November 2015

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: The global reach of the Samarco dam disaster

Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) examines the effects of Samarco’s Fundao dam collapse on the global pellet market.

Russia's Kosaya Gora halts blast furnace for overhaul

Russian nodular pig iron and ferro-alloys producer Kosaya Gora has idled one of its three blast furnaces for a major overhaul, it said on Thursday November 26.

CIS pig iron export market slides as buyers hold back

Trading activity in the CIS pig iron export market has started to subside, with no deals heard in Turkey or Italy over the past week, sources told Steel First on Thursday November 26.

Voestalpine orders residuals briquetting plant for US HBI project

Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine has ordered from Primetals Technologies a briquetting plant to recycle by-products at its hot briquetted iron (HBI) project in USA, the engineering firm said on Tuesday November 24.

HIGHLIGHTS: China output cuts debate, Brazil mulls higher import tariffs, fatalities in Italy, UK...

Editor Vera Blei reviews the main news covered by Steel First over the past week.

Global DRI output down by 7% in October, Worldsteel says

Global output of direct reduced iron (DRI) fell by 7.2% year-on-year in October 2015, according to data released by the World Steel Assn (Worldsteel) on Friday November 20.

CIS pig iron market moving sideways as buyers hold firm

The CIS export pig iron market has remained broadly steady over the past week, sources told Steel First on Thursday November 19.

China iron ore output falls 6% in October

China’s domestic iron ore production contracted further in October, with volumes down 6.4% year-on-year amid a deteriorating market.

Russia's Kosaya Gora increases ferro-manganese output

Russian nodular pig iron producer Kosaya Gora is now using two of its three blast furnaces to produce ferro-manganese, to better serve the increase in demand in the CIS region.