Welcome to the first issue of 2014, which comes to you courtesy of a new editor, Matthew Moggridge, who takes over from Dr. Tim Smith who retired late last year.
We have an exciting issue for you. It carries an exclusive interview with worldsteel's director-general, Dr. Edwin Basson, who welcomed Steel Times International to the organisation's Brussels headquarters last December. Dr. Basson spoke at length about the global steel industry and talked extensively about a number of issues. In this the first of two interviews, we talked at length about the Chinese steel industry. Dr Basson believes that greater two-way communication is needed between Chinese and non-Chinese steelmakers and argues that the West can learn a lot from the Chinese. "They can build technological installations in half the time or speed that the rest of the world can do it," he told Steel Times International, adding that worldsteel has a standing request from its members to do everything possible to interface with Chinese steel producers and continue to build a strong relationship there.
Also in this issue we have an article by steel consultant Keith Walker who talks about the key objectives of metallurgists: to produce better in-service performance by attempting to improve the mechanical properties of steel and enabling the use of steel in new and onerous applications.
Steel Times International's USA correspondent, Myra Pinkham examines how the US steel industry and port transportation groups alike are touting the importance of recent governmental initiatives that could result in increased infrastructure improvements for the nation's inland and coastal ports.
We have a report from the 54th Alacero Conference, which was held in Peru in November last year in which Germano Mendes de Paula concludes that the world steel industry will witness moderate growth over the coming years and that Latin America will not be an exception to that rule.
Italian steelmaking equipment giant Danieli are still growing and thriving, according to a company profile penned by former Steel Times International editor Tim Smith, and we carry and article on Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA) and its new water treatment plant installed at the company's Steckel plate mill in Monclova, Northern Mexico.
In a new regular Q&A feature, we hear from Mike Wheeler, president of USA-based Guild International who believes that the steel industry has an amazing future ahead of it as long as it phases out older, less efficient, highly polluting plants.
As always we have a healthy news section and Update articles on the USA, Latin America and China and last but not least, the History Page, this month written by Harry Hodson.
January/February 2014 Contents
Chinese and Korean steel faces Taiwanese anti-dumping duties
March 07, 2014
The Taiwanese Ministry of Finance said on 5 March that it would levy stiff anti-dumping duties on selected cold-rolled stainless steel products from China and South Korea, citing damage to the local steel sector.
Baotou Steel to establish steel joint venture in Mongolia
March 07, 2014
Chinese steelmaker Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Union Co. Ltd. plans to build a joint-venture steel plant with an annual production capacity of 5Mt in Mongolia, media reports from Shanghai said on 4 March, quoting Liu Jinyi, deputy general manager with Baotou.
Voestalpine’s ‘internationalisation’ strategy takes shape
March 05, 2014
Global steel-based technology and capital goods group Voestalpine is pushing ahead with its strategy of 'internationalisation' with the opening of its new metal forming division at a site in East London, South Africa.
Iran welcomes Italian investors
March 05, 2014
In the same way, perhaps, that a sleepy English village might welcome careful drivers, the Iranians have announced that they welcome Italian investors interested in the country's mining projects.
China versus the rest of the world?
January 30, 2014
From January/February 2014
Steel Times International travels to Brussels, headquarters of worldsteel, to interview director-general, Dr. Edwin Basson.
Diary of James Patterson’s visit to tinplate works of South Wales January 1828
November 17, 2013
The full diary runs to some 14000 words and covers Patterson’s trip to Ireland to see family and on his return to UK visits to ironworks in the Midlands, Manchester, Bristol and London as well as South Wales.
As well as being a record of the technology of the day the diary also supplies insights into the social history of the time, transport and the weather – generally cold and wet according to Patterson not unsurprising since the period of travel included the whole of the winter of 1827-8.
How changes in scrap mix affect Consteel charging of an EAF
November 06, 2013
A description of the various types of scrap available to the EAF operator and how
these affect the performance of a Consteel continuous charging and scrap preheating
conveyor are described.
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November 04, 2013
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