BRIC STEEL PRICES CONTINUE TO SLIDE, IN FEBRUARY

BRIC steel prices continue to be under pressure because of weak demand, global oversupply and the recent introduction of EU trade protection measures.

In February’s issue of the Developing Markets’ Steel Review, MEPS reported that the BRIC average transaction price, slipped, this month, across flat and long products.

Brazilian long product prices reduced slightly as market activity remained muted. Following the introduction of the minimum import price framework, in India, buyers are hesitant to place orders.

Russian cold-rolled sales to the European Union are likely to contract as the authorities set preliminary antidumping duties. However, local producers largely secured higher transaction prices, in February. Steel export orders rose on the back of the weak rouble.

Furthermore, domestic transaction prices for Chinese flat and long products are expected to rise in late-February as activity ramps up, especially in the construction sector, following the holidays.

Source: MEPS – Developing Markets Steel Review – February Edition

NORDIC STEEL PRICES CONTINUE TO TUMBLE IN FEBRUARY

NORDIC steel prices continue to fall, this month, because of weak demand and overcapacity in Europe.

In February’s edition of the European Steel Review Supplement, MEPS reports that domestic selling figures throughout the region have slipped further across flat and long products after reducing for much of last year.

European manufacturers proposed raising prices for first quarter business. However, buyers resisted these moves as sales activity remains sluggish.

Furthermore, high import penetration of non-EU material continues to put negative pressure on domestic transaction values. We noted that local producers lowered offers to secure orders, this month. Long product selling numbers were marked down because of declining scrap costs.

Steady demand from the automotive and construction sectors could lead to European producers pushing for price advances over the coming months. At this stage, it is unclear whether any hikes will be accepted by the market.

Source: European Steel Review Supplement – February Edition

TMK-ARTROM orders heat treatment line for tubes from SMS group

TMK-ARTROM, located in Slatina, Romania, has placed an order with SMS group to supply a heat treatment line for tubes. The plant serves for the production of seamless tubes, OCTG pipes (Oil Country Tubular Goods) as well as high-strength tubes for mechanical applications. The annual capacity is 160,000 tons. With the installation of this plant, TMK-ARTROM is strengthening its presence on the market with tubes for mechanical applications and for oil and gas exploration. The plant is scheduled to commence operation in the second quarter of 2017.

The heat treatment line ordered by TMK-ARTROM consists of an austenitizing furnace with walking beam transport system, a quenching head, a quenching tank, a walking beam tempering furnace and a cooling bed. The line allows carrying out various process steps, such as quenching, tempering and normalizing.

The heat treatment line will be able to treat tubes up to a wall thickness of 60 millimeters. Thanks to the high product flexibility, the plant is also suitable for the cost-effective processing of small batch sizes and different product groups. Eco-friendly recuperative burners with very low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in the furnaces allow fuel savings of up to five percent compared with conventional burners.

The SMS group, under the roof of SMS Holding GmbH, is a group of global players in machinery and plant construction for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. More than 14,000 employees generate global sales of some EUR 3.4 billion.

Source: SMS Group

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Power X-HI stainless steel tandem cold mill from Primetals Technologies produces first coil at Beihai Chengde

  • Plant capacity is 600,000 tons of cold strip per year
  • Designed to produce stainless steels of AISI grade series 200 and 300
  • Short cold test phase and first coil produced within three months

In late December 2015, a stainless steel continuous tandem cold mill (TCM) supplied by Primetals Technologies to Beihai Chengde Stainless Steel Co. (Beihai Chengde) produced the first coil at the Beihai plant in the Chinese Guangxi Province. The mill consists of a Power X-HI type, five-stand, continuous tandem cold rolling mill and a heavy laser welder. The rolling mill has a rated capacity of 600,000 tons of cold strip per year, and is designed to produce AISI grades series 200 and 300. The cold test was performed within 17 days and the first coil produced within only three months. The order was placed in the mid-2013. It was the second order for an X-HI and the third order for a continuous TCM for stainless steel that Primetals Technologies had received from China.

Beihai Chengde is active in nickel mining and the production of narrow stainless steel strip. The company intends to use the new cold rolling mill to start producing wide strip. The continuous rolling mill handles hot-rolled, annealed and pickled stainless steel. It is able to achieve exit thicknesses from 0.3 to 3.0 millimeters from entry thicknesses of between 1.0 and 5.0 millimeters. The width of the strip varies between 800 and 1,300 millimetres.

The continuous rolling mill line comprises three main sections, each separated by strip accumulators. The entry section includes a double uncoiler station, each equipped with coil storage facilities, coil loading car and overhung mandrel uncoiler together with coil opening, flattening and shearing equipment. The Primetals Technologies welding machine is of heavy laser type (LW21H) and includes strip centering and strip cutting facilities as well as diagnostic systems.

The mill section includes five stands of Power X-HI type with associated high tension bridles and rinsing section to remove emulsion from the strip surface. The rolling speed is 400 meters per minute. The rolling stands are designed for a flying roll change, so production will not have to be interrupted to change the work rolls. This increases productivity and reduces output losses.

The exit section comprises exit bridle, inspection station, rotary shear, scrap and sample cutting, two recoilers, belt wrapper, paper interleaving feeding equipment, spool loading and coil unloading car with associated coil banding and storage. The strip looper between the rolling line and the exit section decouples the rolling process from the downstream activities, such as strip inspection and coil shearing. This means that these are no longer limiting factors on the mill throughput.

The scope of delivery also included variable-speed Sinamics drives with a total power of 22,000 kilowatts, and the basic (level 1) and process (level 2) automation. A Simatic WinCC-based solution handles operator control and monitoring tasks. It also enables distributed supervision, and features easy-to-use diagnostic and alarm functions.

X-HI is a registered trademark of Primetals Technologies in some countries.

Source: Primetals Technologies

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Gerdau Ouro Branco issues Final Acceptance Certificate for Steckel mill supplied by Primetals Technologies

  • Mill produces 800.000 metric tons of hot-rolled coil per year
  • Part of a major project for the production of flat carbon steel in Brazil
  • Primetals Technologies supplied complete mechanical, electric and automation equipment

Brazilian steel producer Gerdau has issued the Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) for a new Steckel mill supplied by Primetals Technologies for its Ouro Branco production site in the state of Minas Gerais. The Steckel mill has an annual capacity of 800,000 metric tons of hot-rolled coil and was part of a major order placed with Primetals Technologies in 2010, comprising the complete mechanical, electrical and automation equipment.

Gerdau is the leading long steel producer in the Americas and a leading global supplier of special steels. Gerdau has industrial operations in 14 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia with combined installed production capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is also the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world transforms millions of tons of scrap into steel each year.

The Steckel mill is part of an investment program for the Ouro Branco Steel Works, which is intended to establish the Gerdau as a flat carbon steel producer in Brazil. Under the investment program, Gerdau also ordered a plate mill and a two-strand continuous slab caster from Primetals Technologies. The end products include not only high grade plates for API (American Petroleum Institute) linepipes, but also for shipbuilding, the construction industry and pressure vessels.

Primetals Technologies supplied all the mechanical equipment for the Steckel mill, including the Steckel rolling stand with coiler furnaces, a crop shear, a laminar flow cooling section, and the downcoiler with its associated coil handling devices as well as the complete electrical and automation equipment. The rolling line is designed producing steel strip ranging in width from 900 to 2,100 millimeters and in thicknesses between 2 and 20 millimeters. The main drives of both rolling mills are equipped with non-salient pole synchronous motors powered by Sinamics SM150 voltage source converters. The scope of supply also covers the complete instrumentation, the measuring system and the automation, and includes all the technological control systems and process models. The project also included the complete power supply, including high, medium and low voltage switchgear. The scope of supply was rounded off by fluids systems and the water treatment plants for the two rolling lines. Primetals Technologies also was responsible for supervising the installation and commissioning of the equipment supplied.

Source: Primetals Technologies

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SHANDONG RIZHAO IRON & STEEL TO EQUIP NEW IRONMAKING PLANT WITH PAUL WURTH TOP CHARGING SYSTEMS

Luxembourg, 12 February 2016. For the construction of a brand-new, 8.5 mtpy ironmaking plant, Shandong Rizhao Iron & Steel relies on the latest technology of the international market leader in Blast Furnace top charging.

Shandong Rizhao Iron & Steel and Paul Wurth signed at the end of 2015 a contract for the delivery of two Bell Less Top® charging systems for the two blast furnaces of customer’s new ironmaking plant. Each blast furnace will have an inner volume of 5,100 m3, designed for a daily production of more than 11,500 tons of hot metal. These furnaces will be some of the largest ever equipped with a Central Feed BLT®.

The order comprises all the BLT’s mechanical equipment (including material hoppers of 100 m3 volume), the cooling systems, parts of the hydraulic system, field mounted electrical and lubrication equipment and site supervision services for erection and commissioning. The tops feature some of Paul Wurth’s latest developments, such as the pressurized cooling concept for the main gearbox and spherical maintenance valves.

The customer has decided to go with the international market leader who is using his experience gained from world-wide application of a reliable technology for continuous improvement and innovation.

Equipment supply and services will be provided from Luxembourg and China. The two blast furnaces of Shandong Rizhao’s new plant shall be commissioned in 2017, respectively 2018.

Source: Paul Wurth

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