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WSA reduces growth forecast for steel usage

WSA reduces growth forecast for steel usage

According to a recent report of the World Steel Association (WSA), the growth of the global apparent steel usage (ASU) may decline to 2.9 percent in 2013. The association had earlier forecast the growth rate at 3.2 percent in its October 2012 release. Demand for steel may be subdued because of macroeconomic events like the Eurozone crisis, slowdown in the Chinese economy and U

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Rating agencies raise concern on margin pressure for Tata Steels

Rating agencies raise concern on margin pressure for Tata Steels

Rating agencies are not optimistic about the domestic operation of Tata Steel as its margins are under pressure because of low pricing power in the Indian market. Owing to slowdown in the economy and the resultant weakness in steel consumption, the pricing power of the company is restricted. Therefore, rating agencies like Fitch and Moody's assig

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Chinese steel usage may grow 3.5% in 2013

Chinese steel usage may grow 3.5% in 2013

According to a forecast by World Steel Association (WSA), consumption of steel in China may grow 3.5 per cent in 2013 to 668.8 mn t, following a 1.9 per cent increase in 2012. But the association expects steel demand growth in China to slow in 2014 to 2.5 per cent on the back of the local government's measures to control investment in an effort to re-balance the

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Steel firms prefer scrap over local sponge iron

Steel firms prefer scrap over local sponge iron

Indian steel companies are said to be preferring to import cheap steel scrap from African and West Asian countries, whose prices are falling, instead of buying domestic sponge iron. In 2012-13, the country's import of steel scrap is estimated to have risen 25 per cent to 7.5 million tonne from the previous year, Metal Recycling Association of India said. Scrap prices declined 8 per cent to $390 a tonn

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SCI, DCI, ports incur avoidable costs

SCI, DCI, ports incur avoidable costs

The annual report of the union shipping industry shows that some organisations in the sector incurred an expenditure of about Rs 490 crore, which was avoidable. According to a government audit, pointed out in the report, Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) incurred Rs 165 crore cost owing to lack of professional handling of fuel consumption

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Minister wants India to attain self-sufficiency in fuel by 2030

Minister wants India to attain self-sufficiency in fuel by 2030

Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily informed that his vision is to make India self-sufficient in the consumption of petroleum products by 2030. He said there is a need to have patience to research the country's oil reserves. He said this to reporters after laying foundation stone for the transport hub of HPCL in Mangalore. The transport hub facility by HPCL in Mangalore is spread

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India’s gas shortage pegged at 155 mn cu m per day in 12th plan

India’s gas shortage pegged at 155 mn cu m per day in 12th plan

According to a government estimate, India may face shortage of natural gas to the tune of 155 million cubic metre per day during the 12th Five Year Plan period (2012-17). This is expected to rise to 225 million cubic metre per day in the 13th Five Year Plan. According to a report by an international research agency, India accounts for 11 p

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Ministry takes steps for growth of steel sector

Ministry takes steps for growth of steel sector

Union Minister of Steel Beni Prasad Verma informed Parliament that his ministry routinely consults the steel industry to be apprised of the constraints to growth and recommends necessary corrective measures as and when necessary, to other concerned ministries. He said the government has taken the following steps to support the competitive production and capacity growth of the steel