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Magazine Issue: 05-May-2012


Cover Story


Aluminum shipments rise, risk management becomes vital
Aluminum buyers drive supply chain and risk management, while mills handle the logistics and customers pay the freight.  Yet as supply chain management improves, risk management is the beneficiary, with better data and more advanced systems available.

Market Spotlight

  • Capacity increases to boost titanium marketshare

    Titanium Metals Corp. (Timet) has commissioned a plasma cold-hearth melt furnace at its Morgantown, Pa., operations as it aims to boost its role in the aerospace market with new melting capacity, while also installing new titanium powder capabilities.

  • Global titanium shipments to rise, but at slower pace: Timet

    Global shipments of titanium mill products, spurred by both commercial aerospace and industrial demand, will rise 7 to 10 percent this year after jumping more than 24 percent in 2011, Titanium Metals Corp. (Timet) forecast in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Columns

Global warming claims politicizing the energy debate

Auto recyclers push to retain home-state shredder feed

From the Editor

  • Steel Industry should be embracing IT advances

    This month’s issue offers a story on controlling risk in the aluminum sector. The use of information technology (IT) for budgeting, forecasting and other financial-related aspects of running a metals business are an important part of that approach. Aluminum firms are to be commended for their foresight here.

  • AMM Comment: Steel industry should be embracing IT advances

    This month’s issue offers a story on controlling risk in the aluminum sector. The use of information technology (IT) for budgeting, forecasting and other financial-related aspects of running a metals business are an important part of that approach. Aluminum firms are to be commended for their foresight here.

Features

  • Service centers see strong demand in aluminum, steel

    U.S. and Canadian service centers are experiencing strong demand, just as they had predicted. Healthy demand from customers pushed aluminum product shipments up in March, the most recent figures available, but optimism also was displayed heading into April.

  • ISSF celebrates 100 years of Stainless Steel

    The International Stainless Steel Forum is beginning the celebration of stainless steel’s centenary this year by retracing its history and highlighting its major markets and applications, its raw materials, its ability to be recycled and other advantages.

  • Stainless market loses confidence as volatility remains

    Although 2012 started strong, the stainless sector is still worried that volatility will be the watchword this year.  Further complicating matters for domestic producers is the fact that imports remain a relatively major concern because of cheaper foreign production.

  • Over down under? Australia's aluminum dilemma

    Australia was once one of the biggest aluminum producers in the world, but that has changed as large companies have decided to rethink their strategies, which may lead to the end of the nation’s role as an important international player in the production arena.

  • Dubal, GE Energy team up to improve energy efficiency

    Aluminum producer Dubal worked with GE Energy in an effort to reduce its electricity costs and nitrogen oxide emissions.  An energy-reduction initiative focused primarily on its fleet of gas turbines has already saved enough to fully recover the cost of its service agreement.

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