Iron & Steel Review November 2012 Issue
Rolling & Strip Processing Line Technology
Steel Market: Long steel is on the mend
Steel is, perhaps, the most useful product for modern society. It has a wide range
of applications from the manufacture of small pins to the buiding of automobiles,
railway, ship building, construction and infrastructure projects to nuclear power
SMS India - Your Reliable Partner
The hallmark of SMS India's business philosophy is that its reputation depends on
the success of its customers with its committment throughout the whole lifecycle
of the plant. This is duly ensured from SMS India by proactive coordination with
its experts on client enquiries, selection of components which are locally available
or supported, stocking of critical spare parts and ensuring fast response to customer's
call for assistance; besides the constant endeavour to keep customers competitive
through its latest technological innovations.
NMDC vigilance awareness week 2012
The week long Vigilance Awareness Week Celebrations of NMDC concluded on a high
note as it was presided by the Chief Guest Shri Pratush Sinha, Former Central Vigilance
Commissioner, Government of India.
NMDC declares 1st interim dividend of 200 pct
The NMDC Board has recommended interim dividend of 200 per cent. NMDC has posted
a turnover of Rs. 2612 crore, gross profit of Rs. 2485 crore and net profit after
tax of Rs. 1679 crore in the second quarter of 2012-2013 representing a decrease
of 15 per cent in turnover, 14 per cent in gross profit and 14 per cent in net profit
after tax over corresponding period last year (CPLY).
Gayson & Co receives Niryat Shree Award
Gayson & Co. has received mant awards and accolades in recognition of their pioneering
achievements in export. Recently, Gayson received the presigious 'Niryat Shree Gold
Trophy Award' in the Engineering and Mettalurgical products-Non-MSME category by
Federation of Indian Export Organization (FIEO).
Gujarat NRE Coke posts encouraging results
The Board of Directors of Gujarat NRE Coke Ltd., the largest independent met coke
producer in India, at its meeting held on 18th October 2012, approved the unaudited
financial results of the company for the second quarter (Q2) ended 30th Sepember
Siemens develops converer suspension system with improved design: Simetal Conlink
2.0 offers maximum robustness with minimum space requirements
With the newly developed Siemtal Conlink 2.0, Siemens Metals Technologies offers
steelmakers an especially robust converter suspension system with minimum space
Steelmaker in Taiwan orders bar-in-coil line from Siemens
Siemens Metals Technologies has recieved an order from Wei Chih Steel Industry Co.
Ltd. (Wei Chih), Taiwan, to supply a new rolling line for bar-in-coil.
SCHADE Lagertechnik awarded large-scale contract for new Formosa steelworks in Ha
Formosa Petrochemical Corporation FPC, Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corporation FCFC
and Formosa Ha Tinh Corporation FHS, all three of which belong to the Formosa Group,
Taiwan have awarded SCHADE Lagertechnik a contract for a total of 21 pieces of equipment
for the new Ha Tinh steelworks which is to be erected in central Vietnam.
Contract in China for FATA Hunter
FATA Hunter, Division of FATA S.p.A. (a Finmeccanica Company) has been recently
awarded a contract for the supply of one new hSystem automation system to Yangzhou
Mettalurgical Machinery Co., Ltd., P.R. of China.
Alcoa Rolled Products Lancaster awards contract to FATA Hunter, Inc
FATA Hunter, Inc. announced that it was awarded a contract from Alcoa Rolled Products,
Lancaster Pa., for modifications to the existing Continuous Coating Line at the
Lancaster facility with the emphasis on improving the efficiency of several significant
functions at the exit section of the line.
Outotec to build the largest and most advanced sewage sludge thermal treatment plant
Outotec has signed a contract with the City of Zurich (represented by Entsorgung
und Recycling Zurich), on the design and turnkey delivery of the largest and most
advanced sewage sludge thermal treatment plant in Switzerland.
RHI opens largest raw material fusion plant
RHI, a world market leader in refractories, has built one of the largest fusion
plants for magnesia raw materials for more than 75 million euros in Norway.
Siemens to modernise EAF for ArcelorMttal Esch-Belval in Luxemburg
ArcelorMittal Esch-Belval has awarded Siemens Metals Technologies an order to renew
core components of its Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) in the Esch-sur-Alzette steelworks
ITZ orders gap closing press for increased productivity
Izhorsky Trubny Zavod (ITZ), which is part of the Severstal Group and based in Kolpino
near St. Petersburg, Russia, has placed an order with SMS Meer, Germany, for the
supply of a new gap closing press with a press force of 25 MN.
Ruukki strengthens position in retail and logistics construction in Sweden
Ruukki has signed contracts with Nimag Projekt Ab and Peab for the design, manufacture
and installation of steel frames and load-bearing roof structures for the Bauhaus
store near Stockholm and for Ikano's shopping centre to be built in Uddevalla, Sweden.
The contracts worth a total of around EUR 6 million.
The global steel industry is set for an augmentation - SAIL
In recent time, the global steel industry is reeling under pressure. However, Shri
C.S. Verma, Chairman, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) is certain that this
phase will vanish soon resulting to an augmentation by the related industry.
Jindal Steel & Power Limited - Positivity is the 'term' for now
Positivity is the key term for Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. as the Inter Ministerial
Group (IMG) evaluating non-performing coal blocks has recommended deduction of bank
guarantees presented for Jindal Steel & Power Ltd's (JSPL) Jitpur block (81 million
tonnes of geological reserves) being allocated in February 2007.
The most modern Thin Slab Casting & Rolling Plant comes to India
National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) is installing a 3.0 mtpy Integrated
Steel Plant in the State of Chhattisgarh. This NMDC Iron Steel Plant (NISP) at Nagarnar
will produce 2.9 mtpy of hot rolled coils and sheets through BF-BOF-TSCR process
route. It will be the first Thin Slab Casting & Rolling (TSCR) plant in India to
use full quantity of liquid metal produced from upstream facilities of BOF and BF.
RHI increases earnings again in third quarter of 2012
Revenues of the RHI Group increased by 7.0 per cent in the third quarter of 2012
in comparison to the same quarter of 2011 and amounted to ¤ 459.9 million. While
revenues in the Steel Division dropped by 3.7 per cent in a market environment still
characterised by uncertainty, the Industrial Division recorded growth of 25.8 per
cent as some major projects were delivered. The operating result of the third quarter
was up 28.3 per cent on the comparable period of 2011 and amounted to ¤ 50.3 million,
thus again exceeding the high level of the previous quarter. Positive restructuring
effects of ¤ 6.3 million resulted from the sale of the plant in South Africa. The
Group's EBIT amounted to ¤ 56.6 million in the third quarter, exceeding the figure
of the third quarter of 2011 by 44.4 per cent. The EBIT margin rose significantly
from 9.1 per cent to 12.3 per cent.
MARKET & PRODUCT
The next generation of quality inspection for metal surfaces; Focus on high data
quality for correct quality decisions
ISRA PARSYTEC, the world’s leading supplier of surface inspection systems for web
products, is introducing the next generation of surface inspection equipment. The
highlight: With SURFACE MASTER surface inspection systems, the focus is not only
on the best possible detection and classification results, but also on the high
data quality relevant for the user. This is the basis for 100% accurate quality
decisions. The performance of inspection systems is being redefined.
HRS Process Systems Limited - Hot Water System
HRS Hot Water System is the most versatile and compact hot water generation system.
It provides highly efficient solution to instantaneous hot water generation using
energy efficient heat exchangers (Funke Brazed or Gasketed plate heat exchanger
or Ecoflux* corrugated tube heat exchanger).
"iSteel®: a new approach to reduce transformation costs and environmental impact;
results at Ferriere Nord
EAF steelmakers today 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. Factors considered are cost, total energy,
productivity, yield and environmental impact. Increased awareness has generated
the need for a more conscientious approach to the use of natural resources and the
release of pollutants into the environment.
Upgradation of External Desulphurisation by CaC2 & Mg compounds at RSP, SAIL
The need to improve steel quality & particularly the present demand for better cleanliness,
working at below zero ºC temperature have to be enough resistance to brittle fractures
& the factors determining impact strength level is that of the steel contamination
by sulphide & oxy-sulphide inclusions has called for additional measures to lower
the sulphur content of steel. The production of low sulphur hot metal is often the
first step towards achieving low sulphur steel specification. Under RSP condition,
it has been found that low sulphur hot metal production at Blast furnace is uneconomical
& entails working with more basic slag, higher operating temperature with a significant
loss in iron productivity. At the same time, it is true that any concast based steel
melting shop demands low sulphur in steel so that it can be operated at high casting
speed. So efficient hot metal desulphurisation treatment, external to blast furnace,
play an important role in reducing operating cost & improving the quality of the
STRUCTURAL & SPECIAL STEELS
Control of Sulphur and Minimisation of Centre Line Segregation for Rail Steel
Rail is the most important constituent of the track structure and plays a very vital
role in the reliability of railway system as a whole. Quality of rail steel with
reference to its chemical composition has been a matter of prime importance for
the manufacturers as well as Railways. Sulphur is a detrimental element in rails
since it causes hot shortness during rolling, centerline segregation during casting,
poor weldability for the rails etc. To improve quality of rails, a substantially
low range of sulphur <0.015% (Railway’s specified norms <0.03%) has been targeted
in Bhilai Steel Plant by adequate sulphur control measures in steelmaking process.
A two stage de-sulphurisation treatment is now employed in which the blast furnace
hot metal is first treated by co-injection of Mg and CaC2 reagents, and subsequent
treatment with a synthetic slag former (CaO-Al2O3) added to the ladle during tapping
from the Basic Oxygen Furnace. Improvement in the internal quality of the cast bloom
has been established by introduction of Electromagnetic Stirring. The centerline
segregation is minimised vis-a-vis the properties of the cast product and rails
improved by the successful implementation of step by step control measures.
Modern blast furnace equipment of NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN ENGINEERING
Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering has been engaged in the projects of new construction
and relining of 70 or more blast furnaces, carrying out the study of operating specifications
and design, manufacture and construction of overall blast furnace equipment in each
Process Optimisation & Enhancement of MCB Lining Life Of BOFs with a reference to
300 T-BOF of Bokaro Steel Plant
In Bokaro Steel Plant of Steel Authority of India Ltd., Converter Shop remains as
one of the important centres of focus to achieve increased productivity and reduced
cost of production.
CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
International Conference on Rolling & Finishing Technology of Steel (RAFTS-2012)
concludes on a successive note
Research & Development Centre for Iron and Steel (RDCIS), the corporate research
unit of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), in association with Centre for Engineering
& Technology (SAIL) and Mecon Limited organised an International Conference on Rolling
& Finishing Technology of Steel (RAFTS-2012) on October 4-6, 2012, at Ispat Bhawan,
Ranchi (India) which put forward its concluding line on a successive note.