 2013
Steel (General) : 14 April, 2013
The Worldsteel Economics Committee met 6-7 April 2013 in Dusseldorf, Germany and has released its Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2013 and 2014. Worldsteel forecasts that global apparent steel use will increase by 2.9% to 1454 Mt in 2013, following growth of 1.2% in 2012. In 2014, it is forecast that world steel demand will grow further by 3.2% and will reach 1500 Mt.
 
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
Bearing Materials : 15 March, 2013
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
 
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Steel (General) : 15 March, 2013
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
 
Lead-free bearings and new seal concept shown at BAUMA 2013 trade fair
Bearing Materials : 10 March, 2013
Federal-Mogul Corporation is exhibiting new Goetze dirt-resistant HSL-series face seals and Glycodur lead-free bearing technology developed for the most arduous operating conditions. A comprehensive spherical bearing catalogue and application guide from Deva is also presented at the event.
 
Stainless steel sector rationalisation *inevitable*
Stainless Steel : 02 March, 2013
The merger between Outokumpu and Inoxum - the stainless steel producing arm of ThyssenKrupp - together with the associated divestments and planned plant closures, highlights the role that industry consolidation may have to play in the rebalancing of supply and demand in stainless steel, says MEPS.
 
MEPS: 2012 net growth in Chinese steel trade was worth $5 billion
Steel (General) : 13 February, 2013
Total Chinese exports of finished rolled steel products, in 2012, are expected to be 6.6 million tonnes above the outturn in the previous year at 39.25 million tonnes. Imports are predicted to have declined by 1.8 million tonnes to 12.5 million tonnes. The positive balance of trade would, therefore rise from 18.3 in 2011 to 27.5 million tonnes last year. This represents an increase of 46% (worth approximately $US5 billion).
 
Market analysis: UK steel industry is near-monopoly led by Tata Steel Europe
Steel (General) : 13 February, 2013
Demand within the UK steel industry, both locally produced and imported, totalled 10 million tonnes per year in 2011, compared with 14 million tonnes six years ago. This is a major; almost 30% fall in real consumption, whereas value sales remained virtually unchanged.
 
Weldable wear-resistant steel with high titanium content challenges chrome carbide overlay plate
Steel (General) : 08 February, 2013
Abraservice UK has extended its range of Creusabro materials with the introduction of Creusabro Dual, a new, advanced, high performance grade of abrasion resistant steel additionally alloyed with a high titanium content of 0.6%. This grade is suited for parts in applications with severe sliding wear conditions where chrome carbide overlay plate has been used for many years, such as chutes in the quarrying industry and chutes and screens used within glass, wood, tyre and metal recycling processes.
 
Slow recovery forecast for North American steel output
Steel (General) : 18 January, 2013
The economy of the United States and Canada recovered slightly in 2012. This translated into stronger demand for steel, despite volatile pricing over the year. The main growth market was the automotive sector. In contrast, consumption slipped in Mexico. Because there are a number of economic difficulties to overcome, MEPS predicts only modest improvement in apparent steel consumption across the region in the years ahead and does not expect steel usage in 2016 to attain the pre-crisis level recorded in 2007.
 
Landmark Twitter debate marks launch of book celebrating the history of steel
Steel (General) : 18 January, 2013
Coinciding with the launch of The White Book of Steel, a WorldSteel publication that celebrates the history of steel and the steel industry. a Twitter debate "Steel: The Next Hero – Looking to the Future" was scheduled at 14:00 GMT for an hour on 18 January. See #steeldebate for more details.
 
Chinese export offers keep international steel prices in check
Steel (General) : 11 January, 2013
Competitively priced Chinese export offers have played a part in controlling price increases in many parts of the world according to MEPS International Ltd, the UK based company of steel analysts. Quotations by suppliers of Chinese material have been used in negotiations between western buyers and sellers to keep price increases to a minimum.
 
MEPS: Mild recovery in stainless prices forecast for 2013
Stainless Steel : 03 January, 2013
It's that time of the year when participants in the stainless steel supply chain try to predict how the market will perform in the coming twelve months. Producers and distributors have been hoping, since the global economic crash began in 2008, that an upturn is on the horizon. However, the prevailing consensus, at least in the West, is that 2013 will not be very different from this year.
 
Northern European steel prices show no sign of upturn
Steel (General) : 26 November, 2012
Steel market activity in northern Europe is still very weak and there is no sign of an upturn in demand in the near term. Ex-mill selling values dropped again in November. Stockists and end-users remain reluctant to carry any more inventory than is absolutely necessary. However, prices are believed to be close to the bottom of the current cycle. Indeed, several mills have proposed increased basis figures.
 
China rules the roost in iron and steelmaking
Steel (General) : 05 November, 2012
It is clear that to understand the activities of the global steel industry one must study, in depth, the complexities of the Chinese steel market. This year, the Chinese steel mills will contribute 46 percent of the world’s output. This figure could be higher if account is taken of under-reporting of production.
 
More efficient production of products free of hazardous substances
: 31 October, 2012
IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, has published the Third edition of IECQ QC 080000, Hazardous Substance Process Management System Requirements.
 
Another record high for global steel output predicted, while EU steelmaking declines further
Steel (General) : 31 October, 2012
Despite the economic slowdown, MEPS expects world steel production to reach 1550 million tonnes this year - a 1.9% increase on the 2011 outturn. Further gains are anticipated next year. Steelmaking in the European Union is [redicted to decline by 4.5% in 2012. Regional producers continue to restrict supply in response to weak demand caused by the fragile economic situation.
 
2012 Steel Statistical Yearbook now available online
Steel (General) : 31 October, 2012
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has published the 2012 Steel Statistical Yearbook, now available on the website.
 
Advancing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Latin American steel operations
Steel (General) : 29 October, 2012
Over 90 representatives from across Latin America came together to look at how Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) could be rolled out through the steel industry in the region. LCA provides a method of assessing the environmental impacts of a product or material across the whole supply chain, from raw material extraction to end of life recycling or disposal.
 
Weak demand depresses Northern European steel prices
Steel (General) : 25 October, 2012
Steel market activity in northern Europe remains very weak and ex-mill selling values slipped significantly for October. Buyers are cautious, anticipating the possibility of further price reductions and reluctant to carry any more inventory than is absolutely necessary.
 
Global steel usage increase forecast to slow
Steel (General) : 16 October, 2012
The World Steel Association has released its October 2012 Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2012 and 2013, the half year revision from its April 2012 statement. worldsteel forecasts that global apparent steel use will increase by 2.1% in 2012, which is considerably lower than the 6.2% growth achieved in 2011. In 2013 world steel demand will grow by 3.2% and reach a record high of 1455 million tonnes.
 
Difficult steel market conditions in China reverberate worldwide
Steel (General) : 06 October, 2012
The importance of China to the global steel sector and its suppliers has been reinforced in the past few months. Never has there been a time when the old adages "Ignore China at your peril’ and "When China sneezes the whole world catches a cold’ seemed as pertinent as in the last few weeks....
 
Rising nickel prices give a lift to global stainless steel selling values
Stainless Steel : 02 October, 2012
The usual, seasonal upturn in demand for stainless steel has failed to occur, so far. In most years, distributors and end-users allow their inventories to run low during the summer holiday period, then rebuild stocks in early autumn before what they hope will be a busy few months before the year-end. On this occasion though, there has been little or no pickup in activity.
 
Conflicting trends for China's steel output
Steel (General) : 28 September, 2012
China’s crude steel production for August 2012 was 58.7 million tonnes, down by -1.7% compared to August 2011, according to the World Steel Association. However, over the first half of 2012, China increased the stainless steel production in the period of review by 1.1% (after corrections made by ISSF) to 7.1 million tonnes.
 
Repeat Romanian contract for hot rolling aluminium coils, sheets and plates
Castings : 27 September, 2012
Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited’s first ever contract work in Romania has been followed by a repeat order. Forgemasters completed work on its first ever order from Romania for one back up roll and two work rolls for the largest aluminium smelter in central and eastern Europe in April 2012.
 
New Volkswagen Golf lightens up with high- and ultra high-strength steel
Steel (General) : 07 September, 2012
Advanced steel grades help Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle drop up to 220 pounds while offering improved safety and performance.
 
Lower raw material prices expected to delay steel price upturn
Steel (General) : 04 September, 2012
No significant increases in steel selling values for flat products are likely during the remainder of 2012, according to MEPS. Iron ore spot prices have started to decline as demand for the principal steel making raw material falters.
 
US flat steel price increases leads to short delivery times
Steel (General) : 13 August, 2012
In the US, hot-rolled coil delivery lead times are short. There has been something of a stand-off since the domestic mills announced a $US40 per short ton increase, with buyers waiting and watching to see how disciplined the producers will be. However, the initiative by the steelmakers does, at least, appear to have halted the recent negative movements.
 
STEEL PRICE INCREASES CHECKED IN MOST PARTS OF THE WORLD
Steel (General) : 02 May, 2011
US strip mill product transaction values are relatively stable with just some minor upward movement. This follows several months of escalation, much of which was driven by the mills
 
March 2011 crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to worldsteel
Steel (General) : 23 April, 2011
World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 129 million metric tons (mmt) in March 2011 and 372 mmt for the first quarter 2011. This is 7.0% higher than March 2010 and 8.8% higher than the first quarter 2010.
 
STEEL PRICE TREND TURNS NEGATIVE IN NORTHERN EUROPE
Steel (General) : 22 April, 2011
Prices for strip mill products in northern Europe have begun to soften in recent weeks. There had been some speculative buying as selling figures climbed earlier this year but now stock levels are high and customers are more cautious.
 
Worldsteel appoints new Director General to take over from August 2011
Steel (General) : 21 April, 2011
The worldsteel Board of Directors formally approved the appointment of Edwin Basson as Director General of the World Steel Association, effective from August 2011.
 
EU price hikes have run out of steam
Steel (General) : 20 April, 2011
Steel price rises have stalled in the European market. Increased selling values sought by the domestic producers have not been implemented and figures have, in fact, slipped.
 
Steel use in 2012 in the developed world forecast to be 14% below 2007 levels
Steel (General) : 18 April, 2011
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) today released its April 2011 short range outlook (SRO) for 2011 and 2012. worldsteel forecasts that apparent steel use will increase by 5.9% to 1,359 mmt in 2011, following 13.2% growth in 2010. In 2012, it is forecast that world steel demand will grow further by 6.0% to reach a new record of 1,441 mmt.
 
Stamped components plant in St Petersburg majors on the automotive and home appliance industries
Castings : 12 April, 2011
Intercos-IV, part of the MMK Group, has begun working on the 1st phase of the 2nd stage of the MMK-Intercos service centre and stamped components plant in St. Petersburg.
 
Scrap and billet market roundup: CIS exporters of billet faced tougher trading conditions in traditional overseas markets in March
Steel (General) : 11 April, 2011
Suppliers operating in the Caspian Sea and Far East ports issued lower quotations, following negative price sentiment and a shortage of active buyers.
 
MMK announces its consolidat​ed financial statement under IFRS for 12M and Q4 2010
Steel (General) : 10 April, 2011
Insignificant costs increase (mainly due to wages growth and raw materials prices increase) was offset by increased consumption of raw materials from captive sources. The company has been efficient in controlling its costs, setting off input costs increase by growing self-sufficiency in iron ore, coal and electricity, as well as by decreasing consumption ratios.
 
China Steel Insight - new report with two free copies offer
Steel (General) : 08 April, 2011
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MMK completes first phase of equipping Mill 200
Steel (General) : 07 April, 2011
Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) has assembled the first phase of technological equipment at its mill 2000. The continuous pickling line has been linked to the
 
Global flat steel products see 3.3% price rise, but China and Turkey buck the trend
Steel (General) : 06 April, 2011
Flat product steel prices around the world rose this month. The increases were attributed to the high cost of raw materials. However, real demand has not improved and many customers have been unwilling to accept the large mill list price hikes. Out of the 28 countries MEPS (International) Ltd. conducts price investigations for, only China and Turkey recorded negative selling figures in March.
 
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