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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LKAB invests in pilot plants for phosphorus and rare earth metals

"We are investing 45 million kronor in pilot plants as part of a pre feasibility study to define a process that enables recycling of mine waste through innovative processing, producing critical raw materials. Lab tests conducted during the year confirmed that we can produce more phosphorus and rare earth metals than estimated," says President and Group CEO, Jan Moström.

Introducing Duroxite™ 200 overlay plate for preventing severe sliding wear

Duroxite™ 200 saves money and improves productivity in a wide range of applications through higher output and less maintenance.

SMS group supplies high-performance Compact Cold Mill to Marcegaglia

Marcegaglia Ravenna S.p.A. has contracted SMS group for the complete supply of a two-stand reversing cold mill of CCM® (Compact Cold Mill) design. Marcegaglia's head-quarters is located in Gazoldo degli Ippoliti, in the Mantua province in North Italy.

VCC® technology comes to Colombia

Ternium del Atlántico SAS, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply and installation of the VCC® technology (Vertical Compact Coiler) for its bar mill in Palmar de Varela, Barranquilla, Colombia.