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  • Global crude steel production in October 2020 2020-11-25

    Nov. 25, 2020 - According to the statistics of the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel), the crude steel production was 161.9 million tonnes (Mt) in October 2020, a 7.0% increase compared to October 2019. Due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of this month’s figures are estimates that may be revised with next month’s production u…

  • Output of refractories' downstream industries in October 2020 2020-11-23

    Nov. 23, 2020 - According to official statistics, refractories’ downstream industries, including pig iron, crude steel, ferroalloy, non-ferrous, cement, flat glass, and lead, all still maintained a full growth trend in October 2020. As for the cumulative output from January to October, only the coke industry was still in a slight downward trend, and even cement output also resumed grow…

  • Steel capacity utilization in USA rises to 71.4% by mid-November 2020-11-19

    Nov. 17, 2020 - The U.S. steel sector’s capacity utilization rate for the week ended Nov. 14 reached 71.4%, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). The rate marked an increase from 71.1% the previous week. However, the rate fell from 78.8% during the same time frame in 2019. Steel production during the week ended Nov. 14, 2020, totaled 1.58 million net tons. The prod…

  • A large graphite mine found in Northeast China's Heilongjiang 2020-11-18

    Nov. 18, 2020 - According to an announcement from the Natural Resources of Heilongjiang Province, a super-large graphite mine has been discovered in Heilongjiang Province.   The deposit, found in Luobei County, has a reserve of more than 270 million tonnes of graphite ores and 21.32 million tonnes of other minerals, according to the provincial natural resources department.  …

  • Steel output in United States stays steady in mid-November 2020-11-18

    Nov. 17, 2020 - According to American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), steel output in the United States checked in at 1.58 million tons in the week ending Nov. 14, up 0.4 percent from the previous week. The stability occurred despite cases of COVID-19 rising to new highs in many states and governments in those states introducing or threatening to introduce additional workplac…

  • Central and Eastern European steel industry offer mixed picture 2020-11-18

    Nov. 17, 2020 - While steelmakers east of Berlin are working to meet rising demand, others are facing myriad technical and regulatory challenges. Those challenges include a global pandemic that has severely impacted economies, according to some industry watchers and market participants. Steel plants in Central and Eastern European states that are members of the European Union face…

  • Several steel associations warn against EU scrap export ban 2020-11-18

    Nov. 17, 2020 - The European Commission began reviewing EU waste shipment regulations in January and aims to complete its evaluation in spring. A key purpose of the review is to enhance control of cross-border movements of hazardous waste and reduce global trade in such material. Hazardous and hard-to-recycle plastic waste will be included in the scope of the Basel Convention — an interna…

  • ASEAN, China, other partners sign world’s biggest trade pact 2020-11-16

    Nov. 15, 2020 - China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity, in a deal many in Asia are hoping will help hasten a recovery from the shocks of the pandemic. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, was signed virtually on Sunday on the sidelines of the annual summit of the 10-na…

  • Refwin Interview with Mr. Ulf Frohneberg, Managing Director of STEULER-KCH 2020-11-16

    Mr. Ulf Frohneberg, Managing Director of STEULER-KCH Refwin: Mr. Ulf Frohneberg, congratulations to you on becoming Chairman of VDFFI. Could you share some basic information about the refractories industry in Germany?   Mr. Ulf Frohneberg: The refractory industry in Germany is in a quite volatile situation right now. Declining demands, especially from our main…

  • US September steel shipments down 14.2% from September 2020 2020-11-13

    Nov. 13, 2020 - For the month of September 2020, U.S. steel mills shipped 6,662,904 net tons, a 2.0 percent increase from the 6,532,652 net tons shipped in the previous month, August 2020, and a 14.2 percent decrease from the 7,767,310 net tons shipped in September 2019. Shipments year-to-date in 2020 are 60,449,359 net tons, a 16.7 percent decrease vs. 2019 shipments of 72,577,746 for nine mo…

  • Second lockdown hasn't impact on European steel industry 2020-11-12

    Nov. 12, 2020 - Many of Europe's leading economies have entered a month-long soft lockdown this month in response to the resurgence of the second round of COVID-19 outbreak. Although end-user demand was expected to be hit by the new blockade, steelmakers in major European countries have yet to be directly affected.   German, Italian, French, Spanish, and British authorities have all…

  • Bauxite output in China sees an increase in October 2020-11-12

    Nov. 12, 2020 - According to official data, China’s bauxite output in October was around 7.02 million tonnes, increasing by 8.67% compared to the previous month and the same period of last year.   Among them, the output in Shanxi accounted for the largest proportion, totaling around 2.36 million tonnes, a month-on-month increase of 4.9%.   In the first ten months of this…

  • Magnezit organizes Int'l Conference on Digitalization of Industrial Thermal… 2020-11-11

    Nov. 11, 2020 - An International online conference will be held on 18th of November, with the subject of "Digitalization of Industrial Thermal Processes and Units", which is held by Magnezit Group and the joint institutions as follows: The State Key Laboratory of Refractory and Metallurgy of Wuhan University of Science and Technology, National University of Science and Tech…

  • China's refractories output in Q1-Q3 2020 decreased by 7.31% 2020-11-11

    Nov. 11, 2020 - According to the recent report made by Vice President of the Association of China Refractories Industry (ACRI), China's refractories output in the first three quarters of 2020 was 17.45 million tonnes, a year-on-year decrease of 7.31%.   In the first three quarters, the output of refractories in major refractory provinces and cities in China was: 408,500 tonnes in B…

  • China updated its action plan targets against heavy air pollution in fall a… 2020-11-10

    Nov. 6, 2020 - An updated action plan for phasing out major emitters of airborne pollutants in North China released by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment makes preventing days of heavy pollution the top priority this fall and winter. The plan, released every year since 2017, covers the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei province cluster and the Fenwei Plain region, including Shanxi, Shaanxi and…

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