News in Brief (2) from October 2011 issue

Finex order

Siemens VAI Metals Technologies received an order from Posco Engineering & Construction (Posco E&C), for its third Finex plant.

Posco E&C is a subsidiary company of the Korean steel producer Posco.

The ironmaking facility will be built at Posco’s Pohang steelworks and produce 2Mt/y of hot metal on the basis of directly charged low-cost iron ore fines and predominantly non-coking coal.

The Finex plant is set to be completed in 2013 and will allow 4Mt/t of hot metal to be produced using the Finex process at Posco.

Jiexiu iron commissioning

Jiexiu Xintai Iron & Steel Co Ltd from Jiexiu, Shanxi Province, has commissioned its section mill for steel beams supplied by SMS Meer, Germany.

The mill will be used to roll beams in the size range from 200 to 1000mm. The plant has a capacity of 1.2Mt/y.

The plant at Jiexiu Xintai is the ninth section mill to be supplied to China by SMS Meer. The heavy beam mill is equipped with universal roll stands of CCS (Compact Cartridge Stand) design.

Chongqing relocation

Chongqing Iron and Steel has closed its facilities in southwest Chongqing Municipality as part of the company’s relocation programme.

In a filing to the stock exchange, the dual-listed company said its production activities and office would be relocated in the economic and technical development zone of Changshou district in Chongqing.

The company said the relocation programme is in line with the requirements of environmental protection and industrial layout and planning set by the municipal government.

Apprentice scheme

UK group Sheffield Forgemasters has taken on 68 apprentices to add to its specialist engineering workforce.

SFIL will train the apprentices over the coming year, the majority in their second and third-years, but 17 of which are new school and college graduates studying for specialist careers and roles in all departments across the 64-acre Brightside Lane site, Sheffield, UK.

This year more than 200 people applied for 17 vacancies, proving that apprenticeships are a sought after route for future employees