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  • Europe's steel industry faces suspension of production on soaring energy pr… 2022-09-27

    Sep. 27, 2022 - Europe's steel industry is forced to cut production or even shut down due to soaring energy prices, with some operators warning of permanent shutdowns. Germany, which relies heavily on Russian natural gas, is facing an additional EUR 10 billion in energy costs, equivalent to a quarter of the industry's average annual revenue. German Steel Association (WV Stahl) chairman Han…

  • International Conference on Refractories concludes at BSL, India 2022-09-26

    Sep. 25, 2022 - The two day International Conference REFIS-4.0 on the theme of "The Future of Refractories in Iron and Steel Industry" kicked off on 23rd September at BSL's Human Resource Development centre hosted by Bokaro Steel Plant. The Director of IIT-ISM, Dhanbad, Professor Rajeev Shekhar was present as the chief guest. ED (Works) BK Tiwari, ED (P&A) Sanjay Kumar, ED (Materials …

  • China Exports of Refractory Materials and Products in Jul 2022 2022-09-23

    Sep. 23, 2022 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's exports of flake graphite, CCM, brown fused alumina, white fused alumina, and silicon carbide in July 2022 increased by 14.05%, 32.22%, 4.2%, 29.37% and 62.81% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year. Meanwhile, China's exports of fireclay, mullite, fused magnesia, and dead burned&n…

  • China Imports of Refractory Materials and Products in Jul 2022 2022-09-23

    Sep. 23, 2022 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's imports of flake graphite, silica sand, aluminum ore, chromite, and zircon sand in July 2022 increased by 206.78%, 120.03%, 14.4%, 17.86% and 88.16% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year, while imports of andalusite & kyanite & sillimanite, and alumina decre…

  • Global crude steel production down 3% YoY in August 2022 2022-09-23

    Sep. 22, 2022 - World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 150.6 million tonnes (Mt) in August 2022, a 3.0% decrease compared to August 2021. Crude steel production by region Africa produced 1.3 Mt in August 2022, up 3.5% on August 2022. Asia and Oceania produced 112.6 Mt, down 0.2%. The EU (27) produced 9.7…

  • European Commission approves IPCEI Hy2Use hydrogen infrastructure project 2022-09-22

    Sep. 22, 2022 - The European Commission has approved the IPCEI Hy2Use plan for the construction of an international hydrogen electrolysis, transport and storage network.  IPCEI Hy2Use consists of multiple projects planned for completion by 2026, with the commissioning of all infrastructure scheduled for 2036.  13 EU member states and Norway will contribute Euro5.2b…

  • China's output of refractories' downstream industries in Jan-Aug 2022 2022-09-22

    Sep. 22, 2022 - In August, in the face of the complex and severe international environment and the multiple-place sporadic outbreaks of COVID-19 in China, unexpected test of extreme high-temperature weather, China continued to implement the dynamic zero epidemic policy, efficiently coordinated the prevention and control of the epidemic and economic and social development, and strengthened…

  • China's exports of refractory raw materials and products in Jan-Jul 2022 2022-09-21

    Sep. 21, 2022 - From January to July, China's exports of refractory raw materials and products totaled at 4.2876 million tons, an increase of 4.53% year-on-year, and the export trade value reached US$ 3.157 billion. Among the total exports, there were 2.9695 million tons of refractory raw materials, a year-on-year decrease of 4.19%, with the export value being US$ 1.932 billion, an increa…

  • Italy crude steel production down 42.2% in August 2022-09-20

    Sep. 20, 2022 - August was again a negative month for the production of crude steel in Italy, with a total output of 732,000 mt, down by 42.2 percent compared to the same month of 2021, as announced by Federacciai, the Italian federation of steel companies. A year-on-year decrease was also recorded in the first eight months, with the total crude steel output amounting to 14.591 m…

  • Inner Mongolia to eliminate 6.65 million mt of iron-smelting capacity by 20… 2022-09-20

    Sep. 20, 2022 - The Department of Industry and Information Technology of Inner Mongolia in China has issued a notice for accelerating the elimination of backward and excessive production capacity and implementing energy consumption control, stating that it will eliminate 6.65 million mt of iron-smelting capacity and 6.2 million mt of steel capacity by the end of 2023.

  • Outputs of China finished refractory products of July in different regions 2022-09-19

    Sep. 19, 2022 - According to statistics, in July outputs of finished refractory products in China show year-on-year decrease, with total output of 1,416,659 tons, down 5.47% YoY.  The output decrease turns out to be common in many Chinese regions, except Shandong province and Chongqing. Dropping degrees in Hunan, Guangdong and Zhejiang are sharpest by 33.02%, 22.75% and 16.15%…

  • Japan’s domestic steel consumption down 7.1% in Jan-Jul 2022-09-17

    Sep. 17, 2022 - In July this year, domestic steel product consumption in Japan amounted to 3.84 million metric tons, increasing by 0.9 percent compared to June and dropping by 11.0 percent year on year, according to the data released by the Japan Iron and Steel Association (JISF). Meanwhile, in the January-July period this year, domestic steel consumption in the country declined by 7.1 percent…

  • China's output, import and export of natural graphite in 2021 2022-09-16

    Sep. 16, 2022 - Natural graphite, as its name implies, is a natural graphite formed by nature, generally appearing as graphite flakes, graphite slices, graphite-containing rocks, and metamorphic shale. Graphite ore is mainly divided into two major categories, namely crystal graphite and cryptocrystalline graphite. Among them, the products formed after the initial processing of crysta…

  • China major steel province makes headway in eco-friendly growth 2022-09-16

    Sep. 14, 2022 - Hebei, a major steel-producing province in China, saw its steel production capacity down from 320 million metric tons at its peak to below 200 million tons over the past decade, local authorities said. The province reported its steel production dropped 8.47 percent year-on-year in the first six months. The number of iron and steel enterprises in the northern Chinese provin…

  • Refractory materials repairers employment to decline 14.3% from 2021 to 203… 2022-09-16

    Sep. 15, 2022 - The latest projections from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that there are 20 jobs that may disappear in the US over the next decade, in an investigation on what employment to be look like for various occupations in 2031. The base year for these projections was 2021, when the US was still adding back jobs across different industries after the pandemic. …

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