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Iron & Steel Review December 2012 Issue

Siemens VAI - Back into pelletizing

VIEWPOINT

Indian steel faces stagnant growth
As one of the world's largest democracies, India has come a long way since its independence. The economic and regulatory reforms introduced in the 90s led to the creation of many new industrial opportunities.

Cover Story

Circular Pelletizing Technology - The World's Most Compact Pelletizing Plant
The ever-increasing portion of iron ore fines and concentrates available on the global market mean that pelletizing is growing in importance for the agglomeration of iron ores. In response to this trend and simultaneously to reduce investment costs for the installation of new plants, Siemens Metals Technologies has developed Circular Pelletizing Technology (CPT).

Advertorial

Pro Minerals enetrs into iron ore beneficiation & pellet plant
The group through international joint ventures like allmineral GmbH, Hazemag & EPR GmbH & Siemens VAI is equipped with complete mineral processing solutions. As a step towards forward integration, the group has decided to venture into its own mineral processing plants like coal beneficiation, iron ore beneficiation and pellet plants.

Special Feature

Indian Steel - Performace in H1 of FY'13 & Technical Innovations
All hopes of a revival of India's industrial growth ened in great despair as the country's Index of Industrial Production (IIP) remained almost flat with just 0.1 % growth during the April-September, 2012 period (H1 of 2012-13) as against 5.1 % during the same period of the previous year.

NATIONAL TRENDS

SAIL Chairman visits IISCO Steel Plant
SAIL Chairman, C.S. Verma visited Burnpur along with Director (Technical) S.S. Mohanty and Director (Projects) T.S. Suresh to take stock of the progress of modernisation & expansion of IISCO Steel Plant.

Steel firms to hike prices by Rs.1,500 / tonne
On the back of rising coking coal and iron ore prices, the steel firms are set to hike prices by Rs. 1,500 - 2,000 per tonne.

SAIL: November output up 8 pct
Stell production from plants of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) marked a growth of 8 per cent during November 2012 as compared to corresponding period last year (CPLY) with saleable steel production at 9.72 lakh tonnes.
Steel Minister: I believe that villages have unlimited potential and if they develop, the nation is bound to develop
'I believe that villages have unlimited potential and if they develop, the nation is bound to develop' said Hon'ble Minister of Steel, Govt. of India. Shri Beni Pradas Verma, while addressing a gathering of all India Customers and Rural Dealers of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) at a "All India RINL Customers & rural Meet" organised by RINL at Lucknow on 19th November 2012.

GLOBAL TRENDS

  • Siemens revamps billet caster at Feralpi Calvisano
    Acciaierie di Calvisano, belonging to the Feralpi Group of Italy, commissioned Siemens Metals Technologies with the modernisation of the billet caster in the Calvisano works in Italy.
  • Forjasul orders EloForge induuction heating system from SMS Elotherm
    Forjasul Canoas from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, has placed an order with SMS Elotherm for the supply of an EloForge induction heating system.
  • Formosa Heavy Industries orders continuous casting lines from Siemens
    Siemens Metals Technologies recieved an order from the Taiwanese steelmaking company Formosa heavy Industries Co. to supply four continuous casting lines as part of the new construction of a steelmaking plant in Vung Ang, Vietnam.
  • Bayi Iron & Steel uses Corex plants to enhance output capacity
    Bayi Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., a steelmaker belonging to the Chienese Baosteel Group, plans to more than double its current steel production capacity of seven million tonnes per annum in the north western province of Xinjiang by 2015.
  • CCR Technologies to supply 2-strand billet caster to Gerdau
    Ontario, Canada-based CCR Technologies Inc., a global equipment supplier to steelmakers, has been awarded the complete turnkey supply of a "2-Strand Billet Caster" to Gerdau Corsa in Mexico.
  • SMS Concast and SMS Meer to build Greenfield minimill
    SIMEC Group from Apizaco, Mexico, has placed an order with SMS Concast, Switzerland, and SMS Meer, Germany, for a minimill.
  • Refratechnik at the ALUMINIUM 2012
    With 961 exhibitors from 51 countries, and 21,300 visitors, the world's largest trade fair for the aluminium industry underlined its position as one of the most successful industrial fairs.
  • Outotec's new Services sales target and financial guidance for 2013
    Outotec's Board of Directors has set a new Services sales target for the company. Outotec's goal is to grow services sales to the annual level of EUR 1 billion by the end of 2017.
  • SMS Siemag to modernise Hot Strip Mill No.1 at Baosteel
    Baoshan Iron & Steel (Baosteel) has awarded SMS Siemag, Germany, a contract for the modernisation of its Hot Strip Mill No. 1 in Shanghai, China.
  • SMS Meer recieves fifth order for PQF seamless tube mill from TPCO
    TPCO America Corporation from Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A., has placed an order with SMS Meer, Germany, for the supply of a new tube mill with PQF rolling technology.

FOCUS

Feasibility of setting up one mtpy integrated steel plant project in India
India is the 5th largest producer of crude steel in the world with a total production of 50.59 million tonnes in the year 2010-11 and is poised to take second position by 2015-16.

India set to vecome 2nd largest producer of crude steel by 2015
Steel is one of the most important industrial sectors in a country and due to its wide application across sectors, its growth and consumption are directly proportional to the country's GDP. The steel sector contributes to nearly 2 per cent of the country's GDP and employs over 5 lakh people.

Indian Steel Industry facing dilemmas in maximum
The Indian Steel Industry is in a state of flux-thanks to the series of dilemmas being faced by this related industry. Problems such as land acquisition, lacuna of iron ore and increasing imports are the active entities playing forth.

FACE TO FACE

"With steel, minimg and power, we are already a business conglomerate"
Having three effectuate business verticals being steel, minimg and power, Adhunik Group is fast pacing ahead on an increased growth line. Already on the league, and a lot more to offer, Mr. Manoj Kumar Agarwal - Managing Director, Adhunik Group discusses about the current business workings, company proceedings and upcoming plans with Iron & Steel Review Magazine.

MEC SHOT - One Stop Solution Provider for Surface Preparation
In this interview with Iron & Steel Review Magazine, Mr. Vaibhav Modi, Executive Director, MEC SHOT discusses the prospects, developments and plans of the company.

Steel consumption is set for an optimum augmentation globally
The present condition of the global steel industry is somewhat droopy. It is said that the market will remain weak.

COMPANY NEWS

Linsinger: The innovative partner for India's dynamic steel industry
The crucial technology for one of the most efficient tube welding constructions worldwide of Bhushan Steel Ltd. is produced by Linsinger, Austria. Also, numerous other steel producers in India rely on the competence of the innovation leader from Austria, reports Tanwar, a reprentative of Linsinger for the Indian market.

COMPANY REPORT

SAIL: Earnings at its best
Steel Authority of India (SAIL), the steel behemoth achieved the best and highest-ever turnover in the year 2011-12 followed by series of increased highlights.

Steelmaking and Continuous Casting technology for Long Products
Compared to 2010, the demand for electric arc furnaces, continuous casting technology, and secondary metallurgy for long products increased strongly once again. SMS Concast was consolidated completely into Buisness Area SMS Meer.

COMPANY PROFILE

P is 'Power'-ful and Precious fr Adhunik Group
Eastern-India based Adhunik Group having its head-quarters in Kolkata stands firm as the Rs. 3,500 crore conglomerate is one of the largest expanding corporate groups in India.

MARKET & PRODUCT

Continuous Galvanising Line
This furnace consists of Radiant Tube heating and soaking zones which are equipped with Double-P-type tubes and high efficient low NOx recuperative burners.

Ansteel Tiantie Continuous Annealing Line
The Ansteel Tiantie Continuous Annealing Line (CAL) in Tianjin (CHINA) went into operation on August 28th, 2010. The furnace was designed, supplied, erected and commissioned by ANDRITZ Selas. This is the second furnace from ANDRITZ Selas installed at the premises of Ansteel Tiantie in Tianjin.

STEEL TECHNOLOGY

Advanced 20-high rolling mills for precision steels
Andritz Sundwig 20-high rolling mills in 4 column design are built for 50 years. Worldwide, approx. 113 lines are in operation. 20 high rolling mills in 4 column design are suitable for different applications.

"iSteel: a new approach to reduce transformation costs and environmental impact; results at Ferriere Nord
EAF steelmakers todat face many challenges in a competitive and rapidly changing global market. For the melting operation, steelmakers are demanding improved process optimisation based on a holistic approach.

AUTOMATION

Energy challenges drive the Automation thrust for Indian Iron & Steel Sector
The challenges faced by the Iron & Steel Sector are unprecedented. Growth in consumption under pricing pressure, cheaper imports and huge shortages of basic raw materials may derail our growth. Under the circumstances, is there any ray of hope?

SPECIAL & STAINLESS STEEL

ANDRITZ METALS - New hot Annealing & Pickling Line for Salem Steel Plant
ANDRITZ METALS held several engineering meetings, starting from the kick-off meeting in November 2007, with SSP and their consultants, Dastur & Co. at Salem and Bagalore for discussions and the approval of the basic and detail engineering.

FERRO ALLOYS

Crucial Problems in ferro Alloys Industry
The recent economic slowdown in the European community is affecting the market demand and depressing market all over the world. The reasons for depressed market and low take-off are lower demand of steel.

MINERAL PROCESSING

Pelletisation of Iron Ore and Coal Fines
Indian iron ore deposits have soft and friable nature. Mechanised mining & mineral dressing operations of iron ore generate huge amount of fines. These fines generations are about 50-60% of the total production of individual.

STRUCTURAL STEEL

Steel: Backbone of all constructional activities
Steel is a versatile product possessing a multitude of useful and preferred properties with environmental friendly characteristics that has enabled it to occupy the formost place among materials which are used in construction activity.

PRE-ENGINEERED BUILDING

Pre-Engineered Buildings giving conventional buildings a new name
As days are passing by, pre-engineered buildings as PEBs are gaining grounds giving the traditional or the conventional buildings a new name. These buildings have become very well-liked in this age - thanks to the scientific and technological progression.

STEELMAKING

Competitive EAF steelmaking for the Thin Slab Rolling route
While first generation thin slab casting process routing was developed largely to target commercial grade flat product applications using strict limitations on raw materials charged at the EAF, recent installations are now capable of addressing not only more sophisticated market niches, such as tubing and pipeline applications, but also commercial grades, with increased flexibility in EAF metallic charge.

REFRACTORY

Blast Furnace Repairs through remote controlled gunning from Calderys India
Calderys India has successfully executed number of BF repair jobs in India at various locations viz., Stack, Bosh and Belly and Top Cone.

ROLLING & CASTING

Danieli commissioned 4.0 mtpy Hot Strip Mill at Baosteel Meishan Plant, China
On 31st December 2009, Baosteel iron & Steel Co. Ltd., China and DANIELI & C. Officine Mechaniche SpA, Italy signed a contract for implemetation of a 4.0 million tonnes per year (mtpy) semi continuous hot strip mill in Shanghai Meishan plant.

CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION

Quality Days 2012 by Quality Alliance Group
Quality Days 2012 were organised on 27th November 2012 in Mumbai (The Leela) and on the 29th November in Bhubaneshwar (The Trident) respectively.

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