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With a Deal to Divest Its Brazilian Mill, thyssenkrupp Exits Steelmaking in the Americas

22 Feb 2017 - thyssenkrupp AG is ending its decade-long steelmaking venture in the Americas, agreeing to sell its integrated mill in Brazil to Latin American producer Ternium for US$1.33 billion (EUR1.26 billion). 

New Tata Steel Works Finding Its Stride

21 Feb 2017 - Tata Steel’s new Kalinganagar works in India has reached a new production milestone – it has achieved 2 million metric tons of hot metal, reports The (India) Economic Times.  

CB&I Issues Pink Slips as SunCoke Energy Contract Expires

21 Feb 2017 - Contractor CB&I is laying off 149 employees at the SunCoke Energy coke plant in Indiana, reports The Times newspaper of northwest Indiana. 

Indonesian Steelmaker Sets March Start-Up for New Blast Furnace

30 Jan 2017 - Indonesia’s Krakatau Steel is wrapping up construction on a US$500 million blast furnace and expects to put into production by March, reports The Jakarta Post newspaper.

Kobe Steel Adds Caster and Expands Bloom Mill Capacity at Kakogawa Works

27 Jan 2017 - Kobe Steel Ltd. has installed a new continuous caster and expanded a bloom mill at its integrated Kakogawa Works in western Japan, enabling a 65.5 billion yen consolidation (US$570 million) of its steelmaking operations.

Report: Serbian Mill Ends Seven Years of Losses

20 Jan 2017 - Less than a year after acquiring Serbia’s Zelezara Smederevo steel works, China’s Hesteel Group said it has returned the facility to profitability, reports Xinhua, China’s official news agency. 

Russian Steelmaker Selects Primetals for Blast Furnace Automation

19 Jan 2017 - Primetals Technologies has won an order to supply the instrumentation and the automation and electrical equipment for a Russian steel works’ new blast furnace. 

Great Lakes Iron Ore Shipments Increased in 2016

17 Jan 2017 - The Soo Locks, which are a vital link between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes, have closed for annual maintenance, marking the end of the 2016 shipping season. And while overall cargo volumes were down, iron ore shipments increased 7.8 percent, reports the MLive news site. 

ArcelorMittal Wins Long-Term Supply Deal for Coke Byproduct

17 Jan 2017 - ArcelorMittal’s U.S. division has struck up long-term agreements to sell coal tar to Koppers Inc., a manufacturer of wood-treatment chemicals and carbon compounds.

Tata Steel Puts Eyes in the Sky

16 Jan 2017 - Puns not intended, but Tata Steel has launched a pilot program that employs unmanned aerial vehicles to help monitor operations at one of its iron ore mines, the steelmaker announced on Monday. 

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