Special steel is an important support for building a modern steel power

On October 20th, on the occasion of the annual conference of the Chinese stainless steel industry, Liu Jianjun, Secretary General of the China Special Steel Enterprise Association, represented the leaders of the superior supervisory units to attend and introduce the operation of the special steel industry. Special steel is an important support for building a modern steel power. As a member of the steel industry, it is an important area to achieve green and low-carbon development together with the steel industry. This year is still in the period of epidemic prevention and control. With the efforts of all colleagues in the special steel industry, including the stainless steel industry, the special steel industry has maintained a stable development trend this year. Has made contributions to the stable development of our country's economy.

From January to August this year, the structure of special steel products from member units of the Special Steel Association was significantly optimized, and the proportion of alloy steel increased significantly. The proportion of alloy steel increased by 2.4 percentage points year-on-year. The production of key varieties such as gear steel increased by 14.5% year-on-year; The production of bearing steel increased by 30.9%; China's special steel products have gradually formed advantageous products with different levels and unique enterprise characteristics. The most advantageous products in China currently include vacuum degassing rods and wires from CITIC Taifu Special Steel, special metallurgical products from Northeast Special Steel, Baowu Special Metallurgy, as well as special steel products from sub sectors such as Taiyuan Iron and Steel, Tiangong, and Jiuli. At the same time, a large number of excellent enterprises and brand enterprises have emerged in the stainless steel subdivision field, and the overall quality level of the stainless steel industry has greatly improved.

Financial indicators have also significantly improved. From January to August, the operating environment and efficiency indicators of member units of the Special Steel Association continued to improve; The R&D investment cost continues to increase, with a year-on-year increase of 52.8%; The industrial added value increased by 56.6% year-on-year, and the industry's operation is stable and improving. The unique steel products have effectively supported the development needs of China's high-end manufacturing industry and national key engineering fields. At the same time, we also need to rationally analyze some of the problems that exist in the development of special steel. The most direct issue is the self-sufficiency of some cutting-edge equipment materials. That is, special steel materials that are prone to forming necks.

This requires special steel enterprises to continuously upgrade their equipment and innovate their technology in the future market competition, to make up for their shortcomings and strengthen their advantages. According to the requirements of the 14th Five Year Plan for the special steel industry, by 2025, China's special steel industry should strive to form a development pattern of advanced technology, stable quality, prominent brand, green and low-carbon, good economic benefits, and strong comprehensive competitiveness, and build a group of strong special steel enterprises with international competitiveness to build a strong special steel country. To achieve this goal, the special steel industry should do a good job in the following aspects:

One is to crack the bottleneck of special steel products: special steel enterprises need to take the initiative to layout around the industrial chain, innovation chain, and ecological chain. Strengthen basic research on materials and research and development of key process technologies, improve service levels, strengthen cooperation with upstream and downstream industries, break down barriers, and achieve integrated development with upstream and downstream industries. On the one hand, we need to contribute special steel strength to the value enhancement of the existing industrial chain, and on the other hand, we need to further improve the overall level of the industrial chain by making good technical and product reserves.

The second is to vigorously promote independent innovation: we should strengthen the construction of innovation capabilities, accurately grasp the direction of innovation in the special steel industry, and concentrate resources on achieving breakthroughs in imported product substitution, "bottleneck" key materials and technologies. In this regard, after years of development, special steel enterprises have replaced the vast majority of special steel imports and provide a large number of high-end special steel products to global high-end enterprises every year, becoming an indispensable part of the global high-end industrial chain and making tremendous contributions to the development of China and the world economy.

The third is to accelerate the transformation of ultra-low emissions: we should grasp the development direction of transformation and control technologies in organized emissions, unorganized emissions, and bulk material transportation, comprehensively implement pollutant emission control, and achieve ultra-low emissions; Comprehensively improve the level of environmental protection and build ecological green factories.

The fourth is to accelerate the pace of mergers and acquisitions: we should support the strong and build industry-leading enterprises with international advanced levels, as well as a few small and medium-sized special steel enterprises with strong product specialization and obvious product quality advantages; Through strong alliances and complementary advantages, we encourage small businesses to transform and upgrade, becoming specialized, refined, and innovative "little giants" and invisible champions in the industry.

The fifth is to promote intelligent development: we should deepen the transformation of enterprise intelligence, build industry oriented collaborative manufacturing platforms, and enhance the public service capabilities of intelligent manufacturing.

The sixth is to implement internationalization strategy: we should make full use of both domestic and international markets, actively implement internationalization strategy, continuously improve product quality and overseas service capabilities, smooth overseas marketing channels, establish overseas research and development centers, layout overseas production enterprises, joint ventures and cooperation to develop overseas mineral resources, and accelerate participation in international market competition.

The seventh is to promote the development led by standards: we should focus on improving the supply of advanced product standards, strengthening the revision of equipment technology and intelligent manufacturing standards, and improving the relevant standard system. In high-quality development, increasing GDP is not the only pursuit of the country. To achieve the goal of becoming a strong steel and special steel country, China needs strong support from international standards and ultimately leads the development of international steel.

Eighth is to implement low-carbon development: we should firmly implement low-carbon policies and plan the path of "carbon peak and carbon neutrality" in advance; Optimize energy consumption and process structure, build a circular economy industry chain, and promote low-carbon development throughout the entire industry chain; We should adjust our product structure and guide the consumption of green, low-carbon, and high-end steel. In this regard, special steel products, especially stainless steel, have unique physical and chemical properties as well as excellent environmental performance. Although the carbon emissions per ton of stainless steel produced are slightly higher than those of carbon steel, considering the entire life cycle, the carbon emissions of stainless steel are lower.

Liu Jianjun stated that the leaders and guests attending the China Stainless Steel Industry Annual Conference will discuss the theme of the conference, which is to jointly plan how the stainless steel industry can seize opportunities and face the severe challenges of "carbon peak and carbon neutrality" dual carbon constraints.

Here, the stainless steel branch should leverage its professional advantages to promote enterprises in the industrial chain to enhance their value chain through increased product technology innovation and service enhancement. It should focus on creating a technological source, placing more emphasis on solving bottleneck technologies and tackling key core technologies, and firmly holding the initiative in innovation and development in its own hands. We also hope that the Stainless Steel Branch can continue to play a good platform role, work together with enterprises, research institutes, and associations in the industry chain, and promote high-quality development of the industry.

As a subsidiary of the China Special Steel Enterprise Association, the Stainless Steel Branch has achieved outstanding results in promoting and applying stainless steel over the years. Especially in the past year, the Stainless Steel Branch has overcome numerous difficulties such as limited personnel, tight budget, and increasingly fierce industry competition, and has held 20 online lectures to promote the experience of stainless steel in shipbuilding, automobiles, construction, elevators, water pipes, and other fields; Hosted the 3rd China International Super Austenitic Stainless Steel and Nickel Base Alloy Symposium, the 2nd China Stainless Steel Pipe Conference, and other conferences to promote the development and market promotion of heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant stainless steel products, and accelerate the localization process of high-end stainless steel products; Proactively connect member enterprises with downstream users and expand sales channels; Participate in organizing the writing of the book "Chinese Stainless Steel"; Regularly publish national stainless steel statistical data, publish publications, update WeChat official account, website information, etc., and do a lot of stainless steel publicity and knowledge popularization work, achieving obvious results. The achievements of the Stainless Steel Branch cannot be achieved without the strong support of its member units. We hope that everyone will continue to care about and support the development of the Stainless Steel Branch. The China Special Steel Enterprise Association also fully supports the work of the Stainless Steel Branch as always. The new situation has put forward new and higher requirements for industry organizations. I hope that the Stainless Steel Branch can comprehensively strengthen its own team building, broaden its service areas, and improve its service level to adapt to the new and higher requirements put forward by China's entry into a new stage of development, implementation of new development concepts, and construction of a new development pattern for the development of the stainless steel industry.

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