Steel: A Key Driver of The World’s Economy

As the world economy is constantly evolving, our demand for material goods increases along the way.  Steel, the recycled material is one of the top products in the manufacturing sector of the world.  It is a leading supplier in industries such as automotive, construction, transport, power and machine goods.

Steel ElevatorThe steel industry is a booming industry due to the increasing demand of development projects around the world.  The increasing need of steel in developing countries for its infrastructural projects and real estate projects has pushed the companies in this industry near their operative capacity, thus creating strong financial condition in the last decade.

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The main demand of steel industries comes from the construction industry.  With developmental works on the rise in both developed and developing countries, the rise of housing and construction sector is the largest consumer of steel today, using around 50% of world steel production.  Steel Inside

The automotive industry is quickly rising as a potential demand for steel industries because the use of steel in vehicles cause the weight of the same to lesson by almost twenty five percent of the material.  On the technological front, steel is making a rapid improvement with the implementation of cutting-edge technologies.  As we see economies grow around the world, we also see that steel is a key driver of the world’s economy.  Click here to visit Shanghai Metal Corporation’s website.

Steel industry in the global market:

  • Asian countries have dominated the production of steel in the last twenty years.
  • India is also among the one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has been considered to be a potential global steel hub.
  • India, Brazil, South Korea, and Turkey are poised for future production growth and all have entered the top ten producers list in the past 40 years.

 

 

 

Stainless Steel Monument Honors Heroes

From travel enthusiasts to art critics to history buffs, one can appreciate the new stainless steel sculpture created by the artist, Anilore Banon.

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Photo of French Sculptor Anilore Banon

Anilore Banon created a nine meter tall Stainless Steel Monument that was appropriately named “Les Braves.” If you want to see it for yourself, feel free to visit the Omaha Beach in Normandy.

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“Les Braves” consist of three elements: The Wings of Hope,  Rise of Freedom, and The Wings of Fraternity. This Stainless Steel sculpture is created to celebrate and honor the Americans who helped liberate France in a battle that started with D-day on June 6, 1944.

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Anilore Banon’s “Les Braves” was placed where the original monument was located years ago. We thank the French government for commissioning this monument and sharing this magnificent Stainless Steel artwork with the rest of the world.

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You can find more information about “Les Braves” HERE.

To learn more about Shanghai Metal Corporation, CLICK HERE.

To read about Stainless Steel tweets by SMC, CLICK HERE.

Not Just Hollow Cylinders

In the Steel manufacturing industry one often hears terms such as steel pipes or steel tubing.  Most people would just think, they are just hollow cylinders, but what they don’t know is that there are a couple differences between a steel pipe and steel tube.

For instance, a pipe is a vessel and a tube is structural.  The pipe is measured by ID and a tube is measured by OD.  Tubing is more used in structures so the OD is the important number.  The strength of a steel tube depends on the wall thickness.  Therefore, tubing is specified by the diameter and the wall thickness which is often specified as a gauge.  Steel tubes are used in structural applications and will most likely be seam welded.

Pipes are normally used to transport gases or fluids so it is important to know the capacity of the pipe.  The internal cross-sectional area (ID) is important because it measures the inside diameter of the pipe.  Since the outside diameter of a single nominal pipe size is kept constant, the inside diameter of a pipe will depend on the “schedule” or the thickness.  The actual thickness of a pipe varies with the size of the pipe.  The size usage of pipes apply to all plumbing, natural gas, heating oil, and other piping use in building construction.

So in the manufacturing industry, the tolerance of pipes are looser compared with tubes and they are often less expensive to produce. Tubes on the other hand have a higher tolerance,  therefore are often more expensive to produce than pipes.

Remember, a hollow cylinder has 3 important dimensions:

  • The outside diameter (OD)
  • The inside diamter (ID)
  • The wall thickness (WT)

Learn more about SMC’s pipes & tubes products, click here.

One Intern Can Make a Difference

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They say a company’s employees are its greatest asset.  It starts from the bottom of the organization all the way up to the CEO.  If employees feel they are on the outside looking in – so far outside that they refer to their company as “they” – then who’s to blame?  Managers and executives may be investing no effort in making employees feel like valued insiders.  Well, that is not the case at Shanghai Metal Corporation (SMC).  SMC believes in their own company’s success by providing the best and valuable experience to its employees.

Meet Kenn Crombé, a native Belgium born citizen who spent his spring term working at SMC for an international-trade internship.  Since the time Kenn has spent at SMC, he has reinforced the work culture and the relationships with his colleagues.  He allowed himself to connect and be open to everyone’s opinions and values, redefining the line between cultural differences.  He was the person that anyone could talk to and he made sure that cultural differences, such as language never hindered a conversation.  Even as a native Dutch and English speaker, he took the time to learn Mandarin and his effort justified his true value for the company’s internal relationships.

Kenn&Brian2Even at the internship level, Kenn valued his work and his interest in learning about shipping and housing containers.  Kenn would spend his mornings reading at least twenty articles a day about his product.  He valued his product so much that he created marketing campaigns that were not only visionary but personable.  He believed in customer satisfaction and that every customer was a priority, not just another number.  His efforts were nothing short of expectation.  He demonstrated great work ethic, enthusiasm, and the determination to gain more knowledge every day.

To show our appreciation for all of Kenn’s hard work, SMC planned a surprise going away party for the international intern.  Bryan Wang, the CEO of SMC made sure that everyone was in attendance at this special event.  Tables were set up flourished with goodies and drinks all over the room.  Kenn stopped by the office one last time but to his surprise, everyone was gathered together for one purpose – to celebrate a special person who brought a company together. HeyJudebryan&arthurHM

Among his peers, Kenn was still in shock of what was going on.  He was beyond speechless that he could not fully comprehend everyone’s effort to execute such an event.  His speech was short and sweet but made sure he thanked all his colleagues and a special thank you to Bryan.  A slideshow of his time at SMC was presented and everyone enjoyed the photos of the company trip to the Huangshan Mountains.  Karaoke was the biggest hit at the party and as the man of the hour, Kenn sang to “Hey Jude” with a few of his colleagues.  Everyone laughed, sang, and enjoyed each other’s company as it was a bitter sweet ending to an impeccable internship opportunity.

The simple truth is that in order to succeed, organizations must establish unyielding internal and external relationships.  The value of one intern can change the dynamic of a work culture.  The importance of having employees that matter is what makes or breaks a company.  SMC is very thankful to have had Kenn Crombé as part of our team.

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Slip-Resistant Solutions

Falling is no option.  Steel Chequered Plates, also known as Diamond plate is designed to resist skidding and slipping in any direction and makes possible safer and faster movement of people.  Also referred to as floor or tread plate, diamond plate is a type of lightweight material that is usually made of steel, stainless steel, or aluminum.  The name comes from the fact that a raised diamond pattern is present on the surface of the metal.

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A majority of diamond plates are created through a hot rolling process, where sheets of steel or aluminum are pressed through two rollers that compress the metal.  The added texture reduces the risk of slipping making diamond plate a solution for trench covers, platforms, stair landings, stair treads, walkways, and ramps.

Diamond plate is widely used in shipbuilding, automobile, tractor, rail car, and the building industry.    To learn more about SMC’s diamond plate products, click here.

  • Lightweight material
  • Slip Resistance
  • Used for traction
  • Regular Pattern: Diamond and 5 bars
  • T patterns on one side and a featureless reverse side

The Connecting Landmarks

Bridges have always played an important role in the human history. At the very beginning their function, and the only function, was to connect river shores or to create an easier path above a deep valley. Today their highly important functionality in the complex infrastructure of many cities and countries is undeniable. But the bridges took on another role – they became landmarks.

Majority of the bridges is constructed from steel which is a versatile material that extends the life duration and is very easy to form. Steel bridges can exist for decades with only regular maintenance to ensure their safety.  Steel also has been recognized as an economic option for a wide range of bridges. It dominates the market of long span bridges, railway bridges and highway structures. These constructions usually have very unique design and very quickly become landmarks that are very popular tourist attractions. As an example :

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Amsterdam Red Bridge

Steel bridges are taking the advantage of the latest advances of automated production and construction techniques that helps to find economic solutions, ensure safety demands, rapid construction, flexibility for future use, aesthetics and shallow construction.

Using steel as a construction material also brings environmental benefits

  •  Steel is easy to recycle  and re-use
  •  Minimum CO2  and energy burdens
  • Minimum waste
  • Lightweight construction

Jana K. // SMC Media Editor