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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. Linfeng/EPA

Whether China is dumping steel in Australia under the ‘market economy’ label is very subjective

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. John D. Morris

How building design changed after 9/11

Tragedies involving building collapses prompt structural engineers to figure out what happened, and how to prevent it from recurring.
Airlines have saved energy by changing flight routes and modifying wings for better fuel use. Plane image from

Reducing energy use is a big winner for business and the climate

Companies could improve their profits 2-10% each year by saving energy, according to a world-first attempt to assess energy performance.
Whyalla Steelworks, where workers might lose their jobs as operator Arrium goes into voluntary administration. Wayne Thomas/Flickr

A grim future for Arrium, Ford and Queensland Nickel workers?

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.
Steel: red hot and dirty. John Giles/PA

Using iron to clean steelmaking, a very dirty business

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.

Glimmers of hope in the steel industry’s darkest hour

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. AAP

Treasure your metal: why we need to respect embedded energy

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. AAP

Why Australia must forge a future in China’s Age of Steel

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…

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