American MetalMarket

Magazine Issue: August/September 2013


Cover Story


Center of the action: metals distributors outlook
Metal distributors say they are prepared to handle any challenges that come their way, whether it’s slow economic growth, unfair global trade, product processing, new technologies, financial strategies, emerging market opportunities or succession issues.

Market Spotlight

STAINLESS & SPECIALTY STEEL

STAINLESS & SPECIALTY STEEL

STAINLESS & SPECIALTY STEEL

Columns

CENTER PIECE

END-USER SPOTLIGHT

THE METRICS SYSTEM

From the Editor

AMM COMMENT

  • Steel executives present mixed feelings on future

    Cautious is the word that best describes steel executives’ current thinking. The future looks like it will be brighter—after all, business is better than it was just four or five years ago—but there remains a nagging concern that something isn’t quite right.

Features

THE MONTH IN METALS

AMM AWARDS

  • 13 in 2013: AMM Awards for Steel Excellence winners

    AMM recognizes a number of steel companies and those in related industries for their tireless work to improve and expand the achievements and success of the industry—from the production floor to the environment to public policy and more—during the past year.

GUARDING THE CENTERS

  • Trade groups protect metal distributors, shape policy

    Service centers and their trade representatives have not been shy in sharing their opinions on contentious issues—ranging from energy efficiency, fair trade and conflict minerals to infrastructure investment and sequestration—when public policy intrudes on the private sector.

SERVICE CENTER RANKINGS

  • 2013 list of top service centers by revenue

    This list ranks service centers by revenue, in millions of dollars.  The list was compiled from a survey of service centers, with additional follow-up reporting.  Service centers that did not respond to the survey or other forms of contact are not included.   The list was compiled by Paul Schaffer, who can be reached at (646) 274-6246 or pschaffer@amm.com for additional information.

SERVICE CENTER SURVEY

SPECIAL SECTION: DRI

  • Reduction Junction: DRI gains speed

    A new day dawns for direct-reduced iron, with a focus on fuels and the attractions of lower operating costs, greater efficiency and lower residuals drawing a growing number of raw material producers and steelmakers into the rush to exploit the trend.

SPECIAL SECTION: DRI

  • Growth by reduction: DRI production rises

    Although the technology to use DRI more aggressively in steelmaking has existed for several decades, it took a combination of higher scrap prices and cheaper natural gas to spur a boom in pursuing what steelmakers are coming to see as a more-affordable, sensible choice.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW

  • Craig Bouchard: Play hard, fight hard, win

    The competitiveness comes naturally. Bouchard was raised in a houshold which embraced and thrived on a ‘winner-take-all’ attitude and where the former Inland Steel put food on the table.

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