Our company just completed installing a huge allotment of equipment at
the first greenfield mill start up built in along time
there is a video of it at
we build the ducting that removes the fumes from the furnace, the roof,
referred to as the "lid" in the video, the fixed elbow on the roof and
the sidewall that contains all of the scrap as they melt it down into
Great beast of a thing when it fires off at 1400 volts, 160Mva DC
during the initial construction it was over 6000 workers, our
contracting division had 2500 people on site for over a year.
Currently the plant is operating with 320 people, this will increase to
@750 when they ramp up the second caster and furnace.
The safety record of these minimills is outstanding. they are really on
the ball safety wise several of the Nucor Steel mills have gone over 2
years without an injury
Nucor has built 12 in the last 30 years, the average life of a steel
mill is 50 years. ( and they are currently building 2)
Severcorr is an American company and Severstall , a partner in the
company has as many facilities in this hemisphere as its own. Not to
mention that every dollar for the company ( 1.5 B ) was raised
domestically, Severstall provides financial backing to the company
it is essentially the cream of the Nucor crop start up
You do know who Nucor is right? The company who revolutionized steel
making and revived steel making in this country ?
dont know where your "Japan" reference comes from, with the exception of
high quality Rail, over 80 percent of steel used in North America comes
for North or South America. The steel dumping done by China and Japan
are a thing of the past, Japan was dumping automotive grade steels which
are now produced cheaper here, and China was dumping structurals and
plate of which they are a net importer now.
Dont listen to the media and the unions, the truth is out there if your
willing to look for it
You might note that the plant is a joint veture with Steelcor, an
American company. You might also look at the Nucor website and the
WSJ. Nucor is upgrading some plants to produce high grade cold rolled
Just be aware that Nucor and the other low-cost US steelmaking operations
are scrap remelters using electric arc furnaces, not primary producers. In
an advanced economy like ours the remelt business actually dominates steel
production, as it should at this stage in history. And Nucor still is not
producing auto-body-grade strip -- unless it's done so in the last few
China produces something like 400 million tons of steel, to our 100 million
or so tons. But China's construction boom is so hot that they're consuming
417 million tons. When they catch up, expect them to start dumping cheap
steel on world markets again.
for the record
SteelCorr is the parent of Severcorr , it is the company Dan Correnti
started after leaving Nucor , he is the CEO that made Nucor what it is
Nucor is currently doing a complete gut and rebuild of two former
Birmingham Steel mills , one in Memphis that we are shipping equipment
to and our contracting division is piping right now, called an SBQ mill
which stands for Special Bar Quality .
The Severcorr plant is 10x as large as a tyupical minimill due to the
amount of post processing they can perform.
The Nucor plant in Blytheville, AR that is partnered with Yamato Steel
makes structurals, you have not seen anything until you 30" wide
flanges , glowing orange traveling by .
Steel. its whats for breakfast
I noticed they are remelters after I posted. But we do have a lot of steel
to reprocess likely at a lower cost than making it from ore.
I wonder how much of the polution from China's raw ore production makes it
to the US? I also wonder how cheap their steel would be if they had to meet
our or western europes enviromental regulations?
Primary Producers? Nucor is the top US steel producer having recently
surpassed US Steel, Arcelor-Mittal is the worlds largest. We have
equipment in plants of the all of the top ten producers and 15 out of
the top 25. we only have equipment in one of Arcelor- Mittals plants ,
but we hope to change that in the coming years. Our biggest area of
growth is South korea and China, we have dominated our feild in Japan
China wont catch up, neither will India. China will build more mills in
the next 10 years than have been built in world in the last 50. Their
production amounts are expected to drop by 30 percent in the next few
years before the new ones come on line, they have some huge mills that
they have to shutter.
We are currently quoting and building equipment for mills in Korea,
China, India and South Africa
While scrap does make up a good portion of the charge in most EAF
furnaces , the change to DRI as a large portion is growing rapidly.
Direct reduced Iron , can be made efficiently by large BOF mills and is
a higher quality melt than standard scrap. DRI can aslo be sourced more
cheaply than scrap steel at some times of the year. There is a lot of
scrap producers that are contracted for their entire output for years to
come to shipping overseas.
Nucor owns a couple of large scrap operations.
in the next decade you can expect to see most of the large BOF mills
converting to Electric Arc furnaces fed with DRI made in the BOF
Oh, yeah. And Nucor has developed their processes to a high degree of
refinement. They can make steel in the lower and middling grades a LOT
cheaper than making it from ore. I don't know how their costs compare on
higher grades but they've concentrated on lower grades up till now.
When they refine steel from scrap they not only have to get out the basic
impurities, essentially sulfur and phosphorus (much of which is eliminated
just by using scrap to begin with), but they also have to react-out the
minor metal alloying ingredients that show up in scrap.
Ya' got me.
Not nearly as cheap, to be sure. But they have other cost advantages as
well. The guys who dig ore and coal, and who ship it to the steel mills,
also make 80 cents/hour. They have advantages in embedded-labor costs up and
down the whole supply chain.
Terminology. Primary producers are those that make metal from ore. Secondary
producers re-melt scrap. Nucor is a secondary producer.
That has nothing to do with their size. It's just a distinction concerning
where the metal comes from. When I was covering metal producing for trade
magazines, secondary aluminum was getting really big, but secondary steel
was still a small business that made junk steel (basic structural steel).
Nucor has changed the whole equation. But they're still a secondary
producer, in industry terms.
Is South Korea mostly doing primary or re-melt these days? It's always been
assumed that re-melt would eventually dominate steel production in advanced
economies. I'd think that South Korea must be approaching that point. China,
though, is still predominantly a primary producer.
That's interesting. I've read that Nucor is using DRI for their higher
grades. BOF's typically use 35 - 40% scrap in a charge, anyway (or they did,
when I was covering the industry) so the worldwide demand for scrap will
remain high in any case.
Without doing a detailed analysis, more than likely it is because
the executives and directors of the domestic [US] steel [steal?]
companies did the math and determined that for a given
investment, it was more profitable, at least on paper and in the
short run (on which their "performance" bonuses are based), to
"invest" the money in financial (speculative) activities such as
"special investment vehicles [SIVs], hedge funds, and high yield
securities [aka junk bonds], without the aggravation of dealing
with construction permits, environmental impact statements,
marketing, environmental regulations, and labor unions.
Much of the problem can be traced to the deeply flawed US tax
system with its treatment/definition of "capital gains" which in
fact add nothing to the actual total capital stock of the US
economy and indeed frequently *DECREASE* the capital stock total,
as in the case of restructuring made possible by M&A/LBO
activity, and stock buy-backs with borrowed funds, the interest
of which is tax deductible.