Magazine Issue: July 2014


Cover Story

Peter Campo at the controls
The newly named president of Gerdau’s long steel division in North America joined the Tampa-based steelmaker a short six years ago armed with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, a resume replete with a fast-track career at GE’s Plastics division—and a tendency to chase challenges.

Market Spotlight

LOGISTICS

LOGISTICS

Columns

FULL OF SCRAP

THE METRICS SYSTEM

PARTING SHOTS

From the Editor

AMM COMMENT

  • Steel’s success, strategies hurt by global challenges

    While it is true that steel production is outpacing pre-recession levels on a global level, domestic output is still lagging far behind levels reached in summer 2008. And while U.S. capacity utilization rates continue to hover around mid-70-percent, imported steel continues to grab significant market share within the American economy.

Features

CENTER PIECE

END-USER SPOTLIGHT

MANAGEMENT CORNER

SPECIAL SECTION: TECHNOLOGY/IT

  • On the edge

    There is an increasing understanding among steelmakers of how important it is to know and measure what is going on in their organizations—and how information technology solutions can give them a more comprehensive look at their enterprises.

SPECIAL SECTION: TECHNOLOGY/IT

  • Strong chemistry

    Several companies see big business in nanocrystalline steel applications as the automotive, aerospace and even construction sectors herald commercial growth for an emerging technology that is moving into production as quickly as companies can secure qualification.

A MATTER OF POLICY

  • Public speaking

    Governments can have a powerful impact on the steel industry, and some company executives are concerned about whether that influence will be positive or negative for their operations, markets and the overall economy as they seek ways to sway policy decisions.

World Leaders?

  • Global Warning

    Steel worldwide faces economic opportunities in emerging markets but also must confront numerous challenges, including the growing problems of overcapacity, environmental concerns and competition from lightweight metals, composites and new-generation plastics.

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