Russian Steel member firms' finished steel output down 3% in Jan-Oct
   

Russkaya Stal, a non-profit association of Russian domestic steelmakers, has reported that its main member enterprises produced 4.53 million metric tons of finished steel in October this year, up 3.8 percent from September and unchanged compared to October last year. Finished steel production of the member enterprises came to 45.1 million mt in the January-October period this year, down three percent compared to the same period last year.
Finished steel shipments of Russian Steel member companies to domestic end-users in October were down by 6.5 percent month on month to 2.53 million mt and down 4.7 percent compared to October 2012. In the first 10 months this year, Russian Steel member companies shipped 26.4 million mt of finished steel to the local market, up 0.4 percent year on year.
Members of Russian Steel exported 2 million mt of finished steel in October this year, up 20.7 percent compared to September and up 6.7 percent compared to October last year. In the January-October period, finished steel export shipments of the member companies amounted to 18.7 million mt, down 6.9 percent year on year.
Members of Russian Steel account for around 96 percent of the pig iron produced in Russia as well as around 90 percent of domestic crude and finished steel production.

  Qatar Steel executive master class addresses management, leadership skills for seniors
   

Qatar Steel, in collaboration with Palladium Group, recently organised an executive master class on strategy, exclusively for its senior executives. Qatar Steel was inducted into Palladium's Hall of Fame for Strategy Execution in 2012 as a result of their extensive adaptation of Dr Kaplan-Norton's Balanced Scorecard and Execution Premium Process.
“Qatar Steel has a strong performance history and our success over the years, have been built on sound management practices. We are preparing ourselves for new frontiers of organisational and operational excellence thorough continuous improvements. We have ambitious plans to achieve more growth,” Ali Hassan al-Muraikhi, director and general manager said. “As we are gearing up for these ambitious plans and new challenges, it is important that we keep ourselves abreast of the latest thinking and practices on strategy,” he added.
The executive master class, led by Dr David Norton, addressed the importance of balancing management and leadership skills and how to make strategic alliances work. With his outstanding consulting and academic experience, Norton enriched his lecture with recent case studies from top organisations and clients around the world. It was accompanied by James Creelman's presentation sharing insights on the latest Palladium's '4Cs leadership model for strategy execution.’

  Qatar to build Algeria steel plant
   

Qatar and Algeria on recently signed a partnership agreement for the construction of an iron and steel complex in Bellara, Jijel, 359km east of Algiers, between Algerian company Sider and Qatar Steel International. The $2bn project is expected to be completed in three years.
The agreement was signed by Qatar Steel International chairman Ali Hassan al-Meraikhi in the presence of Foreign Minister HE Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, Minister of Energy and Industry HE Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, Minister of State and CEO of Qatar Holding HE Ahmed bin Mohamed al-Sayed, Qatar's Ambassador Ibrahim al-Sahlawi and a number of officials.

Iran's steel production increases 6 percent in 2013
   

According to the November report of the association, Iran produced 14.071mln tons of steel from January to November, showing a six-percent rise compared with the same period in 2012, press tv reported. Iran produced 13.274mln tons of steel from January to November in 2012. The rise in production comes despite the West's sanctions against Iran over its nuclear energy program and the subsequent restrictions in the sale of industrial equipment and raw materials to Iran.
The report said, global crude steel output for the 65 countries reporting to the association stood at 127mln tons in November 2013, up 3.6 percent year on year. The report also indicated that from January to November 2013, the overall steel production of the 65 countries rose to 1.446bln tons, registering a four-percent growth from last year.

Iran steel ingot output up 9%
   

Over 9.174 million tons of steel ingots were produced in Iran during the first seven months of the current calendar year which started on March 21, the public relations office of the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) said on November 20.
The figure shows a nine per cent increase compared to the same period last year," the IRIB News Agency reported. More than 1.38 million tons of steel ingots were also produced in the seventh calendar month of Mehr (September 23 -October 22).
Iran's steel products output surpassed 9.735 million tons in the first seven months of the current year. The country's ingot production in the seventh month of the year stood at 1.357 million tons.
The World Steel Association said in its latest press release that Iran produced 1.364 million tons of crude steel in September 2013. The figure shows a 10.7 per cent increase compared to the same month in the previous year, the IRIB News Agency reported. The country's total output in the first three quarters of 2013 amounted to 11.318 million tons.
World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the WSA was 132.54 million tons in September 2012, up 6.1 per cent compared to September 2013.
World crude steel production in the first nine months of 2013 was 1.168 billion tons, an increase of 2.7 per cent compared to the same period of 2012.Iran's crude steel production reached 14.89 million tons in the previous Iranian calendar year which ended on March 20. Iran plans to increase its annual steel output to 55 million tons by the end of the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2015).

  Coking coal imports up 6.08 percent in Jan-Oct : TUIK
   

According to the data provided by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), in October this year Turkey's coking coal imports totaled 220,445 mt, down by more than half on year on year and month on month basis. Meanwhile, the value of these imports was $31.74 million, down 64.19 percent year on year.
In the first 10 months of the current year, Turkey's coking coal imports totaled 4.13 million metric tons, increasing 6.08 percent compared to the same period of 2012, while the value of these imports totaled $663.25 million, decreasing by 23.44 percent year on year. In the January-October period of this year, Turkey's coking coal imports from the US increased by 30.53 percent to 2.58 million mt, imports from Australia decreased by 20.28 percent to 905,363 mt and imports from Canada decreased by 31.26 percent to 338,707 mt, all compared with the same period of the previous year. In addition, in October this year the US was the only source for Turkey's coking coal imports.

  Turkey's PPGI imports up 72.17 pct in Jan-Oct
    According to the data provided by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), in the first 10 months of the current year Turkey's pre-painted galvanized iron (PPGI) imports amounted to 65,669 mt, increasing by 72.17 percent, while the revenue from these imports rose to $75 million, up 35.37 percent, both compared to the same period of 2012. Turkey's PPGI imports in 2012 had totaled 43,613 metric tons.
In October this year, Turkey's PPGI imports surged by 286.82 percent year on year to 12,916 metric tons and were up 51.10 percent month on month. The value of these imports amounted to $13.53 million, up 164.53 percent year on year and rising by 47.53 percent month on month.
The strong increase in Turkey's PPGI imports was influenced by exporter countries' more competitive prices in the international market due to weak demand in their domestic markets. In the first 10 months of the current year, significant increases were seen in Turkey's PPGI imports from China and Italy. In the given period, Turkey's PPGI imports from China increased by 79.83 percent to 37,930 metric tons and PPGI imports from Italy rose by 47.50 percent to 11,517 metric tons, both compared with the same period of the previous year. In addition, Turkey's PPGI imports from China were up more than ninefold in October this year on year-on-year basis.
  Cherepovets Steel Mill sees record PPGI production in Jan-Nov
    Russian steelmaker Severstal has announced that its Cherepovets Steel Mill achieved a record pre-painted galvanized iron (PPGI) production volume of 400,000 mt during the January-November period of the current year, up 14.7 percent compared to 382,000 mt produced in the whole of 2012.
Cherepovets' PPGI production has been at high levels since the beginning of 2013. In August, the company produced over 38,000 mt of PPGI, which is more than the designed capacity of the production lines, constituting a monthly record. In the first six months of the year, the mill produced 213,000 mt, increasing by 17 percent compared to the corresponding period of 2012.
  Yamamah adds 200,000 mt/y to Saudi hollow sections capacity
    Al Yamamah Steel Industries Co, the Saudi Arabian conglomerate with interests from rebar to electricity poles, started earlier this month commercial production at a new 200,000 metric tons/year hollow sections plant, raising its capacity for the product to roughly 440,000 mt/y. \
The first phase in a three-step investment program required SAR 120 million ($32 million) of new capital, according the company's chief financial officer, who didn't elaborate on the company's future plans.
Because the facility was built from scratch over 5.3 hectares (13.1 acres) in Dammam, the plant will be ramping up output of circular, square and rectangular hollow sections gradually before reaching nameplate capacity, Abdellatif Abdellah told Platts on recently.
With added production capacity, the company should be well positioned to benefit from a spate of public investments in infrastructure, housing and power.
The group has three main divisions, with plants in Jeddah, Yanbu and Dammam. Al Yamamah Co. for Reinforcing Steel Bars can produce as much as 600,000 mt/y of 8-36mm rebar, and management plans to double capacity when it receives power allocation for a 1.2 million mt/y electric arc furnace in Yanbu.
The other two subsidiaries are steel fabrication units Yamamah Space Structures, started in 1990, and Al Yamamah Electric Power Tower Factory, based in Jeddah.