Awaiting a more useful life?
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The world's landfills are growing, which has prompted the search for new industrial processes that can use everyday waste items in some surprising ways.
Australia should be careful in accusing China of dumping steel into the local market, as the definitions of dumping and the tariffs on this practise have changed to suit governments in the past.
Governments have been known to change the definition of anti-dumping tariffs to suit their needs, so accusations of steel dumping from China are still quite subjective.
The new One World Trade Center building, made with high-performance concrete.
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Tragedies involving building collapses prompt structural engineers to figure out what happened, and how to prevent it from recurring.
Bailout proposals are a pale facsimile for proper industry policy.
The mantra of propping up manufacturing to save jobs is no substitute for a property industry policy focused on growth.
Airlines have saved energy by changing flight routes and modifying wings for better fuel use.
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Companies could improve their profits 2-10% each year by saving energy, according to a world-first attempt to assess energy performance.
The future owners of Port Talbot?
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John Lewis shows how co-ops can be an exemplar of good business – both financially and for their customers and employees.
The Tata steel plant at Port Talbot.
The UK government is considering taking a stake in a dying asset when it could have helped build a balanced economy much earlier.
Staring into the abyss.
The US has already tried to save a steel industry, and its undercooked response holds some valuable lessons.
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The industry itself is a big polluter, but lots of environmentally important technologies depend on steel.
Steel workers wait as the future of Arrium hangs in the balance.
Any job losses from Arrium's Whyalla Steelworks would be another blow to the manufacturing sector and South Australia's economy.
Steelmaking businesses need to refocus from commodities to technology and innovation in order to remain viable.
Steelmakers like Arrium need to move away from commodities and invest in steel products in growth industries.
Whyalla Steelworks, where workers might lose their jobs as operator Arrium goes into voluntary administration.
The outlook is not good for those who may lose their jobs as a result of mining company Arrium going into voluntary administration, according to the latest OECD report.
Tata Steel’s plant in Port Talbot, South Wales.
For a multinational corporation, Tata Steel is surprisingly focused on helping the little guy
Why the British steel crisis needs strategic government intervention to give the industry a chance of survival.
Managing the decline of the steel industry is no easy task. So what are the options?
Spark of life? The global steel market has no thought for the UK industry.
It should be no surprise that a once great industry has lost its edge – the shine dullened a while ago.
Steel: red hot and dirty.
Iron and steel are components of an almost limitless number of infrastructure and consumer goods. From forks to tanks, syringes to satellites, cars to computers, from buildings to the power stations that…
The closure of BlueScope’s no 6 Blast Furnace at Port Kembla was an acknowledgement that Australia simply cannot compete with our cheaper Asian rivals.
The $1 billion dollar annual loss announced by BlueScope Steel confirmed what is common knowledge: the Australian steel industry is in crisis and fighting for survival. The latest statistics show that…
We need a more intelligent discussion about how to use our finite carbon, and it needs to be about metal.
The recent furore about the carbon tax in this country has not been a celebration of enlightened debate. I think much of the debate misses a vital aspect of carbon use, namely, that using carbon to make…
China will dominate global steel production, but Australia can have a future in high value steel making - if we don’t lose our nerve.
Recently, I met a friend at a conference in Japan. My friend is a specialist in steelmaking technology and, after a long successful career in Japan, had taken up a position in a Chinese Steel company called…