April 2018

You know what? I was going to drone on about ‘the Donald’ and the imposition of 25% tariffs on steel exported to the USA, but with World War lll just around the corner, I thought I’d stick to something a little more upbeat. I also remembered that this issue contains not one but three articles – four if you include Manik’s USA Update – on the subject of tariffs, and I figured readers would be more than a little jaded if I pursued the issue any further for this leader article.

So, what to talk about? Well, there’s a lot going on in the world at present, but outside of tariffs, they don’t really have much of a connection with global steel production. It’s probably best, therefore, to look at a couple of top-draw events that are on the immediate horizon, one being next month’s AISTech, which this year will be held in Philadelphia (7-10 May). It’s always a good event and avid readers will know that I love it and look forward to meeting people like Philip K Bell, the president of the Steel Manufacturers Association, and Ron Ashburn, executive director of the AIST, and hearing what they and others have to say about the American steel industry; so make a date in your diary and, who knows, we might bump into one another in one of the exhibition halls or at the President’s Breakfast or Town Hall Forum – it’s all good, and Steel Times International has a booth so come on over.

I must also mention the Future Steel Forum, Steel Times International’s premier technology event (6-7 June, Sheraton Warsaw, Poland) which is focused entirely on applying the principles of Industry 4.0 to steel manufacturing. Last year’s inaugural event proved to be an outstanding success all round and this year it is looking even better with a cutting edge conference programme featuring leading steelmakers, ground-breaking research and academic organisations, forward-thinking technology providers, keen exhibitors and some interesting delegates, all coming together to discuss one of the hottest topics of the moment: smart manufacturing.

Last year I probably said ‘be there or be square’ so I won’t say it again, but the Future Steel Forum is an important and unique event for the global steel industry and it would be foolhardy to miss it.

For further details, see page 71 of this issue or visit www.futuresteelforum.com

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April 2018 highlights

Leader by Matthew Moggridge, editor, Steel Times International

2 AISTech and Future Steel Forum 2018 – don't miss them!

4 News – Astounding facts and figures, industry news and diary dates

7 Innovations – the latest new products


12 Tariffs – the Coatesville perspective

18 US steel tariffs – initial responses

21 Trump's tariffs – a view from Europe

25 Latin America Update – Columbia's good prospects

28 USA Update – China retaliates against US tariffs

31 Conference Report – CRU's North American Steel Conference

Continuous Casting

37 Predictive control for the right quality

49 Smart casting

Plant Safety

59 Zero harm is our goal – worldsteel's Steel Safety Day


64 Stainless steel stops leaks

Electric Steelmaking

67 The benefits of EAF shell exchange


74 Quintiq – Keeping busy


76 Remembering Corby's hot metal past