A hot mix asphalt production plant has been established in Qazvin Province’s Alamut region, Managing Director of Qazvin Roads and Urban Development Organization Masoud Haqlotfi said.
The plant, with a capacity to produce 150 tons of asphalt per hour, has been established by Kandovan Pars Company, the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development reported on its website. According to Haqlotfi, the company is in contract with the organization to renovate roads in eastern and western parts of Alamut. The official noted that the region is a mountainous and attractive travel destination and requires frequent road maintenance. According to Chairman of Iran Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization Davoud Keshavarzian, Iran’s asphalt production exceeds domestic demand by more than 115 million tons. “We need close to 25 million tons of asphalt per year for road maintenance. The municipalities use a further 10 million tons. This is while 900 asphalt producers in Iran churn out more than 150 million tons every year,” he was quoted as saying on the sidelines of the Ninth International Exhibition of Bitumen, Asphalt, Insulation and Related Machinery, aka BAIEX 2018, held in Tehran last month.
According to customs data maintained with SteelMint, bulk Indian pig iron export volumes have come down sharply by 50% in FY19. India has exported 221,260 MT pig iron in FY’19 as against 446,250 MT in FY’18. In the month of March pig iron exports from India recorded at 50,000 MT against nil from the previous month.
This week Chinese steel prices witnessed significant increase in domestic market following hike in iron ore prices fueled by limited supply in global market.Also strong futures, improved domestic demand along with higher profit margins lead to uptrend in Chinese steel prices.
South Africa iron ore exports down 21% in Feb'19: South African iron ore exports in Feb'19 recorded at 5.53 MnT, down 21% as against 7.05 MnT in Jan'19. As per sources, the exports dropped amidst Saldanha port maintenance in Feb'19.On yearly basis, the exports increased marginally as compared to 5.25 MnT in Feb'18.
As per sources, one of the world's largest steel producer and a leading Russian metal company Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel (MMK) has doubled its metal shipments to Vietnam in CY18 as compared to CY17.
Indian Steel industry observed average inquiries during the Week-15 (9th to 13th Apr) owing to election mood in the country. In context to supply scenario, the production of Semis & Finished steel products more or less on same proportion, this led to volatility in prices.
Major global scrap markets observed price correction on weak demand globally. Turkish steel mills booked cargoes at lowered prices amid subdued steel demand. Japan's monthly Kanto tender for Apr'19 fetched bids lower by USD 15 against last month.