American MetalMarket

Magazine Issue: October 2012

Cover Story

Improved ERP offers resources for metal producers
Waiting for later waves of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems might have been a smart move as software vendors add capabilities that better fit the making of metals, while growing areas of management are becoming more a part of executives’ daily responsibilities.

Market Spotlight


From the Editor

  • Comment: Information technology key to long-term success

    Technology is vital to all metal sectors, but it’s not just breakthroughs in production and processes that are important to the bottom line. Information technology has become just as significant, and an array of hardware, software, systems analysis mechanisms and data-analysis tools are available to help metal companies make better decisions.


  • CME launches first US ferrous scrap futures contract

    Facing wildly fluctuating scrap prices, the need to manage price risk is no more evident than in the United States, the world’s largest exporter of the key raw material. To that end, CME Group Inc. on Sept. 10 launched its first-ever U.S. ferrous scrap futures contract.

  • ERP systems gain momentum with metals industry

    Investing in the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can greatly benefit metal companies by allowing them to work more efficiently, effectively and cost consciously in every part of their business—from sales and marketing to finance, products and operations.

  • Noranda discovers the promise of unified technology

    Legacy mines and mills are great, but legacy software is not, says one of the top North American integrated producers of primary aluminum products and rolled aluminum coil. Noranda Aluminum understands that competition demands better operations effectiveness.

  • 2012 technology review: A look back on the future

    From energy savings to worker safety, inspection systems to material composites, 2012 saw numerous technological ideas and advances help push the metals sector forward to greater efficiency and market share, setting the stage for the next round of improvements.

  • Titanium producers look to diversify downstream

    Major titanium producers are using a variety of strategies—including acquisitions—to approach challenges in the supply chain in order to integrate through sponge, melt and other product forms, as well as control the quality, productivity and delivery of materials.