• Steel’s health challenged, importance is stressed Sep 30, 2015

    Ever since the beginning of the depths of the Great Recession, metals sector executives, employees and investors have been pulling hard to keep business strong, improve productivity and make the right moves to position their companies to become more competitive.

  • The power play that is behind the Clean Power Plan Sep 30, 2015

    The Clean Power Plan (CPP), and all 1,560 pages of its guidelines and timelines, was officially signed and released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Obama Administration in August.

  • Oil prices continue to create headaches for metals Sep 30, 2015

    It’s been a rough year for steel tube and pipe producers, and it’s really gone from bad to worse since we first looked at this issue six months ago. The economic factor dominating the discussion in metals sectors during the past year has been the price of oil. After reaching its 2014 average monthly high of $112 last June, the price for Brent Crude oil has fallen steadily through the end of last year and into much of 2015 so far.

  • Reviewing tax issues, technology can help bottom lines Sep 30, 2015

    Metals businees financial executives, tax analysts and consultants say the industry is similar to other manufacturing sectors in that individual companies have different financial structures and as such do not necessarily prioritize certain tax deductions or credits in the same way.

  • Pitch meeting: Aerospace expected to remain strong Sep 30, 2015

    Orders for new commercial planes and backlogs for airliners and engines are providing a “momentum lift” to aerospace metals, according to some industry analysts. Due to this, the aerospace market is expected to remain solid for the rest of 2015 and into next year as the commercial aviation industry continues

  • Changes still needed to meeting shipping needs Sep 30, 2015

    A combination of innovation in logistics and investments in transpotation are needed to overcome many of the hurdles to supply chains that concern the metals sectors, according to analysts and industry leaders.