SFSA CASTEEL REPORTER
Steel Founders' Society Of America
MAY - 2015

Casteel Commentary

I apologize for a long rant on environmentalism and our need to respond. I do think we need to publicize our value by showing not only are we safe and clean but that our production is making the world a better place for all of us. Let me know your thoughts!

Market News

Bookings and shipments of steel castings have been decidedly down for 2015. While the consensus forecast for the US economy is for a strengthening recovery, the indicators most associated with steel casting production are grim. Steel mill production is down since August 2014 from an annual rate of around 100 million tons to 90 million tons in May 2015 for a projected decline in steel castings of 20% in that period.

Steel casting sales are closely correlated to the price of oil for example, with an agreement of 79%. Oil prices in the same time period from over $100 a barrel to around $60 a barrel. This would suggest a decline in that period for steel castings sales of over 30%. Copper price is also highly correlated with an agreement of 68%. The decline in copper prices has been less dramatic and would suggest a decline in steel casting sales of only 5%. Scrap prices are another correlated indicator of steel casting sales with an agreement of 69%. Scrap prices suggest a decline in steel casting sales of 20%.

It would seem from these indicators that the steel casting market today is off from relatively slow market conditions of 2014 by an overall 20%. The SFSA trend survey shows a sharp decline in bookings and a smaller decline in shipments. Back log reported has remained relatively stable for the past year around 8 weeks.

SFSA Trend Cards

 

SFSA Trend Cards - Backlog

 

Iron and Steel castings and steel mill shipments

 

AISI Production and SFSA Trends

 

Stainless Surcharge Chart

 

2015
Jul. 27--29 , Schiller Park, IL
Aug. 20--21 , Pittsburgh, PA
Sep. 12--15 , Washington, DC
Oct. 7--9 , Bixby, OK
Nov. 17 , Tampa, FL
Dec. 9--12 , Chicago, IL

Steel casting sales is also closely related to steel mill new orders with a correlation agreement on an annual basis of 80%. Steel mills new orders have fallen sharply from $11,500 million in monthly sales to $9,300 million. Steel mills new orders suggest a decline of 28% for steel castings. As can be seen not only are steel mill products down, the combine iron and steel casting sales are down by a similar amount.

Non-defense capital goods new orders less aircraft has shown a similar but smaller decline since late summer 2014. Orders for March 2015 are running below shipments signaling a likely continuation of declining demand.

The weekly AISI production percent change shows many of the same trends we see in our SFSA trends report. SFSA trends show lower levels of demand in 2013 with a sharp increase in early 2014 which may be the result of the slowdown in mining products. The drop in steel production for the first half of 2015 suggests continued slow market conditions for steel casting producers.

From Metal Miner, Monthly Metal Buying Outlook May 2015, the demand picture for stainless is for downward pressure on prices. This reflects a buildup in inventory suggesting slowing demand.

All of these numbers indicate that market demand is low for steel casting products and this is likely to continue for most of the year 2015. Market conditions could change quickly and abruptly at any time. The need for capital investment in infrastructure is likely to remain a significant need but the ability to invest is tempered by current economic conditions. The continued low interest rates eliminate any sense of urgency to make the investment and the poor financial condition of government entities makes the public investments difficult. The misallocation of investment due to ZIRP makes needed investments in infrastructure non-viable. It is expected that after an adjustment in asset prices to reflect there market worth and a return to normal interest rates, demand for capital equipment will be strong. This may happen by the end of 2015 but is more likely to occur in 2016.

Casteel Commentary

Compared with earlier generations, even our parents and grandparents time, we live like kings. We have the longest life expectancy, the cleanest environments, the easiest jobs, the most leisure time, the most comfortable cars, the largest homes, the best toys, the most advanced phones, the most powerful personal computers, etc.

Our smart phone is a better computer than the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC):

Apollo Guidance ComputerAverage new Smartphone
RAM size:4KB~4GB1,000,000X larger
RAM speed:8MB/s6,400MB/s800X faster
Weight:70 pounds100g3,000X lighter
Cost:$150,000$500300X cheaper
Power Requirements:70W1.3W/core50X more energy efficient

And yet…

We are increasingly afraid of less and less risk. We avoid trans fats, gluten, salt, sugar, caffeine, etc. We use a hand sanitizer to avoid infection. We get a flu shot to avoid getting sick. We ban smoking and avoid second hand smoke. We seem to think that we can live healthy lives forever if we avoid toxins and have the right diet. In the face of massive and convincing scientific studies that show low risk we remain afraid of things that poise no measurable risk to our health or lives.

Our privileged life depends on the benefits of modern technology. This technology depends on the materials and equipment made possible only by traditional manufacturing like our steel foundry industry. Bridges, locomotives, nuclear power plants, oil platforms, steel plate, etc. build the society, the economy and lifestyle we enjoy. We need steel foundries to have our current easy and comfortable life.

We have failed to educate and communicate to our people the essential need for manufacturing and technology to support the freedom and ease we have. We have allowed others to sensationalize the risks remaining when we live in the safest and healthiest of times. Many people believe the world is in worst shape than ever when every analysis shows we are better off than ever.

Why this diatribe?

Well, I participated in a public meeting where a member was seeking a permit to operate and the regional authority had proposed significant >50% reduction in production to reduce their environmental impact. The workers, suppliers, and some of the neighbors spoke out that the plant was a valued and necessary asset of the community and that the loss of jobs would hurt.

Some neighbors and advocacy groups wanted the restrictive conditions because that would reduce the local pollution. They believed that even with the reductions the plant was still damaging the environment and endangering the health of local citizens.

The support of the restrictions was clearly not based on the desire to manage the environmental impact but to gain the lowest level of production and impact possible. The goal was not to balance the needs for the products made by the foundry and the economic benefits but to eliminate the plant from the neighborhood.

As an industry, our response has been typically to argue that we are important economically to the community in jobs and suppliers, that we are a recycling industry and therefore a positive to the environment and that we are in compliance with all our permits and environmental regulations. I think we need to rethink this strategy moving forward.

It seems to me that we have failed to publicize to our neighbors and friends, what our plants actually make and do. We need to take an active role in showing how our plants are making the castings essential to the prosperous and safe lives we live.

I think we need to stop hiding supposing that we can fly under the radar and avoid scrutiny. We should regularly invite the community in to see what we are doing. We should host high school and community college tours to let young people see our production and products. We need to create press releases that highlight our products and how we are benefitting the world with our production.

We are unlikely in any case to convince the activist that are dedicated to de-industrialization or the NIMBY neighbors that want the benefits but not the proximity. We can and should convince the vast majority of people that are just uninformed. If you watch the movies or listen to the news, you get the picture of manufacturing that we are serial and heartless polluters skirting the law to maximize our profits with no love for or concern for the environment or people. You would not know that manufacturing is the reason for our comfortable and safe life style. You would not know that in a simple aragrian life, you would be cold, hungry and breathe benzene and other toxins as you huddled around a smoky fire trying to stay warm.

Every time we make a recognizable product or receive a new order for from an important company, we should let our community know how we are making the world a better place.

Raymond Monroe

SFSA Fall Leadership Conference

The Board of Directors of the Steel Founders' Society of America invites you to attend the Fall Leadership Meeting September 12-15, 2015. The meeting will be held in Washington D.C. with opportunities to connect with lawmakers as well as enjoy our nation's capital. We look forward to your attendance and participation in this educational and networking meeting and welcome the opportunity to share new developments in the steel casting industry with you. The meeting will include industry business sessions with round table discussions and presentations from:

Registration is currently being offered at a discounted rate through June 1 - https://www.sfsa.org/meetings/fall15.
Reservations may be made through the following link https://www.loewshotels.com/madison/Steel-Founders-Fall-Leadership-Meeting?corpcode=SFS911

Tentative Schedule Events:

Saturday, September 12Sunday, September 13
8:00amExecutive Committee Meeting8:00amBoard of Directors Meeting
12:00pmGroup Outing (optional)12:00pmGroup Outing (optional)
6:30pmWelcome Reception6:30pmDinner
Monday, September 14Tuesday, September 15
8:00amBusiness Session8:00amBusiness Session
9:00amSpouse Breakfast9:00amSpouse Breakfast
1:00pmGroup Outing (optional)6:30pmReception
6:30pmDinner

We look forward to seeing you in Washington DC!

Spring Leadership Meeting

The SFSA Spring Leadership Meeting was held on May 6th in Rosemont, IL. The meeting kicked off with an industry roundtable session followed by a full day of presentations. If you were not able to attend, we have made the presentation slides available to all members at https://www.sfsa.org/meetings/spring15.php.

SFSA Trend Cards

AIST Training Seminar and Plant Tour

AIST has announced a two-and-a-half-day seminar that provides an overview of melting, refining, and solidification in stainless and specialty steel mills and foundries. On the first two days, products, process cycles and safety will be discussed. Alloy chemistry, material selection, induction furnace melting, refractories, refining, ingot casting and remelting will also be covered in detail. A steel mill and a foundry will be toured on the final half day. http://www.aist.org…

This seminar is geared toward the mill or foundry meltshop manager, engineer, operator, or supplier who needs an introduction to stainless and specialty steel melting, refining, ingot casting and remelting.

SFSA Research Review

The SFSA Research Review will be held on July 27-29 in Des Plaines, IL. As with the past couple of years, the review will feature research from both the Carbon & Low Alloy and the High Alloy research programs. The meeting offers an opportunity for industry to help steer the society's research. Researchers will present their portfolio of projects with more time to get into the detail and have discussion.

University of Iowa has almost completed their work on riser sleeves, which demonstrates that for the most part there is minimal difference between the different sleeve types and manufacturers. Based on this, one would be best served selecting a riser based on cost. UI is developing MAGMA datasets for the sleeves and these will be made available to members similar to the alloy datasets that were compiled. Attendees at the Review will hear first-hand the conclusions of this project.

Information about location and registration can be found at https://www.sfsa.org/meetings/rr15.php

Specifications

The Specification Committee is chaired by Elaine Thomas from Bradken-Tacoma and met in May at the ASTM A01 meeting. Ron Bird, Stainless Foundry (retired), will be presented with an ASTM recognition award at the November ASTM A01 meeting. The committee discussed the increased requirements of more stringent specification and certification by customers, such as API (20A), NORSAC, ABS and ASME; and changes for the new revision of ISO 9001. One challenge is many customers no longer understand the requirements their purchasing documents state. The committee proposed utilizing a survey to identify concerns and setup task groups to work the challenges as a team. The committee also discussed doing a panel discussion on specs at the 2015 T&O Workshop. Items such as sub-size Charpy, hardness testing and corrosion testing ILS continue to be worked. Discussion was held on developing new, draft standard in ISO for performance radiography.

Building Construction

The North American Steel Construction Conference was held in March. SFSA co-presented with Bradken on steel castings as a prelude to the development of the AISC guide for using steel castings in building construction. The conference had over 4000 attendees, which broke an all time high by at least 15%. SFSA is pursuing a change to AWS for welder qualification, which currently does not cover casting and therefore imposes an undue burden. Opportunities for steel castings continue to remain strong in this market. Vector Praxis approached SFSA to learn more about utilizing steel castings for their modular design buildings. This is the perfect example of castings being the nodes in a set of Tinker Toys.

SFSA Wiki News

We have added a considerable amount of reference materials to the wiki (http://wiki.sfsa.org) this month. Recently added materials include PDF copies of all of the papers presented at the Technical & Operating Conferences from 1983-2014, the Steel Foundry Facts (papers presented at earlier T&O Conferences), and an archive of the Journal of Steel Castings Research, which was published from 1955 until 1981. This is in addition to the SFSA Research Reports, Steel Castings Handbook content, and other SFSA publications that we added earlier this year.

The wiki is available for use by all SFSA members. If you haven't explored the SFSA wiki yet, visit http://wiki.sfsa.org/index.php/Get_an_account and get started.

 

 
may15.pdf
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The May 2015 Casteel Reporter
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The April 2015 Casteel Reporter
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The February 2015 Casteel Reporter
2015-02-BestPapers2014.pdf
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Award-winning papers presented at the 2014 SFSA Technical & Operating Conference
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IFF Presentation
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The February 2014 Casteel Reporter
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The December 2013 Casteel Reporter
october13.pdf
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august13.pdf
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july12.pdf
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Equipment available
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CO2 Emissions reporting rule
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Federal Register notice seeking input on development of a standard for combustible dust
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Top Ten OSHA Violations
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MAGMATIMES article on Federal Research & Experimentation tax credit.
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Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Exchange information
july09.pdf
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Foundry Educational Foundation College Industry Conference
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The February 2009 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
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Steel market condition information.
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SFSA's Yellow Freight and Roadway discount program.
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The January 2009 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
Company FMLA policy (federal).pdf
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Federal FMLA Policy.
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U.S. Department of Labor poster on Employee Rights and Responsibilities under FMLA.
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FMLA Leave Certification of Serious Illness or Injury for a Covered Service Member.
october08.pdf
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The September 2008 Casteel Reporter including business trend information and graphs and attachments.
steelguruoct2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
september08.pdf
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The September 2008 Casteel Reporter.
steelbus0908.pdf
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steelgurusep2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
august08.pdf
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The August 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0808.pdf
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steelguruaug2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
july08.pdf
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The July 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujul2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
ITAR-Info.pdf
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Part 121 - The United States Munitions List
ITAR-Info-Violation.pdf
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Part 127 - Violations and Penalties
DEEDGrantApp053006.pdf
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Demonstation of Energy-Efficient Developments grant application. To be submitted by the utility company.
DEED-Members.pdf
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Utility companies participating in the DEED program.
june08.pdf
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The June 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujune2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
may08.pdf
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The May 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurumay2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
april08.pdf
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The April 2008 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
steelbus0408.pdf
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Business trend numbers and graphs only.
steelguruapr2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
march08.pdf
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The March 2008 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
steelgurumar2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
MoldThickness2.pdf
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Calculation of Minimum Mold Thickness in Steel Casting - Jacob Thole, Dr. Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa.
february08.pdf
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The February 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurufeb2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
january08.pdf
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The January 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujan2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
AFSAreaSourceSummary.pdf
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AFS Summary of the EPA Area Source Rule.
FR-AreaSourceFinal.pdf
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40 CFR Part 63 - EPA National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Iron and Steel Foundries Area Sources; Final Rule
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november07.pdf
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The November 2007 Casteel Reporter
futureleaders1107.pdf
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Future steel foundry industry leaders meeting notice.
eqp-auction1207.pdf
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Equipment available - auction ends Dec. 6 2007
october07.pdf
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The October 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelguruoct2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
ofr2007-1257.pdf
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Cr, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni, and steel price drivers. US Geological Survey
september07.pdf
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The September 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurusep2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
Docket2007N-0330.pdf
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Docket 2007N-0330 Presidential Interagency Working Group on Public Safety (Import Safety)
fr17se07P.pdf
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Proposed EPA Area Source Rule for Iron and Steel Foundries
august07.pdf
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The August 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelguruaug2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
IEEE Workshop1007.pdf
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IEEE Industrial Energy Efficiency Workshop information
july07.pdf
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The July 2007 Casteel Reporter
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Steel market condition information
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The June 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujune2007.pdf
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may07.pdf
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The May 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurumay2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
finemanbio.pdf
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Biography of Howard Fineman, speaker at the 2007 SFSA Annual Meeting
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Steel - Global Impacts to North American Minimill Competitiveness, by Thomas A. Danjczek, President, Steel Manufacturers Association - speaker at the 2007 SFSA Annual Meeting
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The April 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelguruapr2007.pdf
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march07.pdf
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The March 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurumar2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
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Information on Hexavalent Chromium
february07.pdf
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The February 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurufeb2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
january07.pdf
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The January 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujan2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
december06.pdf
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The December 2006 Casteel Reporter
internapp.pdf
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SFSA Internship sponsorship information and form
steelgurudec2006.pdf
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Steel market condition information
november06.pdf
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The November 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelgurunov2006.pdf
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Steel market condition information
october06.pdf
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august06.pdf
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The August 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0806.pdf
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july06.pdf
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The July 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0706.pdf
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Industry business numbers and graphs only
China6-22-2006.pdf
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Evaluation of Chinese Economy and Trading Practices
Chinese Steel Subsidies Paper.pdf
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The China Syndrome: How Subsidies and Government Intervention Created the World's Largest Steel Industry
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CRS Report for Congress - Steel: Price and Policy Issues. Update June 26, 2006
june06.pdf
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The June 2006 Casteel Reporter
China tour tentative list-0606.pdf
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Tentative list of plants to be visited on the tour of China
may06.pdf
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The May 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0506.pdf
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Industry business numbers and graphs only
HexCr monitoring.pdf
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Exposure Monitoring Guidance for Compliance with the new OSHA Standard fro Hexavalent Chromium
KFTA comments.pdf
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U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement: Written Comments Concerning the Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-Free Treatment for Imports
AMMEX EERE-ITP.pdf
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EERE's Industrial Technologies Program: Proven Returns on Federal and Industrial Investments
april06.pdf
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The April 2006 Casteel Reporter
emsguide.pdf
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Environmental Management Systems Implementation Guide for the foundry sector, USA EPA
AreaSourceUpdate.pdf
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Iron & Steel Area Source rule
march06.pdf
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The March 2006 Casteel Reporter
monroe-outlookSpring2006.pdf
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Economic outlook presentation given by Raymond Monroe at the SFSA Spring Management Meeting on March 9, 2006
lashinsky-outlook2006.pdf
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Economic outlook presentation given by Bernard Lashinsky at the SFSA Spring Management Meeting on March 9, 2006
keramida-annual compliance calendar.pdf
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Regulatory Compliance Calendar for Steel Foundries by Keramida
keramida-Env Audits.pdf
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Environmental Audits in the Primary Metals Sector - Jim Schifo, Keramida
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Common Environmental Compliance Deadlines - Keramida
February06.pdf
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The February 2006 Casteel Reporter
china exports surge.pdf
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China steel exports surge due to domestic overcapacity
2005CHINASD_0106.pdf
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Chinese Steel Industry - Record Steel Output with Big Decline in Net Imports in 2005
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Measurement Error of Visual Casting Surface Inspection - Iowa State University
january06.pdf
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The January 2006 Casteel Reporter
december05.pdf
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The December 2005 Casteel Reporter
USCCCHINAexec_summ_05.pdf
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USCC Executive Summary on China Trade
november05.pdf
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The November 2005 Casteel Reporter
hexcr-nov05.pdf
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Congressional letters on Hexavalent Chromium
october05.pdf
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The October 2005 Casteel Reporter
rdtaxcredit.pdf
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Presentation on the R&D Tax Credit given at the 2004 SFSA Annual Meeting
september05special.pdf
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Special September 2005 Casteel Reporter about the possible impact of a natural disaster on the steel casting industry
september05.pdf
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The september 2005 Casteel Reporter
testbars.pdf
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"Test Coupons and Casting Quality" and "Mechanical Properties of Test Bars Compared to Castings"
august05.pdf
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The August 2005 Casteel Reporter
MoriciSteelPrices.pdf
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Manufacturing and Steel Prices, by Peter Morici, February 2005
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Prices of Castings, Foundry Raw and Auxiliary Materials in Some Regions of China
pub3771.pdf
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US ITC Publication 3771, Foundry Products: Competitive Conditions in the U.S. Market
july05.pdf
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WFO2005 Paper.pdf
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World Foundry Organization paper on the last 20 years of steel casting research
june05.pdf
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Presentation on OSHA Proposed PEL for Hexavalent Chrome, in PowerPoint format
SFIC Washington Forum OSHA.pdf
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Presentation on OSHA Proposed PEL for Hexavalent Chrome, in PDF format
may05.pdf
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The May 2005 Casteel Reporter
MACT-Scrap.pdf
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Amendments to the Scrap metal and Inspection provisions of the Iron and Steel Foundry MACT
april05.pdf
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The April 2005 Casteel Reporter
IntlTradeEvents.pdf
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International Trade Events
equipment0405.pdf
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Equipment Available
march05.pdf
(590kB)
The March 2005 Casteel Reporter
february05.pdf
(624kB)
The February 2005 Casteel Reporter
january05.pdf
(483kB)
The January 2005 Casteel Reporter
afs-gac.pdf
(568kB)
AFS Government Affairs Conference Information
december04.pdf
(292kB)
The December 2004 Casteel Reporter
november04.pdf
(445kB)
The November 2004 Casteel Reporter
october04.pdf
(223kB)
The October 2004 Casteel Reporter
september04.pdf
(489kB)
The September 2004 Casteel Reporter
august04.pdf
(414kB)
The August 2004 Casteel Reporter
antitrust.pdf
(59kB)
General Rules of Antitrust Compliance & Antitrust Policy Statement of Steel Founders' Society of America
july04.pdf
(278kB)
The July 2004 Casteel Reporter
june04.pdf
(242kB)
The June 2004 Casteel Reporter
may04.pdf
(840kB)
The May 2004 Casteel Reporter
Nolan_Dollars.pdf
(6,013kB)
Dollars and "Sense" presentation by John Nolan, Vice President, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Nolan_Dollars_Sequel.pdf
(3,103kB)
Dollars and "Sense" "The Sequel" presentation by John Nolan, Vice President, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
april04.pdf
(333kB)
The April 2004 Casteel Reporter
march04.pdf
(428kB)
The March 2004 Casteel Reporter
  Due to our office move, the February 2004 Casteel Reporter was not produced.
january04.pdf
(211kB)
The January 2004 Casteel Reporter
december03.pdf
(522kB)
The December 2003 Casteel Reporter
november03.pdf
(253kB)
The November 2003 Casteel Reporter
october03.pdf
(232kB)
The October 2003 Casteel Reporter
september03.pdf
(322kB)
The September 2003 Casteel Reporter
august03.pdf
(219kB)
The August 2003 Casteel Reporter
july03.pdf
(550kB)
The July 2003 Casteel Reporter
june03.pdf
(175kB)
The June 2003 Casteel Reporter
may03.pdf
(175kB)
The May 2003 Casteel Reporter
april03.pdf
(277kB)
The April 2003 Casteel Reporter
march03.pdf
(377kB)
The March 2003 Casteel Reporter
february03.pdf
(256kB)
The February 2003 Casteel Reporter
january03.pdf
(266kB)
The January 2003 Casteel Reporter
december02.pdf
(500kB)
The December 2002 Casteel Reporter
  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the November 2002 Casteel Reporter is not available online.
october02.pdf
(204kB)
The October 2002 Casteel Reporter
september02.pdf
(251kB)
The September 2002 Casteel Reporter
august02.pdf
(159kB)
The August 2002 Casteel Reporter
june02.pdf
(324kB)
The June 2002 Casteel Reporter
may02.pdf
(497kB)
The May 2002 Casteel Reporter
april02.pdf
(518kB)
The April 2002 Casteel Reporter
march02.pdf
(255kB)
The March 2002 Casteel Reporter