Ethical sourcing of minerals has been under the spotlight for some time, following greater awareness of "conflict minerals" supply from politically unstable areas, in particular the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The term includes the trade of minerals used to finance armed groups, support corruption and money laundering, and support forced and child labour, among other issues.

Železiarne Podbrezová has placed an order with SMS group covering the upgrade of its existing pushbench plant in Podbrezová, Slovakia. On this push bench, Železiarne Podbrezová produces seamless tubes in the diameter range from 0.5 inch to 5.5 inches. The modernization order covers two new racks with drive pinions and a new rack guide bed for the push bench as well as 14 new stands for the stretch reducing mill.

Olofsfors, a Swedish manufacturer of steel products for the forestry and construction industries, has reduced its material usage, optimized its production process and developed a lighter, more fuel-efficient product. How? By moving its production in house and switching to SSAB Boron 27 steel.

During the “ALUMINIUM 2018” trade fair, from 9 – 11 October 2018, Düsseldorf, will once again be in the limelight of the global aluminum industry. SMS group is going to focus its trade fair presence in hall 9 (booth number 9C20) on digitalization and on the momentum Industrie 4.0 and digitalization have on the aluminum producing and processing sectors.

NLMK DanSteel A/S, Denmark, has placed an order with SMS group (www.sms-group.com) for the large-scale expansion and modernization of its heavy-plate mill in Frederiksvaerk. NLMK DanSteel is implementing these measures to expand its product range further in terms of both grades and sizes.

thyssenkrupp Schulte, a company of thyssenkrupp's Materials Services business unit, has collaborated with Siemens to develop new fan blades made from a special aluminum alloy. The innovative material is used among other things in generator cooling fans.

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Higher-quality plate surfaces and enhanced production

Danieli has been awarded a contract by PAO Severstal for the upgrade of plate mill 2800 at Cherepovets (Russia), in order to improve plate surface quality and increase production volume.

Total Strengthens Its Presence in the Industrial Lubricants Market

Total Lubrifiants, a leading player in the global lubricants market, announces the acquisition from Houghton International of its aluminum hot rolling oil (AHRO), steel cold rolling oil (SCRO) and tinplate rolling oil (TPRO) activities in the North American and European Economic Area markets.

Steel Dynamics, Inc. has awarded SMS group an order covering the supply of a complete steel production line for its Sinton location in the state of Texas.

Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) has awarded SMS group an order for the supply of a complete steel production line, from the steelworks to the CSP® plant and from the cold rolling mill to the galvanizing line for its Sinton location in the state of Texas.

Wirerod Mill modernization at Baotou Steel, China

Baotou Steel Group Co. Ltd. in China selected Danieli to modernize its 600,000-tpy wirerod mill. The key equipment to be supplied will be a new, four-pass TMB high-speed finishing block to produce smooth-wire from 4.5 to 26 mm diameter, and rebar-wire from 6 to 16 mm diameter at a maximum speed of 110 mps.