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April 2014

April 2014

The European steel industry takes centre stage in this edition of Steel Times International, courtesy of an exclusive interview with Gordon Moffat, director-general of EUROFER, a Brussels-based lobbying group at the heart of Europe representing the interests of European steelmakers.

According to Moffat, the European approach to climate policy is not necessarily the right one and a more pragmatic approach is needed. He argues that products produced by European steelmakers save six times as much C02 as they produce and that, for this reason, the approach taken should not be punitive, but rather more inclusive and more collaborative.

Moffat also took centre stage at a recent CRU World Steel conference in Prague at which he hammered home his message to delegates. Moffat wants a climate policy in Europe that is cost-free for the most efficient producers and one that provides an incentive for less efficient steelmakers to improve their performance in terms of carbon reduction. Readers will find coverage of the CRU conference in the April issue.

In fact, the environment is a major theme of this issue, which also carries articles from the American Iron & Steel Institute and from Russula on the subjects of steel utility poles versus wood and a water treatment system for a Severstal mini mill.

There is also an interesting article from Siemens VAI on electric steelmaking in which Markus Dorndorf and Daniel Tieseler discuss holistic process control for electric arc furnaces.

Readers will also find the third and final part of Steel Times' exclusive interview with Dr. Edwin Basson, director-general of worldsteel, and two interesting technical articles from Steel Authority of India (SAIL) on sintering and continuous casting.

This month's Perspectives Q&A is from Michael J Klauck, president of the Canadian company Can-Eng. The company is focused on long products and is seeing strong demand from the open and closed die forging industry for reheating furnaces for ingots, blooms and billets.

We have Update articles on the USA, Latin America, China, Japan and India and a very interesting History page from Harry Hodson on the role of iron and steel in the manufacture of weapons.

April 2014 Contents

Recent News

SMS Mevac supplies China Steel Corporation in Taiwan

SMS Mevac of Germany has been very active in Taiwan and China and has recently announced two contracts, one with China Steel Corporation (CSC) and another with Taigang Group International Trade Company and Shanxi Taigang Stainless Steel Co.

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Kobe Steel’s Kakogawa hot metal treatment plant goes live

A hot metal treatment plant at Kobe Steel's Kakogawa Works in western Japan is now operational, according to the company.

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Production up, sales down at Severstal

Leading Russian integrated steelmaker OAO Severstal has announced its Q1 2014 operational results.

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Steel Safety Day – worldsteel requests safety audit

With under a week to go before Steel Safety Day (28th April) worldsteel, the organiser of the day, is calling for all participating organisations to conduct a safety audit in the lead-up to the event and report back their findings.

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Recent Features

What are we without steel?

In the third and final part of his exclusive interview with Dr. Edwin Basson, director-general of worldsteel, Matthew Moggridge, editor of Steel Times International, discusses carbon emissions, climate change, the environment and sustainability

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Challenges and opportunities

In part two of an exclusive interview with Steel Times International, Matthew Moggridge talks to Dr. Edwin Basson, director-general of worldsteel, about the present challenges and opportunities for the global steel industry.

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Europe’s misplaced ideals?

Gordon Moffat, director-general of EUROFER, says that European climate policy as it stands is threatening the competitiveness of European steelmakers and turning Europe into an industrial museum. However, in an exclusive interview with Steel Times International, he argues that the European Commission's Steel Action Plan has opened up the debate.

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China versus the rest of the world?

From January/February 2014

Steel Times International travels to Brussels, headquarters of worldsteel, to interview director-general, Dr. Edwin Basson.

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