ArcelorMittal has picked up a supplier award from the world’s largest automaker, in recognition of the company’s impressive quality performance. 

Toyota Europe awarded the world’s leading steel and mining company its ‘Built in Quality’ supplier award, with ArcelorMittal employees from the automotive Europe commercial team and the ArcelorMittal Atlantique and Lorraine team travelling to Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s plant in Burnaston near Derby, UK, in order to receive the award.    

‘Built in Quality’ is a Toyota methodology that aims to continuously improve quality. Toyota trains its suppliers to understand and implement this methodology in the sites that manufacture products for the automotive company. 

ArcelorMittal’s ‘Built in Quality’ award follows the implementation of the methodology, which began around 10 years ago, and comes in recognition of ArcelorMittal’s quality performance that has continuously improved over the last three years. 

Toyota Europe gave a number of reasons for recognising ArcelorMittal with the award, including:  

  • A low number of claims (for example, defects), exceeding Toyota Europe’s quality target by more than 15%
  • Recognition as the best steel supplier in Toyota Europe’s annual supplier assessment for the second consecutive year
  • The significant and increasing gap between ArcelorMittal’s performance and that of its competitors
  • Zero quality problem reports (QPRs) in 2016 for ArcelorMittal Mardyck in France (part of the Atlantique and Lorraine cluster), the main mill supplying Toyota Europe with automotive and exposed galvannealed steels
  • Recognition as the best quality steel supplier for Toyota Manufacturing Russia in 2016.

Commenting on the award, ArcelorMittal’s Francis Bugnard, general manager and technical general, Automotive Europe, said: 

“This award is a recognition of the amazing efforts our teams made to meet Toyota Europe’s expectations, year after year, in terms of quality, making ArcelorMittal their most reliable steel supplier”.

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From left to right: François Morneau - Toyota Key Account Manager, Valérie Carpentier - Toyota Deputy Key Account Manager, Emmanuel Deneuville - ArcelorMittal Mardyck Plant Manager, Annie Beaurain Cornuel - Built-in quality Project Manager, Jonathan Lobel - Asian OEMs Customer Technical Coordinator, Francis Bugnard - Technical General Director, Yazid Iguercha - ArcelorMittal Atlantique and Lorraine Customer Quality Manager, Jean-Alain Lucas - Toyota Customer Technical Support

ArcelorMittal has received a number of awards from its automotive customers in recent years. In June 2016, the company received a best supplier award from its automotive giant PSA Group, in the technical cost savings category. In 2015, PSA Group gave the company a supplier award in the value creation category.

In the USA, ArcelorMittal was recognized with a General Motors Supplier Diversity Award for the second consecutive year. ArcelorMittal received GM’s 2016 Top Diversity Performer Platinum Award at the Michigan Minority Procurement Conference in Detroit, having been recognized with a silver award in 2015.

In 2014, ArcelorMittal was named by Germany’s Kirchhoff Automotive as supplier of the year in the ‘raw materials’ category, one of just three suppliers awarded out of a list of 4000 companies. Kirchhoff Automotive recognised ArcelorMittal’s excellent performance in terms of quality, logistics and service as well as its strong support for resale projects and ramping up phases.

Toyota also awarded ArcelorMittal in 2011, when ArcelorMittal Herbault, part of the company’s Distribution Solutions business, was recognised for excellence in delivery.

ArcelorMittal is the only automotive steel producer with a worldwide presence, delivering a large scale of products, solutions and services to automotive customers with the same quality focus in all regions.

In Europe, ArcelorMittal’s automotive business shipped more than 7 million tonnes of steel to customers in 2015. The European arm of the business has steelmaking and processing facilities for the automotive sector in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain and a joint venture in Turkey. It has Tailored Blanks sites in Belgium, France, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and the UK.

In addition, it has steel service centres (processing and logistics centres) and stamping partners across Europe.

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“With the right legislative framework, the steel industry in Europe can continue to prosper and support European goals in areas such as the circular economy and even climate change” - ArcelorMittal Europe Flat Products CEO Geert Van Poelvoorde addresses ArcelorMittal’s annual media day

New steel industry dynamics as a result of production overcapacity in China’s steel industry, and the need to ensure steel can play a key role in a world increasingly focussed on sustainability and a more circular economy, are driving important change and innovation within ArcelorMittal Europe.

arcelormittal-logoThese were the two main themes addressed at ArcelorMittal’s annual media day for European journalists, with a number of senior executives at the world’s leading steel and mining company speaking at the event in Paris. 

The speakers gave their perspectives on what the two themes covered mean for ArcelorMittal’s European operations, for research and development at ArcelorMittal, and for greater environmental sustainability both at ArcelorMittal and across the steel industry. 

The issue of China’s steelmaking overcapacity has deeply affected the profitability of the steel industry in recent years and put the issue of fair trade high on the political agenda.

David Clarke, ArcelorMittal’s head of strategy and chief technology officer, put the issue into a European perspective: 
“In 2009, China exported two million tonnes of finished steel to Europe; in 2015 this rose to nine million tonnes. Europe is roughly a 150 million tonne market – still around 25% below pre-financial crisis levels - and apparent steel consumption is currently growing at around 1% a year. So in effect, we are seeing the demand increase in Europe being swallowed up by increased levels of imports, with European steelmakers struggling to benefit from the mild increases in demand”.

Speaking about the company’s response to the tough operating environment, Mr Clarke said:
“We have focussed very hard this year on matters that we can control, strengthening our balance sheet and outlining a new five-year strategic plan that will ensure we can prosper and deliver sustainable profitability in any market environment. We are making good progress which has been reflected in the company’s improved results across the year but until the issue of overcapacity in China is fixed we have to be very focussed on improving the competitiveness of our business and being active when it comes to unfair trade.“

Geert Van Poelvoorde, CEO ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products, echoed these comments saying, “We have put all our efforts into improving the competitiveness of our business so that we can have a sustainable steel-making operation in Europe – and we are making good progress.”  He then outlined the three fundamental challenges the European steel industry is facing, namely:

  • European Union legislation regarding the treatment of non-market economies, principally China
  • The need for the European Union to modernise its trade defence instruments
  • The European Union’s Emissions Trading System.

He spoke about the progress that has been made to improve the European steel industry’s prospects and tackle these three challenges in the past year, recalling the steel industry’s difficult end to 2015: 
“Exactly a year ago, I was chairing a crisis meeting in my capacity as president of Eurofer. We were at one of the darkest points in the steel industry. A year on, we’re in a better place – for the short-term outlook at least. This improvement is partly due to the effect of trade defence actions taken by the European Commission, which have helped to protect our business against unfair imports.”

Mr Van Poelvoorde also acknowledged the industry-wide effort to put steel on the agenda and “fight for the future”. But he stressed that on the issue of trade modernisation, there was still a need for more progress. 

“There is no doubt we have seen important progress this year and I am grateful to the European Commission for the seriousness with which they have addressed this matter.  We are not quite yet there though - Europe’s procedure for investigating cases of alleged dumping is much slower than in the rest of the world and the dumping duties that are being imposed, are too low.  We would also like to see progress in these two areas.   

He said however that his biggest concern today relates to the method the EU is prescribing in order to have a low carbon economy, the Emissions Trading System. “This is the toughest challenge we face”, he said, explaining that the system doesn’t take into account the realities of the steel-making industry having been designed for the energy sector, which is a regional market.

“At a fundamental level it doesn’t work for the steel industry, which is a global industry. If European producers have to pay this carbon tax but producers elsewhere exporting into Europe don’t, then it puts European producers at a competitive disadvantage.  It also doesn’t acknowledge the chemistry of steelmaking. Even if all our operations were powered by wind turbines, we’d still be omitting significant levels of CO2, because the majority of our CO2 emissions are created when iron ore is made into iron during the steelmaking process. This is an inescapable chemical reality.

“We understand the importance of addressing climate change and we are committed to doing our best to reduce emissions. From a European perspective, I can tell you that reducing our carbon emissions is business-critical. But we strongly believe that the ETS in its current form does not achieve its aim of incentivising steel companies to reduce emissions and could have damaging and detrimental effects for the European steel industry”. 

Van Poelvoorde underlined that the reason ArcelorMittal Europe and the steel industry as a whole is asking for changes to both trade defence and carbon legislation, is in order to have a global level playing field:
“As an industry, we have absolutely nothing against competition – we welcome it. Here in Europe, we have very efficient operations that are globally competitive. But we have to speak out against legislation that we know will put the European industry at a competitive disadvantage with players from other regions because ultimately this could have an impact on jobs and the economy more broadly. We have made progress this past year in getting our voice better heard, but there is much work still to do in ensuring the steel industry faces a level playing -field and appropriate regulatory environment.

Mr Greg Ludkovksy, the company’s head of research and development, and Mr Alan Knight, head of corporate responsibility, then spoke about the importance of recognising the significant contribution ArcelorMittal and the steel industry is making to a more sustainable economy through the products it is making and its natural alignment with the circular economy. 

Mr Ludkovsky spoke about sustainability as a catalyst for change, both in terms of the technology within its steel mills and the products created for customers.  He spoke of the “transformational opportunity” represented by a major project for the construction industry that ArcelorMittal is rolling out in 2017. Steel in Modern Construction, through its first case study on office building, will lower the environmental impact of a building by one fifth compared with the baseline, while also demonstrating steel versatility and offering cost savings in a number of ways, principally through the use of light weighting and high-strength steels. “The importance of these types of innovations whether in construction or for other market segments like automotive clearly show that steel can be the solution to the climate challenge,” he said.  “These are driving significant reduction in emissions across the life cycle of different products”.

Mr Knight, detailed how steel plays a key role in the circular economy – at a time when the European Union is debating its Circular Economy Package which includes revised legislative proposals on waste – and spoke about a number of projects at ArcelorMittal that are using waste created during the steelmaking process, from turning steelmaking slag into agricultural fertiliser, to making bioethanol to fuel aeroplanes from waste gases created during the steelmaking process: “Sustainability, and specifically the role that steel is playing in the circular economy, are resulting in the creation of new business models and pan-industry collaborations that are potential game-changers”, he said. “At ArcelorMittal we are active in being involved in a number of different partnerships that look to more fully utilise and exploit the potential from re-using by-products and waste gases – we are fully supportive of the concept of carbon capture and utilisation and convinced this offers important long-term opportunity for the reduction of CO2

Concluding the event, Van Poelvoorde reminded journalists that Europe “in many ways is a great place to make steel – the fact that ArcelorMittal Europe employs more than 83,000 people in the EU28 is testament to this. And I am convinced that with the right legislative framework, the steel industry in Europe can continue to prosper and support European goals in areas such as the circular economy and even climate change”.

To read Geert Van Poelvoorde’s full speech, click here

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ArcelorMittal Ostrava is producing a new steel that will be used in the automotive industry.

The plant’s medium section rolling mill has developed and is now producing flat bars that will be used to make leaf springs, a steel spring that is used in a vehicle’s suspension system.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava is the company’s first European plant to produce the flat bars for leaf springs; ArcelorMittal currently makes the same bars in its Canada, South Africa and Brazil operations.

20160711 list pruzinyThe bars are made of high quality, low-alloy chromium vanadium steel with outstanding elastic formability, hardenability (the depth up to which a material is hardened after putting it through a heat treatment process) and resilience. This makes them an ideal material to use in the production of highly-,stressed machinery parts, such the leaf springs.

Extending the product portfolio has required an investment in the modification of the rolling mill amounting to more than CZK 210m (€7.7m) which will be completed in 2017. ArcelorMittal Ostrava has been included in the list of suppliers of bars for the production of leaf springs, a prerequisite for the new product to be used in the automotive industry.

 “The production of bars for the automotive industry represents another step in our efforts towards extending the portfolio of high added value products to increase our competitiveness. The new product, which was developed here in Ostrava, also shows our commitment to research and development,” said Vijay Mahadevan, CEO of ArcelorMittal Ostrava.

Leaf springs are most commonly used as parts of service vehicles, vans, lorries, trailers, pick-ups, SUVs, trucks, railway carriages and agricultural machines. Among the customers for the new products are well-known Tier 1 suppliers, who further process the bars in order to manufacture the final product for the automotive sector.
                                                                                                         
Low-alloy chromium vanadium steel is suitable for the manufacture of spring-like components of all kinds. The required hardenability and resilience are achieved by special heat treatment – quenching and tempering. In order to ensure the necessary results, the alloying elements chromium and vanadium are added. The high quality of the mechanical properties and chemical composition has a major effect on the resilience of the leaf springs.

The medium section rolling mill will offer flat bars in three basic profiles: for parabolic and multi-leaf springs and air linkers, and in sizes of 50 to 100 mm width and 5 to 50 mm thickness.

The medium section rolling mill currently produces around 750,000 tonnes of steel products, including a large variety of hot-rolled long products such as ribbed bars for concrete reinforcement or beams. Thanks to a recent investment of CZK 200m (€7.4m), the rolling mill also manufactures threaded bars in sizes of 15 to 75 mm, which are used in buildings, underground construction and geotechnical structures.

The medium section rolling mill is approximately one kilometre long. At the time of its construction in the 1980s, the mill was the second largest investment in Czechoslovakia (the first being the Temelín nuclear power plant), costing 7 billion Czechoslovak crowns.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s. is part of the world’s largest steel and mining group ArcelorMittal. Annually it produces more than 2 million tonnes of steel, which is mainly used in construction and machinery. It is the biggest manufacturer of road safety barriers and the only producer of grain-oriented steel sheets in the Czech Republic. Besides the Czech market the company delivers its products to more than 40 countries around the world.ArcelorMittal Ostrava and its subsidiaries employ 7,250 people. In 2015 average income was CZK 34 615. As a result of the completion of a range of greening technologies the company produces iron and steel with the minimum possible impact on the environment. The sole shareholder is ArcelorMittal S.A.

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On 1 August 2006, Arcelor and Mittal Steel merged to create the world’s leading steel company.

Some key numbers:

    Global economic contribution in excess of US$700bn
    More than 890 million tonnes of finished steel products, shipped to customers in more than 160 countries
    More than 250 new steels invented, R&D spend of US$2.5bn
    Recycled 260 million tonnes of steel, saving 341 million tonnes of CO2
    Lost time injury frequency rate of 0.78, down from 3.1

Looking back on the past decade Mr Lakshmi N. Mittal, chairman and CEO said: “Ten years ago today marks the official merger of Arcelor and Mittal Steel, resulting in the creation of ArcelorMittal: the world’s largest steel and mining company.

Thumbnail-Mr-Mittal“The logic for the merger was that the combined business would enjoy numerous advantages: geographic and product diversification, reducing volatility; the ability to supply global customers and access high value-added, long-term contracts; leadership in key product segments such as automotive; and access to the lower costs and high growth of emerging markets.

“Much has changed since that time and many of the past ten years have been tough for commodity and industrial companies, including steel companies. But the logic of the merger is as sound today as it was in 2006 and I am convinced it helped us to navigate this highly challenging environment and remain the world’s leading steel and mining company.

“The past ten years have defined the spirit and culture of our company and showcased our resilience, our strength, our knowledge and our capability to respond swiftly.  We have reshaped our asset base, we have improved our competitiveness, we have improved our safety performance, we have strengthened our balance sheet and we have invested in innovative products for the future.  We have faced tough market conditions but in many ways we are a stronger company, better positioned for the future with world-class assets and a clear strategy that will enable us to outperform in all market conditions.   

“We are proud of the progress we have made.  For our employees, critically, we have created a safer work environment. In 2007 the company had a lost time injury frequency rate of 3.1: today, it is 0.78. We will continue in our efforts to make ArcelorMittal a safer place to work, until we reach zero.

“For our customers, we have delivered new and innovative steel products, supported by our world class research and development teams and facilities. Our total research and development investment since 2006 has been US$2.5bn, supporting the invention of more than 250 new types of steel. That’s why we are the leading supplier of quality steel products in all major markets - including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging – and rated as the top technology supplier in the automotive sector.

“Our global reach – which the merger delivered - brings major benefits. For our customers, it means that we offer the same quality of steel and service across the world, as well as proximity to the customer. We have strategically expanded this offering, for example through the acquisition of the Calvert downstream operation in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, or through building the VAMA greenfield plant in China – both of which have expanded our capability to supply the automotive industry, one of our most demanding and important customers.

“For our steel plants and mines, our global reach brings access to a network of in-house experts that allows for the sharing of best practice.  And for the communities and countries in which we operate, it brings the economic benefits of wages and taxes paid, jobs created and supplies bought. Our economic contribution over the last ten years has been in excess of US$700bn.

“Looking ahead, we remain committed to maintaining our leadership position in the steel industry and striving for ever higher standards in the way we run our business and deliver value to our stakeholders. We have the platform and the programmes, with Action 2020, to deliver further structural improvement that will enable us to succeed and prosper in any environment.  Our second quarter earnings announced on 29 July 2016 demonstrated not only the improved market conditions, but also the effect of the internal measures we have implemented to improve competitiveness.

“Steel remains integral to the fabric of modern life and we will continue to promote and champion its use. Steelmaking is our passion and it is this passion that will continue to drive ArcelorMittal for many years to come.”

ArcelorMittal film – Our Ten Year Journey

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Shot in multiple countries, highlighting the company’s size and scale, a new film - ArcelorMittal – Our Ten Year Journey – has been released today, 1 August 2016. The film reminds viewers of the logic of the 2006 merger between Arcelor and Mittal Steel, and looks at how the company has adapted and strengthened itself in response to the decade’s major economic challenges and is now positioning itself for the future. 

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In an increasingly digitalised economy, ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products is providing its customers with a competitive edge via the launch of a new app, Steel Advisor for Industry, a product selection guide to help manufacturers and designers find the most suitable steel product for their applications.

In today’s business context, speed, connectivity and simplified processes are crucial. This new, simple-to-use app enables customers to locate the latest information on ArcelorMittal’s wide range of steels for eight different industrial sectors – in a matter of seconds.

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Aimed at customers, manufacturers, designers, architects and researchers, Steel Advisor is available as an app for both iOS and Android devices, providing quick and easy access to product information for anyone with an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. Steel Advisor can also be directly accessed via the ArcelorMittal website[1]: http://industry.arcelormittal.com/steeladvisor.

The right steel for each application - just a few clicks away

In just a few clicks, steel customers can quickly locate information and discover a list of the recommended best-in-class ArcelorMittal products for each application, whatever the sector – building & construction, domestic appliances, electric machines, energy, industrial equipment, infrastructure, shipbuilding or yellow & green goods.

For example, a customer looking for sandwich panels with a metallic finish to use on a coastal building façade in North Europe can quickly find tailored recommendations for his/her requirements, such as Magnelis®, a coated steel with a zinc-aluminium-magnesium alloy coating ensuring optimal surface protection against long-term wear and tear.

For roofings, customers might opt for Granite®, one of the most resilient roofing materials on the market today. Like the rest of ArcelorMittal’s organic coated product range, this best-in-class product is certified without chromates and heavy metals, compliant with European environmental regulations (REACH[2]) and the quality and sustainability label ECCA Premium® for prepainted metal products.

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And in just 3 clicks, customers in the mining industry can learn about ArcelorMittal’s large palette of steels especially recommended for their excellent weldability, resistance to abrasion, formability and toughness, such as Relia® 400 and 450 and Amstrong® Ultra 700MC.

For solar farm manufacturers looking for HSLA (high-strength, low-alloy) steel grades with high mechanical properties and corrosion resistance, Steel Advisor recommends the HX340LAD+ZM, HX380LAD+ZM, HX420LAD+ZM, HX460LAD+ZM, HX500LAD+ZM grades combined with Magnelis® for extra corrosion protection.

“Steel Advisor is the easiest way for our industry customers to find the suitable steel solution they are looking for,” says Tabrez Ahmad, product marketing lead for hot and rolled products.

Finding the right surface and colour scheme

The app also features a palette selector for applications where visual aspect – such as colour and surface - plays an important role, such as the Granite® and Estetic® ranges for building and construction or home appliances.

“At their fingertips they have all the information they need to find the best-in-class ArcelorMittal products and coatings for their application,” says André Lavaud, responsible for organic coated products.

In addition, Steel Advisor provides a personalised contact service with a large team of experts to answer any technical or commercial questions they may have.

Steel Advisor supports ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products’ recently updated online catalogue for industrial applications.

[1] Recommended minimum screen resolution: 1024*768px.

[2] Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

About ArcelorMittal 

Europe

ArcelorMittal employs more than 80,000 people and produces approximately half of its total steel volume in Europe. With a presence in 17 European countries and around 400 different sites, ArcelorMittal Europe had revenues of €29 billion and a crude steel production of 44 million tonnes in 2015. We supply flat and long steel products for all major steel markets, including the automotive, construction, packaging and household appliances industry – supported by a leading R&D and distribution network with 9 laboratories and 1,000 full-time researchers in Europe.

For more information about ArcelorMittal Europe please visit: http://europe.arcelormittal.com

Worldwide

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks. 

Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate. 

For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components peopleuse in theireveryday lives more energy efficient. 

We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow. 

In 2015, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$63.6 billion and crude steel production of 92.5 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 62.8 million tonnes. 

ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS). 

http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/

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ArcelorMittal is supplying over 75,000 tonnes of hot-rolled coils (HRC) for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). TAP, the construction of which will begin mid-2016, is the final European leg of the 3,500km Southern Gas Corridor and will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea to Europe, improving Europe’s energy security. The steel coils for the project are being produced at ArcelorMittal Bremen (Germany) and then shipped to the group’s partner Corinth Pipeworks in Greece, where the pipes are being produced. Deliveries of the hot rolled coils began in late 2015 and will continue until the first quarter of 2017.

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ArcelorMittal Bremen: longstanding experience in oil and gas

ArcelorMittal Bremen was selected to produce the HRC because of the mill’s longstanding experience in pipeline steels. In 2011, ArcelorMittal Bremen installed the world’s largest heavy-duty crop shears on its hot rolling mill, enabling the site to produce heavy wall and super-heavy wall pipeline steels which meet the most stringent requirements. The pipes used on the TAP lines have wall thicknesses of 18mm and must pass strict mechanical testing requirements and dimensional tolerances. The steel used is an X70, high-end grade for pipeline applications. All the steel and the majority of the pipes will be produced in Europe.

"We have provided steels for the global oil and gas pipeline industry for more than 30 years. ArcelorMittal has a proven track record in this field, ensuring proximity to the customer and continuous technical support - in combination with the high quality products provided by our mill in Bremen. ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products is proud to be a part of this vital strategic project which is creating value for local communities as well as securing Europe’s future energy supply," said Stéphane Tondo, chief marketing officer in charge of packaging and oil and gas at ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products. 

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About ArcelorMittal 

 Europe

ArcelorMittal employs more than 80,000 people and produces approximately half of its total steel volume in Europe. With a presence in 17 European countries and around 400 different sites, ArcelorMittal Europe had revenues of €29 billion and a crude steel production of 44 million tonnes in 2015. We supply flat and long steel products for all major steel markets, including the automotive, construction, packaging and household appliances industry – supported by a leading R&D and distribution network with 9 laboratories and 1,000 full-time researchers in Europe.

For more information about ArcelorMittal Europe please visit: http://europe.arcelormittal.com

Worldwide

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks. 

Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate. 

For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient. 

We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow. 

In 2015, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$63.6 billion and crude steel production of 92.5 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 62.8 million tonnes. 

ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS). 

http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/

VW has chosen ArcelorMittal for a new supplier programme that will see greater collaboration between the two companies around vehicle development.

The new initiative –Future Automotive Supply Tracks (FAST) – is the carmaker’s answer to key challenges facing the automotive industry in the form of globalisation and the increasing speed of innovation cycles. It recognises that the supplier network will play a much more significant role in vehicle development at VW.

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VW selected suppliers for the new programme using standardised, transparent, and objective criteria. Suppliers were evaluated based on how well they collaborate with the carmaker in terms of innovation, and how well their global strategies fit with VW’s own.  

ArcelorMittal was formally nominated a FAST supplier during a ceremony held at VW’s headquarters in March 2016. During the event, Axel Müller, Volkswagen’s purchasing group commodity manager for metal, described ArcelorMittal as a “reliable partner” whose innovations, such as hot-stamping technology, have “helped Volkswagen achieve our car weight targets”.

“I expect that ArcelorMittal’s involvement in FAST will enable us to intensify this cooperation”, he added. 

Brian Aranha, executive vice president of ArcelorMittal Automotive, said: “For a long time, Volkswagen has been one of the automotive industry’s key innovators and we are extremely proud to have been selected to participate in the FAST project. 

“With our global footprint, extensive product range and dedicated network of automotive research and development facilities, we are well-equipped to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation as a trusted partner of VW”.

Jochen Gruenewald, automotive area manager for ArcelorMittal, added: “This nomination is a very important step in our automotive research programme. We will be able to tune our product development cycle with VW’s milestones for new vehicle development”.

Dr Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, a member of the Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft management board, said: “I am looking forward to having that dialogue [with our 55 suppliers] to make the partnerships even more efficient and sustainable for both sides”.

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Belgium’s deputy prime minister, Flemish minister-president attend inauguration ceremony

A new walking beam furnace at ArcelorMittal Gent’s hot strip mill was just unveiled at an inauguration ceremony attended by senior government officials.

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Belgium’s deputy prime minister Kris Peeters and Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois attended the official opening ceremony for the €49m furnace which is set to help the plant produce next-generation steel products.

Kris Peeters and Geert Bourgeois spoke at the event, with additional presentations from Matthieu Jehl, CEO of ArcelorMittal Gent-Liège, and Reiner Blaschek, CMO of business division north, ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products.

The ceremony was followed by a customer tour of the hot strip mill and quality-control departments to provide further insight into investment initiatives at the plant.

ArcelorMittal is investing an additional €140m to future-proof the plant and enable it to become a pilot site for Fortiform®, a range of advanced high-strength steel products for cold-forming. Car parts made with these steels are 10-20% lighter than parts made with alternative materials, enabling more economical, environmentally-friendly vehicles. Thanks to its weight and strength, Fortiform® is helping ArcelorMittal automotive customers to meet CO2 emissions and safety targets.

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About ArcelorMittal Gent-Liège 

ArcelorMittal Gent is an integrated steelworks which converts raw materials (iron ore and coal) into end products with high added value destined for the automotive sector and many other industries such as the white goods sector, construction, packaging. In 2015, ArcelorMittal Gent shipped 4.84 million tons of finished products to its customers (compared to a production capacity of 5 million tons). ArcelorMittal Liège, having 5 finishing lines at its disposal, produced 1.75 million tons of steel last year. The cluster ArcelorMittal Gent -Liège employs 6,300 employees. The total number of direct and indirect jobs is estimated at 13,000.

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Düsseldorf, 5 April 2016 –On the occasion of Wire and Tube 2016, held on 4-8 April in Düsseldorf, ArcelorMittal showcases some of its breakthrough product developments.

It would be hard to imagine a world without steel, which plays a crucial role in life today. However, industries must permanently adapt to meet increasingly stringent requirements related to weight, cost, and carbon footprint. Represented at Wire and Tube 2016 by its divisions Long Products, WireSolutions and Tubular Products, ArcelorMittal Europe is focusing on innovation to provide the most appropriate solutions for its customers and help them adapt to changing industry norms.

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  • Automotive

ArcelorMittal’s automotive clients are under pressure to reduce CO2 emissions, through optimization of fuel consumption and weight. With 30% of R&D spending dedicated to automotive in 2015, ArcelorMittal supports its clients by developing new steel grades and providing reliable weight reduction solutions; e.g. the recent development of a low-carbon steel crash component, lighter and more cost-effective than aluminium, at the group’s Vitry site (France). Vitry is part of Tubular Products Europe , whose front crash components and rear axle beams are being showcased for the first time at Tube 2016.

The group’s European long products plants are engaged in developing improved products for specific auto applications:

-        A case in point is the Freeform ® M1500H2 which has been developed for the production of ultra-high strength engine bolts with improved hydrogen resistance and being promoted to OEMs and fastener makers.

-        Another instance of the development of innovative steel grades is the SOLAM ® B1100 for advanced steel forging applications reducing component weight by 20% .

-        A third example is Solam® M2050 C – Cor , which is specifically designed to lighten the suspension and has increased resistance to corrosion.

Plastiflat®, a new manufacturing process for galvanised polyester-coated wire for flat blades, is one of the group’s more recent developments, realised at the Marnaval mill (eastern France), part of the group’s wire drawing division WireSolutions . Marnaval is a world leader in wire production for wiper arms and flat blades, serving mainly the automotive and construction market.

  • Construction and infrastructure

ArcelorMittal is constantly developing lighter, more cost-effective designs for construction and infrastructure. Its wire business WireSolutions was the first worldwide to offer galvanised, waxed and sheathed strand for cable-stayed structures and higher tensile strands (> 2000 N/mm2).

ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products is the world’s largest producer of hot-rolled and cold-formed sheet piles, bearing piles and foundation solutions. In 2015, a new generation of wider, lighter steel sheet piles was launched: the AZ® range , available in widths of up to 800 mm. The product leads to faster completion of projects by reducing the number of elements and brings down project costs by weight savings.

Tubular Products Europe offers a comprehensive and diversified range of tubular products for the construction sector – the division’s single biggest market. Its offer has been reinforced by recent upgrades at the sites of Krakow (Poland), Karvina (Czech Republic) and Iasi (Romania).

Key contract wins in recent years have consolidated ArcelorMittal’s reputation as a leading supplier to infrastructure projects. In May 2015, ArcelorMittal WireSolutions signed three contracts to supply a total of around 21,500 tonnes of steel fibres to the Doha Metro project in Qatar , representing its first delivery of steel fibres to the Middle East and the largest steel fibre contracts ever signed by the business to date. Between 2011 and 2013, the business signed three multi-million pound contracts to supply a total of 12,000 tonnes of steel fibres for the gigantic London Crossrail project , representing the biggest total delivery of steel fibres in the entire project.

  • Mechanical engineering

ArcelorMittal’s European long products offer innovative steel grades for the mechanical engineering market. . Revigny-sur-Ornain is France’s main supplier of freecutting steel for the mechanical engineering, automotive and construction markets such as Usimax® , a special steel grade with Superior machining properties and reduced processing cost by avoiding heat treatment.

  • Agriculture and arboriculture

ArcelorMittal’s division WireSolutions is recognised worldwide for the quality of its Crapal® anticorrosion product range including the latest innovative coatings CrapalOptimum® and CrapalPremium®. Highly resistant to corrosion and perfectly weldable, and produced under ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 norms, the wires are used for diverse applications, i.e. agriculture, arboriculture and winemaking. 110 tonnes of ArcelorMittal’s CrapalOptimum® wire are currently being used to construct the world’s biggest greenhouse in Almeria, Spain, completed in July 2014.

  • Energy

ArcelorMittal Europe Long products has developed specialised grades for use in corrosive environment of offshore and oil and gas field.

ArcelorMittal is one of the main Europe suppliers of high-performance steel products and services for the global energy industry through its divisions WireSolutions and Tubular Products . Extensive investments at the site of Ostrava (Czech Republic) in 2014 have modernised the manufacture billet feedstock for the oil industry, nearly doubling Ostrava’s annual production capacity of oil pipes.

WireSolutions is a leading producer of high-end technological wire solutions for the buoyant offshore market. In 2013, the business signed a five-year contract worth over €200m – recently extended by another two years - with engineering company Technip to develop high-performance, high-strength steel wire for the production of flexible pipes for the development of deepwater oil and gas fields . The wire is being produced at the site of Bourg-en-Bresse (France).

With a strong focus on innovation and the most comprehensive range of steel products, ArcelorMittal has the necessary global expertise to provide the most adapted solutions to its customers – in all industrial sectors.

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About ArcelorMittal

Europe

ArcelorMittal employs more than 80,000 people and produces approximately half of its total steel volume in Europe. With a presence in 17 European countries and around 400 different sites, ArcelorMittal Europe had revenues of €29 billion and a crude steel production of 44 million tonnes in 2015. We supply flat and long steel products for all major steel markets, including the automotive, construction, packaging and household appliances industry – supported by a leading R&D and distribution network with 9 laboratories and 1,000 full-time researchers in Europe.

For more information about ArcelorMittal Europe please visit: http://europe.arcelormittal.com

Worldwide

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.

Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.

For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient.

We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow.

In 2015, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$63.6 billion and crude steel production of 92.5 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 62.8 million tonnes.

ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).

ArcelorMittal and IMETAL, an Algerian state-owned company, have reached an outline agreement for the restructuring of the shareholding of the companies ArcelorMittal Algeria, ArcelorMittal Pipes and Tubes Algeria and ArcelorMittal Tébessa.

The restructuring follows the strategy of the Algerian Government to ensure the promotion and development of the national steel industry and to promote self-sufficiency in steel. The restructuring is aligned with ArcelorMittal’s strategy of asset portfolio optimisation.

arcelormittal-logoThe restructuring plan will see ArcelorMittal transfer its minority shareholding in both ArcelorMittal Algeria and ArcelorMittal Tebessa as well as its majority participation in ArcelorMittal Pipes & Tubes Algeria, with the state of Algeria controlling the full shareholding of these entities. Furthermore, ArcelorMittal will continue its technical support for the successful implementation of El Hadjar Complex development plan.

The parties aim to finalise the agreements within the coming weeks. The agreement will reinforce the Annaba development plan and mining operations in Tebessa and will ensure their long term sustainability.
 
Commenting on the announcement, Davinder Chugh, member of ArcelorMittal’s Group Management Board, said: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with the Algerian Government, with whom we have always enjoyed a strong relationship. The agreement will enable ArcelorMittal Algeria, ArcelorMittal Pipes and Tubes Algeria and ArcelorMittal Tebessa to play a long term role in Algeria’s steel and mining industries. We now look forward to supporting the Algerian Government in implementing a plan that is in the interests of both the company and the country.” 

 “This agreement will allow the Algerian party to have total control of the three companies ArcelorMittal Algeria, ArcelorMittal Pipes and Tubes Algeria and ArcelorMittal Tébessa which will facilitate decision making and mobilisation in particular of financial resources to ensure the success of the revamping and the start-up of operations in good conditions.

This agreement will also help to stabilise the social climate at the three companies to improve their profitability and preserve jobs.
” commented Abdessalam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry and Mines, Algeria. 


The two parties agree to continue their collaboration in order to ensure the success of the development plans of the three companies ArcelorMittal Algeria, ArcelorMittal Pipes and Tubes Algeria and ArcelorMittal Tébessa.

About ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.

Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.

For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient.

We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow.

In 2014, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$79.3 billion and crude steel production of 93.1 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 63.9 million tonnes.

ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).

For more information about ArcelorMittal please visit:http://corporate.arcelormittal.com.

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Following ArcelorMittal’s successful night at the Platts Global Metal Awards 2014, when the company picked up three prestigious industry awards for ‘Deal of the Year’, ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and ‘Industry Leader’, the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award winner, Greg Ludkovsky, vice president for global research and development, spoke about ArcelorMittal’s automotive steel innovations– and why steel is the right material for the car industry. 

“The steel industry can offer fuel efficiency and the lowest cost to the final consumer, when compared to aluminium, on both sides of the Atlantic”, he said in the interview for Platts’ global video report, World Steel Review.

Ludkovsky also spoke about the importance of ‘light weighting’ of steels and how ArcelorMittal has been at the forefront of research and development in this area: “With car manufacturers looking for ever-more environmentally friendly models, ArcelorMittal’s R&D team will continue to pursue new and innovative steel solutions for lighter and safer vehicles and ensure steel continues to be the material of choice for car manufacturers”. 

On the history of the materials battle in recent decades, he said: “if you take a look at the product development that took place in aluminium over the past decades, you will find that very little progress has been made in terms of significant changes to its material properties. They have had the same high-strength that is three to four times lower than steel, for years and years. We on the other hand, are constantly reinventing ourselves. For example, today we are enjoying 1500 MPa press-hardened product called Usibor®. Our goal at ArcelorMittal is to have another Usibor® product of 2000 MPa within the year”.

 

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ArcelorMittal has launched the first product in a new series of advanced high strength steels, with 10 automotive steel projects set for launch in 2014.

The new steel, HF1050, is a third-generation advanced high strength steel for cold stamping, for use in the automotive market. Using HF1050 will result in additional weight reductions in a vehicle’s structural components of up to 10%.

arcelor steels cars

Carmakers have undertaken formability and weldability tests on HF1050 and the product is now ready for use, with the first mass-produced vehicles featuring HF1050 rolling off the production lines in 2016.

A direct result of research carried out at the company’s Maizières-lès-Metz campus, HF1050 has been developed for the European automotive market and is the first in a series of third-generation of advanced high strength steels (AHSS) that ArcelorMittal will launch in the coming years.

Third-generation AHSS combine excellent strength properties with formability, allowing a reduction of 10-20% in the weight of automotive components, compared with existing grades. This means that automotive manufacturers can meet new CO2 emission requirements and improve vehicle safety. 

These new steel grades are ideal for body-in-white structural parts - such as B-pillars and windscreen pillars - as they absorb more energy in an impact.

Ten new automotive products in 2014 

ArcelorMittal invested US$270m (around €200m) in R&D in 2013, with the Maizières-lès-Metz campus benefiting directly from this investment. 

On average, there are some 60 new products under development at the campus at any one time. 
About ten of these products are destined for the automotive market and will be launched during 2014. 

These new, cutting-edge steels confirm ArcelorMittal’s position as a global leader in technological innovation.

The Maizières campus recently benefited from new equipment to ensure research projects are carried out equally well on "processes” (improving the productivity and reliability of the group's plants, developing breakthrough technical processes) as on "products" and ensuring industrial feasibility. This new equipment includes a thermomechanical treatment simulator to develop higher strength steels and an electron microscope to observe steel "reactions" at atomic level. 

The Maizières-lès-Metz site will take on staff in the coming months, rising from 530 employees on permanent contracts to 549 by the end of 2014. 

Danièle Quantin, director of European research centres and human resources at ArcelorMittal Research and Development, explained the role of the Maizières-lès-Metz site within ArcelorMittal: "The group carries out research and development on a global scale. We collaborate with clients all around the world. The development of new processes and the design of innovative products, accompanied this year by new skills and investment, confirms the leading position of the Maizières-lès-Metz campus as a strategic component of the research and development network that assists all ArcelorMittal units."

Frédéric Grein, CEO of the Maizières-lès-Metz campus added: “The Maizières-lès-Metz campus currently employs 530 researchers, engineers and technicians and is by far the largest ArcelorMittal research facility. Its work covers almost all the group's activities, from mining to new products, to new steel manufacturing processes."

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arc logoArcelorMittal and Bekaert are investing in a Dramix® steel fibre plant in Costa Rica, as part of an agreement announced in December 2013 between ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company, and Bekaert, global market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coatings. Having worked together in the region since 1975, the companies have reached a zero-cash agreement involving the mutual exchange of shares in Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

In Brazil, ArcelorMittal is transferring a 55% stake in its Belgo Bekaert Arames (BBA) ropes plant in Osasco (São Paulo state) to the Bekaert group. Bekaert Cimaf Cabos Ltda will now be wholly owned by Bekaert, while BBA will continue to supply rope wires as semi-finished products. This transaction does not change ArcelorMittal’s control of the shareholding structure of BBA, a partnership established with Bekaert in Brazil in 1997.

In Costa Rica, where ArcelorMittal is the market leader with a production of 370,000 tonnes per year of long carbon steel for the construction, manufacturing and agricultural industries, the agreement involves the drawn wires business. It excludes the company’s steel production business (100% controlled by ArcelorMittal). In the drawn wires segment, the respective shareholding will be 27% (ArcelorMittal) and 73% (Bekaert), including the existing steel wire plant and a new Dramix® steel fibres plant which will start production in the second quarter of 2014. Initial batches will use wire rod produced by ArcelorMittal Monlevade, in Minas Gerais state (Brazil), and later on by ArcelorMittal Point Lisas (Trinidad & Tobago), strengthening downstream operations and increasing the company’s competitiveness in the region. 

In Ecuador, ArcelorMittal will take a 27% participation in Ideal Alambrec, a steel wire business controlled by Bekaert. ArcelorMittal’s presence in Ecuador, through this joint venture, willcreate a new market for the company in the region. 

“This new business configuration in Latin America opens up new opportunities to Bekaert and ArcelorMittal”, said Augusto Espeschit de Almeida, CEO of Belgo Bekaert Arames (BBA), a partnership between the groups in Brazil and controlled by ArcelorMittal.

About Dramix®

Dramix® steel fibres are produced from drawn steel wire, using wire rod as raw material. They are sold in several lengths and diameters, and they can be sold as bonded or loose fibres, depending on the application. Dramix® is a Bekaert-designed and patented steel fibre. These fibres are used to reinforce concrete in combination or by fully replacing the traditional steel frame in industrial floors and pavements, radiers, slope and tunnel lining (shotcrete, segment rings and refractories). Dramix® steel fibres can also be used in compression layers for precast slabs.

ArcelorMittal is showing its latest products and innovative developments at the wire and tube fair from 7 to 11 April 2014 in Düsseldorf.

Duisburg300ArcelorMittal Tubular Products is one of the world’s largest and most diversified producers of steel pipe and tube products, with unparalleled steel making assets, global research and development capabilities and an international sales network. The energy segment of ArcelorMittal Tubular Products produces and markets steel tubular applications to serve the full spectrum of the energy industry as well as certain other industrial applications. Targeting the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, ArcelorMittal’s state of the art plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, plays a leading role.

ArcelorMittal Tubular Products produces a broad portfolio of tubular applications to meet the highest standards among the entire energy value chain. "We produce pipes for upstream operations in a broad range of sizes and grades. We also manufacture seamless and ERW line pipes as well as large diameter spiral and longitudinally welded line pipes for hydrocarbons transportation. For refineries, petrochemical and gas processing plants, we produce seamless pipes in carbon and alloy steels", says Arnaud Jouron, CEO of ArcelorMittal Tubular Products.

ArcelorMittal Europe is one of the major producers of bars and wire rod with facilities in Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic and Morocco. These mills offer a wide spectrum of wire rod qualities covering almost the entire range of wire rod applications with a continual goal of technical innovation and best in class customer service. During recent years, ArcelorMittal Europe has made major investments in state of the art equipment such as a new bar mill in Warsaw, new wire rod mill in Duisburg, new finishing line in Gandrange, new vacuum degassing station and round CC caster in Ostrava.

Wire 300“These investments have significantly improved the capability and quality level of our products and support the development of our customers in the most demanding market segments", comments Amit Sengupta, chief marketing officer at ArcelorMittal Europe - Long Products.

Bars and rods find applications in every major market segment - construction, infrastructure, automotive, mechanical engineering and energy. ArcelorMittal Europe offers a unique combination of industrial, technical and sales resources fully committed to support their customers. The commitment to reduce the carbon footprint is another key element the group's development focus, enabling their customers to evolve lighter and cost-effective designs for most of these applications.

ArcelorMittal’s product development approach is based on the long term co-development agreements the group has with their customers and also on the daily technical support ArcelorMittal provides them with. From ArcelorMittal’s global research and development centres to European plants, the group’s experts are committed to improving steel processing and engineering.

Visit ArcelorMittal at the fair in Düsseldorf at stand 12 D 41 (Wire) and 3 D 18 (Tube).

ArcelorMittal Europe – flat products has been presented with an ener.con AWARD 2014 for its work in low impact steelmaking.

Recognised in the “energy efficiency strategy and management framework” category, ArcelorMittal was commended in particular for its Energize project which aims to substantially reduce the energy consumption of ArcelorMittal’s Flat Carbon Europe mills by 2016.

Veronica Chiper, who leads the Energize project at ArcelorMittal, accepted the award on behalf of the company: 

“We are very proud that our achievements have been recognised with this award, which is the fruit of a lot of Europe-wide team work. As the Energize project is now halfway through its four-year plan to reduce energy consumption by 9% in ArcelorMittal’s flat steel-producing sites, this is a real boost to everyone involved - it is a testament to our hard work and further motivation to achieve our ambitious target”.

The award ceremony was held as part of ener.con’s “Energy Efficiency & Total Plant Asset Management” conference held in Berlin on 20-21 March 2014 and attended by around 120 companies.

In winning the award, €2,000 was donated on behalf of ArcelorMittal to the charity Weltfriedensdienst, WFD e.V.  to help make a difference to people living in isolated villages in Zimbabwe, through the development of sustainable agriculture.

Energize in a nutshell

arc awardArcelorMittal launched the Energize programme in its flat steel sites in Europe, in 2012 as part of the company’s commitment to improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2-equivalent emissions. To date, the flat products segment in Europe has identified opportunities to reduce emissions as part of a €500m investment programme. Energize aims to reduce energy costs by sharing best practice across the flat steel segment. The programme focusses on projects which can be implemented quickly and which have a maximum payback time of three years. The programme is already showing results, with a 3.4% reduction in energy consumption during 2013 and a goal to reduce the energy consumption by 9% by the end of the four- year programme in 2016.

The programme focuses on consumption optimisation for both purchased and generated energies by identifying losses and levers for improvements. Energize helps the sites optimise their energy consumption (electricity, off-gases, natural gas, technical gases, steam, water and compressed air) in all production processes and transversal processes.

Today, all initiatives to improve energy efficiency, and to quantify the mills’ impact on ArcelorMittal Europe - flat products’ overall carbon footprint and energy consumption, are included in the project which combines earlier energy projects with new ideas.

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ArcelorMittal today announced a €92m investment in a complete revamp of the blast furnace no. 2 at its Dunkirk plant in France.

arcelormittal france imtThis investment confirms the Dunkirk plant’s capacity to produce 7 million tonnes of slab, to supply other plants within ArcelorMittal including Florange and Liège. With the production at Fos-sur-Mer and Dunkirk, the total production of liquid steel in France is 11 million tonnes per year, or 40% of the production volume within ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon Europe.

“This announcement shows the group's commitment to long-term investments in France and to reinforce its activities in the country; it also confirms the group's strategy in France and Europe” said Henri-Pierre Orsoni, CEO of ArcelorMittal Atlantique and Lorraine.

The full revamping will take place during the second half of 2015 and will last four months.

In 2015, after 23 years of production, the blast furnace no. 2 will have produced 26 million tonnes of crude steel.

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arcelormittal award imtThe World Steel Association (worldsteel) has recognised ArcelorMittal’s sites in Venezuela and Mexico for excellence in their health and safety programmes.

At the association’s annual conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Unicon - ArcelorMittal’s Venezuela operations which are part of the tubular products division - and the company’s Lazaro Cárdenas facility in Mexico, were both commended with separate awards for specific health and safety initiatives and overall progress in workplace safety.

Management committee member Robrecht Himpe received the award on behalf of the company. 

The programmes demonstrated a commitment to health and safety and fulfilled three key criteria:
1. positively embracing the worldsteel safety and health principles
2. demonstrating a positive impact upon safety metrics
3. being easily applicable to other member companies

ArcelorMittal Unicon joined ArcelorMittal’s group-wide ‘Journey to Zero’ campaign in 2008, taking a systematic approach with the company’s leaders demonstrating their commitment to the programme. Three different types of barriers to achieving the goal of zero injuries were identified: technical, organisational and behavioural. Several specific initiatives have been implemented to address the three barriers with more to come. The initiatives have shown major results in the five years since; our Venezuelan operations have reduced their lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) by an impressive 90%.

In Mexico, our Lazaro Cárdenas site implemented a safety management programme in 2009, specifically designed for contractors. The programme has been deployed across six main areas: mandatory safety training; access control; operational control risk; contractor safety supervising; golden ACES or trained safety experts overseeing work during major shutdowns, and safety evaluation performance. There have been zero fatalities at the site in three years and the LTIFR has reduced by 80%.

Commenting on the award, Frank Haers, group head of health and safety said: “It is a great result that two ArcelorMittal sites have made such great progress that they have won a Health and Safety Excellence Recognition Award from Worldsteel this year. Both awards are the result of a well-managed, multi-year approach to bring safety to the shop floor, and ensuring everyone is engaged and taking part in the programme."

Alexey Mordashov, worldsteel’s outgoing chairman for the year, said: “The goal of an injury-free, illness-free and healthy work environment remains the highest priority for our industry. Recognition by peers is one of the best ways to encourage people to continue towards zero injuries and most of the best ideas are simple and surprisingly easy to implement. I am very proud of the achievements this programme has made since its launch in 2009.”