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U.S. Steel reportedly still plans to construct a new continuous galvanizing line (CGL) at its PRO-TEC Coatings Co. subsidiary in Leipsic, Ohio. In doubt is whether joint venture partner Kobe Steel will still be involved.

A U.S. Steel spokesperson told the Northwest Indiana Times on Friday that "U.S. Steel remains committed to our new Advanced High Strength Steel CGL.” Steel Market Update has reached out to U.S. Steel for comment.



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In an effort to keep our readers as up to date as possible, we are adding some information to the steel mill maintenance schedule that we originally produced last week. The table did not change, but we did receive information from ArcelorMittal that we wanted to pass along.



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U.S. Steel's Section 337 petition took another blow this week when Administrative Law Judge Dee Lord terminated the trans-shipment claim that accused China of misrepresenting country of origin on steel imports.

Lord had dismissed the claim in January, citing lack of evidence by U.S. Steel to support its allegations. The claim was remanded to Lord by the International Trade Commission to review the circumstantial evidence that U.S. Steel provided, which the ITC decided was sufficient enough to warrant another review.



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Fourth-Quarter Steel Mill Maintenance

Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:29

Steel Market Update has been working with steel buyers and the domestic steel mills in order to provide a better understanding of what outages/maintenance is scheduled above and beyond normal mill maintenance. Even though there are a number of outages scheduled, we are being told by both mills and their customers that the downtime has been reflected in lead times and there should not be any disruption to normal order flows.



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U.S. Steel Kosice Sold to Chinese Mill?

Monday, 25 September 2017 14:14

Rumors were flying on Tuesday morning that U.S. Steel Corp. has agreed to sell its Kosice operations in Slovakia to China's Hesteel.

The sale is expected to close in the coming weeks with Hesteel taking over operations at the beginning of the year, according to the Slovak Spectator. However, securing approval from anti-monopoly authorities in the European Union may delay the closing.



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U.S. Steel, Kobe to Expand PRO-TEC Galv Line

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:02

U.S. Steel and Kobe Steel announced plans to expand the galvanizing line at their joint venture PRO-TEC Coating Co. in Leipsic, Ohio.

Construction will begin in the fourth quarter on a new continuous galvanizing line in response to demand for advanced high-strength steels. The $400 million CGL will have a yearly capacity of 500,000 tons and is expected to begin production in 2019. The line, utilizing a proprietary process, will coat AHSS steel that automakers need to meet safety and fuel efficiency standards.



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U.S. Steel's Section 337 allegations of trans-shipment of Chinese steel products are being challenged by seven Chinese steel mills.

U.S. Steel alleges that respondents in the case are misrepresenting country of origin in steel shipments in order to elude antidumping and countervailing duties. Baosteel Group, HeSteel Group, Masteel Group, Shougang Steel Group, Shagang Steel Group, WISCO Steel Group and Ansteel Group are challenging that claim, asserting that U.S. Steel has not provided sufficient evidence to support its allegations.



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Trade actions are moving ahead in the Section 337 case against Chinese steel producers. Sanctions have been placed on two of seven Chinese respondents by Administrative Law Judge Dee Lord for failure to produce documentation necessary to investigate transshipment charges brought by U.S. Steel.

On June 28, 2017, U.S. Steel filed a motion for sanctions against steel producers Shagang, WISCO, and Masteel for violation of Order No. 61 requiring documentation of production capacity. U.S. Steel claimed that the companies missed a May 31 deadline to provide production capacity information.



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Incident at U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 12:35

U.S. Steel anticipates no delays in customer shipments following an explosion at its Great Lakes Works hot strip mill Monday night, which sent five employees to the hospital. Three of the injured were released, while two were admitted for further treatment. One employee was treated and released at the plant's on-site medical facility.



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Incident at U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 11:50

U.S. Steel anticipates no delays in customer shipments following an explosion at its Great Lakes Works hot strip mill Monday night, which sent five employees to the hospital. Three of the injured were released, while two were admitted for further treatment. One employee was treated and released at the plant's on-site medical facility.

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