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.
The November/December of Steel Times International features Minimills and Coating.
The minimill industry has grown from a cluster of scrap based small works established in the 1950s with capacities typically no greater than 300kt/y producing re-bar products to to-day’s minimill groups some of which are now ‘integrated’ EAF works producing several million tonnes a year charging DRI and pig iron with the scrap to reduce the tramp element level sufficiently to produce flat products via the thin slab caster with in-line rolling mill.
Features in this issue look at energy recovery from the EAF, a comparison of vacuum degassing using steam injectors or dry vacuum pumps and a look at the minimill industry in the USA which now produces nearly 60% of its 88Mt of steel in minimills, and – featured on the web site – an article on the various scrap charging scenarios for Tenova’s Consteel scrap pre-heating and continuous charging process.
The Coating feature takes a look at the use of Life Cycle Analysis to compare galvanised utility poles with wooden poles, and special coatings to replace hard chrome with its associated health hazards.
Other features include a report on the recent worldsteel annual conference held in Sao Paulo in October.
The regular News pages, Updates and the History page complete the issue. Also this end of year issue contains the Index of articles and authors for 2013.
This is my last issue as Editor of Steel Times International as I retire after 25 years of association with the title and its sister publication Steel Times.
Thank you all for supporting the title over many years. I am sure my successor, Matthew Moggridge will maintain the standards of this dedicated title to the global steel industry.
The October issue features ironmaking, Safety & Training, a report on the BSE EAF seminar held in Germany earlier in the summer, the competition between steel and aluminium in light weighting automobiles in USA, the use of steel in offshore wind power generation and two articles on India, one lamenting the loss of foreign direct investment on several projects in recent months and the other on a government sponsored campaign to improving energy efficiency in re-rolling mills.
The ironmaking feature includes an article on the use of HBI charged to the blast furnace to increase productivity and reduce the carbon footprint and an article on rapid X-Ray analysis of ore for optimised sinter production.
Regular features include News, Statistics, regional updates on USA, China and Latin America, and the History page from a new contributor, that looks at the delights ‘rusty iron’ can offer the industrial historian.
A feature on the web describes the use of computer simulation during casting – both continuous and ingot − in three French steel mills www.steeltimesint.com/features