Metal Asia July 2012 Issue
A Complete Metal Magazine
Aluminium Scrap – Viability in Production is the Need of the Hour
Pure and alloyed scrap has always been viewed as viable raw material in aluminium
production. Aluminium scrap recycling and consumption has been steadily increasing
over the years due to significant advantages.
Aluminium Rolling & Extrusion: revolutionizing the way we live
Aluminium is part of our daily life because it offers intelligent solutions to our
needs! Be it rolls or extrusion, Aluminium is widely used in many fields, both in
domestic and industrial purposes.
Shri Nanda conferred Baldota Award
Shri N.K. Nanda, Director (Technical) of NMDC is conferred with Abheraj Baldota
Memorial Award ‘Mining Engineer of the Year’ for 2010- 11 by Mining Engineers Association
of India in its Annual General Meeting held on 13th July, 2012 at Ahmedabad. The
award is given every year in recognition of meritorious contribution to the Mining
Industry by a Mining Engineer.
Blast Furnace 8 Project makes fast progress
Bhilai Steel Plant’s Blast Furnace No. 8 Project is making fast progress by the
day. The latest milestone crossed in this important project of BSP’s 7 MT Modernisation
& Expansion Programme is the erection of Cast House De-dusting Chimney in record
time of four months.
Adani group eyes overseas coal assets
Adani Enterprises, the Gujarat-based Adani group’s flagship firm, is in talks with
the Mozambique-based NCondezi Coal to acquire a minority stake in its coal assets.
Adhunik Metaliks to commission pellet plant in Jamshedpur
Adhunik Metaliks, a manufacturer of automotive steels, will commission a 1.2 million
tonne pellet plant in Jamshedpur for merchant sales in the eastern region-home to
the country’s iron ore base.
Steel Minister gives warm send-off to wrestlers for London Olympics
Union Minister for Steel Shri Beni Prasad Verma gave a warm send-off to two Indian
wrestlers, Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, who will participate in the London Olympics,
at a simple function held at Udyog Bhawan.
BALCO to ensure raw material supply for Korba plant
Vedanta-controlled Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO) Limited had made a big leap
forward to ensure raw material supply to its facility located in Korba district
Enduring success in aluminium mills:
Danieli strengthens its position in the aluminium flat products market with the
latest order from KUMZ for the world’s widest cold rolling mill, a line that will
be built around an advanced six-high, single-stand cold rolling ‘Diamond Mill’.
Following the Diamond Mills supplied to Nikkei Siam Aluminium (NSA), Thailand, and
Aleris, Belgium, this new installation will represent the latest cutting-edge rolling
technology and will firmly establishes Danieli’s position as the leading supplier
of advanced rolling mill solutions to the aluminium market.
20-high mill in production at Chinalco Shanghai Copper, P.R. of China
The newly supplied, 20-high reversing cold rolling mill for copper and copper alloys
entered the final commissioning phase at the beginning of 2012. Meanwhile, the mill
is in production and already has reached its target for minimum strip thickness
and maximum design speed.
Orders for Metix Supply of components for the ferroalloys industry
Construction of a sinter plant. Xstrata Merafe contracted Metix for the construction
of a sinter plant for chromium ore. The plant is being erected at the Xstrata works
in Rustenburg. It is designed to process 600,000 tpy of chromium ore into sinter.
Commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2012. This project underpins Metix’ leading
role as supplier of ore sintering plants for the ferroalloys industry in southern
Alcoa and Airbus sign multiyear supply agreements for leading rolled and extruded
Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminium, signed
new multi-year supply agreements with Airbus for Alcoa’s leading aerospace aluminium
sheet, plate and hard alloy extruded products utilising Alcoa’s current, advanced-generation
and aluminium lithium alloys. The agreements signed have a value of approximately
US$1.4 billion over their life.
Konecranes’ Smarter Cabin received Fennia Prize 2012 award
Konecranes’ Smarter Cabin, launched in 2011, has received the Fennia Prize 2012
NALCO – Effective FPO price to be the key proclamation
National Aluminium Company, (NALCO) stands as a dominant force having a position
of its own and strong cost advantage in the domestic aluminium industry. The company
has big plans for the future time as well. But, the planned followon public offering
(FPO) by the same might not give high result – thanks to the pause of volume growth
and metal pricing outlook, for aluminium. One good news follows the alumina volumes
which are likely to increase; lower costs should help prop up margins, both of which
are factored in the current share price. To serve these notions, an effective FPO
pricing will be necessary.
FPO’s triumph depends on right price for Hindustan Copper
2012 is set to showcase the Government’s subsequent effort in depriving part of
its assets in Hindustan Copper Ltd. through a follow on public offering (FPO). Last
year, there was plan for FPO by the Government. However, deprived market conditions
and valuations played spoilsports.
The growing demand for our aluminium plants that started at the beginning of 2010
continued in 2011. We were able to further increase both order intake and sales.
The good market development looks set to continue in 2012. For example, our Alu
Control electrics and automation systems that are specially tailored to aluminium
rolling mills helped us attract major orders as a system supplier on the Chinese
Novelis reports strong fiscal year 2012 results
Novelis Inc., the world’s leading producer of aluminium rolled products, has reported
net income attributable to its common shareholder of $63 million for fiscal 2012.
Excluding tax-effected items such as the loss on assets held for sale, extinguishment
of debt and restructuring charges in fiscal 2012 and 2011, net income for fiscal
2012 was $218 million, representing a 6 per cent increase when compared to fiscal
PRODUCT / MARKET
Finishing Lines for Steel, Stainless Steel and Non-Ferrous Metals
ANDRITZ Sundwig manufactures cutto- length lines for steel, stainless steel, aluminium
as well as all types of non-ferrous metals in strip widths from 600-3,200 mm and
strip thicknesses from 0.1-25.0 mm.
Precision Levellers, Cut-to-Length Shears and Stackers
The leveller is an integral part of the cut-to-length line. Here, the accuracy of
the blanks is determined. ANDRITZ Sundwig supplies standalone machines as well as
levellers in cut-to-length lines. With ANDRITZ Sundwig, you can fall back on a patented
system which can cover a thickness range from 0.5-60.0 mm. Optionally available
6-high designs, roll crown adjustment systems as well as quick-change systems complete
the spectrum of designs.
Factors Affecting HIC in Linepipe Steels
This paper is a study based on several literature reviews which gives a brief understanding
of the Hydrogen Induced Cracking (HIC) in line pipe steel. This paper introduces
various factors where HIC can be affected due to various reasons. Increased supply
of crude petroleum and severe environment conditions demand for in-depth study of
HIC and the various factors affecting HIC in pipeline grades steels cannot be over
ridden. The HIC is a prominent area of analysis where the pipe is prone to attack
either at internal circumferential area due to crude petroleum or at external circumferential
area due to severe environmental conditions.
Criticality of Ladle Crane
Knowledge and wisdom are two different things. But, wisdom is to be employed while
designing and manufacture of a ladle crane and the buyer needs to emply the wisdom
while procuring the crane.
Indian Material Handling Industry : growing rapidly with time
Rapid growth is the keyword for Indian Material handling industry as India is set
to become the global core area for series of worldwide companies which are zeroing
the same country to setup their manufacturing facilities. This will smoothly pave
the way for the manufacturing industry to go a step ahead than the service industry
while acting as the significant supplier to India’s GDP in the coming years.
Synthesis and Characterisation of Al2O3-Cr2O3 Refractory Resistant to Molten Glass
Alumina-chrome system is of great significance owing to its high refractoriness
and excellent chemical stability. Aluminachrome refractories are used in various
forms such as castables and shaped refractory like corrosion resistant glass contact
refractory and refractory for nuclear waste vitrification because of its superior
mechanical properties, chemical stability, slag/corrosion resistance and thermal
SEMINAR & CONFERENCE
ANDRITZ METALS organised a two-day technology symposium at Kolkata during 21st and
22nd June, 2012 for cold rollers and strip processors in India
ANDRITZ METALS is one of the leading global suppliers of complete lines for the
production and processing of coldrolled carbon steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous
metals. These lines consist of equipment for pickling, cold rolling, annealing,
heat treatment, strip coating and finishing, and for acid regeneration. On account
of its long tradition and experience, ANDRITZ METALS can also claim to be one of
the leading suppliers of melting, refining, and heat treatment furnace systems for
the steel and copper industry. Additionally, the recently acquired company ANDRITZ
Bricmont Inc. complements the existing product portfolio with furnace systems specially
designed for the steel and aluminium sectors.
Moscow Trade Fair Trio: Metallurgy Litmash, Tube Russia, Aluminium / Non-Ferrous
2012 continues to set positive stimuli in the metalworking industry
There is general agreement among visitors and exhibitors at Metallurgy Litmash,
Tube Russia and Aluminium / Non- Ferrous 2012: the event was an unqualified success.