Specialty steel key to Mexican industry: AIST

Mar 18, 2013 | 01:59 PM | Rodrigo Alonso

Tags  Hugo Solís, steel, Mexican steel, Mexico, Association for Iron and Steel Technologies, AIST, Ternium Mexico, steel imports Canacero

MEXICO CITY — Mexican steelmakers must produce more specialty and value-added steel products, especially for the automotive sector, to replace imports that have been affecting the local industry, the president of the country’s Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) told AMM sister publication Steel First

“Mexico must grow in specialty products,” Hugo Solís, who is also industrial director at Nuevo Leon-based flat steel producer Ternium Mexico SA de CV, said. “We have to go to the processing of steel and not only to the production of crude steel.”

Mexico can continue to manufacture more basic items, such as hot-rolled and cold-rolled coil, Solís said, but it should focus on such products as hot-dipped galvanized and other galvanized steel to help import levels go down. ....

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