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2 Environmental Groups sue ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Steel Mill over Chemical Spill in Lake Michigan

The Environmental Law and Policy Center and Hoosier Environmental Council filed the lawsuit in federal court against ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act by discharging impermissible levels of cyanide and ammonia in August into the East Arm of the Little Calumet River, which flows directly into Lake Michigan, which forced nearby beaches to shutter and kept visitors away from the newly designated Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The suit calls for fines and penalties sufficiently large to change ArcelorMittal's environmental practices and modernize the company's equipment and operations to better reduce pollution damages going forward.
Environmental Law and Policy Center executive director Mr Howard Learner said “ArcelorMittal's toxic spill and permit infractions harm the environment, kill fish and endanger safe drinking water. ArcelorMittal should be held fully accountable for its pollution that harms local communities, the Lake Michigan shoreline and nearby waters, and the aquatic life and ecosystem of Northwest Indiana.”

Hoosier Environmental Council Director Indra Frank said “The community cannot continue waiting for the state and federal governments to act in the face of repeated, illegal damage to Lake Michigan. The damage has to stop for the sake of everyone who gets their drinking water from the lake; everyone who swims, fishes, or boats in the Lake; and the wildlife that make their home in the Lake.”

At Burns Harbor, a failure in a blast furnace wastewater recycling system on August 11 caused the release of cyanide and ammonia into the Little Calumet River’s east branch, which feeds into Lake Michigan. After test results were definitive, the steelmaker publicly acknowledged its responsibility days later. The spill killed 3,000 fish, closed two beaches and caused Indiana American Water to idle its Ogden Dunes treatment plant as a precaution.

ArcelorMittal has nearly 3,400 workers on a nearly 2,000 acre swath along Lake Michigan, about 20 miles southeast of Chicago.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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WPI Researcher Uses Corrosion Test Chamber to Simulate Road Salt Impacts on Future Car Designs

A Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor, in collaboration with national laboratories and a global auto parts supplier, is testing a new type of welding that may make the joint between light metal alloys more resistant to corrosion, including salt spray, leading to future designs of durable, next-generation metal car joints used in ultra-light car doors and other vehicle body applications. Mr Adam Powell, associate professor of mechanical engineering, said that “The auto industry is seeking to reduce the weight of cars and trucks while maintaining the lifespan of a car. One of the ways to do that is to use advanced lightweight materials such as aluminium and magnesium alloys. The researchers are testing to determine if a new type of welding known as friction stir welding reduces corrosion in aluminium-magnesium alloy joints. Currently, any joint involving direct contact between different metals tends to suffer from galvanic corrosion. We’re trying to show that corrosion can be much less of a problem with this new type of welding. We think that this process holds a lot of promise and could make a significant impact on energy use in motor vehicles without reducing the lifespan of a car.”

Under the research plan, Magna provides aluminum and magnesium metals to PNNL, which welds the materials. PNNL then ships the welded parts to WPI, which conducts corrosion and mechanical testing. WPI then sends much of its tested samples to ORNL, which oversees advanced analysis on the welds.

WPI is currently conducting a series of experiments in a lab using a piece of equipment known as a cyclic corrosion test chamber, which stands about three feet tall and resembles a tanning bed. Powell and his research team place the small sections of welds in rows inside the chamber. The welds are then exposed to a variety of corrosive environments, including salt spray, high temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and high humidity.

As a result of the research, Powell and his team aim to show that the new welding process will lead to more durable subassemblies made of the two dissimilar metals. Benefits include lighter vehicles, reduced fuel consumption for gas-powered cars, and longer range for electric cars.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Wollongong City Targets Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Wollongong City Council has agreed to target net zero emissions by 2030. The Council voted unanimously in favour of the 2030 target and for the much more significant and ambitious target of zero emissions by 2050 for the entire local government area. The latter target will be reviewed in five years with a view to reducing the timeline from 2050 to 2030, in line with Council’s target. For Wollongong, which hosts Bluescope’s Port Kembla steelworks, industry is by far and away the biggest contributor to the regional centre’s greenhouse gas emissions, at 70 per cent. Residential accounts for 25 per cent and council a tiny 5 per cent.

To meet the target for its own operations, Wollongong council says it will work to slash landfill emissions, which account for 85 per cent of the local government’s carbon footprint, including via plans to build a gas-to-power plant at the City’s Whytes Gully tip.

Also under consideration is the development of a second 1MW renewable energy unit at Whytes Gully, the installation of solar panels across Council buildings and the adoption of alternate fuel vehicles, which council says could altogether deliver an 88 per cent reduction in emissions.

Wollongong will also join the Cities Power Partnership Program, a network of local government organisations working together to transition to clean energy, administered by the Climate Council, to help meet its obligations under the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Mr Detlef Schotten appointed as CEO of thyssenkrupp Schulte

Mr Detlef Schotten will become Chairman of the Board of Management of thyssenkrupp Schulte, the German subsidiary of the materials distribution and service provider thyssenkrupp Materials Services, on January 1, 2020. His predecessor Mr Martin Stillger has been appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Materials Services effective December 6, 2019. At the same time Mr Schotten will also take over responsibility for the Western Europe operating unit from Stillger.

The 58-year old Mr Schotten has more than 25 years of experience in various management and executive functions at thyssenkrupp: After a number of positions in sales and management, Mr Schotten was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European steel service group in 2009. In 2012 he became Chief Operating Officer for the German business of the materials distributor, which also includes thyssenkrupp Schulte. Afterwards he took over the central product management and supply chain operations of thyssenkrupp Materials Services in 2015. Most recently, Schotten was Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Europe and Asia/Pacific operating unit of thyssenkrupp Materials Services since the beginning of 2019.

In addition to Detlef Schotten, Dr Tobias Hegmanns will also join thyssenkrupp Schulte as Chief Operating Officer as of January 1, 2020. Hegmanns has been responsible for the global supply chain management unit of thyssenkrupp Materials Services since 2016 and the central technology, innovation & sustainability function since 2019. Before joining thyssenkrupp, the mechanical engineer worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund, where he was Academic Director and Deputy Head of the Chair of Corporate Logistics at TU Dortmund. He succeeds Andreas Zinke, who will move to thyssenkrupp AG at the same time to head the central controlling, accounting & risk department.

In addition to Detlef Schotten and Dr. Tobias Hegmanns, Michael Labodt as Chief Sales Officer and Peter Zarth as Chief Financial Officer form the Management Board of thyssenkrupp Schulte.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Liberty Steel Welcomes Green Deal

Liberty Steel Continental Europe CEO Mr Jon Bolton said “The successful delivery of Liberty Steel Group’s strategy to be net carbon neutral by 2030 and the development of a sustainable European steel industry will require significant investment as well as sustained, consistent support from Governments across the EU. The Green Deal has the potential to create the right framework to support this transformation. We also welcome the Commission’s proposal for a carbon border adjustment mechanism as, combined with existing tools such as free allocations; it will help European producers who are operating at a huge commercial disadvantage to those which are able to import low-cost steel without any respect for European climate policies. We will review the more detailed proposals with interest when they are available.”

He added “We look forward to working with the European Commission and others to deliver the Green Deal.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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thyssenkrupp to Continue Profitable Growth in Elevator Business

At a Capital Markets Day in London today, the elevator management team of , thyssenkrupp Elevator led by CEO Mr Peter Walker presented their strategy and targets for the coming years to more than 100 investor representatives and analysts. The targets foresee low to mid single digit exchange rate adjusted growth for the fiscal years 2019/20 and 2020/21. Improving operating performance is at the core of the new strategy, with a targeted increase in the adjusted EBIT margin of 11.5 to 13.0 percent by fiscal year 2020/21. thyssenkrupp Elevator aims to achieve these targets by further standardizing products and optimizing the production network. In addition, thyssenkrupp Elevator plans to further expand and improve its service business while reducing complexity by streamlining the administration globally.

thyssenkrupp Elevator AG CEO Mr Peter Walker said “The global market for elevators and escalators is highly attractive. We expect that the market is growing long-term and has proven resilient against cyclical fluctuations. As one of the world’s leading suppliers with a strong focus on the service business, we believe thyssenkrupp Elevator is in an excellent position to benefit sustainably from this expanding market. We have defined specific levers how to drive the profitability of our businesses. Now it’s on us executing on this plan.”

The leadership trio’s main goal is to increase efficiency and thus improve margins. A number of different interlinked measures are designed to help achieve this:

Standardizing the product offering: By further harmonizing the product portfolio thyssenkrupp Elevator aims to reduce complexity and increase competitiveness. These measures are designed to enable thyssenkrupp Elevator to drive sales.

Optimizing manufacturing: thyssenkrupp Elevator continues to work on the transformation of the production network. While factories in Asia and South America are already operating on track with high flexibility and focused production setup, facilities in North America and Europe need further optimization.

Expanding and further developing the service business: The focus is on expanding what is thyssenkrupp Elevator’s most vital product – the service business – as well as improving processes and optimizing customer service. The IoT application MAX provides a digital solution that helps to boost efficiency and offer customers new, digital services.

Streamlining administration: Over the next three years, we target total gross savings of approximately €80 million globally by implementing shared service centers, optimizing IT and increasing organizational efficiency.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Severstal, RUSNANO and Windar Renovables JV to Produce Towers for Siemens Gamesa

Severstal, RUSNANO Management Company and Windar Renovables SL joint venture VRS Towers LLC has qualified as the official supplier of towers for Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. An additional production line was introduced at the enterprise to organize serial production of a new type of tower. By the end of the year, it is planned to manufacture more than 10 products for Siemens Gamesa, and by the end of 2020 more than 85. The towers manufactured in Taganrog will be used in the construction of the Azov Wind Farm with an installed capacity of 90 MW in the Rostov Region and the Kola Wind Farm in the Murmansk Region with an installed capacity of 201 MW, which are planned to be launched in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

The partnership will become part of the Siemens Gamesa wind turbine localization program in Russia. Under the program of contracts for the supply of power, the towers provide 13% of the localization of wind turbines from the established level of 65%. Siemens Gamesa acts in Russia as a supplier of wind turbines for projects of the generating company Enel Russia.

The VRS Tower LLC plant was launched on December 13, 2018 in Taganrog, Rostov Region. The transfer of wind turbine tower production technology to Russia was carried out by the Spanish Windar Renovables. The design production capacity of the enterprise is up to 300 MW per year and will reach this level by the end of 2020. In the first year of operation, the company manufactured more than 80 towers for Russian wind generation projects.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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thyssenkrupp in talks with Tesla about German Factory

Handelsblatt reported that Thyssenkrupp is hoping to win contracts for a planned factory Tesla plans to build near Berlin. Thyssenkrupp board member Mr Klaus Keysberg told Handelsblatt editor-in-chief Mr Sven Afhüppe at Handelsblatt-Industriegipfel "We are in discussions about the implementation of certain services."

Tesla boss Mr Elon Musk announced a few weeks ago that he would set up a factory for electric cars in the Grünheide region. The construction of the Tesla gigafactory is due to start already in the spring of 2020. 100,000 vehicles are expected to roll off the production line from 2021 and from there onwards, they will increasingly compete with manufacturers in Germany, who are increasingly focusing their portfolio on e-vehicles themselves.

Source : The Handelsblatt
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