Category Archives: Metals and Materials

Raw materials commonly used in metal stamping.

U.S. Steel Canada files for creditor protection

The former Stelco, now a division of U.S. Steel, is in trouble. Creditor protection is the “only option”. This, on the same day as another article proclaims “Canada’s manufacturing sector posted record sales for July and topped expectations as it … Continue reading

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Metaklett, A Steely Hook And Loop Fastener

From Science Daily:Hook and loop fasteners have become commonplace features of both industry and households. However, they have one snag: they are too weak for many applications. Hook and loop fasteners made of spring steel have now been developed at … Continue reading

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Steel Companies trying to raise steel prices

I was surprised to find this in my inbox today. Raising prices in this economy? Whatever are the steel mills thinking? A very slow, very tentative recovery just might be leaving the train station in the next 3 months. Let’s … Continue reading

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Canada lobbies Congress over Buy America

From the Hamilton Spectator (as a steel town newspaper, hardly a bystander in this arena), dated June 9th, 2009 Canada is launching a full court press in the U.S. Congress today against the Buy American provisions in the federal stimulus … Continue reading

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USWA leader hurting Canadians

Keeping the issue of U.S. Steel alive, the Hamilton Spectator published this letter to the editor today. An interesting aspect of the problem I hadn’t considered before. U.S. Steel bought Stelco and made record profits last year. Then the Americans … Continue reading

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U.S. Steel, feds still at odds

I’d let this issue slip to the back of my mind, but re-reading a fellow steel bloggers recent postings brought it back to mind. It seems the national media have forgotten about this story, but in Hamilton it’s still in … Continue reading

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Canada warns U.S. Steel about temporary shutdown

When US Steel announced that the former Stelco plant in Hamilton would be shut down “temporarily”, a lot of people were upset and called for action. This seems to be the first step in the action. From the Canadian Press, … Continue reading

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Raw Material Pricing – Party like it’s 1999

Remember that old Prince hit?I was dreamin’ when I wrote thisForgive me if it goes astrayBut when I woke up this mornin’Coulda sworn it was judgment day As I was doing the research for this article, that tune kept going … Continue reading

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Copper Leads Decline in Metals in London on Outlook for Demand

And yet, Copper is still multiples of it’s price a mere 5 years ago. Bloomberg.comCopper fell in London, heading for the biggest quarterly decline in more than two decades, on concern that worsening financial turmoil will slow global growth and … Continue reading

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Copper Drops to One-Week Low in New York as Bailout Plan Stalls

Of course, a one week low when it’s already too high is of more interest to speculators than manufacturers, but it is interesting to see how these things are all intertwingled. Bloomberg.comCopper fell to a one-week low after the U.S. … Continue reading

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