Welcome to AMM Inner Circle 

This is your insider’s guide to the metals industry, with in-depth commentary and analysis by AMM’s executive editor. Separate from AMM's daily news coverage, AMM Inner Circle will offer market intelligence of a different kind. This is where you can get inside the heads of industry executives and market experts, where conversations happen, where our editors can share some of their insights outside of the constraints of traditional news and market stories. We'll take you behind the numbers and explain what they mean, post a wealth of reference material, and really dig into the issues facing the market today - join the Inner Circle and gain access to a new level of market intelligence. 

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  • Oct 21, 2013 | 10:39 PM

    Nisshin exploits newfound scale and synergies to hone its edge 

    Mega-mills Nippon Steel Corp. and Sumitomo Metal Industries aren’t the only players to shed solo status and merge. Say hello to Nisshin Steel Holdings Co. Ltd. another outgrowth of the rationale that scale counts.  More »

  • Oct 21, 2013 | 10:35 PM

    For Kobe Steel, the first order of business is back-to-the-black 

    Japan’s third largest integrated steelmaker has had its resiliency tested tons of times over the more than century it has been in business. Today, Kobe Steel faces a test as daunting as any it has ever confronted.  More »

  • Oct 21, 2013 | 10:23 PM

    JFE embraces ‘only one/number one’ mindset to drive growth 

    Ken Shimamoto is a patient man. He has to be. At the moment, the Manager of the Manufacturing Dept. of JFE Steel Corp.’s Chita Works has little choice but to wait for the shale oil boom in the United States to dry up and drillers here to turn their attention back to punching holes in the ground to extract shale gas.   More »

  • Oct 21, 2013 | 10:12 PM

    So far, so good, NSSMC gets a timely boost from ‘Abenomics’ 

    One year after a megamerger created the world’s second-largest steelmaker, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. is on track to squeeze every ounce of competitive advantage out of the efficiencies that come with supersizing.  More »

  • Oct 21, 2013 | 10:03 PM

    A global race to reap growth and the promise of mega-scale 

    There was no escaping the urgency in Shoji Muneoka’s words as he delivered a New Year’s message to some 30,000 employees of the newly merged Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (NSSMC). “The situation is dire,” Muneoka said.  More »

  • Oct 21, 2013 | 09:58 PM

    Too big to falter: Behind the birth of a global steel giant 

    Caught in a blistering crossfire, Japan’s top and third-largest mills opted to revisit a time-tested formula that transformed that nation’s sector from a war-torn industry in the mid-1940s into a global steel powerhouse three decades later. Move over Hebei and Baosteel, there’s a new Number Two.  More »

  • Oct 21, 2013 | 09:50 PM

    Japanese steel resets, pivots to the East to capture growth 

    4 The official headquarters of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation might be 3-2-10 Nihonbashi-Kayabacho, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, but ask any of the 110-plus members of the group where they do business, and the more outspoken will tell you between a very, very large rock and a very, very hard place.  More »