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March 2014

March 2014

Welcome to the March 2014 edition of Steel Times International. This month we report from Istanbul where Metal Bulletin held its excellent Steel Success Strategies conference. The event covered all bases in terms of the global steel industry and fielded some top notch speakers, including World Steel Dynamics' managing partner, Peter Marcus, who pointed out many things, including his belief that the Chinese economy will crash into the Great Wall before too long. The event discussed emerging economies, stagnating steel demand, the overcapacity issue and positive vibes coming out of the GCC countries.

Readers will also be interested in part two of Steel Times International's exclusive interview with World Steel's director-general, Dr. Edwin Basson. In this issue he discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Watch out for the third and final part of the interview in our forthcoming April edition, which will be out soon.

Last November's Stahl 2013 in Dusseldorf was a great success and in this issue we publish an article by Bernard O'Connor of European lawyers NCTM O'Connor on unfair trade practices. According to O'Connor, while the European Union has promoted the idea that there should be global competition to ensure fairness in the global marketplace, its trading partners have not agreed to launch negotiations on the creation of an international competition watchdog – or the fair standards to be applied by that watchdog.

As always, there are a host of technical articles, focusing this month on furnaces and continuous casting. We have three Update articles from the USA, Latin America and China and our Perspectives Q&A is from the Swiss company MTAG Technology AG's proprietor, Adrian Bodea.

This month's History page on Tyrolian cultural heritage is written by Fathi Habashi of Laval University, Quebec City, Canada.

I hope you enjoy the issue.

March 2014 Contents

Recent News

Turkish steelmaker orders SMS Meer rolling mill

A special bar quality rolling mill for the production of surface-quenched and tempered rebars, straight bars, wire rod and bar in coils, has been ordered by Karabük Demir Celik (Kardemir) of Turkey. The supplier is the German company SMS Meer.

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Crude still output hits record high

China produced 130.8Mt of crude steel in January and February of 2014, up 1.7% from the same period last year. Average crude steel output per day for January and February 2014 was 2.217Mt, up 10.2% from December 2013, according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NRB).

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NLMK board director joins leading Russian iron ore producer

Yuri Larin has been appointed general director of Stoilensky, a leading producer of iron ore. Sergei Napolskikh has made deputy general director (production and technology).

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US Steel subsidiary engaged in Southern Iraq energy consortium

An alliance has been formed between North American Western Asia Holdings (NAWAH), US Steel Tubular Products (a subsidiary of US Steel) and MRC Global with the sole objective of supplying oil well equipment to Iraq.

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Recent Features

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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Diary of James Patterson’s visit to tinplate works of South Wales January 1828

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.

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How changes in scrap mix affect Consteel charging of an EAF

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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