September 2003

Eramet confirms Boulogne plant will close

Eramet has confirmed that it is to close its 350,000 tpy Boulogne ferro-manganese plant by the end of this year.

Chinese ferro-moly breaches $14 per kg

Offers for Chinese ferro-molybdenum have breach the $14 per kg level due to an acute shortage of concentrates in the domestic market.

Cogne UK buys tool steel stockist

Stainless steel bar distributor, Cogne UK Ltd has acquired stockholder George H Cook and Co Ltd, based in Sheffield and Coventry

Business as usual, says Columbus

Columbus Stainless insists that production at its Middelburg plant has not been affected by the strike called by South African steelworkers’ union Numsa

Yieh United to install third electric furnace

Taiwan’s Yieh United Stainless Steel (Yusco) has unveiled a plan for the addition of a new electric furnace at its main works in Kaohsiung.

“Business as usual” at strike-hit Columbus

Columbus Stainless CEO Dave Martin said it was “business as usual” at Columbus despite continued strike action at the works

Numsa members strike at Columbus

The strike at Columbus Stainless’ Middelburg plant called by South African steelworkers’ union Numsa went ahead on September 2

Meeting set to discuss closure of Eramet plant

Comilog, the manganese producer controlled by Eramet, is set to meet on September 5 with union officials to discuss the possible closure of its Boulogne ferro-manganese plant.

Eramet sells carbon black unit

French ferro-alloys producer Eramet has sold its Carbon Black business to Timcal, a subsidiary of the Imérys Group, for an undisclosed sum.

Indian chrome ore deposit sale stirs up controversy

The attempt by the state government of Orissa to lease the Tangarpada chrome ore deposits to steel and ferro-alloys producer Jindal Strips, ignoring rival bids from Tata Iron & Steel Co (Tisco) and Visa Industries, has created controversy in the Indian state.