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NEWS Steel demand at high levels ray Metals Group, one of the-Severfield-Rowen Plc and Mur 2005 and in February this year. combined with higher steel demand some price recovery will emerge in NEWS IN BRIEF--. Steel UKSteel UK LtdUK’s largest structural steel andspecialist metal suppliers, havelaunched a new joint venturecompany,has been created to enable itsfounders, who will have a combined structural steel requirement of approximately 300,000one of the largest buyers of steelPlates products prices are thoughtare likely to recover the priceincreases and more at the earliestopportunity.to have reached their base line andthe spring.new project enquiries reported byDr Tordoff said: “All constructionproducts are currently facing rawmaterial and energy price increasesand, although steel is not the worstaffected material, these pressures,levels, lower stocks and higher pricesstructural sections.”-But these sections price increasesBCSA Director General Dr Derek Steel customers should prepare for another possible rise in the price of mill sections of £20 to £30 per tonne around May warns the BCSA, follow ing rises of £20 per tonne in October are thought unlikely to push the price in other regions of the world, are Steel construction demand is of fabricated steelwork beyond the resulting in the steel mills indicating currently at very high levels, with metric tonnes per annum, to 5% increase already projected by that the conditions are right for them order books extending into the conduct their structural steel BCSA for 2006. to introduce higher market prices for autumn and beyond. BCSA says purchasing activities, creating Tordoff says the situation beyond It is understood from the sections members are good and, with steel in Europe. June is harder to predict, but any fur- supply chain that stockholders/ continuing to win market share, the ther increases are not expected to be distributors, which have seen their forward workload projections for A new consultation that aims at levels higher than those for May. margins squeezed in recent months, 2007 are excellent. to provide the Government with a framework to guide future Barnshaws progress in the construction completes the Rt. Hon Alun Michael, Minis-industry has been launched by Dubai beams Regions. The draft Strategy forter of State for Industry and the and tubes 2006 consultation will include aSustainable Construction Report Barnshaws Steel Bending has suc- Stakeholder event on 7 March cessfully completed curving sec- and it is hoped that the review tions for the steel structure of the will be completed by the early new Concourse 2 at Dubai Interna- Summer of 2006. tional Airport. The work is part of a $2,500M expansion plan for the air- The Institution of Structural En- port that started in 2002 and is due to gineers is proposing to make be completed later this year. “Cleveland Bridge & Engineer- beams for the project and com- health and safety training from Barnshaws work included curv- ing (Middle East) Limited chose pleted the work in 10 weeks using graduation onwards a condi- ing large European beams and hol- Barnshaws as there were no other five different machines, including tion of membership. Health and low sections to multiple radii along companies in Europe capable of cold the worlds largest bending machine, Safety would have to form part of the same length of section. Some bending the large amount of steel,” that is capable of cold bending tubes Initial Professional Development of the HEB 500’s and 200 x 100 RHS said Barnshaws Associate Director up to 1524mm x 60mm thick. for graduates applying for mem- sections had up to 6 radii along their Greg North. Corus Group (Middle When the expansion is completed length, the tightest being a HEB 500 East) is also working on a section the airport will be able to cater for bership. The move is in response curved on the x-x axis to 4.5m radius. of the airport construction and also nearly 60M passengers – more than to changes in the Construction All of the sections were cold bent, to contracted Barnshaws to carry out double the current number – and will (Design and Management) Regu- remove the need to heat treat them the steel bending. be able to handle the new Airbus lations. after bending. Barnshaws curved a total of 200 A380 Super Jumbo. Watch out for the Financial Five storey storage A new car storage facility at The Port of Southampton has Times on March 8 which will for export cars car storage building provides 2,293 spaces for cars await- struction” report. -publish a special “Steel ConConstructed on behalf of Associated British Ports, thebeen completed by Bourne Steel. ing export. The five storey flat deck building is equivalent The latest DTi figures show or- to an additional seven and a half acres of storage capac- ders for private new commercial ity, with each suspended deck being 93m x 75m in size. construction in the fourth quar- The £3.5M building has been designed to be extremely ter of 2005 30% higher compared durable because of its proximity to the sea. A tensioned to the previous quarter, and 31% wire crash barrier was used throughout the car park and the columns were painted orange to lift the buildings ap- up on the same quarter a year pearance. earlier. Private industrial orders This economic form of multi storey car storage has in the fourth quarter rose by 44% saved a considerable amount of space and was built over compared to the previous quar- an existing open surface storage area. The facility is now ter, and by 27% compared to the fully operational and is expected to store over 100,000 same quarter a year earlier. cars a year. 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