Rio Tinto says China shows growing iron ore appetite

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 22 : 8-Apr-20

The head of Rio Tinto’s iron ore division, Chris Salisbury, notes that Chinese demand for the steel input remained strong while the nation was contending with the coronavirus earlier in 2020. He adds that China’s steel stockpiles have started to fall and Rio Tinto’s order books are full. Chinese steel mills buy more than 70 per cent of Rio Tinto’s iron ore, and China accounted for 51.3 per cent of the resources group’s revenue in 2019. Australia’s iron ore exports are forecast to top $101bn in 2019-20.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Former Arrium directors face recovery action

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 22-Jul-19

Insolvency firm KordaMentha has launched legal action in the New South Wales Supreme Court in an attempt to pursue former directors of failed steel firm Arrium for monies owed to its creditors. Arrium was placed in administration in April 2016 owing $2.8 billion to banks and noteholders. KordaMentha then operated the business as administrators until it was purchased by British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta for around $700 million in August 2017.

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KORDA MENTHA AND COLLEAGUES PTY LTD, SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES, ARRIUM LIMITED

BHP and BlueScope to sink local crews after 17 years

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 17 : 16-Jan-19

The Maritime Union of Australia has criticised BHP and BlueScope Steel for opting against renewing contracts to charter two iron ore bulk carriers. The vessels are used to ship iron ore from BHP’s mines in the Pilbara to BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelworks; a BHP spokesman says the contracts are a legacy of BlueScope’s spin-off in 2002. The ships were the last two iron ore vessels to be manned by Australian crews. The MUA says the crews will be replaced by low-paid foreign workers.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA, TEEKAY SHIPPING CORPORATION

Gupta buys NSW coal mine from Glencore

Original article by James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 : 3-Jan-18

Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance has acquired Glencore’s Tahmoor coal mine in New South Wales for an undisclosed sum, although the mine’s value is reckoned to be around $A500 million. Coal from the mine will support Gupta’s steelmaking operations in South Australia, with Gupta having acquired the assets of failed steelmaker Arrium, including its Whyalla steelworks, in August 2017. Tahmoor produces around two million tonnes of coal per annum, most of which is used for steelmaking.

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GFG ALLIANCE, GLENCORE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, YANCOAL AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX YAL, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, COAL AND ALLIED INDUSTRIES LIMITED, LIBERTY HOUSE GROUP, SIMEC, ZEN ENERGY PTY LTD

BlueScope dives as chief departs

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 22-Aug-17

BlueScope Steel has reported a sharp rise in net profit for 2016-17, to $A715.9m. However, the steel-maker has advised that EBIT for the first half of 2017-18 will fall from $A527m previously to $A422m, due to factors such as the strong Australian dollar and the impact of rising scrap metal prices in the US on its North Star subsidiary. BlueScope has also revealed that Mark Vassella will succeed CEO Paul O’Malley at the start of 2018, and that the company is the subject of a cartel investigation. BlueScope shares fell $A3.08 to $A11.03 on 21 August.

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BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, NORTH STAR STEEL, CARGILL INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

Bluescope wins labour dispute

Original article by Anna Patty
The Age – Page: 23 : 10-Aug-17

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that it was appropriate for Bluescope Steel to hire contract labour to cope with a seasonal rise in demand at its steel mill in Victoria, rather than employing permanent employees for just eight weeks. The steel-maker had contended that its enterprise agreement allowed it to hire temporary workers without obtaining the consent of unions, an argument which had been rejected by the Australian Workers’ Union. BlueScope also argued that overtime restrictions prevented it from using existing staff, which the AWU also disputed.

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BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES

Fears a Trump tariff will spike dumping

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 11-Jul-17

Australian Steel Institute CEO Tony Dixon has welcomed reports that Australian steel and aluminium will be exempt from proposed new US import tariffs. However, Dixon has raised concerns that Australia could face an influx of low-cost imported steel from countries that are barred from the US market under the new tariffs regime. The Opposition has also stressed the need to protect local industries and jobs by ensuring that anti-dumping laws are enforced.

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AUSTRALIAN STEEL INSTITUTE LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL

Whyalla steel mill rescue a step closer

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 21 : 2-Jun-17

Administrator KordaMentha hopes to finalise the sale of steel producer and iron ore miner Arrium by the end of June. The two final bidders, GFG Alliance and a consortium headed by private equity firm Newlake Alliance, will seek approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board. GFG comprises Liberty House and SIMEC, which are controlled by British businessman Sanjeev Gupta. Arrium collapsed in April 2016 with debts of $A4bn.

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ARRIUM LIMITED – ASX ARI, KORDA MENTHA AND COLLEAGUES PTY LTD, GFG ALLIANCE, LIBERTY HOUSE GROUP, SIMEC GROUP LIMITED, NEWLAKE ALLIANCE, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, POSCO, ADANI MINING PTY LTD, THE BLACKSTONE GROUP LP, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD

Arrium pushes to free itself from state grid

Original article by Sid Maher
The Australian – Page: 6 : 5-Oct-16

The Whyalla steelworks could become energy self-sufficient if plans put forward by Arrium’s administrator Mark Korda come to fruition. Full power has yet to be restored to the steelworks and Arrium’s iron ore mining operations following South Australia’s state-wide power outage. Korda is holding talks with the State Government and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation about financing to convert the steelworks’ energy supply to a combination of natural gas and its own waste gases.

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ARRIUM LIMITED – ASX ARI, KORDA MENTHA AND COLLEAGUES PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. CLEAN ENERGY FINANCE CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES

BlueScope’s US protectionist profit bonanza

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 23-Aug-16

BlueScope Steel has reported a rise of 160 per cent in net profit after tax to $A353.8 million for 2015-16. The Australian-listed steel maker benefited from cost-cutting initiatives, improving conditions in the global steel market and the imposition of anti-dumping duties in the US on steel imports from China. The company’s North Star mill in Ohio, which is the most profitable steel mill in North America, produces two million tonnes of steel annually.

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BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, CARGILL INCORPORATED, ARRIUM LIMITED – ASX ARI