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ZHA to design Jinghe New City Culture & Art Centre in Shaanxi

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29 Jun, 2022, 6:30 am

Zaha Hadid Architects has been named winner of the competition to design the Jinghe New City Culture & Art Centre. Jinghe New City is growing as a science and technology hub north of Xi’an in China's Shaanxi province. Supported by new scientific research institutes and driven by environmental considerations, the city is becoming a centre for developing industries focussing on new energy and materials, artificial intelligence and aerospace. Echoing the meandering valleys carved by the Jinghe River through the mountains and landscapes of Shaanxi province, the Jinghe New City Culture & Art Centre is located within the Jinghe Bay Academician Science & Technology Innovation district of the city.

The centre’s design intertwines with the city’s existing urban masterplan to connect the new multimedia library to the north of Jinghe Avenue with the new performing arts theatre, multi-function halls, studios and exhibition galleries to the south via elevated courtyards, gardens and paths that span the avenue’s eight lanes of traffic below.

With gently sloping ramps providing a gateway to the district’s network of elevated public walkways, the centre weaves through the city to link its commercial and residential districts with the parks and river to the south, while also bringing the city’s residents into the heart of the building and providing direct access to the planned metro station.

Organized as a series of flowing volumes, layers and surfaces interconnecting with courtyards and landscapes, the design defines a sequence of interior and exterior cultural and recreational spaces for its community.

The multimedia library’s terraces overlook its full-height atrium with diffusing skylights to provide a variety of public reading zones for individual and collective research. The library will integrate print publications together with immersive virtual reality technologies that expand the boundaries of learning and enrich the exchange of knowledge.

Located on the southern side of the avenue, the performing arts theatre accommodates 450 people and can be adapted for many types of events. The multi-function hall, studios and galleries are stacked and arranged around the theatre to share public areas designed to enhance accessibility and inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Solar irradiation analysis and responsive site planning optimise the centre’s use of natural ventilation and daylight in the mild temperate climate of Jinghe New City. Incorporating photovoltaic panels for on-site power generation together with rainwater collection, the centre’s construction will prioritise locally-produced materials with a high recycled content to achieve a 3-star certification in China’s Green Building program.
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Indian Steel Exports Shrink in May2022

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29 Jun, 2022, 6:31 am

According to the preliminary data of the Joint Plant Committee, Indian crude steel output amounted to 10.6 million tonnes in May 2022, up by 4.5% YoY but down 4% MoM. In April-May 2022, India produced 20.936 million tonnes of crude steel, up by 12.5% YoY, while total finished steel production was 19.454 million tonnes up by 9.6% & consumption was 18.472 million tonnes up by 9.8%.

In total finished steel production, contribution of the non-alloy steel segment stood at 18.253 million tonnes while the rest was the contribution of the alloy & stainless steel segment. Non flat products accounted for 53% share, the rest 47% was the share of flats.

India exported 0.749 million tonnes of finished steel in May, lower by 1% MoM & 40% YoY. Hot-rolled coil exports dropped by almost 50% to 0.3 million tonnes YoY. Among them, the exports to Belgium decreased by over 42% YoY & Italy, had a drop of 9% YoY

The figures are likely to weaken in June amid the imposition of export duty and low demand in the home market.
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US Steel Announces Update on Metallics Strategy for EAF’s

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29 Jun, 2022, 6:34 am

United States Steel Corporation announced that it would expand its low-cost iron ore competitive advantage and increase its self-sufficiency by supplying domestic feedstock to its growing fleet of electric arc furnaces. The Company expects related improvements to its capital and carbon intensity and financial performance from anticipated future internal and external EAF demand. US Steel plans to break ground in Fall 2022 at one of its two Minnesota Ore Operations facilities, Keetac or Minntac, to construct a system dedicated to producing DR-grade pellets. This will enable one of the Company’s existing pelletizing plants to not only create DR-grade pellets but also maintain the optionality to continue producing blast furnace-grade pellets.

The Company does not expect the approximately USD 150 million DR-grade pellet investment to change the 2022 capital spending budget and will continue to prudently manage future capex in-line with its strategic priorities.

DR-grade pellets are a critical feedstock for ironmaking in a direct reduced iron or hot briquetted iron process that ultimately supplies EAF steelmaking. Upon completion, the Company would have the option to sell the new pellets to third-party DRI & HBI producers or use them to feed a potential future DRI or HBI facility of its own. The DR-grade pellets produced would be a new product line for US Steel.

The investment and expected timeline are subject to state and local support and receipt of regulatory permitting.
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US to Raise Steel Tariffs to 35% for Russia & Belarus

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29 Jun, 2022, 6:36 am

United States President Mr Joe Biden vide a White House proclamation on 27 June 2022 announced that US will raise tariffs to 35% on certain steel and aluminum products imported from Russia & Belarus in a move that will affect 570 different groups of products across various sectors. Mr Biden said I do hereby proclaim as follows

1. To increase the rates of duty on imports of certain articles of the Russian Federation as set forth in this proclamation, HTSUS heading 9903.90.08

2. The modifications to the HTSUS made by clause 1 of this proclamation shall be effective with respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after on the day that is 30 days after the date of this proclamation and shall continue in effect, unless such actions are expressly reduced, modified, or terminated

3. General Note to the HTSUS is amended to add the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation to the list of countries subject to duties.

4. Any provision of previous proclamations and Executive Orders that is inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation is superseded to the extent of such inconsistency
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Ministry of Steel Onboards National Portal for GatiShakti

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29 Jun, 2022, 6:39 am

India’s Ministry of Steel has on boarded itself on PM GatiShakti National Master Plan portal with the help of Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics, BiSAG-N. It has created its first layer of data with uploading Geo locations of all the steel plants of CPSEs under the administrative control of Ministry of Steel. The Geo location of all the mines of these CPSEs under the administrative control of Ministry of Steel is also in the process of being uploaded.

BiSAG-N has created an application through which Ministry of Steel is planning to upload the Geo location of more than two thousand steel units (including big players) functioning in the country.

In future, with the Geo locations, it is also planned to upload other relevant attributes like production capacity, product details etc. of all the units/mines.

Apart from that, Ministry of Steel, in line with the goal of PM GatiShakti has identified 38 high impact projects to develop multimodal connectivity and bridge the missing infrastructure gaps. Planned expansion of railway lines, creation of new Inland Waterways, roads, ports, gas pipeline connectivity and airports/airstrips will result in creating much needed logistics solution, which will drive the steel sector towards achieving its targeted goals by 2030-31 as delineated in National Steel Policy 2017.

Gati Shakti National Master Plan for Infrastructure development was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister in October 2021 with the objective to bring different Ministries together and for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity Projects. It will incorporate the infrastructure schemes of various Ministries and State Governments and will alsoleverage technology extensively including spatial planning tools.
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Rio Tinto Opens Technologically Advanced Gudai-Darri Iron Ore Mine

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29 Jun, 2022, 6:30 am

Pilbara Traditional Owners, the Banjima People & Western Australia’s Minister for Mines& Petroleum Energy Mr Bill Johnston joined Rio Tinto employees as well as valued partners and suppliers to celebrate the official opening of Gudai-Darri, Rio Tinto’s most technologically advanced mine. The mine’s footprint also extends to Yinjibarndi country where a section of the new 166-kilometre rail line was constructed.

Since development commenced in April 2019, more than 14 million work hours have culminated in the delivery of Rio Tinto’s 17th and most technologically advanced iron ore mine in the Pilbara. Development of the mine supported more than 3,000 jobs during the construction and design phase with the operation requiring around 600 permanent roles.

To optimise mine safety and drive productivity, Gudai-Darri features an unprecedented deployment of technology, much of it industry-leading. This includes the use of robotics for the ore sampling laboratory as well as for distribution of parts in the new workshop.

From autonomous trucks, trains and drills, standard across many Rio Tinto mines in the Pilbara, to a full digital replica of the processing plant which allows teams to monitor and respond to data collected from the plant. The same digital asset data is used to provide a feature rich, interactive 3D environment for virtual reality training. These autonomous assets are monitored remotely from Rio Tinto’s Operations Centre 1,500 kilometers away in Perth.

With an expected life of more than 40 years and an annual capacity of 43 million tonnes, Gudai-Darri will underpin future production of Rio Tinto’s Pilbara Blend product. It’s expected to increase iron ore production volumes and improve product mix from the Pilbara from the second half of this year. The mine is expected to reach capacity in 2023.

Gudai-Darri has 23 CAT 793F autonomous haul trucks and three CAT MD6310 autonomous drills. The trucks implement real-time ore tracking using sensors to provide live dig face progression, while data-informed modelling from the drills helps to build more accurate assessments of existing ground conditions and improve safety. In collaboration with Caterpillar, Rio Tinto is advancing the development of zero-emissions autonomous haul trucks. Once development is complete, it is anticipated the world’s first operational deployment of Caterpillar 793 zero-emissions autonomous haul trucks will be at Gudai-Darri.

The new vehicles, developed in partnership with Caterpillar, are primarily used for dust suppression on site, enhancing productivity by enabling mine operations to digitally track water consumption and reduce waste. The vehicle’s intelligent on-board system detects dry and dusty conditions on site, triggering the application of water to roads to keep them in good condition.

Fully operational in June 2019, AutoHaul was the world’s first fully autonomous long distance, heavy-haul rail network. The autonomous train is monitored remotely by operators from our Operations Centre in Perth more than 1,500 kilometres away.

Traditionally reclaimer maintenance requires a prolonged shutdown while several components are removed. This patented world first will enable the entire bucket wheel module to be changed out for maintenance, improving safety and efficiency

The Gudai-Darri laboratory is fully automated and integrated with our mine. Production samples (both lump and fines) enter the lab via a conveyer from the sample station and will be transferred to the automated production cell by a robot.
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Winner of AISI 2022 Market Development Industry Leadership Award

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30 Jun, 2022, 5:30 am

The American Iron and Steel Institute has presented the 2022 Market Development Industry Leadership Award to Dr Benjamin W Schafer, Ph.D., P.E., the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil and Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The award was presented by AISI President & CEO Mr Kevin Dempsey at the Institute’s offices in Washington DC. AISI’s market development awards were established in 2007 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the competitive use of steel in the marketplace.

Dr Schafer’s post-doctoral work at Cornell University paved the way for the development and adoption of the Direct Strength Method in AISI S100, North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members, which provided a new and powerful method for the design of cold-formed steel members with more complex cross-sections than allowed by traditional methods.

His vision and drive led to the first earthquake test on a full cold-formed steel framed building in 2013 and development of AISI S400, North American Standard for Seismic Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Systems, which in 2015 brought into a single standard the code-recognized cold-formed steel seismic force-resisting systems and established a “path” for innovative new systems to be approved that provide lighter, stronger, more resilient and less expensive buildings.

His leadership and execution of the multi-year Steel Diaphragm Innovation Initiative will result in the adoption of new provisions in seismic codes and standards, increase the already high level of seismic safety of steel buildings, lead to more efficient design and enhance steel as the material of choice for sustainable seismic solutions.

His current National Science Foundation funded research is focused on demonstrating the advantages of cold-formed steel in high seismic applications, advancing the use of steel in taller and more economical wind towers and advancing the application of next-generation steels into building construction.

Dr Schafer is the founding director of the Ralph O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He is director of the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium and a consulting principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc in the Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure Group. He is an active member of the AISI Committee on Specifications and AISI Committee on Framing Standards and served as chair of the AISI Analysis Task Group (2012 to 2022) and Strategic Planning Committee of the AISI Standards Council (2016 to 2020). He serves on numerous industries technical committees.
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TMK Reorganizes Pipeline Solutions of VTZ & ChTPZ

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30 Jun, 2022, 5:35 am

Russian pipe maker TMK, as the sole shareholder of its subsidiaries VTZ & ChTPZ, has made decisions to reorganize them by spinning off VTZ Pipeline Solutions& ChTPZ Pipeline Solutions with their simultaneous merger with TMK Pipeline Solutions.

The purpose of this reorganization is to increase the efficiency of TMK Group's business, improve its financial condition and corporate structure within the target business divisions, focus management efforts on its main strategic areas of activity, and attract new investors to the identified business areas. The same applies to VTZ JSC and ChTPZ JSC, which will continue to be the key assets of the Group, continuing to fulfill all their obligations to partners, financial institutions, the state and employees.

On 29 June 2022, the first notice of the reorganization of ChTPZ was published in the State Registration Bulletin magazine.
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Turkish Police Detains 250 Persons in Iron Fist Crackdown

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30 Jun, 2022, 5:42 am

Hurriyet Daily reported that around 250 suspects, including three alleged crime organization leaders, were detained in police raids in 29 out of all Turkey’s 81 provinces on June 28 as part of a major operation against fraud in the iron and steel sector. Among the suspects detained is Mr Erol Evcil, a notorious businessman who spent years in prison over charges of organized crime. The suspects are accused of disrupting the price stability by manipulating the iron and steel market, monopolizing the sector by eliminating rival companies, and inflicting TRL 25 billion (USD 1.5 billion) public by using TRL 105 billion worth of fake invoices through shell companies.

The investigation, led by Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office, started 10 months ago with the participation of officials from the Financial Crime Investigation Board MASAK and Tax Inspection Board inspectors and police officers from the Combating Financial Crimes Department and the Anti-Smuggling & Organized Crime Department KOM.

While the joint working group that was formed meticulously evaluated every information, document and detail during the preparation phase of the operation, it also used physical surveillance for 10 months. As a result of the efforts, three different criminal organizations operating in the iron and steel industry were identified. As a result of the investigation, a major operation, dubbed “Iron Fist,” was launched in 29 provinces across Turkey early on June 28 with the participation of 2,100 police officers and 250 other officials. Fourteen factories and 850 locations were raided as part of the operation, in which 250 of the 347 suspects identified were detained.
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Metinvest Update on Operations of Kamet Steel & Iron Ore Assets

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30 Jun, 2022, 5:48 am

Ukrainian steel maker Metinvest has begun preparatory work to place the production operations of its iron ore assets on hold in mid June. Starting from 1 July 2022, Metinvest will suspend production at Ingulets GOK and Southern GOK. In addition, Kamet Steel in Kamianske in Ukraine will switch to operation using one blast furnace. From mid July 2022, production at Northern GOK will also be suspended. Meanwhile, Central GOK will continue to operate at reduced capacity utilization levels. Several factors have led the Group to take these decisions, including logistical issues, higher production costs and lower steel prices.

The suspension of some iron ore production and operation of Kamet Steel at reduced capacity is a necessary decision that has been delayed since 24 February 2022 amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The economic situation in Ukraine remains challenging and could deteriorate further. The operations of Metinvest’s Ukrainian assets have been affected by a number of factors, making even monthly budget a complicated exercise. They include the following:

There have been changes in logistical routes and supply chains in the country, as well as elevated transportation costs to deliver goods to end users. The Group used to deliver its goods by sea. As the ports are currently being blocked, it has been forced to deliver them by railway. As a result, logistics costs have increased significantly. Stocks of iron ore and steel products have accumulated throughout the Group’s supply chain, while there have been more than one-month delays in Metinvest’s goods crossing the border with the EU.

The production cost of steel goods has increased due to high prices for energy, in particular natural gas, and raw materials. This has been aggravated by weak local steel demand, which has fallen by two-thirds since February 2022.

Among other external factors are steel prices, which have decreased globally amid falling demand for steel and iron ore due to the reduction of steel production in Europe.

Thousands of employees of the assets mentioned above will be engaged in repair and maintenance, as well as certain other work, while their base salaries will be retained. Metinvest will continue to provide assistance to internally displaced people and civilians in the cities where it operates and will not stop its projects to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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Hyundai Steel Leveraging AI to Become Smart Enterprise

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30 Jun, 2022, 5:52 am

The Investor reported that South Korean steel maker Hyundai Steel has built a so-called Smart Enterprise system, an advanced management program that oversees from production to sales and infrastructure management through AI technology. The new system features AI technology and big data to advance the entire process from manufacturing to sales at steel mills. Hyundai Steel official said “The company will complete the Smart Enterprise system by forming the most optimized decision-making process centered in customers by merging data through technology. A task force team has been set up to create a platform that gathers and merges data to innovate the overall manufacturing, infrastructure system and production management at its workplace. The new system will be up and running by 2025.”

An AI-based production system will be also implemented at the steelmaker’s factories, by upgrading instrument control modules for processes like steelmaking and steel rolling so they can more accurately control and measure materials for production. The company said it has been working on the development of instrument control module, which will learn by itself how to merge with other controlling data on factory operation. Such a high-tech module will be also applied to other business operations so it can make accurate decisions based on data, and also monitor errors during the entire production process.

Hyundai Steel has joined hands with local firms to invest in developing a virtual sensor technology called PTOP-VsensorTM solution. It is a machine learning-based software program that can sync with data gathered via physical sensors installed inside heating furnaces at steel mills. While physical sensors are prone to risks and errors due to emissions exhausted inside the furnace, using software to predict scenarios and control modules are not only safe but enhances fuel efficiency.
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Trinecke Železarny Reports 7% Decline in Production in 2021

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30 Jun, 2022, 5:57 am

Czech Republic based steel maker Trinecké železárny, despite the decline in production, the company achieved a profit of CZK 1.306 billion in 2021. The mill produced 2.4 million tonnes of steel last year, down 7% YoY. The result was positively impacted by the development of sales, which increased by CZK 8.6 billion compared to the previous year to a total of CZK 43.715 billion. Nevertheless, last year's performance was marred by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has had a major impact on life and business in all countries around the world. Another negative development was the extreme rise in the price of input materials and the continuing problems in the automotive industry, mainly due to the shortage of electronic components. Trinecké železárny Chairman Mr Tomáš Chrenek said "All of this culminated in a sharp rise in energy prices at the end of the year due to the steep rise in the price of emission allowances, which was one of the impetuses for kick-starting inflation. Although thanks to a sophisticated business strategy we managed to eliminate the unfavourable conditions, the company's performance was undoubtedly affected.”

The slight drop in steel production was caused by a 60-day shutdown of one of the two blast furnaces, which the company reconstructed after more than 20 years of continuous operation. The loss of pig iron production associated with the blast furnace shutdown was reflected in the sales of semi-finished products and other products.

As in previous years, the largest contributor to the sales volume was wire rod, of which the company sold 962 kilotonnes. Nearly 72% went to foreign markets, mostly to European Union countries, where the company supplies the vast majority of its production. Rolled and further finished wire has the largest share of production in the Trinecké železárny Group of companies and constitutes the largest customer and product portfolio.

Sales in the bar and section steel range are also thriving, reaching 536 kilotonnes last year, of which almost 63 percent was exported. Bar and section steel is mainly used for the production of flexible parts used in the automotive industry.

Traditional export products of Trinecké železárny are rails and railway accessories. Out of their total sales volume of 235 kilotons, the company exported 194 kilotonnes to the EU, USA, Canada, Egypt, Israel and other destinations.

Last year, the plant invested a total of almost CZK 1.7 billion. In addition to the repair and modernization of the blast furnace, this included investment in the expansion of the 600 mm format on all casting streams of the continuous casting plant, which increased the share of steel sales to the wind power industry.

The annual production of Trinec Ironworks is around 2.5 million tonnes of steel. The main products include mainly long rolled products - wire rod, shaped steel, special bar steel, drawn steel, rails, wide steel, seamless pipes and metallurgical semi-finished products. Current employment is 6,878 inhabitants, mainly in the region of Trinec and Jablunkov.
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Gerdau Petersburg Awards Russula Contracts to Upgrade Section Mill

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30 Jun, 2022, 6:00 am

Gerdau Petersburg has recently awarded Russula two contracts to modernize areas in the structural steel mill. The purpose of the upgrade is to replace legacy electrical equipment with modern drives that will improve performance and spare parts availability.

The Multidrive 400 that controls the motors from the cooling bed to the cold shear will be replaced with the modern ABB ACS880 series along with drive controlling one of the motors for the fixed cold saw. Russula will supply the drives, engineering, testing, and onsite services such as installation supervision, commissioning, and production support. Delivery of the equipment will begin in July 2022. Commissioning is scheduled for the fourth quarter.

Located in Virginia in USA, the Gerdau Petersburg plant is a recycled scrap steel mill that specializes in the production of structural steels including Wide Flange Beams, H-Piling and PZC Sheet Piling. Together the meltshop and hot rolling mill produce 1 million ton per year.
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ArcelorMittal France Nord Obtains ResponsibleSteel Certification

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30 Jun, 2022, 6:03 am

After ArcelorMittal Méditerranée in May, ArcelorMittal France Nord announced that it has obtained ResponsibleSteel certification. ArcelorMittal France Nord has been involved in this certification process for several months to achieve its objective of going beyond its obligations and having a positive action for future generations. Following two stages of audit by an independent body, which began in December 2021, ArcelorMittal France Nord was notified that it had obtained ResponsibleSteel certification on 12 May 2022.

The ResponsibleSteel certification is based on 12 environmental, social and governance principles that tend to promote responsible steel production and supply.

ArcelorMittal France Nord is the entity of ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products which includes the industrial sites of Dunkirk, Mardyck, Desvres, Montataire, Florange, Mouzon and Basse-Indre. It produces flat steels for many industrial sectors, such as packaging, general industry, and especially the automotive industry.
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Cognor Selects Danieli for Spooler Line & Light-Section Mill

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30 Jun, 2022, 6:05 am

Vertically integrated Polish producer of rebars, merchant & steel bars Cognor selected Danieli for the first time for two strategic projects, a new spooler line and a new light section mill, to widen its production portfolio whilst performing at the most competitive OpEx. The spooler line will be installed downstream the existing Cognor bar mill in Krakow and produce compact rebars-in-coil up to 3.5 tonnes, from 8 to 20 mm, at a pace of 75 tonnes per hour. It will consist of a complete series of a 4-pass fast-finishing block, quenching-water cooling boxes, and two coiling machines, including finishing services. Two new Danieli roughing stands will be placed between the existing reheating furnace and rolling mill to enable feeding with 160-mm square billets.

The new light-section mill selected by Cognor will produce a wide range of profiles including flats, equal and unequal angles, HE/IPE/IPN beams, UPN/UPE, as well as tee, round and square profiles at a pace of 80 tonnes per hour, 450,000 tonnes per year finished material.

A new walking-beam reheating furnace will feed an 18-housingless-stand rolling mill with 160-mm square billets. The mill supply will encompass complete finishing services including a straightening and cut-to-length machinery, rolling guides and consumables for full production mix. The rolling mill technological layout has been designed to allow the installation of two more roughing stands at the continuous mill head, to enable the use of 200-mm square billets, with the aim to expand the product mix.

Both contracts comprise engineering, technological supply, on-site training and advisory services.

The spooler line is expected to start operation by the end of 2022, whilst the light-section mill is intended to be operational by the end of 2023.
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Gestamp & SSAB Develop 1000MPa Steel for Automotive

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30 Jun, 2022, 6:09 am

Gestamp’s innovative lighter design for front lower control arm led to 7 year collaborative effort with SSAB, resulting in new 1000 MPa complex phase steel. This effort demonstrates the power of early design stage and ongoing collaboration, combined with SSAB’s capacity to deliver multiple steel grade iterations to solve challenging lightweighting requirements. In 2014, Gestamp started to develop a new front lower control arm for the Toyota Yaris in Europe. It soon became clear the steel grade required to develop this part did not yet exist. This was when Gestamp approached SSAB.

The new complex phase grade not only had to be stronger, for lightweighting via a thinner gauge, it also had to deliver excellent local formability, good fatigue resistance, and durability for the critically important control arm.

Over the course of the project, Gestamp worked closely with SSAB on everything from material composition to characterization and, finally, homologation of the complex phase steel for use on the front lower control arm.
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AIC Upgrades Gerdau’s Cosigua & Divinópolis Plant in Brazil

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30 Jun, 2022, 6:11 am

AIC Brazil has recently revamped both Cosigua and Divinopolis steel plants for Gerdau Group. The project for Cosigua in Rio de Janeiro intervened on 2 stands in Mill 2, replacing DC with AC power supplies and fitting the existing plant with modern motors and ABB's ACS880 Multi drives.

Inversely, the job on Divinópolis has consisted of the automation modernization on the 80 tonnes per hour pusher-type reheating furnace, raising energy efficiency. Brand-new ABB PLCs (AC800M-PM866), for combustion and movements, were included in the project's package, fitting with Siemens Simatic WinCC and HMI TP1200 Comfort Panel technology, plus Engineering and Client Stations. The reduction of heat losses and the increase in productivity that arises from cutting down furnace shutdown time has been addressed by the software upgrade, which includes new Temperature Control on three-zone, new movement controls (Entry Side, Inside Furnace, Exit Side), and new screens.

Gerdau Cosigua hosts a 932,000 tonne per year steel meltshop, two section mills 1 million tonne per year in total and a 600,000 tonne per year wire rod mill. Gerdau Divinopolis is capable of producing 430,000 tonne per year of pig iron, 600,000 tonne per year of crude steel and 480,000 tonne per year of merchant bars and wire rod.
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RWE & Tata Steel UK to Support Green Drive in Offshore Wind Power

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30 Jun, 2022, 6:15 am

Wales’ largest electricity producer RWE has entered a new partnership with Tata Steel UK to understand and explore the production of steel components that could be used in high-tech floating wind foundations and structures for projects in the Celtic Sea. The industry leaders will work together to identify the steel components that could be supplied from Tata Steel in floating wind technologies in the gigawatt-scale floating offshore wind projects in the Celtic Sea. The co-operation agreement will allow the two companies to share knowledge and expertise and demonstrate the shared commitment to supporting the wider industrial decarbonization and economic development of Wales.

The co-operation agreement will allow the two parties to provide technical assistance and expertise to The Crown Estate, if needed as part of the Celtic Sea leasing process.

The steelworks in Port Talbot has been the cornerstone of British manufacturing for over a hundred years and Tata Steel continues to be the beating heart of Welsh industry with over 5,000 people directly employed across its sites in Wales.

RWE is proposing to deploy a pipeline of gigawatt-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea as part of the Crown Estate’s upcoming leasing round. If successful, the projects will form a key part of RWE’s innovative decarbonization hub, Pembroke Net Zero Centre, bringing together all areas of RWE’s decarbonization expertise and supporting the transition to net zero in South Wales.
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Salzgitter Invests in H2 SteeLab in Duisburg

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30 Jun, 2022, 6:17 am

German steel maker Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung runs one of its research sites on the premises of Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann in Duisburg-Huckingen. Products and processes focused on the material of steel are developed and tested at this site. Work is concentrated on producing tubes and pipes and heavy plate within the Salzgitter Group. Along with the Group companies, many other small and large customers and partners draw on SZMF’s almost 100-year competence and its research and development services.

At the Duisburg location, Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung combines the wide spectrum of the Salzgitter Group’s steel competence for the hydrogen economy, while, at the same time, supplementing the manifold activities at the evolving hydrogen location of Duisburg.

SZMF’s General Manager Dr Benedikt Ritterbach said “Sustainability and climate protection are the greatest challenges of our time. Hydrogen and steel play a very significant role here. Substituting coking coal, thereby making the production of steel even more sustainable and climate conserving in the future, requires hydrogen. Conversely, hydrogen needs suitable steel pipes and plate in order to transport and store hydrogen. We can do both and will make our contribution to this process: Salzgitter AG as a pioneer in producing particularly sustainable steel with its SALCOS transformation program, and Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung where we develop and qualify products for the emerging hydrogen economy. Mannesmann H2ready steel pipes are already being used today in the hydrogen economy in a wide range of applications.”

A rapid and successful implementation of the project will be instrumental reinforcing the Salzgitter Group’s technological leadership as well as generally benefiting Duisburg as a hydrogen location.
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POSCO & IGE Held ESG Global in Seoul

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30 Jun, 2022, 6:20 am

United Nations former Secretary General Mr Ki-moon Ban, People Power Party’s leader Mr Cheol-soo Ahn, 1st Vice Minister of Economy and Finance Mr Ki-sun Bang, POSCO’s CEO Mr Jeong-woo Choi, Institute for Global Economics Chairman Kwang-woo Jun and BlackRock Managing Director Mr Henny Sender during ESG Global Summit’ international conference by POSCO & Institute for Global Economics in the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas Hotel on 17 June 2022 discussed the roadmap for sustainable growth in the era of great industrial transformation, including measures to advance ESG management and achieve carbon neutrality.

Morgan Stanley Capital International CEO Mr Henry A Fernandez said in the online keynote speech, “Uncertainty is greater than ever due to COVID-19 and growth slowdown. We must work together to prepare for the challenging future all over the world.”

Mr Ki-moon Ban said “Carbon neutrality and ESG go beyond industry and economy, and are in close contact with the great transformation of human civilization. In this era of transition, we should go together without anyone left behind.”

Mr Cheol-soo Ahn said “We will use the carbon-neutral implementation in response to the global decarbonization trend as an opportunity to transform the green economy. We will examine related policies and alternatives to ensure that eco-friendly growth strategies in the carbon-neutral era are well implemented,” he emphasized.”

Mr Ki-sun Bang said “We are living in the era of a black tide in which crises and disasters occur simultaneously and successively. I hope today’s event will be a meaningful occasion to overcome the current economic crisis and explore the possibility of great transformation and sustainable growth,”

Mr Jeong-woo Choi said “In the changing times represented by ESG management and stakeholder capitalism, companies must create a future-oriented vision that encompasses economic and social values. POSCO Group will be reborn as a leading eco-friendly future material company in the carbon-neutral era based on the corporate citizenship management philosophy over the holding company system transformation.”

Domestic and foreign experts in the fields of eco-friendly energy policy, climate, and international trade participated in the conference to discuss the direction of sustainable growth in the era of great industrial transformation, as well as strategic direction and policy alternatives for the industry. The conference consisted of keynote speeches and panel discussion sessions on four themes:

Advancing ESG as a central corporate strategy

Reshaping the international order and global economic landscape

The advent of the new international trade regime

Industrial growth strategy in the age of carbon neutrality
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