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Employment Minister Calls for Resolution to NUMSA Strike

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11 Oct, 2021, 5:36 am

South Africa’s Employment and Labour Minister Mr Thulas Nxesi has called for a urges all parties to resolve their industrial issues urgently through social dialogue especially in this sensitive period of massive unemployment and retrenchments. The Minister was speaking as one of the major employer organisation the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa and the largest worker organisation, the National Metalworkers of South Africa are held in a deadlock over pay following the end of their wage agreement in June.

Mr Nxesi appealed to all social partners entering the wage negotiations to work through their issues on the table. He said hostility would not solve differences, instead risks escalating the severe economic and social damages that have been brought about by the Covid-19. He said “Our Constitution guarantees the right of association and the protection of worker rights and industrial action. We respect the fact that many people died for us to be able to enjoy these rights. But with the rights come the responsibilities and we would like to urge unions and other worker representatives to exercise this responsibility. It is common cause that the country is now going through one of the most difficult periods occasioned by the pandemic on one hand and the inclement economic conditions that prevailed even before Covid-19 on the other. It is against this background that we appeal to all the players workers and employers, unions federations and employer bodies to handle the sensitive talks with the necessary caution. Cool heads should prevail and the good of the country and our economy should always at the top of mind. After protracted industrial action, we still have to come and sit around the table to resolve our differences but it is not wise or advisable to play a zero-sum game. We are all invested in this country.”

This comes in the wake of the latest unemployment figures from Statistics South Africa which shows that the country has lost even more jobs in the second quarter. The number of unemployed persons increased by 584,000 to 7.8 million compared to the first quarter of 2021.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa embarked on a national indefinite strike last week following failed salary negotiations with major employer organisation in the engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa. The strike may be worse than the 2014 industrial action in the steel industry, which lasted four weeks and cost the industry between ZAR 300 million and ZAR 500 million a day or ZAR 6-billion for the broader economy, as production stopped and the economy was starved of steel.

Numsa has demanded an across-the-board salary increase of 8% for one year (2021), then an adjustment of consumer inflation plus 2% for the following two years. This works out to increases of just more than 6% for 2022 and 2023. But employers are not entertaining Numsa’s salary adjustment demands. They have tabled a 4.4% increase for 2021, inflation plus 0.5% increase in 2022, and inflation plus 1% increase in 2023. Numsa rejected the offer by employers, triggering the national strike.
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BHP Marks Official Opening of South Flank Iron Ore Mine

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11 Oct, 2021, 6:30 am

BHP has marked the official opening of its new South Flank mine in Western Australia at a celebratory event in the Pilbara attended by Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan, Banjima Traditional Owners and joint venture partners, ITOCHU and Mitsui. South Flank is Australia’s largest new iron ore mine in over 50 years and has been delivered safely on time and on budget. When fully operational it will produce 80 million tonnes of premium iron ore per annum, and together with the existing Mining Area C will form the largest operating iron ore hub in the world, producing 145 million tonnes of iron ore each year.

The USD 3.6 billion South Flank development created 9000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and will sustain more than 600 permanent ongoing jobs. South Flank’s workforce is diverse and highly skilled, with 40 per cent female and 15 per cent Indigenous operational staff.

BHP has already awarded more than AUD 4.6 billion of works for South Flank, including 78 per cent to Australian businesses, 41 per cent to WA businesses and 37 per cent committed in the Pilbara region.
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Posco to Sell Hume Coal Project in New South Wales

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08 Oct, 2021, 6:31 am

Argus reported that South Korean steel producer Posco has put the land for its failed 3 million tonne per year Hume coal project in the New South Wales Southern Highlands and associated rail link to Port Kembla up for sale, to recoup losses.

After more than a decade of trying to gain approval for the mine, which was designed to produce 39 million tonne per year of 55% coking coal and 45% thermal coal over a 19-year mine life, Posco has admitted defeat and put the land associated with the coal project up for sale. It expects to recoup around AUD 60 million, which will go towards paying back the more than AUD 200 million it has spent on the project over the past ten years.

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Beursblik: Jefferies verlaagt koersdoel Aperam
Houden advies blijft staan.

(ABM FN-Dow Jones) Jefferies heeft het koersdoel voor Aperam verlaagd van 54,00 naar 48,00 euro met behoud van het Houden advies. Dit bleek maandag uit een uitgebreid staalrapport van de Amerikaanse zakenbank.

Jefferies rekent voor Aperam op een omzet in het derde kwartaal van 1.327 miljoen euro, met een aangepaste EBITDA van 266 miljoen euro en een marge van 20 procent. Dat was een kwartaal eerder een omzet van 1.272 miljoen euro, waarop een EBITDA werd behaald van 262 miljoen euro met een marge van 21 procent.

Voor het derde kwartaal mikt Aperam zelf op een zelfde aangepaste EBITDA als in het tweede kwartaal. Ook de vergelijkbare vrije kasstroom zal gelijk zijn aan die in het tweede kwartaal, "ondanks een hoger werkkapitaal".

Voor heel 2021 komt de zakenbank uit op een omzet voor Aperam van 5.363 miljoen euro, een aangepaste EBITDA van 969 miljoen euro en een marge van 18 procent.

"2021 is een piekjaar, maar het toekomstige normaal zit dichter bij 2021 dan bij 2016 tot en met 2018", meldde Aperam onlangs tijdens een prestatie voor aandeelhouders.

Door: ABM Financial News.

info@abmfn.nl

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Tata Steel Announces Winner of Notions of India

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:30 am

Notions of India, an international design competition organised by Tata Structura, witnessed an impressive participation in its second edition and concluded on Gandhi Jayanti with “Billion Impressions” emerging as the winning design. “Billion Impressions” by Ar Namdev Talluru and Ar J K Jayakanth was adjudged the winning design. Tata Steel announced that the winning design will be erected and installed in the city of Ranchi. Tata Steel CEO & MD Mr TV Narendran said “Steel is a very important material for the future. Designers conceptualize the beauty and Tata Steel, as a steel maker, provides the functionality to deliver that beauty. Tata Structura is one such critical offering, which helps showcase the beauty of steel. Notions of India is our endeavour to encourage the most creative and talented engineers and architects to bring to life innovative designs enabled by steel. I congratulate the winners and all the participants of the design competition.”

“The Knot” by Midori Architects and “National Unity Pavilion” by Collaborative Architecture took the honours for the second and third placeSumit Kumar Sharma from School of Planning & Architecture was adjudged the winner in the Students’ category for his design, “The Spirit”.

Earlier this year, the competition was launched by Mr Ratan Tata and Mr N Chandrasekaran. Spanning five months, the competition witnessed over 5,200 registrations with participants from 13 countries. With over 575 submissions, the rigorous selection process included five levels of Jury comprising most respected architects, designers and engineers from India and abroad. As part of the competition’s evaluation process, a total of 12 leading designs were shortlisted and declared as the finalists on August 15, 2021

Notions of India is a design competition to create an outdoor symbol/structure preferably using YST 355 steel hollow sections along with other materials. The participants were expected to design a sculpture/structure that would signify the vision and journey of the nation into the future. Although there were external dimensional limits set, participants would endeavour to keep the same within the dimensional limits of 12 x 12 x 12 cubic metres.
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SEIFSA Welcomes New Board at Annual General Meeting

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:31 am

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa has named its new board at the SEIFSA Annual General Meeting. EICO Engineering Chief Executive Officer Elias Monage who is also a member of the Steel Master Plan Oversight Council, Chairperson and Founder of the Steel Industry Compliance and Support Fund was elected SEIFSA President, while the Federation’s Vice-Presidents are Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, Managing Director at MphoNo Energies and Board Member at KSB Pumps & Valves (Pty) Ltd and Chief Executive Officer of Auto Industrial Group and member of the Steel Master Plan Council Andrea Moz.

Other Board members are Dynamic Fluid Control (Pty) Ltd Chief Executive Officer Tumi Tshelo, Frigoglass South Africa Human Resources Executive Ryan Haynes, Reinforcing Steel Contractors (Pty) Ltd Director Ernest Volschenk, South African Mint Company Managing Director Honey Mamabolo, Director and Chairman of various companies within and outside the M&E Industry Malcolm Mcculloch, Actom Group Chief Executive Officer Mervyn Naidoo and Allied Steelrode (Pty) Ltd Group Chief Executive Officer Arun Chadha.
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Auburn University Study Shines Light on Alabama’s Steel Industry

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:32 am

According to a new economic impact study produced by Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business, Alabama’s iron and steel industry has transformed itself into a greener, cleaner, high tech producer that remains a robust economic influencer on the state’s economy and a major provider to America’s infrastructure. Auburn senior Mr Grant Stallworth, who played a lead role in the study, said “The initial project was an economic impact study on the iron and steel industry in Alabama, but what it turned into was a document for the current government and the public to realize the tremendous influence of iron and steel production in this state. That influence includes almost 15,000 direct jobs and more than 76,000 indirect jobs, and many of those jobs pay well above average income.”

He attributes that to new technological advances in the production process; and in the growing need for efficient managers, such as those in his field of supply chain management, to ensure raw materials, finished materials, labor, shipping and other factors all fall into place to cut costs and streamline distribution.

Among the report’s findings:

1. Higher-paying jobs with an industry wide average annual salary in Alabama of almost USD 100,000, and a much wider spectrum of skilled and unskilled labor in such fields as new technology and supply chain management

2. A switch among producers to new engineering and production methods that have exhaust stacks emitting harmless steam and much less carbon dioxide.

3. The greatly enhanced use of recycled materials to produce new iron and steel while bypassing landfills and helping the environment on the ground.

4. The provision of vital materials to other industries, such as shipbuilders in Mobile and ductile iron pipes for various critical infrastructures

Perhaps more surprising, the researchers said, was learning about the industry’s advancements in becoming cleaner and a major recycling proponent. Steel, for example, uses new technology, such as an electric arc furnace. Between 95 and 100 percent of the metal used in the production of finished iron and steel products in Alabama comes from recycled scrap. More and more Alabama foundries are integrating electric arc furnaces into their operations. Electric arc furnaces produce significantly less carbon dioxide than traditional melt sources

The project began as a partnership between the trade association Manufacture Alabama and Harbert’s Center for Supply Chain Innovation.
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NLMK Reduces Climate Footprint Using Gases from BF & CO

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Published on :
12 Oct, 2021, 5:34 am

The use of secondary resources, associated gases of metallurgical production, allows NLMK Group to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.5 million tons of CO2 per year. The company uses associated gases, blast furnace and coke oven gas, as a fuel to generate electricity for production and as a direct energy carrier for the main process equipment. Such electricity meets the needs of Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant, the flagship site of NLMK Group, by 65%. The energy value of associated gases is due, among other things, to the presence of pure hydrogen in them, from 7% in blast furnace gas to 60% in coke oven gas.

Consumption of blast furnace and coke oven gas across NLMK Group reaches 23 bcm per year. In energy terms, this volume would be enough to replace all the natural gas consumed per year by a country like Serbia. This volume of secondary gases contains 3 billion cubic meters of hydrogen. Its use allows NLMK to save fossil carbonaceous fuels, significantly bringing us closer to the goals of reducing the climate footprint

In 2020, NLMK Group reduced the level of CO2 emissions per tonne of pig iron and steel to 1.90 tonnes (by 4% compared to 2016), and sets the goal of further reductions to 1.84 tonnes (an additional 3%) by 2023.
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Tosyali Harsco Bags Service Contract from Kaptan Demir Çelik

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:35 am

Harsco Environmental announced that its joint venture with Tosyali Holding, Tosyali Harsco has successfully entered into a new multi-year services contract with Kaptan Demir Çelik, for its steel mill located in the Trakya region of Turkey. Tosyali Harsco brings to Kaptan its expertise in safe and reliable under-furnace digging. Harsco Environmental has pioneered this activity on multiple sites across the world, and through its joint venture with Tosyali, will help Kaptan remove and manage build-up of materials under Kaptan’s furnaces to help prevent negative effects on production and mitigate environmental impacts.

The under-furnace digging equipment Tosyali Harsco will provide to Kaptan is equipped with full hot work protection to ensure the safety of the operators.

Tosyali Harsco and Kaptan also plan to work together to develop environmental solutions for the valorization of slag and other by-products, with a focus in developing slag asphalt.

Kaptan Demir Çelik, part of the Kaptan Group, is a family owned steel mill located in Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey. Kaptan started to first roll steel in 1964 in Karabük. In 2002, Kaptan established the first and only steel mill in the Marmara region. The mill operates an Electric Arc Furnace and a continuous casting machine and has a capacity of 1.4 million tonnes of billets per year.
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Latin American Steel Industry Maintains Recovery in Jan-Jul 2021

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:36 am

Latin American steel association Alacero announce that the cumulative amount of crude steel production until July is 37.670 million tonnes, 23.5% more if compared to the same period in the previous year and exceeding the first seven months of 2019 by 2.7%. As for finished steel, the cumulative amount up to July is 32,798 million tonnes, which points to a 30.4% growth if compared to the same period in 2020, and 8.1% higher than the levels of 2019.

Regarding to regional consumption, the accumulated in the first 6 months of 2021 was 37.8% higher than the same period in 2020, reflecting the recovery of the steel demanding sectors. The second quarter of the current year was around 64.3% above the same period in the previous year and around 9.6% above the first quarter of 2021.
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GMS Market Commentary on Ship Breaking in Week 40

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:37 am

of weeks of mixed performances in steel plate prices from the sub-continent markets where the industry witnessed Indian levels suddenly jump towards the end of last week, whilst both Pakistani and Bangladeshi markets saw their plate prices decline, this week, the respective pendulums appear to be swinging back. Bangladeshi plate prices finally steadied their recent month long decline through September, Pakistani plate made a small recovery and Indian levels plummeted nearly USD 25/Ton this week. In the West, Turkey spent another quiet, yet steady week, even though Lira concerns are now starting to permeate through the local recycling mindset.”

GMS said “Supply too remains minimal and is possibly adding to the buoyancy of current vessel pricing in its own way. Accordingly, we continue to see either Cash Buyers concluding previously purchased tonnage, or news of private sales surface as this week, news of a tanker and bulker (for strictly HKC SoC green recycling) were concluded last week.”

GMS added “Local port positions also remain relatively full, with Chattogram (expectedly) claiming the highest volume of incoming tonnage in the subcontinent, for a few weeks now.”

GMS Pricing

India/Bangladesh/Pakistan – Week 40, Unchanged

Dry Bulk – USD 560-590 per LDT

Tankers - USD 570-600 per LDT

Containers - USD 580-610 per LDT
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Globitas Acquires HEGO Stainless Steel & Aluminium

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:38 am

The investment company Globitas successfully completed the acquisition of the company HEGO on 1 October 2021. Since 1977, HEGO has been active as an international wholesaler and service center in the trade and processing of stainless steel and aluminum. HEGO has a wide range of stainless steel and aluminum sheets and coils in various sizes and alloys, which are available directly from stock. With its own service center comprising of cutting, laser cutting, polishing and decoiling facilities, HEGO guarantees fast customization. Ordered today is often delivered tomorrow.

HEGO is the Stainless Steel Trading specialist in Europe. Mr Wim and Ms Fabien Gort are the founders of Almere Nederlands based HEGO BV and are confident that Globitas will continue the business in the right way

Globitas is an entrepreneurial investor. Globitas invests in companies with a focus on providing added value. Globitas helps companies grow through entrepreneurship, a broad network of operational experts and creativity. Experiences from other markets are often applied to sectors that are more traditional and where there is room for innovation.
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Cleveland-Cliffs Enters the Scrap Business with Acquisition of FPT

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:39 am

US steel giant Cleveland-Cliffs Inc announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ferrous Processing and Trading Company, including certain related entities, for a total enterprise value of approximately USD 775 million, on a cash-free, debt-free basis and subject to customary adjustment. Based in Detroit, FPT is among the largest processors and distributors of prime ferrous scrap in the United States, representing approximately 15% of the domestic merchant prime scrap market. FPT currently processes approximately three million tons of scrap per year, approximately half of which is prime grade.

Cleveland-Cliffs Chairman, President & CEO Mr Lourenco Goncalves said “Cleveland-Cliffs is entering the scrap business as a major player through the acquisition of a large scrap company. Even more importantly, FPT has a very meaningful presence in prime scrap. With all the new flat-rolled EAF capacity coming online in our market over the next four years, prime scrap will only become more and more scarce. As the largest supplier of flat rolled steel in North America, Cleveland-Cliffs is the main source of the steel that generates prime scrap in manufacturing facilities. Furthermore, throughout our entire footprint, Cleveland-Cliffs also consumes a very significant amount of scrap in our EAFs and BOFs. The acquisition of FPT will enhance our ability to buy back prime scrap directly from our clients, cutting the middlemen and improving the margin contribution from scrap for both Cleveland-Cliffs and for the manufacturing and service center clients that will be able to sell scrap directly back to us.”

FPT operates 22 scrap processing facilities, with approximately 90% of revenues originating from its Midwest locations, primarily in Michigan and Ohio. In the trailing twelve months ended August 31, 2021, FPT generated EBITDA of approximately $100 million. FPT already enjoys an outsized position in automotive and industrial scrap, which is expected to grow as part of Cleveland-Cliffs. FPT was Fastmarkets’ 2019 winner of Scrap Company of the Year.
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OMK Appoints Mr Petr Trushin as New CEO

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:40 am

Russian pipe maker United Metallurgical Company OMK announced the appointment of Mr Petr Trushin as OMK CEO. In this position, he replaced Mr Sergey Toropov, who had been in charge of the company since February 2021. Since 2008, Mr Petr Trushin has worked at OMK as the head of the business system development department, the head of goal setting and performance assessment, and the director of performance. He held managerial positions in the departments of internal audit and improving the efficiency of business processes. From February 2017 to June 2019 was a member of the OMK Management Board. Prior to OMK, he worked for SUEK and PwC.

Mr Pyotr Nikolaevich Trushin was born in 1982. He graduated from the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow in 2005 with a degree in management. In 2018, he was awarded the Certificate of Honor of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia.
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Acciaierie Arvedi Orders HDG & Color Coating Lines from Danieli

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:41 am

Italian steel maker Acciaierie Arvedi awarded Danieli with an order for the supply of two strip processing lines to be installed at the Servola plant in Trieste in north-east Italy, which will comply with the standards of the European Union’s Green Deal. Featuring the Danieli Kohler X-JET wiping system that allows the lightest zinc-coating weights with extremely accurate uniformity and control, the HDGL will process 200,000 tonnes per year of incoming coils weighing more than 30 tons, operating at up-to 200 meters per minute process speed.

The furnace will handle cold-forming, structural, micro-alloyed and hot-rolled strip steel grades. The 0.15–0.25-mm strips will be processed using only the radiant tubes section, not with the direct-flame section. Thanks to low-NOX burners and a DeNOX waste gas heat-recovery system, the plant will operate at the lowest emissions levels.

A Q-Robot Zinc will skim the surface of the zinc bath, removing and handling dross, reducing human activity in the zinc-pot area.

The design of the prime and finish coaters will be based on the most recent iteration of Danieli FATA Hunter’s single-slide technology and integrated with dry-film thickness measurement sensors to provide a closed-loop control for higher coating repeatability and limited operator intervention.

The new processing lines, together with the existing continuous tandem mill, will be integrated into Q3-PREMIUM, Danieli Automation’s digital predictive quality system to assist high-end steel producers with enhanced control through each process step, especially for consistent production of prime quality and advanced steel grades.

The lines will be supplied on a turnkey basis; all equipment will be preassembled in order to minimize erection activities. Startup is scheduled by the end 2022.
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JSW Steel Group Crude Steel Production Crosses 5MT Mark in Q2

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:42 am

Indian steel giant JSW Steel reported group combined crude steel production at 5.07 million tonnes for Q2 of 2021-22, including the production at jointly controlled entities viz. Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd and JSW Ispat Special Products, up by 29% YoY. JSW Steel's standalone output rose by 6% YoY to 4.10 million tonne, from 3.85 million tonne in the year-ago quarter. The capacity utilization at standalone level was at 91% in Q2 of 2021-22. During the quarter, Vijayanagar works has taken planned shutdown for campaign repairs of two of its convertors and Salem works has taken annual shutdown of one of its Blast Furnaces, due to which the capacity utilisation remained at an average of 91% in this quarter.

JSW Ispat Special Products production for Q2 of 2021-22 was lower mainly due to shutdown of power plant for maintenance and consequent impact on production at Raipur and shutdown of blast furnace for 3 days for maintenance & stabilisation of slab caster at Raigarh.
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Sidenor Halts Production over High Electricity Prices in Spain

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:43 am

Leading Spanish steelmaker Sidenor has slashed production at one of its factories due to the big hike in electricity prices as it halted production at its Basauri plant for 20 days until December 31. The overall effect will be to reduce production by 30% for the rest of 2021. Sidenor said “This is a first step to try to limit the tremendous impact that the exorbitant and uncontrolled electricity costs are creating.”

According to media report, Sidenor is paying EUR 227 per MWh in October, while it paid just over EUR 60 per MWh last year. The company forecast that it would have to pay EUR 284 per MWh in November and December. The increase in electricity prices prevents the company from maintaining its current production rate, impacting on its production costs by more than EUR 200 per tonne

The company says it has yet to make a decision over its 1,500-strong Bilbao workforce but warned that 'other measures' might be necessary if price trends continue. Sidenor added that it has plans to reduce steel production at its other plants in Cantabria and Catalunya.
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Japanese Crude Steel Output in Oct-Dec to Surge by 10% YoY

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12 Oct, 2021, 5:45 am

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry estimates that Japanese crude steel output in the October-December 2021 quarter at 24.11 million tonnes, up by 9.6% YoY from 21.99 million tonnes in the October-December 2021 quarter 2020 and up by 0.8% QoQ from the July-September quarter. The ministry also expects demand for steel products, including those for exports, is forecast to increase 6.7% to YoY 21.84 million tonnes in October-December quarter of 2021 with exports surging by 16.9% YoY to 7.11 million tonnes.

However, it warned of an increased risk of a downturn due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on supply chains and said close attention is needed on the trend of COVID-19 infections at home and abroad.
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Outokumpu meldt meevallende winst
In derde kwartaal.

(ABM FN-Dow Jones) Outokumpu heeft in het derde kwartaal meer winst behaald dan verwacht. Dit meldde de Finse fabrikant van roestvast staal dinsdagochtend.

De fabrikant constateerde dat de prijzen voor roestvast staal hoger uitvielen dan verwacht en dat daardoor de aangepaste EBITDA ook hoger zal liggen dan in het tweede kwartaal. Eerder dacht Outokumpu nog dat de aangepaste EBITDA vergelijkbaar zou zijn met de 223 miljoen euro die in het tweede kwartaal werd behaald.

De verwachtingen voor de volumes werden daarnaast gehandhaafd. Outokumpu verscheepte 8 procent minder dan in het tweede kwartaal.

Op 4 november volgen de gedetailleerde cijfers.

Door: ABM Financial News.

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Britse staallobby: mogelijk sluiting fabrieken door energiecrisis
ANP Producties 17 uur geleden

LONDEN (ANP/RTR) - De stijgende prijzen voor elektriciteit en aardgas kunnen leiden tot dure sluitingen van staalfabrieken. Daarvoor waarschuwt de lobbygroep van de Britse staalindustrie. De sluitingen zouden gevolgen kunnen hebben voor de Britse economie en er zouden ook banen verloren kunnen gaan in het Verenigd Koninkrijk.

Bovendien kunnen stopzettingen apparatuur beschadigen en de kosten verhogen, aldus de lobbygroep. Dat kan leiden tot "slechtere milieuprestaties met hogere uitstoot". De staalindustrie roept de Britse regering op om te helpen. Zo zou Londen een vaste hoeveelheid capaciteit kunnen leveren voor een lage prijs. Als de prijzen verder stijgen wordt het volgens de branche onmogelijk om winstgevend staal te maken.

Door de grote vraag naar gas vanwege het economische herstel van de coronacrisis, het koude voorjaar en minder opgewekte energie uit duurzame bronnen lopen de energieprijzen op en zijn de gasvoorraden in Europa kleiner. Daarnaast is het aanbod van Russisch gas beperkt en is het moeilijk om gas elders te vinden, omdat er ook een sterke vraag vanuit Azië is met dus felle concurrentie.

Verschillende landen zoals Frankrijk en Spanje vinden dat de Europese Unie actie moet ondernemen om de prijsstijgingen op te vangen. Spanje heeft een voorstel gedaan voor een gezamenlijke EU-inkoop van aardgas en de aanleg van een strategische gasvoorraad. Eurocommissaris voor Energie Kadri Simson heeft gezegd dat Brussel voor het einde van dit jaar met plannen komt voor een herziening van de regels op de Europese gasmarkt.
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