February 2013

Turkish pig iron imports rise 21% in 2012

Turkish pig iron imports increased by 21% to 1.38 million tonnes in 2012, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK).

Iran produces first standard catalyst for DRI plants

Iran has now successfully produced and used a standard catalyst for direct reduced iron (DRI) processes, according to the Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation Organisation (Imidro).

INTERVIEW: Minera Mapsa aims for 1.4m tpy iron ore output from Peruvian jv

Peruvian miner Minera Mapsa’s first aim for its recently created joint venture with CDII Minerals, a subsidiary of USA-based CD International Enterprises, is to develop a 1.4 million tpy iron ore operation in the South American country.

Qatar Steel expands operations in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Algeria

Commercial operations at Qatar Steel’s Saudi Arabia-based associate Solb Steel are scheduled to start in the first half of 2013.

India's Chhattisgarh state reduces entry taxes for steel industry

India’s Chhattisgarh state government has cut the entry tax on iron ore, pig iron and steel scrap purchased from outside the state to 0.5% from 1%.

Iran's Arfa inaugurates DRI plant

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad formally inaugurated Arfa Iron & Steel’s new 800,000-tpy direct reduction iron (DRI) plant last week.

New mini mills will give Iran 7m tpy capacity for DRI 'within a year'

Production capacity for direct reduced iron (DRI) in Iran will increase by 7 million tpy in the next year, according to Fereydoon Ahmadi, chief of the Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation Organisation (Imidro).

Price spreads widen for CIS pig iron

Pig iron price ranges widened downwards for material coming out of Ukraine, while Russia-origin prices widened upward in the week ending February 22.

Price spreads widen for CIS pig iron

Pig iron price ranges widened downwards for material coming out of Ukraine, while Russia-origin prices widened upward in the week ending February 22.