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Magazine Issue: July 2013


Cover Story


Steel industry sees disconnect in supply-and-demand cycle
While the auto and energy segments look strong, the construction recovery remains tepid, meaning that the global steel outlook is stable in certain areas but volatile in others—and that threatens to sever the links between a full economic turnaround, the need for metals, more robust steelmaking and the attendant profitability those factors bring.

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From the Editor

AMM COMMENT

  • At year’s halfway point, is the glass half empty or half full?

    At the midpoint of 2013, it’s still unclear what kind of year it will be for the steel industry. Every positive signal seems to be counterbalanced by a negative one: Low-priced natural gas will help keep costs down, but U.S. trade policy may not keep foreign steel at bay; the overall economy continues to recover at a moderate pace, but tax and employment issues threaten to dull that edge; and automotive production and sales are holding firm, but raw material costs remain volatile and possibly harmful.

Features

THE MONTH IN METALS

NATURAL RE: SOURCES

  • Raw materials suppliers prepare for the DRI age

    The question of whether the ‘iron age’ is over for steelmakers’ metallics has natural resource suppliers dealing with a decline in demand that is forcing the diversification of product lines and geographic markets by US companies.

OFF THE CHARTS

  • A decade of steel in charts

    It is often said that you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been, and the US steel industry has been through a lot over the past decade. 

SPECIAL SECTION: TECHNOLOGY

  • Tech tac toe: metals plan their next IT move

    Steelmakers can greatly improve their operations through increased use of information technology, industry executives say, but they must first determine the correct approach to support their business processes and which applications will produce the best results.

SPECIAL SECTION: TECHNOLOGY

  • The game of risk: metals companies’ slow embrace of ERP

    Although many in the steel sector are hesitant to wholeheartedly embrace the latest information technology solutions for financial management, a number of mills have selectively implemented cutting-edge solutions to aid in planning, hedging and risk management.

SPECIAL SECTION: TECHNOLOGY

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