The winners of the 2018 American Metal Market Awards for Steel Excellence are profiled in this issue of Metal Market Magazine. In no less than 15 different areas of activity along the full length of the steel supply chain from raw materials to finished products and their distribution companies that have excelled in their particular roles are described.
Since the awards were announced at a gala dinner in New York City at the end of June, the insights that each winner has given in interviews with Metal Market Magazine into the strategies they deployed to achieve success provide plenty of lessons in making progress.
At the hot end of the supply chain, refractory business HarbisonWalker International is being transformed under the leadership of Carol Jackson. The insights she gives about company strategy and her management of it in our cover profile interview give more inspiration for pathways to success.
This magazine issue also majors on US service centers ferrous and non-ferrous. It includes summary results of American Metal Markets survey of the sector, in which one veteran player suggests that being small, nimble and flexible or very large to benefit from economies of scale are the best approaches to thrive in todays markets.
A bullish business environment for steel and metals business in the United States, driven in part by the US imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports into the country, has encouraged many of the countrys service centers to invest in growth, but has also made them nervous about the uncertainties of further movement in US international trade policies.
All of the above is complemented by our usual regular world news review pages, base metals and steel market analysis by Metal Bulletin Research, updates on innovations and metal end-uses and, as a bonus, our latest list of new orders placed for plant and equipment globally.