Steel Times International Issue
March 2021

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March 2021

It’s a bit of a tongue twister: try saying Sustainable Steel Strategies Summit after a few glasses of wine, but this event, which takes place over two days (22-23 June 2021) is, arguably, one of the most important get-togethers of the global steel industry this year. It’s all to do with two words: ‘sustainable’ and ‘strategies’. The idea is to bring together senior level executives from around the globe to discuss the sustainability strategies employed by their companies as the world moves forward after COVID.

Sustainability is a big word and an important one for the steel industry, which is mindful of the fact that steelmaking currently contributes towards 7% of global CO2 emissions. “Left untamed, heavy industrial emissions will make up the bulk of emissions by 2030,” says climate organisation Mighty Earth in an article in this issue. But let’s be fair to the steel industry, which has been hard at work developing technologies to decarbonise the steelmaking process.

According to Mighty Earth, around 74% of the global steel market falls under a company or nationwide carbon neutral or net zero emission commitment, and that includes big players on the global steel stage, such as ArcelorMittal, Nippon Steel and POSCO.

The Sustainable Steel Strategies Summit is supported by Linde, Smart Steel Technologies and NEL, three leading businesses with sustainable steelmaking at the heart of everything they do, and has already secured cutting edge presentations from Tata Steel Europe, Liberty Steel Group, Finnish steelmaker Outokumpu and American steelmaker Carmeuse. I know that other leading players on the global stage are likely to speak and, of course, I will keep you updated as the programme develops.

Subjects under discussion will be wide-ranging and the closing date for abstracts submission is Friday 2nd April, plenty of time for anybody who would like to make a presentation, just email me.

Steelmakers around the world reel at the thought of being the ‘climate bad guys’ and while our industry is one of the largest emitters of environmental pollutants, it is also an industry that is doing plenty to reverse the situation. Please visit for more information.

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2 Leader by Matthew Moggridge, Editor, Steel Times International

4 News round-up – the latest global news

9 USA update – Biden to retain steel tariffs?

13 Latin America update – Peruvian steel in turmoil

16 Innovations – the latest contracts and products news


21 Steel: the new climate champion?

26 Driving energy efficiency and sustainability

Special Steels

30 Saving Fallingwater

Tube & Pipe

33 Extending the life of piercing plugs


36 Solutions for melting and reheating

Continuous casting

40 Trends in continuous casting

Process control

44 Through process optimisation by Primetals Technologies

Perspectives Q&A

49 SMS group


51 18th Century ironmaking in Western Romania