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Steel Industry Valve Purchases Will Exceed $1.7 billion this Year

The world steel industry will spend over $1.7 billion this year for valves, parts, and service. Many of the valve decisions will be made from the headquarters of large international operators. This will necessitate a new marketing approach by valve suppliers.

In the case of ArcelorMittal, the majority ownership is by an Indian individual but the decisions regarding valve purchases may be made in Luxembourg which is the company headquarters. ArcelorMittal is a major valve purchaser. Its valve purchases for steel and mining applications are just under $100 million per year of which $84 million is for steel applications.


As the world’s largest steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal makes almost as much steel as India itself. Yet India must more than double steel output by 2030 if its smart cities, bullet trains, advanced manufacturing and safer housing are to become reality. ArcelorMittal, with its partners Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal is presently bidding to buy Essar Steel which is a large bankrupt Indian Steel company.

Lakshmi Niwas Mittal owns controlling shares in Arcelor Mittal which he founded. He is one of the world’s wealthiest individuals and sits on the board of Goldman Sachs. He grew up in an Indian family in the steel business. Until the 1990s, the family's main assets in India were a cold-rolling mill for sheet steels in Nagpur and an alloy steels plant near Pune. Lakshmi Mittal decided to strike out on his own and opened his first steel factory PT Ispat Indo in SidoarjoEast JavaIndonesia in 1976.

He then founded ArcelorMittal which is now the world’s leading steel and mining company, with annual achievable production capacity of approximately 113 million tonnes of crude steel, driven by 197,108 employees working in 60 countries.

ArcelorMittal is the largest producer of steel in North and South America and Africa, a significant steel producer in the CIS region, and has a growing presence in Asia, including investments in China and India. It is also the largest steel producer in the EU, with significant operations in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania.

It is also a mining leader. ArcelorMittal has a global portfolio of 14 operating units with mines in operation and development and is one of the largest iron ore producers in the world.

ArcelorMittal works with more than 70,000 direct suppliers, covering an annual spend of around $50 billion for raw materials, energy, industrial products and spares, as well as various services.

It manages a complex supply chain, using the principles of total cost of ownership. If it purchases Essar Steel it is likely that major valve decisions will be made in Luxembourg or in one of nine shared services centers the company operates worldwide.

With remote monitoring of valve operations and data analytics the company will have the background data to determine the lowest total cost of ownership. It has invested heavily in IIoT working with ABB, Schneider Electric, GE, Siemens and others. At the Olaberria plant in Spain, as an example, valves associated with the melting, dust collection and other equipment are continuously monitored and data analyzed.

Valve suppliers looking to increase sales in India as well as in other countries will want to consider the following:

  • Purchasing decisions are going to be made by relatively few individuals who are not likely to be at the plant site
  • Decisions are going to be increasingly made based on lowest total cost of ownership
  • The successful valve supplier will need to prepare a lowest Total Cost of Ownership Validation (LTCOV) for each application in each industry and then LTCOVs for each major customer
  • We are entering the post digital era where the Industrial Internet of Wisdom (IIoW) is empowering IIoT and will necessitate new marketing strategy for valve suppliers.
  • This new era will make it possible for international valve suppliers to better compete for valves to be used in India

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