• AK is building a world-class research, innovation center May 06, 2015

    A measure of the importance domestic steelmakers place on the role that technology will play in the steel industry of the twenty-first century is AK Steel’s recent announcement that it plans to build a new, world-class research and innovation center in Middletown, Ohio.

  • Are steel, import and raw materials prices still linked? May 06, 2015

    Last spring I took a look at what factors might most be having an impact on the direction of steel prices. The conclusion was that steel imports and raw material costs produced the most correlation. A year later, is this still the case?

  • Conferences highlight energy troubles, opportunities May 06, 2015

    Two major steel tube and pipe industry-related trade events—one held in March, the other set for early May—highlight issues facing steelmakers challenged by recent drops in demand, energy prices and the threat from global capacity and also the opportunities presented by the emergence of new technologies.

  • Despite rough start, year looks good for metal's health May 06, 2015

    As the second quarter of 2015 seeks equilibrium following a volatile start to the year, aluminum producers are concentrating on pricing and supply. Still, at least judging by the most recent reporting, aluminum producers are in good shape.

  • Dipping a toe in robotics by dipping probes in steel May 06, 2015

    Injury accidents in steelmaking are not just tragedies, they are object lessons in engineering and physics. Assuming that no one designs a process with the intention of making it hazardous for workers, one key early focus of robotics development by Siemens was driven by finding where humans were most at risk and replacing those functions, if possible – rather than simply starting from the existing performance envelope of robotics technology and seeing where it could be applied to steelmaking.

  • Imports are potential stumbling block to rosier outlook May 06, 2015

    Citing “downside risk to domestic pricing from imports,” a major industry analyst recently downgraded its earnings outlook for several aluminum producers, including Alcoa Inc., Pittsburgh; Century Aluminum Co., Chicago; and Noranda Aluminum Holdings Corp., Franklin, Tenn.

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