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Dangote Cement announces nine-month results 2019

Nigeria: Over a nine-month period to 30 September 2019 in which Dangote Cement increased its volumes by 1.1% to 18.0Mt from 17.8Mt in the corresponding period of 2018, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) for Africa’s largest cement producer fell by 1.6% year-on-year to US$0.84bn from US$0.85bn. Group CEO Joe Makoju noted a year-on-year 0.6% increase in Nigerian volumes to 10.8Mt from 1.07Mt, as well as growth in Tanzania and good sales in Senegal, as helping to...

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Zekelman Industries Contracts SMS Group for Supply of the Largest Continuous ERW Tube Mill in the World

Zekelman Industries selected SMS group as partner and main supplier for a complete new 28″ ERW tube welding line to be installed at its “Atlas Tube” structural tube division. With the new 28-inch electric resistance welding line, Zekelmann Industries will be installing the biggest continuous line in the world, capable to produce more than 400,000 tons per year and thus extending its product range and sizes. The new line will allow Zekelman Industries to produce structural and piling products with diameters ranging...

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Poland’s Conner contracts Fives for furnace renovation

Polish steel producer Connor S.A. contracted Fives to implement a challenging project – the renovation of a reheating pusher furnace at its Krakow plant. The steelmaker was looking to improve furnace performance, both in terms of product availability and operational cost reduction. The existing furnace, with an initial production capacity of 90 tons per hour, is integrated into a rolling mill producing merchant bars and rebars. Over the past years, the plant experienced difficulties sustainably operating the furnace at the...

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Primetals Technologies to replace BOF converter at HBIS Serbia in Smederevo

Primetals Technologies has received an order from HBIS Group Serbia Iron & Steel LLC (HBIS Serbia) to replace BOF converter #2 at its production site in Smederovo, Serbia. The aim of the project is to improve the process and to raise production capacity. This will be achieved by increasing the converter vessel´s shell volume. At the same time, the critical outer dimensions will remain the same, so that adjacent interfaces may be kept. Modifications of the BOF pedestal or...

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Steel Producers Look to Secure Volumes But Faced With Fluctuating Demand In Northern Europe

Demand for flat products, in northern Europe, varies by country and by end-use. Selling values, in mainland Europe, continued on the downward trend that began last month. In the Nordic countries, while many prices have been maintained, they are expected to decrease, in the near term. Third country offers are, for the most part, unattractive. Industrial activity is, generally, stronger in Scandinavia than in the rest of Europe, although Norwegian consumption is a little subdued. Demand for hot rolled coil,...

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Erdemir Group Relies on Paul Wurth Expertise for Construction of Two New Blast Furnaces

Paul Wurth has been awarded orders for two new blast furnaces to be built by Erdemir Group, Turkey’s largest steelmaker, at their Ereğli and Iskenderun integrated steel plants. In both cases, completely new blast furnaces will replace an older production unit. At Ereğli at Turkey’s northern Black Sea shore, Erdemir’s new BF2 will have a hearth diameter of 10 meters, 24 tuyeres, and two tapholes; it will produce 5,000 tons of hot metal per day from an inner volume of...

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SMS Group to Supply New 100-Ton-Per-Hour Furnace for NLMK DanSteel’s Existing Plate Mill

On March 6, 2019, SMS group signed an order covering the supply of a new 100-ton-per-hour walking beam furnace to be installed in the existing plate mill, which was supplied by SMS group too, of NLMK DanSteel A/S located in Frederiksvaerk near Copenhagen. The new furnace will include a broad range of innovations with the combination of SMS DigiMod combustion management system, SMS ZeroFlame burners and SMS GeniusCM® system for predictive maintenance ensuring very good results in terms of low...

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US authorities Relax Section 232 Measures

Steel selling values, in the United States, continue to be among the highest in the world. Nevertheless, local steel manufacturers are struggling to minimize the extent of recent price erosion, across flat and long products. Falling scrap expenditure, weak purchasing activity and an uptick in domestic production contributed to the latest price decline, this month. Hot-rolled coil prices are, currently, hovering just above the US$600 per short ton mark. However, the reduced impact of Section 232 legislation has the...

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SMS Group Upgrades Walking Beam Furnace at Sidenor Basauri In Spain

Sidenor Basauri, Spain, trusts in SMS group also for the stage-2 upgrade of its walking beam furnace, which will increase the furnace’s capacity from currently 85 tons per hour to 130 tons per hour. Supplied by SMS group in 2016, the furnace was originally designed with the provision for a future capacity increase. In the design phase, the SMS engineers had already taken into consideration all civil and mechanical modifications required for the future capacity boost in order to guarantee...

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Political Uncertainty Unnerves Business Confidence in Several Emerging Steel Markets

In Brazil, the Instituto Nacional dos Distribuidores de Aço (Inda) reports that, on March 2019, domestic flat-rolled finished steel sales totalled 312,900 tonnes – up 19.0 per cent, compared with the corresponding figure in the previous year. However, the association is forecasting that both sales and purchases of flat steel will fall by almost 10 per cent month-on-month, in April. The trading environment is gathering momentum, in the Russian Federation. Flat product suppliers are now offering material from their scheduled...

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