• Whitepaper Explore your Options for Mitigating Trade Credit Risk

    With the uncertain global economic climate and customer defaults looming as an ever-present threat, strategic credit management is more important than ever for the success of businesses in the metals industry. Self-insurance, letters of credit, and credit insurance are all commonly used methods to mitigate trade credit risk, each of which can be valuable in certain circumstances. Financial executives should weigh the costs and benefits of these options carefully to determine the best fit for their company. This white paper: A Guide to Credit Insurance evaluates the pros and cons of each solution and helps you determine which one is the best fit for your business.

  • Whitepaper Global Shop Solutions ERP Microsite Whitepapers

    Did you know by implementing ERP software applications there will be a year after year 400-500% ROI on the purchase of the software? ERP software can deliver significant benefits for the manufacturing industry through a combination of applications that will meet the needs of your organization such as: Lower setup costs, reduced cycle times, increased on-time delivery, improved productivity, better customer service, accurate inventory tracking and reduction in administrative overhead.

  • Whitepaper Operational Intelligence Helps Alcoa Generate Business Value from Big Data

    Today’s global aluminum industry is very competitive; industry participants need a competitive edge and, ideally, a unique niche to remain in business. Geff Wood, Director, GPP (Global Primary Products) IPS Automation Center of Excellence (CoE) Smelting/Casting at Alcoa, explained how his company is using OSIsoft’s technology to improve operational intelligence and reduce process variability. Alcoa’s “SMART manufacturing” initiative employs a connected infrastructure to connect disparate and/or siloed data sources. In this manner, the company can provide operations and management personnel with the actionable, in-context intelligence needed to make better decisions relative to the company’s extensive smelting operations.

  • Whitepaper Seven Ways Metals, Mining, & Materials Companies Turn Data into a Sustainable, Competitive Advantage

    This guide focuses on streamlining the flow of information within Metals, Mining & Materials (MMM) companies To transform your organization into a more agile, innovative, resilient and sustainable enterprise, effectively managing the flow of information is a necessary platform for success. This guide will address these questions: • How can you uncover hidden information in your data that you have yet to unlock? • How can your organization reach fuller rewards from optimization, quality or performance initiatives? • What are examples of goals that can be achieved by architecting a better flow of information?

  • Whitepaper An Enterprise Resource Planning Solution for Mill Products companies: Driving Operational Excellence and Profitable Growth

    A comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can replace multiple IT systems, unify processes and data, and improve efficiency. It provides powerful and flexible functionality tailored to the needs – and budgets – of companies across the metals industries. You gain strategic insight to drive operational excellence and profitable growth and build the foundation for successfully executing business strategies. Read this white paper to find out more and more metals companies are replacing patchwork systems with a single, comprehensive ERP solution to enable and improve enterprise processes, satisfy customer and supplier needs, and streamline mergers and acquisitions.

  • Whitepaper Leveraging ERP to Drive Operating Performance for Metals Producers and Service Centers

    The metals industry is a cyclical business that rides the ebb-and-flow of raw material pricing and mounting pressure from global competition. The homegrown legacy systems currently in place can’t keep pace with the changing market dynamics. But as metals producers turn to ERP vendors for help, there are industry-specific best practices to take into account. So as not to be ruled by software, the enterprise solution must adhere to the unique qualities of the industry—from order fulfillment to material tracking on the shop floor with level II integration to quality management through load planning and shipping. Only then will a metals producer have a chance at driving down operational costs in order to increase profitability.

  • Whitepaper China, Argentina set for new wave of shale drilling

    As the economic boost from shale drilling in the USA remains substantial, MBR’s Tube & Pipe group is now investigating the rise of shale drilling outside the USA. The growth in developing these unconventional deposits will lead to gains in seamless OCTG and linepipe demand over the coming years. Argentina’s Vaca Muerta shale remains one of the largest and most promising areas for development in Latin America as well as the world. Estimates of available reserves are 16-20bn barrels of oil and 580-800 tcf of natural gas. Meanwhile, both CNPC and Sinopec are hiking their investment in the development of China’s first major shale gas field, Fuling, in south-western China. The field is estimated to have reserves of 2.1tcm of gas at spot depths of around 3,500-4,000m.

  • Whitepaper Higher nickel prices are here to stay

    Nickel prices have risen by more than 40% so far this year to just over $19,000/tonne following the Indonesian ban on the export of nickel ores. Although prices have stabilized as of late, however, there are reasons to believe that existing prices merely represent the price floor for the industry over the coming years and that further price increases are likely later this year and into 2015.

  • Whitepaper Use of LNG-Powered Vehicles for Industrial Freight: Carrier survey results show high interest, but slow adoption

    Within the heavy industrial sector, trucking has unique characteristics that challenge LNG adoption. To determine the potential of LNG vehicle use for industrial freight, PLS Logistics surveyed senior executives at 100 industrial freight carriers in the first quarter of 2012. Most carriers surveyed had a fleet size over 50 power units. This paper summarizes the results of that survey.

  • Whitepaper Freight Transportation in the Oil & Gas Industry: Five Mistakes that Cripple Profitability (and how to correct them)

    The increase in shale gas extraction projects is triggering spectacular growth in North American drilling projects. But with this growth comes transportation challenges, as suppliers of pipe, chemicals, drilling equipment, and other materials must get products to andfrom an expanding number of energy sites, many in remote locations. The good news is there are steps you can take now to significantly reduce your current spend on upstream and midstream freight moves.

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