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Magazine Issue: May 2016


Cover Story

Driver’s seat
Among other sectors Novelis successfully serves, the aluminum giant helps automakers lighten their load, as CEO Steve Fisher sees an opportunity to bring the aluminum maker up to full capacity and serve its customers in ways that it envisaged from the center of its very beginnings.

Columns

MARKET SPOTLIGHT

MARKET SPOTLIGHT

MARKET SPOTLIGHT

INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT

END-USER SPOTLIGHT

PARTING SHOTS

PARTING SHOTS

  • The latest rankings of steelmakers and natural resource companies

    These tables present steel and natural resource companies’ earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda)/ sales ratios. Some companies improved their results in the fourth quarter of 2015 vs. the third quarter and earlier last year.

From the Editor

COMMENT

  • Urge to standstill needs to be resisted, even now

    All along the supply chain for nearly two years, pain has been a common experience for many of those involved in metals. But even during what have been tough times recently, another important factor also has been shared—innovation.

Features

THE METRICS SYSTEM

SPECIAL SECTION: ALUMINUM

  • Aluminum expands

    Advances in aluminum production, design, technology, metallurgy, equipment and product applications are being pursued by a number of aluminum companies and associations as metals producers continue to fight to become the reigning product of choice for the future.

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALIST

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALIST

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

2016 FINALISTS

SCAN PLAN

  • Track meet

    Laser tracking technology helps metals processors achieve unprecedented quality and consistency goals, a vital set of functions that steelmakers and metalcasting companies need to track critical wear and correct any potential problems before final inspection of their end product.

AUTOMATION NATION

  • Sense and sensor ability

    Process automation is becoming more important for the steel industry, as many varieties of inline sensors are starting to allow for real-time information and, in some cases, automatic regulation based upon an individual steelmaker’s critical manufacturing parameters.

NUMBERS CRUNCH

  • Data drive

    Big Data is still mostly just a big idea for primary metals; predictive maintenance is common, even if true data-driven manufacturing has not yet realized its full potential as top process control and enterprise management providers are working closely with a few metals plants to move ahead.


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