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Magazine Issue: November/December 2016


Cover Story

‘We can. We will.’
And they are. Just shy of a year since Roger Newport took the reins of AK Steel, the Ohio steelmaker notched its highest level of quarterly income since the third quarter of 2008.

Columns

THE MONTH IN METALS

MARKET SPOTLIGHT: ALUMINUM

MARKET SPOTLIGHT: ALUMINUM

MARKET SPOTLIGHT: ALUMINUM

END-USER SPOTLIGHT: AUTOMOTIVE

END-USER SPOTLIGHT: AUTOMOTIVE

END-USER SPOTLIGHT: AUTOMOTIVE

MANAGEMENT CORNER

INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT

SPECIAL SECTION: LOGISTICS

  • Water world

    North American waterways are critical for metals movement, and key ports are providing support and opportunities for shippers as logistics providers continue to offer innovative ways to efficiently and affordably move steel, aluminum, raw materials and other metals across the globe and the U.S.

PARTING SHOTS

THE METRICS SYSTEM

From the Editor

FROM THE EDITOR

Features

SPECIAL SECTION: LOGISTICS

  • Line items

    This decades quick ramp-up of oil extraction through hydraulic fracturing offered the rail industry a timely opportunity to service the fledgling oil fields, but steel and transportation industry observers expect the pipeline industry to be better positioned by the time prices and local production rebound.

OTHER DIMENSIONS

  • Depth perception

    Alcoa has been using 3-D printing technology for over 20 years, for the purpose of creating polymer molds and prototypes to dramatically reduce the product development cycle, and now the newly formed Arconic Inc. will push forward with a new 3-D printing endeavor to serve key market areas.

COMMAND AND CONTROL

  • The right track

    Gains in inventory management are accelerating as tracking and tracing drives supply-chain efficiency and profitability. The progress of inventory management is more upstream in mining and downstream in fabrication and distribution than in primary metal making.

OPINION PIECE

  • The IT factor

    The importance of Information Technology to metals companies is rising and will continue to increase, with approximately 75 percent of the respondents to a recent AMM/Crowe Horwath survey saying they believe new technology was either important or very important.


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