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Magazine Issue: November/December 2014


Cover Story

Rollin’ on the River
Never at a loss for outsized ideas, John Correnti is banking on a best-of-both-worlds ‘flex’mill, more than four decades of mill-building experience and the length and logistical reach of the Mississippi River to transform 1,400 acres in Northeast Arkansas into steel’s next big breakthrough.

Market Spotlight

MARKET SPOTLIGHT: ENERGY

MARKET SPOTLIGHT: ENERGY

MARKET SPOTLIGHT: ENERGY

Columns

PARTING SHOTS

FULL OF SCRAP

THE METRICS SYSTEM

THE MONTH IN METALS

  • Concerns emerge over future of Chrysler’s Ohio plant

    Officials in Ohio and at Chrysler Group LLC are examining possibilities for the automaker’s North assembly plant in Toledo after an October announcement suggested that the facility might not produce next-generation Jeep Wranglers.

From the Editor

COMMENT

  • When it comes to growth in metals, IT is what it is

    Make no mistake, technology is the secret—and often not-so-secret—weapon in the arsenal of every metals company. Employing the latest technology is woven into the very fiber of the metals industry.

Features

RESEARCH PROJECT

  • Forward progress

    Not only are metal companies investing more in research and development than they did a decade or so ago, but more are coming together globally in their efforts to stay ahead of competing materials.

HEADS IN THE CLOUDS

  • A BRIGHT cloudy outlook

    Cloud options accelerate computer adoption in metals as a convergence of developments start to align in a sector that has been slow to embrace high-level systems in the past but appears prepared to move forward with what is being seen as a cost-savings measure.

CASTING CALL

  • Breaking the mold

    Breakthrough steel furnace technologies like hydrogen flash smelting, the paired straight hearth furnace, molten oxide electrolysis and Siemens VAI Metal Technologies’ Simetal Quantum electric-arc furnace technology are moving from the laboratory to production.

CENTER PIECE

  • OCTG demand, prices still uncertain for distributors

    Despite higher prices for oil country tubular goods (OCTG) in the second half of 2014—and favorable trade rulings that could make U.S. products more desirable and profitable—distributors are still somewhat wary of the long-term trends facing the tube and pipe market.

MANAGEMENT CORNER

  • Employee management a key challenge for executives

    Executives often consider employee management a top priority, but the ongoing uncertainty generated by a tough economy can create major changes in the workplace, which in turn can cause uncertainty among employees.

END-USER SPOTLIGHT

  • Heavy machinery makers are equipped for long haul

    The heavy equipment market is expected to remain relatively unchanged through year-end and into 2015, with the farm sector taking the lead and mining equipment demand holding back more gains, while the jury is still out on the construction and forestry sectors.

SPECIAL SECTION: SHALE GAS

  • Line kings

    The news has been mostly positive for the line pipe sector during much of 2014, but persistent domestic oversupply and concerns about import volumes are making market players a bit edgy as they look ahead to next year.

SPECIAL SECTION: SHALE GAS

  • Shale game

    Two announcements in August highlighted the ongoing potential benefits in steel demand in the energy sector and also reminded steel producers that they still face some challenges related to the shale gas sector.

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