Indian producer orders newly designed rebar rolling mill from Siemens

The Indian steel producer Kalika Steel Alloys Pvt. Ltd. (Kalika Steel) has placed an order with Siemens Metals Technologies to supply a rolling mill for reinforcing steels. The mill will be erected in the Jalna plant in the state of Maharashtra and produce about 250,000 metric tons of rebar per year from low-carbon steels. Siemens has specifically developed this plant design for small to medium-size production capacities and it allows projects to be implemented comparatively quickly and economically. Commissioning of the rolling mill is scheduled for late 2014.
Kalika Steel is a leading private-sector producer of structural steels. The company produces the billets required as semi-finished material for this purpose from sponge iron in induction furnaces. Kalika Steel aims to expand its production with the new rolling mill in order to serve the growing Indian construction sector.
Siemens is supplying the complete mechanical and electrical equipment as well as the automation systems for the rebar rolling mill which will produce reinforcing steels with diameters of between eight and 40 millimeters and lengths of between nine and 15 meters. The rolling mill consists of 18 Red Ring stands, followed by a 54 meter long cooling bed and machines for bundling the rolled bars. The mill processes billets with a cross-section of 130x130 millimeters and a length of 9 meters. An induction furnace raises the billets to the necessary starting temperature of 950 °C. Siemens will also be handling the construction and commissioning of the rolling mill.

Ukraine issues production results for January-September

In the first nine months of the current year, Ukraine registered a one percent decrease in its finished steel product output to 21.920 million mt, a one percent increase in its crude steel output to 24.847 million mt, and a 2.5 percent rise in its pig iron production to 21.897 million mt, all year on year, according to the data issued by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers.
In September alone, Ukraine produced 2.691 million mt of crude steel, down 4.1 percent month on month.

  Albrecht Neumann named CEO of Metals Technologies Business Unit

Albrecht Neumann (51) will assume the position of CEO of the Sector-led Metals Technologies Business Unit. He will succeed Werner Auer (58) in this position. Auer is leaving the company for personal reasons. He will be available during a transitional period to assist the new CEO with advice and support. Until now, Neumann has been the CEO of Siemens Metals Technologies in the United States, with responsibility for the North American business of Metals Technologies. Neumann joined Siemens in 1988 as a commissioning engineer for pulp and paper plants. After that, he served as an applications engineer exercising responsibility in various areas of sales, projects and service. He was later appointed to many leadership roles, including Regional Head Germany for the former Industry Solutions Division of Siemens. He was also responsible for introducing a new vertical market strategy for Siemens. Neumann possesses extensive experience in the food and beverage, cement, water treatment and metals industries. “In his career spanning more than 30 years, Werner Auer set important milestones for the success of Metals Technologies. He is widely respected throughout the industry. We thank him for his tremendous dedication and entrepreneurial accomplishments,” said Siegfried Russwurm, CEO of the Industry Sector. Auer had worked since 1982 for VAI, which was acquired by Siemens in 2005. He has been CEO of Siemens Metals Technologies since 2009. During his career, he has held numerous managerial positions in the international plant engineering business, with an emphasis on steel plants and environmental technology.

  Molds from SMS Concast for higher product quality

The new mold equipment supplied by SMS Concast, Switzerland, casts sections in 224 mm square format. The rectangular stirrer installed is the first of its kind worldwide and takes up far less space compared with conventional machine solutions. The machine was specially designed to fit into the very narrow space within the oscillator. The scope of supply of SMS Concast includes mold support, mold casings, mold tubes with CONVEX®-Technology and a mold stirrer system for each of the four strands of the existing 7.8 m continuous casting machine.
Empresa Siderúrgica Del Perú (Siderperú), a company of the Gerdau Group, has revamped its continuous casting machine in Chimbote, Peru, thereby significantly improving its production process. In order to help Siderperú exploit the full potential of its plant, experts from SMS Concast also trained the customer's personnel. They explained and showed how to operate the new molds and also how to manage the surrounding equipment so that the casting machine performs efficiently.
“With SMS Concast, we have won a new reliable business partner. We are now able to produce much better steel quality than before,” says Enrique Segundo Avila Saldana, Head of Siderperú's Engineering Department. “We will definitely be continuing the partnership with SMS Concast.” Two further projects to follow: Siderperú has already signed two follow-up orders. SMS Concast will also supply new equipment to cast sections with 180 mm square and 130 mm square format.

  Joon – Yang Chung to head World Steel Association

Recently new panel of Board of Directors of the World Steel Association (worldsteel) has been elected for 2013/2014where in Chairman and CEO of POSCO to lead the World Steel Association. Under his chairmanship association will work for 2013-14. While Alexey Mordashov, General Director, Severstal JSC Wolfgang Eder, voestalpine AG is elected as vice president and Eiji Hayashida, JFE Steel Corporation as Treasurer. The association also added three new companies as member namely :
Regular Members (steel Companies Producing more than 2 Million Short Tons (1.8 Mt) Per Annum)
(1) Emirates Steel Industries Company PJC, represented by Mr Saeed Al Romaithi
(2) ILVA S.P.A., represented by Mr Federico Bondi
(3) RIVA FORNI ELETTRICI S.P.A., represented by Mr Cesare Federico Riva
Associate Members (steel Companies Producing less than 2 Million Short Tons (1.8 Mt) Per Annum)
(1) Usha Martin Limited, represented by Prashant Jhawar
(2) Walia Steel Industry plc, represented by Mr Sisay Tefaye Bekele
(3) Visa Steel Limited, represented by Mr Vishal Agarwal
Affiliated Members (steel Related Associations, Federations, and Research Organisations)
(1) American Institute of Steel Construction, represented by Mr John Cross
(2) Azerbaijani Society of Metallurgists, represented by Mr Goshgar Ismayil
While the Board of Directors also elected the 2013/14 Executive Committee are :
(1) Joon-Yang Chung, POSCO
(2) Wolfgang Eder, voestalpine AG
(3) John Ferriola, Nucor Corporation
(4) Eiji Hayashida, JFE Steel Corporation
(5) Heinrich Hiesinger, ThyssenKrupp AG
(6) Sajjan Jindal, JSW Steel Ltd
(7) André Gerdau Johannpeter, Gerdau SA
(8) Mario Longhi, United States Steel Corporation
(9) Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal
(10) Alexey Mordashov, Severstal JSC
(11) Shoji Muneoka, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
(12) Paolo Rocca, Techint Group
(13) Lejiang Xu, Baosteel Group Corporation
(14) Xiaogang Zhang, Anshan Iron & Steel Group Corporation
(15) Edwin Basson, World Steel Association

  Drive systems and power distribution from Siemens for clinker production in Thailand

The cement producer Thai TPI Polene Public Company Limited has placed an order with Siemens for engineering and supply of the power distribution system and drives for the new clinker production line in Saraburi, Thailand. Siemens will be supplying the drive solutions as well as the switchgear for the high, medium and low-voltage distribution systems and is also responsible for project management and engineering. The deal for the drive systems covers 20 slip-ring rotor motors for the main drives, 12 gear units, 33 variable-speed drives for fans and two multiple drive systems for cooling units. Operation is due to commence in October 2014.
The Thai cement producer has decided to add a fourth production line at the factory to boost production capacity in view of rising demand. The new line will have a capacity of 12,000 tonnes of clinker per day. Upon completion, the four cement production lines at TPI Polene in Thailand will have a combined capacity of 12 million tonnes per year.
The 1 R.5 slip-ring rotor motors feature a very compact design and therefore save on both space and weight. Thanks to their modular construction, the motors can be manufactured with a variety of cooling systems. This versatility means they can be adapted to suit customer applications. Furthermore, the enclosed slip-ring chamber offers the maximum degree of protection for the entire motor.
Siemens has already supplied the Thai TPI Polene Public Company Limited with electrical equipment for the three existing clinker production lines as well as for the cement and coal mills. By engaging Siemens once again to equip the fourth production line, the customer would like to ensure that production at the plant continues to run smoothly.

  BENTELER enters the North American Seamless Tube Market

In the course of implementing their growth strategy BENTELER STAHL/ROHR (BSR) situated in Paderborn/Germany concluded a contract with DANIELI & C., Buttrio/ Italy for a new turnkey 4 ½" seamless tube mill in the USA. The mill will be built in Shreveport, in the North-western part of Louisiana, and will be one of the largest production plants in the history of this region.
The mill is designed for an annual capacity of 320,000 t/a and will produce high-quality seamless tubes with excellent tolerances and flawless material properties according to API and ASTM-standards. Within the framework of its cooperation with DANIELI CENTRO TUBE, Milan / Italy FRIEDRICH KOCKS GmbH & CO KG headquartered in Hilden / Germany will supply an Extracting Block type EXB 315/3 and a Stretch Reducing Block type SRB 315/30 as essential components of the hot rolling mill. Thereby, BSR has opted for rolling blocks with a modular design which are equipped with both non-adjustable and adjustable roll stands. The stands are operated with individually driven rolls and as they are interchangeable they can be used in the EXB as well as in the SRB on every stand position. The particularities of this design (i.e. the pass remote control for the adjustable stands, the quick-changing systems for stands and rolls) considerably minimize the number of changing stands and thus the investment and operating costs, which are otherwise required for optimum production.

Feng Hsin commissions revamped casting machine

Feng Hsin Iron & Steel successfully commissioned the upgraded casting machine of its plant in Taichung City, Taiwan. The first heat produced sections of 150 mm square. The new Level 1 and Level 2 automation package supplied by SMS Concast allows Feng Hsin to improve both ̶ production processes and output. In addition to the Level 1 and Level 2 automation, SMS Concast also supplied Feng Hsin with a new 5th casting strand, a hydraulic oscillation unit, an air-mist cooling system of the Z3 type, a withdrawal straightening unit (WSU) and stopper boxes. “The scope of supply was quite extensive. Nonetheless, we successfully completed already the first cast with all five strands,” says Stefan Rutishauser of SMS Concast.

Worldsteel announces the 8th Steel University Challenge in November

“The 8th Virtual Steelmaking Challenge will begin with the Round 1 Regional Championship on 12 November 2013 and will finish with the Round 2 World Championship in February 2013. There are two categories: Student and Industry. Entrants in both categories will compete online from their own countries in the first round and the winners of the first round will come together in Belgium for the Grand Final. The Regional Championship will take place online and will run for 24 hours. The task is to produce a specific grade of steel at the lowest total cost using a continuous casting simulation at Participants can choose to take part as individuals or in teams of a maximum of two people. They can make an unlimited number of attempts to achieve the specified steel grade or product.
At the end of this round, Regional Champions from the Student and Industry categories will be identified for each of the following regions: North America, Latin America, Europe-CIS, Middle East-India- Africa, and East Asia-Oceania. They will be invited to take part in the Grand Final in Brussels with expenses paid for their trip. The regional champions from each of the categories will compete for the title of World Champion in Brussels in February 2014. Leaders of the global steel industry will be present to watch the live event unfold. World Champions in each category will be awarded certificates, cash prizes and trophies.

SeAH Steel puts JCO® pipe forming press from SMS Meer into operation

In Pohang, South Korean tube manufacturer SeAH Steel Corporation has taken a JCO® pipe forming press from SMS Meer, Germany, into service. Commissioning of the forming press only took two and a half weeks.
The new JCO forming press enables SeAH Steel to form heavy plates in a precise and quick way. The tubes produced achieve a diameter of up to 1,625 millimeters and wall thicknesses up to 65 millimeters with a length of up to 18.3 meters. The maximum pipe weight is 35 tons and the pipes manufactured comply with the manufacturing standard API 5L. For SeAH Steel the new machine has the advantage that the JCO® process can easily be switched over to other pipe dimensions.
In this way, even small batches can be produced economically. Already 15 months after placing the order the company could start operating the plant in Pohang. This was made possible by the short delivery time and the rapid commissioning within only 16 days.

Rio Tinto expects 265 million mt of iron ore output for 2013

In the third quarter of the current year, the global iron ore production of Australia-based Rio Tinto, the world's second biggest iron ore producer, increased by two percent to 68.3 million mt compared to the third quarter of 2012, setting a new quarterly record, as announced in the company's second quarter operations review. In the first nine months this year, the company's iron ore shipments amounted to 186.6 million mt, up four percent year on year.
In the first nine months, Rio Tinto's Australian hard coking coal production decreased by six percent to 2.25 million mt, compared to the same period of the previous year.
According to Rio Tinto's statement, in iron ore, the company achieved record production and shipments in its Western Australian operations following the official opening of its landmark Pilbara 290 million mt port and rail expansion, four months ahead of its original schedule and $400 million under budget. The ramp-up to nameplate capacity will continue through to the end of the first half of 2014.
Rio Tinto stated that 2013 production guidance is unchanged at approximately 265 million mt from global operations in Australia and Canada, subject to weather constraints.

SMS Meer acquires an interest in TBK Automatisierung und Messtechnik GmbH

SMS Meer, Germany, has acquired shares held by the Austrian measurement technology company TBK in Graz. “We have been working closely with TBK since 2004,” says Dr. Joachim Schönbeck, President and CEO of SMS Meer. “Together we will be able to offer our customers tailor-made solutions for dimension control and surface analysis of rolled products in future.”
TBK Automatisierung und Messtechnik GmbH has been developing measurement technology solutions for the steel industry since 1989, in particular laser measuring systems using the light section method.
Compared with conventional systems, this technology ensures much higher attention to detail and much higher accuracy in the measurement of bar cross-sections. These measuring instruments are therefore ideally suited for monitor control in conjunction with hydraulically adjustable mill stands. The TBK product range includes measuring instruments for identifying and qualifying hot and cold-rolled products. Different scanner sizes cover applications from wire-rod and bar production through to heavy beam mills.

Yitai Group orders integrated shaft hoisting plant from Siemens

The Chinese Yitai Group has awarded Siemens Drives Technologies an order in the double digit million ranges to install two shaft hoisting machines in a new coal mine. The drives for the Hong Qing He project in Inner Mongolia will be the biggest hoists in the world to feature a motor integrated in the drum. The extremely compact design of the integrated hoisting machines from Siemens will help the Yitai Group to reduce their investment costs when building the new colliery. The carbon footprint of integrated drives is smaller than that of conventionally designed plant. The project marks the first cooperation between Siemens and the Yitai Group. Siemens will supply two production hoists with integrated 9 MW motors. This means the installation will include the biggest mine winder motors ever supplied by Siemens.
In order to transport personnel and equipment underground for this high capacity, Siemens will additionally equip the mine with two service hoists, each powered by a conventional 3.8 MW motor and a 355 kW motor, as well as by a SM150 and a S120 Sinamics converter. Siemens is also responsible for the entire automation control and monitoring systems as well as for all the medium-voltage and low-voltage control panels, the shaft signaling equipment, the loading and unloading facilities and spare parts as well as for commissioning and training. The start of operations is scheduled for early 2015.