December 2015

Japan's steel exports down again in November

Japan’s iron and steel exports fell for a fourth month in November on a year-on-year basis on weaker overseas demand amid a China-led slowdown in global growth.

Japan's steel imports up marginally in November

Japan’s imports of iron and steel products edged up 1% year-on-year to 679,241 tonnes in November.

INTERVIEW: Marcegaglia targets fast, more balanced growth of core

As Italian pipemaker Marcegaglia completes its reorganisation, the company’s focus is on reinforcing its position in the core business, its chairman and ceo told Steel First.

2015 REVIEW: Steel market in Middle Eastern countries fails to improve in 2015

Steel markets in the Middle East were mostly weak throughout 2015, as most countries faced a range of challenges.

Spain's Tubacex secures $71m European Investment Bank loan for R&D

Tubacex has signed a loan agreement worth €65 million ($71 million) with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for research & development (R&D) activities, it said on Monday December 21.

Mexico extends countervailing duty period on imports of UK welded pipes

The Mexican government has added another five years to an existing countervailing duty on imports of longitudinal welded carbon steel pipe from the UK.

Russia’s rolled steel output drops by 5% in November

Finished steel output in Russia fell by 5% year-on-year in November, federal statistics service Rosstat said on Tuesday December 15, without giving the actual number.

Japan's steel orders fall 5.6% in October

Japan’s finished carbon steel orders totalled 5.83 million tonnes in October, down 5.6% year-on-year, the latest figures from the Japan Iron & Steel Federation (JISF) showed.

EU hollow section prices steady in pre-Christmas market

Structural hollow steel section prices were unchanged across Europe on Wednesday December 16, as the markets fell quiet ahead of the Christmas holidays.

ArcelorMittal to supply Brazilian tubes for Uruguayan port expansion

ArcelorMittal will supply 800 tonnes of special tubes for the expansion of the Nueva Palmira port in Uruguay.