December 2013

Nucor starts DRI production at Louisiana plant in USA

US steelmaker Nucor started operations at its new direct reduced iron (DRI) facility at St James Parish, Louisiana, on December 24, the company said on Friday December 27.

2013 REVIEW: Lower prices, stiffer competition test CIS pig iron market

Competitive pressure from rival producers and traders in Latin America has seen prices and profitability dwindle for many in the CIS pig iron export market in 2013.

Ukraine pig iron export prices firm up

Ukraine-origin pig iron export prices edged up on Thursday December 19 after weeks of transactions remaining at the same levels, sources told Steel First.

Steel deficit in North Africa to drive investment in DRI, Ezz Steel says

A shortage of crude steel in North Africa will drive investment in DRI production over the next five years, Ezz Steel's marketing director, George Matta, said last week.

CIS pig iron prices stood unchanged as stable activity continues

CIS-origin pig iron export prices remained unchanged amid stable market activity and atypical Ukraine export destinations, sources told Steel First on Thursday December 12.

Saudi Arabia's Solb Steel to start cold tests at new mill in Q1 2014

Saudi Arabian rebar producer Solb Steel will start cold tests at its new mill in Jazan Economic City by late February, early March, company ceo Shoeil La-Ayed told Steel First.

Brazil's pig iron exports up 4.5% in November

Brazilian merchant pig iron exports increased by 4.5% year-on-year in November.