Discussion on the steel market: market demand for construction machinery is expected to improve in the second half of the year

  A few days ago, the China Railway Corporation disclosed to the public that 14 railways across the country have recently started construction. The total mileage of these 14 newly started projects reached 3,712 kilometers, and the investment scale reached 327.3 billion yuan. According to industry insiders, the current concentrated start of railway projects will stimulate demand for related construction machinery, and the indirect stimulus effect brought by steel and other related industries will gradually be reflected.

Railway construction hits another climax
   According to the plan, during the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan" period, the central and western countries will invest 1.85 trillion yuan in railway construction and 23,000 kilometers of new lines will be put into operation, accounting for 72% and 77% respectively. In the first three years of the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan", the central and western regions completed construction investment of 1.15 trillion yuan and put into production 7,000 kilometers of new lines, accounting for 72% and 58% respectively. This year, the central and western railway construction investment and the proportion of new lines put into production have further increased, accounting for 78% and 86% respectively.
In the first half of this year, the China Railway Corporation has raised the railway construction target for this year three times: the national railway fixed asset investment has increased to 800 billion yuan, reaching the second highest level in history; the length of newly built railways has increased to more than 7,000 kilometers, and the number of newly started projects has increased to 64 ; At the same time, 20 reserve projects are arranged to speed up the preliminary work and strive to complete the scientific research work within the year.
   By 2015, my country’s railway operating mileage will increase to 123,000 kilometers. The operating mileage opened to traffic from 2014 to 2015 increased by 19,500 kilometers. High-speed railways (passenger dedicated lines), western railways, and road network encryption are the development priorities.
   From the above data, the peak period of my country's railway construction will continue in the next few years.

The demand for construction machinery is large and wide
   Railway construction includes roadbed construction, railway bridge construction, and later station building construction. The development of these projects requires a large amount of construction machinery, and according to different projects, the variety of construction machinery required also presents the characteristics of a large quantity and a wide range.
For example, the amount of civil works in subgrade engineering is relatively large, mainly involving earth and stone construction machinery and transportation vehicles; for high-standard passenger dedicated lines and high-speed railway projects, the foundation construction in subgrade works is particularly important, and foundation drilling rigs (rotary digging) are needed. Drilling rigs and long auger drilling rigs), concrete machinery and steel processing equipment, etc.; in bridge construction, concrete machinery, hoisting machinery, hydraulic formwork, steel processing equipment, beam trucks, beam lifting machines, bridge erecting machines, and mobile molds are required. Bridge building machines and power equipment, etc.; in the station building project, excavators, bulldozers, loaders, rollers, rotary drilling rigs, concrete mixing stations, concrete pumps and pump trucks, truck cranes, etc. are used in large quantities.
Although the performance of construction machinery in the machinery industry has not been outstanding since the beginning of this year, in May, the export delivery value of the construction machinery industry was 2.71 billion yuan, a year-on-year growth rate of minus 6.57% and a month-on-month growth rate of minus 10.93%. . From January to May, the export delivery value of the construction machinery industry was 12.543 billion yuan, and the cumulative year-on-year growth rate was negative 5.89%. However, industry insiders said that due to the concentrated start of multiple railway projects and the continuous development of the country's urbanization construction, the operation of the construction machinery industry in the second half of the year is still worth looking forward to.

Steel for construction machinery calls for high-end
   The construction machinery industry is a major consumer of steel, and the consumption of steel is second only to the construction industry. Steel for construction machinery generally accounts for more than 30% of the total equipment cost, and has the characteristics of a wide range of varieties and a wide range of specifications. The steel products consumed in the construction machinery industry are mainly medium and heavy plates, high-quality bars and profiles. Among them, the consumption of medium and heavy plates is the largest, followed by bars, profiles and other steel varieties.
With the gradual development of large-scale and light-weight construction machinery in recent years, construction machinery such as excavators, loaders, cranes, and large dump trucks require their component materials to have higher yield strength and fatigue strength, good impact toughness, and cold forming Performance and excellent solderability.
   In this regard, my country's steel companies have already made more successful attempts. In 2010, with the commissioning of the imported powerful Kaiping unit of Shougang Qiangang Company, Shougang has the equipment to produce flat plates for high-strength construction machinery steel with a yield strength of 700MPa. For the unit, SQ700MCD high-strength steel for construction machinery with good plastic toughness and welding performance was developed, and stable batch supply was realized.
   In 2013, the high-strength wear-resistant steel plate NM450 for construction machinery developed by Wuhan Iron and Steel Group has completed industrial trial production, and the performance indicators of the test steel have reached international standards.
   In June of this year, the No. 2 slab continuous caster of the Laiwu Steelmaking Zone of Shanxi Iron and Steel Group successfully produced HQ100 high-strength wear-resistant steel for engineering machinery, and the product quality met the requirements. This steel is a low-alloy quenched and tempered high-strength wear-resistant steel developed in recent years to meet the development needs of the construction machinery industry. It not only has high strength, good low-temperature notch toughness, but also has excellent welding performance. It is suitable for construction machinery, mining machinery and High-strength welded structural steel that is indispensable for the manufacture of large-scale machinery and equipment such as transportation vehicles.
   But industry insiders said that at present, on the whole, my country's high-strength construction machinery steel plates still have problems such as low pass rate, low surface quality, poor quality stability, and some high-end products still rely on imports. For the large market faced by construction machinery, leading construction machinery companies are constantly improving the quality of their products, which puts forward higher requirements for the strength level and quality stability of steel materials. Iron and steel companies should also seek opportunities from this and increase their research and development efforts on high-strength steel for construction machinery.


Post time: May-06-2021

Yancheng Ding Tai Machinery Co., Ltd.
No.9 Huanghai West Road, Dafeng District, Jiangsu Province, China
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