Innovation is a recurring theme in this super-size issue of Metal Market Magazine. It includes many examples of innovative thinking in a section devoted to summaries of finalists entries for the American Metal Market Awards for Steel Excellence 2018.
From raw materials and scrap supply, through melting, casting and rolling, and processing lines, to distribution of finished products by service centers and logistics providers, many of the latest technologies and steel business strategies are described. Closely allied services for the steel industry, such as IT, legal and financial, also demonstrate the value of engaging providers with an established, detailed knowledge of the steel sector and a long-term commitment to serving its particular needs.
The non-ferrous world has equally innovative thinkers in its businesses. Our cover profile of Óscar Landerretche outlines progress made during his period as chairman of major Chilean copper producer Codelco. He also describes key points along the, sometimes challenging, path that he followed to take up that role.
Recent times have seen volatile movements for the global aluminium markets, as traders and producers ponder and react to US tariffs on aluminium imports and the impact of sanctions affecting metal from Russias UC Rusal. New developments have emerged daily, so our US-based primary aluminium reporter gives a useful summary of the story so far.
Looking at longer term prospects for aluminium demand and production in India, our regular Kolkata-based correspondent describes the strategic thinking of the countrys big producers, for which the supplies of bauxite and other materials needed for the primary aluminium supply chain are one of several major factors to loom large.
This month sees the holding of LME Asia Week, at a time of continuing progress for the London Metal Exchange as the fruits of its strategic pathway consultation continue to form and ripen. Our global non-ferrous team of reporters provides updates on initiatives being implemented by the LME as well as other major exchanges active in providing contracts and venues for trading in Asia, including CME, SGX, SHFE, CSSE, DCE and ZCE.
This cornucopia of coverage of both steel and non-ferrous trade and production is complemented by our regular news review pages, market analysis by Metal Bulletin Research and last, but not least, our pages providing short summaries of recent innovations in the production, processing and products made from steel and metals.