Among major steel producers, India is growing the fastest

The month of August saw India making the fastest levels of growth, among the world’s major steel producers. As a country, India produced 8.4 million tonnes of crude steel, an impressive 9.4% growth from the same period last year; the growth is even more impressive when you consider that global increase was just 1.9%. 

China, who are by far and away the world’s largest producer of steel saw a steady growth of 3% from the corresponding period last year, 68.6 million tonnes of Steel was produced. In comparison, Japan, the world’s second largest producer of steel had an output of 8.9 MT, which was an increase of 1.5%. Among the other big name producers of Steel, the US produced 6.7 MT, Russia 5.9 MT and South Korea 5.8 MT. 

Outside of the top 6 but still within big producers, Turkey made the most significant growth in August with a 12.9% increase, seeing them produce 12.9 Million tonnes. 
Currently the third largest steel producer in the world, India’s production has been growing constantly since the beginning of the current year. During the first eight months of the present year, India’s production growth has been the highest at 5.6%.

Considering the small gap between Japan and India and the respective growth rates, it surely can’t too long till India find themselves as the 2nd largest producer of steel in the world. 

Rock Climbing on The Containers of Bangalore

After reading the many articles of applications of shipping containers, even I still get amazed on how many there already are and how many there are still to come. It seems that whenever they discover a new way to modify containers’ structure the number of new applications starts to grow rapidly.

For instance, what if you flipped a 20 ft container on its head, what kind of structure would that be? Perhaps a clock tower like this?

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Well, an Indian company Mars Adventures has used this simple approach to build a rock climbing facility in Bangalore.

50ft High Artificial Climbing Wall - Mars Climbing Gym at PLAY

At Mars Climbing Gym at Play park Bangalore there are three different climbing facilities including 50 ft high climbing zone, 60 ft wide bouldering arena and a 20 ft high roof climbing setup.

50ft High Artificial Climbing Wall - Mars Climbing Gym at PLAY

The 50 ft container climbing wall lets three people climb at the same time under professional surveillance. The roof climbing setup is a facility where people can climb inside a 20 ft tall shipping container. They open this facility only for professional climbers.

20ft Long Roof Climbing Setup - Mars Climbing Gym at PLAY

What ever is the application, shipping containers won’t change always stay within industry standards. Shanghai Metal Corporation will also keep on shipping these building blocks to our customers worldwide. Our wide selection is worth seeing and maybe you’ll discover new  applications for them. Check our containers here. See also our social media channels for future updates.

    

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Ako spolu súvisí meď a vodka? To bude (ne)zabudnuteľný večer !!

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Woody Allen a jeho koktejl z medeného pohára

Medené poháre sa používajú na pitie už od pradávna. V dobách starovekého Írska ľudia pili z medených čaší, Indickí jogíni taktiež používali medené poháre, dokonca aj americkí osadníci nedali dopustiť na meď. V roku 1940 sa objavil moskovský hybrid “Moscow mule”, koktejl, ktorý vyžadoval svoj vlastný medený pohár. Tento drink sa stal obrovským hitom na celom svete.

Krátky príbeh koktejlu “Moscow mule”
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V roku 1940, vlastník ruskej vodky značky Smirnoff, ktorý sa zúfalo snažil predať ruský alkohol Američanom, a hollywoodsky plnič fliaš, ktorý sa veľmi snažil, aby bolo jeho nové zázvorové pivo akceptované. Tak zmiešali vodku so zázvorovým pivom a z tohto koktejlu sa stal hit počas obdobia Studenej vojny. Bol výnimočne osviežujúci a ľudia si svoj pohár koktejlu užívali dlhšie vďaka skvelým vlastnostiam medi.

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Najvedeckejší prínos používania medi je pravdepodobne je jej teplota. Každý, kto sa trochu vyzná, vie, že meď dokáže udržať koktejl alebo nápoj dlhšie studený, ba čo viac okraj medeného pohára je príjemne studený.  Uško pohára drží teplo nášho tela od stien pohára. Med je teda extremne účinná v udržiavaní chladu nápojov, čo nám príjemne padne počas horúcich dní.

Výhody chutí spôsobených vlatsnosťami medi

Niektorí experti hovoria, že keď sa nápoj dotkne steny medeného pohára, meď začne oxidovať, podporí a zlepší chuť vodky. Meď tiež zvyšuje množstvo bubliniek v zázvorom pive. Tak si môžete vychutnať nezabudnuteľnú chuť nielen nápoja “Moscow mule” ale aj ostatných drinkov.

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Enjoy your icy cocktails in copper mugs !

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Vintage magazine ad featuring Woody Allen and the Moscow Mule, 1966

Copper cups or mugs have been using for drinking since ever. People drank from a copper goblet in ancient Ireland, yogis from India used copper cups, the american colonists drank from copper mugs and in 1940’s Moscow mule came, a cocktail that demanded its own copper mug! Moscow mule became a huge hit within few years and copper mugs started to be sold across the world.

A short story of Moscow mule 
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In 1940, the owner of Smirnoff (Russian vodka), who was very desperate to get Americans drink the Russian spirit and Hollywood bottler who was desperate to make his ginger beer to be accepted. They mixed it together and Moscow mule became a Cold-war era hit. It was super refreshing so people could chill with their cool drinks for a long time thanks to copper mugs!

Temperature 

The most scientific benefit of using copper mugs is temperature. The best drinkers over centuries knew that copper mugs can offer you chilled drinks and an extra-cool sensation as metal quickly takes on the icy temperature of the cocktail. What is more, the rim of the mug becomes chilly almost immediately and offers you a frozen sensation on your lips. So this cold metal is highly effective at insulating the cold temperature of any liquid what is perfect during hot days. The handle of the mug keeps body heat of your hand away from the walls of the mug.

Taste benefits of copper mugs

Some experts say that when cocktail touches the wall of the copper mug, the copper starts to oxidize, boost the aroma and enhance the taste of vodka. Cold copper also increases the amount of bubbles in carbonated ginger beer. Then you can experience a wonderful taste and coolness of your cocktail.

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In Shanghai Metal Corporation we offer high-quality copper or other products. Our English speaking staff helps customers with choosing the best product for them. If you are interested, visit our website and learn more, you could also send us inquiry. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LindkedIn. Don’t hesitate and download our new application by scanning QR code below.

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Can You Guess What’s Wrong In This Picture?

The photograph series “For What It’s Worth” by photographer and artist Dillon Marsh is at the very least surreal. By combining photographic precision and computer-generated imagery Marsh produces illogical images as an attempt to provide a graphic visualization of the quantity of copper extracted from the Blue Mine in Springbok, situated 550 km north of Cape Town.

Blue Mine, Springbok (1852 to 1912) 3,535 tonnes of copper extracted

The blue in ‘Blue Mine’ is in reference to the color of rocks in the mine as a result of copper coming into contact with oxygen in the air. Back to the mid-19th century copper was the primarily driving force behind the establishment of relatively remote area of the country such as Springbok, Okiep and Nababeep as formal towns. Following operations that began in 1852, the Blue Mine is recorded as the first commercial mining endeavour in South Africa. South Africa hasn’t been so commercial before, and with the discovery of copper deposits the town became a centre for mining prospectors with movement of people coming to Springbok also attracted by its near and steady supply of drinkable water.

Nababeep South Mine, Nababeep (1882 to 2000) 302,791.65 tonnes of copper extracted

By 2007, however, most of these mines had run their course and production had stopped almost completely. As an attempted to represent the uncertain future for the towns and people of the region, Marsh placed impressive copper spheres in the arid scene of what once served as copper mine. “Whether they are active or long dormant, mines speak of a combination of sacrifice and gain”, describes Marsh. He also adds “their features are crude, unsightly scars on the landscape – unlikely feats of hard labor and specialized engineering, constructed to extract value from the earth but also exacting a price”.

Jubilee Mine, Concordia (1971 to 1973) 6,500 tonnes of copper extracted

Mash’s intention is “to create a kind of visualization of the merits and shortfalls of mining in South Africa, an industry that has shaped the history and economy of the country so radically”.  On the one hand, the development of the mines around Okiep contributed significantly to the demise of copper mining in south-west of England. On the other hand technology and skill were still transferred from these mines to other parts of the world. Unesco classifies the principle value of the copper mine site of Springbok an extension of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape in the UK, for instance, also sharing a close association with other mining landscape in Australia, Brazil, India and Mexico.

Tweefontein Mine, Concordia (1887 to 1904) 38,747.7 tonnes of copper extracted

Shanghai Metal Corporation offers a wide range of metals such as copper, widely used in varying artifacts. To find out more, please visit our Website, WordPress, LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook  and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code. Moreover, we sell directly from Alibaba , EC21 ,Tradekey or directly at sales@shanghaimetal.com.

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Source and picture credit: springbokinfo.co.za, designboom.com, visualnews.com, ignant.de, whc.unesco.org, dillonmarsh.com

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The WaterLess Jeans

It is no news that most US garment production has moved offshore to countries such as China, India, Bangladesh to take advantage of low production costs. And along with that decision rise questions of whether or not vendors and factories involved in the manufacturing processes comply with ethical, environment and social standards that create the “true” sustainable products.

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Moving offshore does not imply fewer challenges for the apparel companies, but more intricate responsibilities to ensure that “making profits” can be done without compromising the quality of life of those involved in the process, as well as the future of the environment. In order to address these social challenges, the American Denim giant, Levi Strauss, launched its Water<Less jeans collection in 2011 – designed to reduce the water used in the finishing process by an average of 28 percent and up to 96 percent – and its 100% recycled water standard, a first for the apparel industry.

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If the new Water<Less jeans can really save water? Well, Levi’s announced during the World Water Day on March 22 this year that the line has saved over 770 million liters of water — enough to supply drinking water for 811,000 people for one year — since its launch. The company also planned to make extra 9 million units of the Water<Less jean, saving 71 million liters of water, according to Environmental Leader.

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During the full product cycle of Levi’s single pair of typical 501 jeans more than 3,000 liters of water are used. Almost half of it (49 percent) is used to grow the cotton, while 45 percent is used when customers wash their jeans, typically about 100 times. The remaining 6 percent of the water is used during the manufacturing process of the jean, which required an average of 3 to 10 spins in cavernous washers and dryers to give it its unique appearance.

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Now, the new Water<Less jeans combines the multiple wash cycles into a single wet-cycle process, followed by the ozone processing (dry or raw denim).  When the ozone decomposes, it reverts to free oxygen, not requiring washing the pair of jeans after the dyeing process. That was exactly where Levi’s could exert the most control of the usage on water and energy: the manufacturing process.

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To celebrate the denim brand’s Water<Less jeans over 100 pairs of the jeans were fixed together forming a fluid whirlpool design. The art piece was inspired and designed by British architect Ian McChesney as part of the Regent Street Windows Project in London and used more than 1,000 copper rivets.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation offers a wide range of copper rivets in varying sizes and forms, widely used in the manufacturing of art sculptures such as the Water<Less jeans in London. To find out more about us, please visit our Website, WordPress, LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook  and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code. Moreover, we sell directly from Alibaba , EC21 and Tradekey.

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Source and pictures: sustainablebrands.com, greentechcorp.net, fibre2fashion.com, fashionsustainability.weebly.com, theguardian.com, hmvm.co.uk, celsias.com, greenglobaltravel.com

 

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An Antarctic Prefab Shows the True Potential of Shipping Containers

India’s National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research is situated in northeast Antarctica. The Bharati Indian Polar Station is built on an 27,000 square feet area out of 134 shipping containers. The research center’s residential quarters shows almost everything that can be built out of shipping containers including an hotel of 24 single and double bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, library, fitness room, offices, a lounge and an operational theater.

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There are at least two reasons why the research complex was built by using shipping containers. First, according to the Antarctic Treaty System, all the construction in the Antarctica should not leave any trace to the environment. Shipping containers make it possible to dissassemble and remove the building without causing any environmental impact.

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Second, due to shipping containers’ physical properties and their durability, they are an excellent building material for extreme weather conditions. Shipping containers are designed to be shipped even in a rough weather in the world’s seas. Therefore they can even handle the wind gusts of 200 mph and the temperatures of -40 C of the Antarctica.

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The shipping container complex was prefabricated in Germany and shipped to Antwerp and Cape Town. In Antarctica the research center was able to be assembled quickly. The facade of the center was designed to forestall the buildups of snow drifts.

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Thanks to the German company Bof Architekten, the center can accommodate 47 researchers during summers and 24 during winters. The energy of the center is provided by a Combined Heat and Power Unit (CHP) which is powered by stockpiles of kerosene. There are actually a total of three CHP units on site, so as to ensure that an untimely mechanical failure does not leave the residents in dire straits.

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Shipping containers and shipping container architecture are one of Shanghai Metal Corporation‘s largest businesses. Our containers are built to last according to international standards. In order to learn more about our products and services, please visit our websites on containers and container projects. Please also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Try also scanning our QR code with your smart phone, tablet or phablet.

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Bullet Trains – What They Won’t Tell You

It’s assumed that investment infrastructure can only be a good thing – but what about the drawbacks? It can put governments in debt to finance the project, and take business away from the existing transport network. So are high speed trains really worth it?

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Hailed by the UK government, it said bullet trains could boost the UK economy by £15bn a year. But research by KPMG suggested the UK’s High Speed 2 bullet train project would make more than 50 places across the UK worse off – such as Aberdeen, Bristol and Cardiff.

In Chengdu, China, the fast transport infrastructure growth has come with social costs. Farmers lost land, displaced residents protested and local governments have ignored land-use laws.

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However high speed rail travel has its perks. Though the cost estimate for California’s bullet train project has more than doubled to nearly $100 billion, high-speed rail officials said Tuesday a new business plan will create an economically successful system, generate more than a million jobs and provide a transportation alternative for the state’s growing population.

India, China and Japan are bidding to build their first bullet trains to kickstart India’s transportation infrastructure, which would bring massive revenues for all the countries involved in terms of finance and job creation. And the bullet trains in China break world records in length and speed, and have revolutionized the previously coach driven travel opportunities.

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Ultimately bullet trains benefit the country, but these unanticipated costs should be a concern for any country considering them.

Shanghai Metal Corporation manufactures the copper used in the manufacturing of high speed trains. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality support, and fast delivery. To find out more, please visit our Website, WordPress, LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook  and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code. Moreover, we sell directly from Alibaba , EC21 and Tradekey.

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Four Our Brazilian Readers: A Indústria Siderúrgica Torna-se Global

A indústria do aço está se tornando global, disse o presidente Kosei Shindo da Nippon Steel e Sumitomo Metal Industries. Em um esforço para buscar novas oportunidades em todo o mundo devido a um desalecerado crescimento da demanda de metal no Japão, Shindo encontra parcerias como ArcelorMittal para adquirir uma fábrica de aço em os EUA, assim como co-controla o maior produtor de metal usado em navios, carros e edifícios da Améjapan4rica Latina, a siderúrgica brasileira, Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais SA. Em outubro de 2012, Shindo disse que o lucro no trimestre de junho caiu 24 por cento, as importações de aço da China colocar pressão sobre os preços.

O Brasil também é conhecido por ser o lar de maior produtor de minério de ferro do mundo, a Vale SA. Tendo mineração como negócio principal, o minério de ferro é uma matéria-prima fundamental para a produção de aço. No entanto, mesmo siderúrgica gigante Vale está sentindo a pressão da indústria do metal internacional, e vê os preços recuperando nos próximos meses, como o crescimento da oferta diminui e minas de maior custo fecham em um momento de fortalecimento da demanda chinesa.

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O minério de ferro, que entrou em um mercado de março em meio a maior oferta de Austrália e Brasil, aumentou em julho pelo segundo mês consecutivo em especulações de que a demanda da China, onde a Vale envia mais de metade de suas remessas, está melhorando.

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A Índia, por outro lado, vê um futuro brilhante no mercado de minério de ferro devido ao crescimento da sua indústria siderúrgica e tambem porque a nação procura elevar os padrões de vida. Índia pode se tornar um importador líquido de minério de ferro este ano com as siderúrgicas, incluindo JSW Steel Ltd. (JSTL), o terceiro maior produtor do país, a compra de até 15 milhões de toneladas a partir do estrangeiro, disse a Federação das Indústrias Minerais da Índia, segundo a Bloomberg.

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A globalização do mercado de aço pode ser ben é fica, mas é preciso ficar de olho nele para que ninguém é pego de surpresa.

Shanghai Metal Corporation é dedicada ao fornecimento de produtos de qualidade e serviços confiáveis​​, que contém o compromisso da nossa empresa para Construção Valor Across the Globe. Nossa empresa fabrica uma variedade de valor agregado Produtos de Metal, Building Systems, Contentores e Máquinas. Assim como crucial para os nossos produtos é o nosso compromisso com a sustentabilidade ambiental, protegendo nosso planeta para a nossa família e amigos em todo o mundo.

Para saber mais sobre os nossos produtos de metal, por favor, visite o nosso website para mais detalhes. Siga-nos também no  LinkedInTwitter e Facebook.

Fonte: Bloomberg

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The Steel Industry Is Becoming Global

The steel industry is becoming global, said Nippon Steel’s and Sumitomo Metal Industries’ President Kosei Shindo. On an endeavor to seek new opportunities across the globe due to less strong metal demand growth in Japan, Shindo partnered ArcelorMittal in November to acquire a steel plant in the U.S., as well as co-controls Latin America’s largest producjapan4er of the metal used in ships, cars and buildings, Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA, a Brazilian steelmaker. In October 2012, Shindo said that profit in the June quarter fell 24 percent as steel imports from China put pressure on prices.

Brazil is also known for being home to the world’s biggest iron-ore producer, Vale SA. Having mining as primary business, iron ore is a crucial raw material in the production of steel. However, even giant steelmaker Vale is feeling the pressure of the international metal industry, and sees prices rebounding in the coming months as supply growth slows and higher cost mines close at a time of strengthening Chinese demand.

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Iron ore, which entered a bear market in March amid higher supply from Australia and Brazil, rose in July for the second consecutive month on speculation that demand from China, where Vale sends more than half its shipments, is improving.

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India, on the other hand, sees a brighter future in the iron ore market as its steel industry grows and the nation seeks to raise living standards. India may become a net importer of iron ore this year with steelmakers including JSW Steel Ltd. (JSTL), the nation’s third-largest producer, buying as much as 15 million tons from abroad, the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries said, according to Bloomberg.

Globalization of the steel market might be a good thing, but it is necessary to keep an eye on it so no one gets caught by surprise.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation is dedicated to providing quality products and reliable service, embodying our company’s commitment to Building Value Across the Globe. Our company manufactures an array of value-added Metal Products, Building Systems, Shipping Containers, and Machinery. Just as crucial to our products is our commitment to environmental sustainability, safeguarding our planet for our family and friends across the globe.

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Source: Bloomberg

Camilla G.//SMC Editor