Eco Update: China

A not so widely known fact is that China almost consumes as much coal as the rest of the world combined, where it accounts for 80% of the countries source for energy. This is an alarming trend considering that the burning of this fossil fuel is one of the most polluting ways to generate electricity. In an economy where manufacturing and industry is on the rise this further adds to our concern.

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However, this may soon be about to change! Given the high levels of pollution in the country, particularly in industrial cities and around Beijing (where often daily particulate matter in the air can cause respiratory problems for even the healthy) people are sick of this issue and the government is listening.  A number of measures have been announced that should help to curb this trend; firstly the country has introduced bans on the building of new coal fired power plants and place limits on total energy consumption. These legislative measures will be complemented with an emissions trading scheme, due to be implemented by 2016, bringing the country up to speed with the developed economies of Europe and New Zealand.

There are signs that this move is working too, with coal imports at their lowest since 2012 despite prices being at their lowest since the peak of early 2011. This is complemented by banning of extremely low quality coal imports, particularly varieties containing high levels of sulfur and ash whose burning produces the highest levels of pollutants.

Air Pollution In Beijing

As a responsible and socially aware Metal supplying and manufacturing company based in China (with global offices) with heavy involvement in the metals and mining industries,Shanghai Metal Corporation (SMC) is proud to report on this news and welcomes developments in this area as it will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the quality of life of many everyday Chinese.

To find out more about our range of metal products or to discuss customization and individual requirements please visit our website Here. For more updates on this and other exciting developments follow us on FacebookTwitter & Linkedin. Or by using your smart device, scan the QR code below!


Dominick F.//SMC Editor

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How To Make A Statement At Business Networking Events

It’s that season again. For young people, the recruitment season is about to begin. For professionals, the summer boasts numerous business conferences and events.  Of the hundreds of people you inevitably shake hands with at these events, you only ever remember a few – and only contact a fraction of those afterwards. So how can you become that fraction?


Most people will judge you within the first second of meeting you, and their opinion will most likely never change. Making a good first impression is incredibly important – because you only get one shot at it. Here are three ways you can make sure people’s first impression of you is a good one:

1) Ask a Better Opening Question:


I’m sure we have all heard this terribly original question, “What do you do?”

I know I have. Because it asks someone to define themselves (and their worth) by the work they do. Of course, you’ll need to find out this information in a business networking setting, but why not allow yourself to take a more scenic road? What might unfold if you asked this question instead:

“What’s giving you energy these days?”

People love this question. It allows flexibility in how they answer. Suddenly you’re no longer sizing them up for status or power; instead, you’re asking them what makes them feel alive. This is a great question to ask whether you’re talking to an intern or a bigshot CEO. You’re likely to be rewarded with deeper connection and rapport.

And yes, feel free to steal it!

2) Be Interested and Interesting:


We have all had the experience of meeting someone and knowing instantly that they were dragged here by a friend and are just waiting to get out the door and head home. Switch to “curious” rather than “how-soon-can-I-leave” or “I need everyone to notice me.” This can go a long way to make people feel at ease. It’s like turning on an inner smile; suddenly you become more of a potential friend and ally, and less of a threat.

3) Have a Good Business Card:


There’s no better way to make a bad impression than when exchanging business cards. Avoid the following: (a) not have a business card, or (b) have a cheap looking business card. Make sure what you choose says what you want it to say to the people you are meeting for the first time. 


Shanghai Metal manufactures Stainless Steel Business Cards, which could be a great way to make a striking first impression. In a world where impressions mean everything, these professional business cards can provide anyone with a unique and powerful tool to achieve this.

To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

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Modern Metal Revamps Ancient Weapons

Why You Should Thank Carbon Steel for Your Flavorsome Stir Fry

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Quiz – How Much Of Your High School Chemistry Do You Remember?

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Sources: Forbes, Get Storied

Siobhan R.// SMC Editor

Allow Your Business to Make A Statement

Stainless Steel Business Cards

Does your business card fully represent your brand image? With a stainless steel business card from SMC your customers & clients will 2 boysactually stop and absorb every aspect of the brilliant design and look of your business card.

In business we all know that there can not be a price placed on the importance of first impressions. So why not make a  lasting one by ordering  stainless steel cards by SMC you will not be disappointed.

Stainless Steel Membership Cards

Get ahead of competitors by attracting members with your stainless steel membership cards, it will add a little extra prestige and excellence to being apart of your club. You can also customize your card to your business, why not add a bottle opener for club cards!

You can even send in your own personal designs, or have SMC send you generic options, the choice is yours!

Visit this link to get started, Ordering is easy!–pds7194.html

For more information email us:

Jessica R // Editor SMC

Traditional Business Norm Still Powerful In Digital Age

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Social Media Era

In the era of social media and interconnectivity of people through smartphones, it is easy to think you are always connected or can easily reach others through the internet. However, a website address or a person’s LinkedIn account is easily lost in translation if a person does not have something tangible to remind them to reconnect after the meeting. Regardless of the all technology in everyday life, there is still a need for adding a personal touch, such as a business card, to your networking strategy.

In today’s day and age many professionals are bombarded with emails and many are left unread.  Business cards can be a creative and tangible reminder of the connection created.  So why not make your brand stand out with a premium stainless steel business card? When meeting in person, networking with business cards is an affordable approach to reconnecting in the future after your initial meeting.

A business card attracts attention and showcase personality.

The creative stainless steel design portrays more than just your contact details but also adds a persona to the company brand. With highly saturated markets that are hard to penetrate you must ensure that you stand out from your competitors. Don’t follow the crowd strive to be modern, sharp and elite.

The powerful team at Shanghai Metal Corporation has the technology and resources to help make this idea reality.  Act now and contact us for further information and start seeing the results.

Citation: Notes on Design . (2014). Sessions. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from Why Business Cards Still Matter in the Digital Age:

Ashley G. // Editor SMC

History of Business Cards

The practice of exchanging cards has a long and interesting history that can be traced back to the 15th Century. In today’s modern business environment, the action of giving business cards is a valued tradition and varies within each country and industry.

Experts have tracebusiness cards historyd the origin of business cards back to the 15th century in China where ‘visiting cards’ would be giving to show the intention of meeting with another individual. Much like today, these visiting cards were an essential tool of self-promotion and forging an introduction especially for the upper classes.

During the 17th century, the practice of exchanging cards grew strongly within Europe as footmen of the aristocracy or royalty would present these cards to the servants at the home of a host to announce the impending arrival of a distinguished guest. The giving and receiving of these cards was tangible evidence of meeting one’s social obligations.

The social etiquette in the 18th & 19th century, was if a gentleman was to visit a household they must give a ‘calling card’ to each lady on the initial visit. The servant of the house would greet the visitor and outreach a card tray for the visitor to place their card on and to wait outside whilst the card was examined and to decide their acceptance.

Later in the 17th century merchants within London began to use ‘trade cards’ which were vital promotion tools to inform customers of the business’s location and the services they provided. These cards would be handed out to the public in squares and marketplaces and were very serious as they were vital to the business operations.

During the Industrial Revolution the middle class experienced rising income growth and social formality lessened. A class of private entrepreneurs emerged within Europe and the United States that had a constant need to exchange contact information. As a result, they merged the idea of a visiting and trade card to produce the first variation of the modern business card which were handed out at presentations and exhibitions.  By the 1890s in the US, the uses of business cards became widespread and the cards achieved their current level of ubiquity by the early 20th century.

Today’s business cards come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, designs and materials. The standard plain card is a feature of the past where now a catchy detailed design and look is just as important as the contact information. The practice of handing out cards is widespread throughout the globe but the traditions and cultural values still vary from country to country. After four centuries of development and use, business cards purposes have evolved to the central means of exchange and respect between business partners. Important factors about the cards have remained the same as they are still an important means of introduction and the first impressions really do matter.


Here at SMC we have a wide range of new stylish Stainless Steel Business Cards available. If you would like to keep up with the evolution, then a Stainless Steel Business Card is the newest innovation that makes a strong and unforgettable impact.

For more information please visit our website at:–pds7194.html

If you would like to request a catalog you get in touch by the details below.


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 Sources: Design Float, Sage Media

Elle T. // SMC Editor 

Create a Lasting Impression for your Business

A business card provides essential information about an individual or company. A business card not only provides details but acts as a lasting impression of the individual or company because the card is the only thing that the client/customer has to remember the meeting by. This means having a well designed and professional business card is vitally important.

The most widely used type of business card is a paper card, these cards however present problems. The paper card is likely to be torn or ripped and can even smudge when they get wet. If these problems occur and the recipient can’t make out the contact information written on the card, then the card automatically loses its value and becomes worthless. Networking and growing business contacts is very important, so why risk it all in a flimsy card that is likely to be broken or even thrown away.

Why not invest in something meaningful and reliable to represent your business?

2 boysShanghai Metal Corporation (SMC) offers a range of stainless steel business cards, which enables those problems to be completely avoided. The stainless steel card allows you and your business to stand out from the rest and impress every person you hand it to, creating a lasting impression. Choose from a variety of different sleek designs and colours, which include unique shapes and professional finishes. Or create your own personal design.

Stainless steel business cards are the most professional business cards. They provide you and your business with a unique and powerful brand identity. In a world where impressions mean everything, these stainless steel business cards are the best choice.

bottle openerAs well as providing practicality and a lasting impression, the applications of the cost effective cards are limitless: Bottle Openers for club and bar owners, VIP Cards and Club Cards, Transportation, Entertainment, Parking, Schools, as well as Garment and Electronic Accessories. You could even add features relevant to your industry for example, a ruler to the side of the card for those in construction or architecture.

Our Metal Business Cards can be tailored and machined for your existing or new designs or logos. Additionally, SMC provides Design Consultation to help you do define a style that matches your business and your brand.

Still not convinced? SMC will happily send you out samples of the design so you can feel at ease with the purchase.

Once you notify us of your desired design choice, our machining process will be completed within a week. Then, we will package and ship your business cards and provide all relevant information for order and delivery tracking. It’s that simple!

Send us an inquiry, so we can answer any further questions you may have. Please remember to send your Business Name, Address, Phone Number, and E-mail Address, to make the inquiry process and quote as accurate as possible.

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Contact us:                                                                                                                      Email:                                                         Linked In:

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Jessica R // Editor SMC




SMC Stainless Steel Business Cards

SMC Stainless Steel Business Cards

Make Your Business Card

As Strong As Your Business!

Paper business cards are a typical part of our daily life both professionally and socially. Yet, for all their use, we all know the pains of flimsy, paper business cards. Whether they are smudged, wet, or broken, a paper business card easily loses its business value when the recipient can’t make out your name or contact information. Such a simple thing as a thin paper card could mean the difference between a multi-million dollar business deal and a forgotten face.

If networking and growing your business contacts is so important, why would you entrust this to a thin piece of paper?

Why not invest in something meaningful and reliable to represent your business? 

Stainless Steel Business Cards from Shanghai Metal Corporation (SMC) offer you the chance to make your business card as strong as your business! 

SMC offers Stainless Steel Business Cards with unique, custom metal material styling, a professional blend of creative design, ultra-fine etching and all at great pricing. Choose from a wide variety of valued and reliable metals including Stainless Steel and Copper, all in portable and sleek designs, vast colors, professional finishes and unique shapes. Not to mention the value to the environment as metal business cards are long-lasting, durable, and recyclable.

For businesses the applications of these cost-effective metal cards are limitless: Bottle Openers, VIP Cards, Club Cards, Transportation, Entertainment, Parking, School, as well as Garment and Electronic Accessories, Etc.

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Stainless Steel Business Cards can provide any business with that necessary edge to create a unique and powerful brand identity. In a world where first impressions mean everything, unique and durable Stainless Steel Business Cards make your business stand out against the competition and leave a lasting meaningful impression with each client every time!  Check Out Our Promotional Video: Click Here!
Details and Specifications

Our Stainless Steel Business Cards can be tailored and machined for your existing or new designs or logos. 

Additionally, SMC provides Design Consultation to help you do define a style that matches your business and your brand.

Please remember to send us the following information with your inquiry: Business Name, Address, Phone Number, and E-mail Address.

Selection and Delivery
Typically, after we have narrowed down three unique designs for your business card, we will send you samples of all three for you to choose from. 

Once you notify us of your desired design choice, our machining process will be completed within a week. Then, we will package and ship your business cards and provide information for order and delivery tracking.

Learn more information and get the price list CLICK HERE! Learn more information about the designs or send you own designs CLICK HERE! Learn more information about SMC Group CLICK HERE!   Fill Out the Form Below:  Get Your Stainless Steel Business Card Today!!