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Magazine Issue: July/August 2018


Carol Jackson 'We are going to be unstoppable'
In a quest to make HarbisonWalker International its customers’ ‘first and only call,’ Carol Jackson has pulled out all the stops. “We are not your old refractory company,” she tells Jo Isenberg-O’Loughlin

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MARKET ANALYSIS

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Steel

    US HRC price rise may be curbed by higher output

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Zinc

    Have bears jumped the gun?

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Tin

    Good call on Q2 price, what for Q3?

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Nickel

    Solid fundamentals protecting the downside

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Lead

    China tightness spreading West

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Copper

    Still reasons to be bullish

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Aluminium

    Price forecast lowered, fundamentals mixed

From the Editor

COMMENT

  • Celebrating success

    The winners of the 2018 American Metal Market Awards for Steel Excellence are profiled in this issue of Metal Market Magazine.

Features

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  • Homes come to the fore in the UK Galvanizers Association Awards

    With many recent building projects completed and under construction in the UK and Ireland being focused on housing and mixed-use residential construction, it was natural that they were prominent among the winners of the Galvanizers Association Galvanizing Awards 2018.

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INNOVATION

INNOVATIONS

INNOVATIONS

NEW ORDERS

  • New plant orders

    A regular review of recently placed international new plant orders, announced for new and upgraded plants, expansions, modernizations and revamps

NEW ORDERS

  • New plant orders

    A regular review of recently placed international new plant orders, announced for new and upgraded plants, expansions, modernizations and revamps

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNER

AMM AWARDS FOR STEEL EXCELLENCE 2018 WINNERS

  • Winning line-up

    The festive crowd – buoyed by strong industry performance and outlook – attending the ninth annual Steel Awards Dinner in late June led Jeff Mason of Glenmount Global Solutions to say the AMM Awards for Steel Excellence are like Oscars for the steel industry.

MARKET SPOTLIGHT: MINOR METALS

  • Shedding light on lithium and cobalt markets

    Two minor metals have grabbed attention for their value in making batteries for electric vehicles – lithium and cobalt. Metal Bulletin price development manager Jon Mulcahy and battery raw materials team leader Charlotte Radford explore a rapidly evolving market and how market intelligence for the metals is becoming increasingly transparent

TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT: GRAPHITE ELECTRODES

  • A quarter-million tonne capacity

    SDK will have a global capacity for producing 250,000 tonnes per year of graphite electrodes when the ramp-up of the expansion of its Ridgeville, South Carolina, USA plant to 75,000 tonnes per year is completed later this year.

TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT: GRAPHITE ELECTRODES

  • A UHP graphite electrode primer

    The production of graphite electrodes uses two basic raw materials: calcined petroleum needle coke and coal tar pitch. The manufacturing process is a continuous 24-hour operation that takes 6-8 weeks.

TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT: GRAPHITE ELECTRODES

  • Where next for UHP graphite electrodes?

    Shortages last year of the ultra-high-performance graphite electrodes used by EAF-based steelmakers and some non-ferrous metal producers rapidly pushed up their price. Metal Market Magazine asked Hidehito Takahashi, managing corporate officer Showa Denko K.K. and general manager of the Carbon Division at the international electrode manufacturer, about the market’s global dynamics and SDK’s future

AMM SERVICE CENTER SURVEY 2018

  • Riding the wave

    In a transformed business climate for US steel and metals, many of the nation’s service centers are investing in expansion

SERVICE CENTERS

  • Steel of West Virginia's drive to add value

    Welding, punching, wax coating and batch galvanizing are processes more readily associated with service centers or manufacturing than steel mills, but Steel of West Virginia’s mini-mill has invested in all of them. Nat Rudarakanchana visited to discuss value-added strategy at the SDI group mill

SERVICE CENTERS

  • Upbeat but stressed in the United States

    While a significant pick-up in steel and metals demand in the United States is welcomed by its service centers and is fueling an optimistic business outlook, challenges – such as those created by uncertainties about future government policy, balancing inventories and the strain that more shipments place on logistics – are tempering their positive mood, reports Myra Pinkham


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