MEXICO CITY The amount of
steel stolen in Mexico fell 47 percent in the first quarter
compared with the same period last year, according to Conadiac,
Mexicos steel distributors confederation.
Rebar accounted for about 35
percent of the 2,639 tonnes of steel stolen from January
through March in at least 15 Mexican states, or about half of
Ternium México SA de CV
was hit most by steel thieves, reporting 34 incidents in the
first quarter, followed by Altos Hornos de México SAB de
CV (12 thefts), ArcelorMittal México and Deacero SA de
CV (nine each), Gerdau Sidertul (seven) and Talleres y Aceros
SA de CV (three), Conadiac said.
Mexicos association of
steelmakers, Canacero, said that two northern states, Coahuila
and Nuevo León, have been working on strategies to
combat steel theft. "Within this new impetus to the strategy,
we implemented a program of best practices with our
transporters, promoting and disseminating a series of
preventive measures," the group said. There were no reports of
steel thefts in Coahuila state during the first quarter vs. 15
in the first three months of last year.
A total of 454 thefts of 16,475
tonnes were reported in Mexico in all of last year, according
to figures compiled by Canacero, vs. 309 steel thefts in 2010
and 312 in 2009.