A selection of short stories from the steel industry

Holta buys Tinfos
Norwegian company Holta Invest is set to buy Tinfos International iron ore trading and distribution group.
Tinfos is based in Luxembourg and employs 80 people. The deal is set to be completed on 31 January 2010. Under the new ownership Tinfos will strengthen its trading and distribution activities in ferro-alloys, pig iron and non-ferrous metals to steel works, foundries and related metal industries.

Steel partnership
Nelson Steel and Bronx have formed a partnership for the design, build, and installation of pickling lines.
The pair said the combination of Nelson Steel’s 38 years of experience in the design, supply, installation, and operation of pickling lines and Bronx’s 65 years of experience in the supply of coil processing lines would provide customers with practical design, advanced technology, and operational knowhow.
Hertwich commissioning
SMS Meer subsidiary Hertwich Engineering (HE), has commissioned its largest billet saw to date at Otto Fuchs, Meinerzhagen, Germany.
Based on the CKS range of circular saws, this saw plant is designed to process cast billets with a diameter of 700mm and up to 7t in weight. The saw blade measures 1920mm in diameter and is powered by a 149kW drive motor.
Cut lengths are between 200 and 2000mm, besides test slices of 30mm thickness.
JSPL slab caster order
Siemens VAI Metals Technologies has received an order from Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) to supply a single-strand slab caster. It will be built at the Angul site in Orissa, India.
The machine, which will be equipped with new technological packages, will be one of the most advanced slab casters in India. Start-up is scheduled for September 2011.
Kobe Steel plans welding business
Kobe Steel plans to establish a company in Shanghai, China, to market its welding products.
Kobe Welding will open in March 2010 and employ 11 people.
It will market welding consumables, robot systems and related parts in China. It will also provide maintenance services for the robot systems.
Supplier agreement
Xingtai Iron & Steel, based in Xinggang, China has become a qualified supplier for Belgian steel wire maker Bekaert.
Xinggang has been approved to supply LX72A grade wire rod for tyre cord manufacturing. Bekaert’s other major Chinese suppliers include Baosteel, Wuhan Iron & Steel and Anshan Iron & Steel.
The Chinese company had previously been providing Bekaert’s Shenyang and Weihai tyre cord plants. Bekaert owns 12 cord plants in China, five of which manufacture tyre cord.
Saudi Arabian order
Tenova Italimpianti has secured an order for the ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Jubail site, in al Jubai, Saudi Arabia for a seamless pipe mill.
The plant owner is a JV of ArcelorMittal and Bin Jaralalh Group.
Tenova will supply a rotary hearth furnace for the hot mill and a heat treating line that consists of a hardening furnace and quench system and a tempering furnace and material handling equipment.
The furnaces will be equipped with low NOx burners to cope with Saudi Arabian pollution requirements.
Zenith contract
Zenith Steel, of Changzhou, Jiangsu, China, has signed multiple contracts with Siemens VAI for two rod outlets for the company’s new rod mills.
The contracts are valued at more than €10M. After the new equipment’s installation, the mills for this privately-owned, midsized steelmaker will produce up to 150t/h on each line.
Ruukki makes Turkey move
Ruukki Metals is to open its first sales office in Turkey.
It will mean Ruukki can improve the quality of its customer service and shorten delivery times.
Siemens wins Mexico contract
Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA) has awarded Siemens a $21M contract to modernise its process automation systems on its Monclova Hot Strip Mill.
Siemens will supply and install automation technology based on the Siroll HM platform, designed for hot rolling mills.
HBIA guide
The HBI Association (HBIA) has published guides for handling, maritime carriage, storage of Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) and high moisture DRI Fines. The guides are for use by ship owners, operators, and charters, as well as anyone handling or storing HBI and DRI Fines.
The guides are available to download from the HBIA web site www.hbia.org