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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. 

Essar Minnesota Sues Parent for US$1 Billion and Hopes to Restart Project

13 Jan 2017 - The former Essar Steel Minnesota, which hopes to complete its half-finished taconite mine and pellet plant in Minnesota, has filed a lawsuit against parent Essar Global, alleging “a myriad of damaging actions” that helped starve it of cash, according to news reports.  

Tenova HYL Strikes Up Partnership with Mill Byproducts Recycler 

04 Jan 2017 - Tenova HYL and Diproinduca Canada Ltd. have formed an alliance that will further develop and commercialize technology designed to reuse iron ore fines in direct reduction plants.

U. S. Steel Announces Plans to Restart Idled Taconite Facility

03 Jan 2017 - United States Steel Corp. will restart its idled Keetac taconite mine and pellet plant in Minnesota after securing third-party orders for pellets, the company has announced.

Tata Steel Acquires Iron Ore Processor

27 Dec 2016 - Tata Steel has an agreement to acquire an iron ore pellet maker that will its new Kalinganagar works in the Indian state of Odisha. 

MMK Locks In Four-Year Supply of Iron Ore

22 Dec 2016 - Russia’s OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) has signed a long-term iron ore supply agreement with the Eurasian Resources Group, contracting for more than 30 million metric tons over the next four years. 

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