2018 Member news

Tata Steel demonstrates steel tube technology for Hyperloop

24 October 2018 

Tata Steel will present its latest contribution to the European Hyperloop Program (EHP) project at this year’s EuroBLECH trade show. Read more

Groundbreaking £10m powder metals project welcomed by Tees leaders

18 October 2018 

Tees Valley Mayor and Chair of Tees Valley Combined Authority, Ben Houchen, and Cllr Sue Jeffrey, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, have visited the Materials Processing Institute to meet representatives involved in Liberty House Group’s £10m project to develop a new generation of powdered metals. Read more

New brandmark for Nippon Steel Group is decided

04 October 2018 

Starting April 1, 2019, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) will change its corporate name to Nippon Steel Corporation (Nippon Steel) as disclosed on May 16, 2018. Read more

NLMK Group receives Russian Railways Award for Best Freight Shipper

03 October 2018 

NLMK Group, an international steel company with operations in Russia, the US, and the EU, has topped the ‘Best Freight Shipper’ nomination in the ‘Russian Railways – 15 Years Together’ Award. The Award Ceremony took place in Sochi as part of the ‘PRO//Motion.1520’ International Transport & Logistics Forum that marked the Russian Railways’ 15th anniversary. Leading Russian steel, oil and coal companies participated in the competition. The Jury commended the positive trend in the development of railway transportation and the dynamic growth of NLMK Group’s shipments. In 8M 2018, NLMK’s shipments totaled almost 33.8 million tonnes, a 3% increase year-on-year. Read more

voestalpine driving expansion in Asia

03 October 2018 

voestalpine generated revenue of over one billion euros in the expanding Asian market during the past business year. Revenue in China alone is forecast to rise from its current level of over EUR 550 million to EUR 800 million by 2020. Now the Group is setting two further milestones on its path to achieving this growth: in the railway infrastructure sector an important step in expanding in the booming Chinese urban traffic sector has been taken with the founding of a further joint venture for the production of turnouts. In addition, recently automotive activities have been significantly extended with the startup of the second component plant in China Read more

JFE Steel’s new steel plate achieves extended painted life for enhanced corrosion resistanc

26 September 2018 

JFE Steel Corporation announced today that it has developed a steel plate, named EXPAL™ (short for “extend painted life”), which compared to conventional carbon steel more than doubles the time before having to repaint bridges, construction machinery, industrial machinery, etc. Read more

Severstal, RUSNANO and Windar Renovables to manufacture wind turbine towers in Russia

13 September 2018 

PAO Severstal, RUSNANO and Windar Renovables have concluded an agreement to create a joint venture, WRS Bashni, LLC, to produce steel towers for wind-driven power plants (WDPP). Read more

Nucor announces plans to expand sheet mill in Kentucky

07 September 2018 

Nucor Corporation's (NYSE: NUE) Board of Directors approved an investment of $650 million to expand the production capability of Nucor Steel Gallatin, the company's flat-rolled sheet steel mill located in Ghent, Kentucky. Read more

Severstal becomes Russia’s first manufacturer of damping steel

03 September 2018 

PJSC Severstal, one of the world's leading vertically integrated steel and mining companies, presented a new vibration and sound absorbing damping steel, 01U5T, during a techno-breakfast organized by the All-Russian Society of Inventors and Innovators (ARSII). Read more

Materials Processing Institute and University of Leicester collaborate to support NISCO

16 August 2018 

Leading UK-based research and innovation centre the Materials Processing Institute has continued to strengthen its ties with international steel producers, as part of a collaborative £500,000 research project. Read more

HBIS directly sold over 10,000 tons of High Strength Ocean Engineering Steel

16 July 2018 

HBIS has successfully signed a sales contract to provide 10,000tons of high strength ocean engineering steel to first coastal wind power project in northern China-- 300MW Puti Island Wind Power Showcase Plant in Laoting,Tangshan. Read more

ММК has completed the reconstruction of its first blast furnace

13 July 2018 

The reconstruction of Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works’ (MMK) blast furnace No.1 has been completed in the run up to the Day of the Metallurgist. The history of the company dates back to the launch of this blast furnace in 1932. The new equipment will enable the company to significantly reduce its ecological pressure on the environment. Read more

Specialist steel growth Materials Processing Institute

26 June 2018 

North East-based research and innovation centre the Materials Processing Institute, is on course for further expansion as it enters news markets with its specialist steel capabilities. Read more

HYBRIT’s World-first Pilot Plant Wins Energy Agency’s Backing

18 June 2018 

SSAB, LKAB, and Vattenfall’s project for creating fossil-free steel—has been granted SEK 528 million in financial backing by the Swedish Energy Agency. Read more

NLMK Group to employ new technology to boost quality and reduce cost of coke production

13 June 2018 

NLMK Group, a global steel company, is designing equipment to implement stamp charging process at Altai-Koks. This will boost coke quality and reduce the cost of its production through use of more cost-efficient grades of coking coals. Read more

NSSMC Named a Top 100 Global Innovator in 2017 for Sixth Consecutive Year

29 May 2018 

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) was recognized as one of the world’s top 100 most innovators, by receiving the “2017 Top 100 Global Innovator Award" for the sixth consecutive year. Read more

PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works Receives Top Global Energy Management Award

25 May 2018 

The PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK), city of Magnitogorsk, Russia, won the 2018 Award of Excellence in Energy Management from the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a high-level global forum that promotes policies and programs to advance clean energy. Read more

Nucor Announces Plans to Build Galvanizing Line at Arkansas Sheet Mill

11 May 2018 

Nucor Corporation's (NYSE: NUE) Board of Directors approved the construction of a galvanizing line at the company's sheet mill in Arkansas to support Nucor's growth into a wider and more diverse set of strategic end-market applications. The new galvanizing line is a $240 million investment with an annual capacity of approximately 500,000 tons. It is expected to be operational in the first half of 2021. Read more

voestalpine to be main sponsor of European Formula E racing

08 May 2018 

voestalpine will be a partner to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in its European races for an initial period of two years starting with the 2018/2019 season. Titled the “voestalpine European Races”, the world’s first electric street racing series will be run in European cities including Paris, Berlin, Rome, and Monte Carlo among others - pending publication of next season’s calendar. Read more

The American Iron and Steel Institute awards prestigious Gary Memorial Medal to Lakshmi N. Mittal

04 May 2018 

Lakshmi N. Mittal, chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, is the 2018 recipient of The American Iron and Steel Institute's (AISI) highest award, The Gary Medal. Mittal accepted the award via video link during a lunch-time ceremony at AISI’s General Meeting in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. Read more

H2FUTURE on track: construction starts at the world’s largest hydrogen pilot facility

16 April 2018 

An EU-funded flagship project for a CO2-reduced energy future and the decarbonization of steel production is taking shape: today, at the voestalpine site in Linz, the H2FUTURE project consortium, consisting of voestalpine, Siemens, VERBUND, and Austrian Power Grid, together with the research partners K1-MET and ECN, officially gave the go-ahead for construction of the world’s largest pilot facility for the production of “green” hydrogen. Read more

Kobe Steel to make capital investments for automotive high strength steel at Kakogawa Works

04 April 2018 

Kobe Steel, Ltd. plans to make capital investments of approximately 50 billion yen at Kakogawa Works centered on a new continuous annealing line for steel sheet in response to the growing demand for automotive ultra high-strength steel (UHSS). Kobe Steel will go forward with construction and plans to start up the new facility in February 2021. Read more

NLMK Group invests over 5.7 billion rubles in environmental initiatives

20 March 2018 

NLMK Group, an international steelmaking company, spent over 5.7 billion rubles on environmental projects and initiatives in 2017. Read more

voestalpine picks up the pace with innovations in electromobility

07 March 2018 

The technology and capital goods group voestalpine is increasingly securing a key position in the dynamic and growing global electromobility industry. Read more

Global success for the Materials Processing Institute as it delivers strong export growth

06 March 2018 

The UK’s leading centre for steel research, the Materials Processing Institute, is targeting further export growth after seeing turnover rise by 10%, following a series of global contract wins. Read more

JFE Steel JV JFE Meranti Mynmar breaks ground on hot-dip galvanizing and color coating plant in Myanmar

02 March 2018 

JFE Steel Corporation announced today that its joint-venture company JFE Meranti Mynmar Co., Ltd (JMM) celebrated the start of construction on a plant for hot-dip galvanizing and color coating of flat-steel products for building and construction in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone near Yangon, Myanmar on March 1. Read more

HBIS delivering special steel to world’s largest pumped storage hydro power station

23 February 2018 

HBIS has recently received a new order of 300tons of extra thick steel plates from Andritz, a world’s famous Hydropower equipment manufacturer, to produce two base ring boards of the two variable speed turbine power generation units. Read more

Shell’s new petrochemical complex to boast ArcelorMittal’s cryogenic steel

20 February 2018 

ArcelorMittal is supplying 770 tonnes of cryogenic steel plates through its subsidiary Industeel for a new major Shell petrochemical complex currently under construction in Pennsylvania, US. Read more

Chrysaor chooses Tenaris for North Sea operations

14 February 2018 

Tenaris has recently secured its first Long-Term Agreement with Chrysaor, an independent oil and gas producer in the North Sea, for the provision of OCTG casing and tubing and associated services. Read more

SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall to build a globally-unique pilot plant for fossil-free steel

01 February 2018 

SAB’s, LKAB’s and Vattenfall’s pre-feasibility study is giving the green light for the fossil-free steel initiative, HYBRIT. For the first time in 1,000 years, there is an opportunity for a technology shift and, as early as this spring, a globally-unique pilot plant for fossil-free steel is being planned for Northern Sweden. Read more

Tata Steel launches India's First Branded LD Slag Product

18 January 2018 

Tata Steel has launched two new products, Tata Aggreto and Tata Nirman, India’s first branded LD slag products for applications in road, fly ash brick and clinker making. Read more

Green light for world’s largest industrial hydrogen pilot plant in Linz

16 January 2018 

voestalpine has long been regarded as an environmental and efficiency benchmark in its industry, as well as a driver of innovation. Now the technology and capital goods group can complete another step towards realizing the H2FUTURE research project funded by the EU: the government of Upper Austria as the responsible EIA authority has recently authorized construction of the world’s largest pilot plant of its type for CO2-free production of hydrogen at the site in Linz. Read more

NLMK-SAP Innovations Lab pilots 3D employee positioning system

15 January 2018 

NLMK-SAP Innovations Lab together with National Centre of Internet of Things (NCIT) have developed a pilot 3D positioning system for shop-floor employees of hot-dip galvanizing line No.1 at NLMK Group’s Lipetsk site. Read more

Tata Steel develops mobile canning concept to cut food loss

09 January 2018 

The mobile canning line concept would allow farmers to process and preserve food onsite, massively reducing food loss. Read more

State-of-the-art research vessel built tough with ArcelorMittal steel

08 January 2018 

ArcelorMittal Galati, Romania, has supplied steel for an Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) with icebreaking capabilities commissioned by the Australian government to broaden the country’s exploration of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Read more