• Automotive speeds up Dec 22, 2016

    Growth in Mexican automaking draws steel imports and production as ambitious plans in the country may clash with imports from U.S. and Asia, all while car producers must analyze variables from fuel economy to safety standards to consumer tastes in size and function.

  • Southernexposure Dec 22, 2016

    The debate over Nafta, which created a large marketplace in North America, has raged among economists and politicians since before its 1994 approval, but overall it has been a relatively beneficial relationship for the steel trade between the U.S. and Mexico, many involved in the industry say.

  • Line items Nov 16, 2016

    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.

  • Depth perception Nov 15, 2016

    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.

  • The right track Nov 15, 2016

    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.

  • The IT factor Nov 15, 2016

    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.

  • Part of the process Sep 26, 2016

    As automakers and their parts suppliers increasingly look to concentrate on their core competencies and to outsource other services, opportunities have been created for those service centers and toll processors that offer steel, aluminum, stainless and other metals.

  • Scrapyards’ lament: Mills can be penny wise, pound foolish Sep 26, 2016

    As was detailed in the recent feature on scrap sorting and processing (AMM September, p, [][]), steel mills are complaining to their suppliers of ferrous scrap that residual content has risen to unacceptable levels.

  • Shale has changed the energy equation permanently Sep 26, 2016

    Even though three quarters of the finished price of DRI is ore, the price of natural gas looms larger than its base percentage in the cost balance for DRI.

  • Building up Sep 26, 2016

    Engineers and metallurgists all say that there is not much new in direct-reduced iron (DRI) technology, nor is there likely to be, yet despite this problem of industry maturity, the technology involved is still experiencing innovations in the production and output of firms.