Statement on Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms and Fit for 55 Package
The European cement industry fully supports the objectives of the European Green Deal. In its Carbon Neutrality Roadmap, the cement sector commits to CO2 emissions reduction targets by 2030 and works towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve these objectives, establishing viable business cases that secure continued growth and employment in Europe is essential. Having the first carbon-neutral cement plant in the European Union (EU) within the next decade is within reach.
Swedish Company Makes World’s First Delivery of “Green Steel” Made without Using Coal
Swedish JV HYBRIT has made the world’s first customer delivery of “green steel,” produced without using coal, to truck-maker Volvo Group/SE, the group announced in August. Studies have shown that conventional processes emit nearly two tonnes of carbon dioxide for every tonne of steel produced, with global manufacture of the alloy accounting for about 7–8 % of greenhouse gas emissions. HYBRIT, which stands for Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology, was created in 2016 by the steel maker SSAB/SE, the mining company LKAB/SE, and the energy firm Vattenfall/SE with the aim of developing a technology for fossil-free iron-and steelmaking. “The test delivery is an important step toward a fully fossil-free iron and steel production value chain and a milestone for the HYBRIT partnership between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall,” the HYBRIT partnership noted in a statement.
Allied Mineral Products is Celebrating its 60th Anniversary
From humble beginnings to a world leader in refractories, Allied’s/US focus is “being there worldwide” for customers with their people and products. This commitment is proven through adaptive manufacturing, timely deliveries, and on-site product installations. “We started with the idea of being there for our customers and will continue on into the future. It’s who we are to our core,” said Jon R. Tabor, Chairman and CEO. Allied’s formula for success is People + Products = Solutions. This has been the right chemistry for providing innovative solutions to the refractory industry for 60 years.
Refratechnik and Horn have Jointly Opted for Production Sites in Germany
Refratechnik Steel GmbH (Düsseldorf/DE) is pleased to enter a production joint venture with Horn & Co. Minerals & Products Management GmbH (Siegen/DE), and in this context to further expand and operate the Horn Group's factory for magnesia carbon bricks in Hünsborn near Siegen as Refratechnik Horn Produktions GmbH. Refratechnik Steel, majority shareholder in the joint venture, and a company of the Refratechnik Group, has found an ideal partner for the production of MACARBON® bricks for the steelmaking industry.
Brad Cramer, Chief Legal Officer, Promoted at HarbisonWalker International
The Board of Directors of HarbisonWalker International (HWI), the largest supplier of refractory products and services products in North America, has promoted Brad Cramer to Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. Brad Cramer previously held these roles as Vice President, and will continue providing advice and counsel to HWI's Executive Management and Board of Directors while overseeing all legal and compliance matters for HWI's domestic and international locations.