Industry Market Trends

World Crude Steel Output Up Even as U.S. and China Fall

October 23, 2013

Despite declines in the U.S., China, and Germany, crude steel production rose 1.6 percent worldwide from August to September, from 130.35 million metric tons to 132.5 million metric tons, according to the World Steel Association (WSA). The latest figures are 6.1 percent greater than output for September 2012, bringing the year-to-date total to 1.186 billion metric tons.  Read More

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Rockwell Automation Gives Young Innovators Chance to Show Their Skills

October 23, 2013

Celebrating the 110th anniversary of its Allen-Bradley division, Rockwell Automation announced a competition giving young people an opportunity to win prizes while displaying their innovative ideas and talents in a short video. Read More

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Women in Manufacturing Summit Podcast: Sherry Welsh, Blue Sky Transformations

October 23, 2013

At the Women in Manufacturing Summit in Dearborn, Mich. Sherry Welsh, leadership business coach and the founder of Blue Sky Transformations, gave ThomasNet News an exclusive interview about exercises for women to help them interact with others in the workplace. Read More

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Women in Manufacturing Summit Podcast: Lori and Traci Tapani, Wyoming Machine

October 23, 2013

As co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, Lori and Traci Tapani have overcome various challenges in industry, especially as they rose in the ranks in a field dominated by men. In an exclusive interview at the Women in Manufacturing Summit, which ends today, the sisters spoke about how women can create their own brand of leadership, and stressed how practicing authenticity leads to better business. Read More

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Demand for Copper Components in HVACR Applications Heat Up

October 23, 2013

Manufacturers of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) systems would do well to consider using more copper in their products. Once seen as more expensive than alternatives, copper, the HVACR industry is realizing, can be quite economical -- and has advantages other materials lack. Read More

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New Solvent May Help Make Carbon Capture Affordable

October 23, 2013

Two of the many challenges involved in the carbon capture process are the amount of energy used and the huge costs associated with the technology. There hasn't been a "secret formula" discovered as to how to eliminate the expense and the energy costs of carbon capture, which most scientists agree is hugely important to America' energy and air quality future. But a new partnership linking a small company out of Colorado called ION Engineering, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE), the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), and the University of North Dakota's Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) may be on the verge of finding a solution. Read More