Industry News: December 2008

The American Iron and Steel Institute established the AISI Steel Market Development Institute with the mission “to advance the competitive use of steel through a market-driven strategy that promotes cost-effective, steel-based solutions.”

The new Institute, which will operate as a business unit of AISI, is being funded through a direct investment from eight of North America’s leading steel producers with a strong commitment to growing steel’s competitive position in the North American market.

“A strong demand for steel in the marketplace is essential to ensuring our industry’s overall competitiveness,” says chairman of the new SMDI board, James Kutka, Jr., senior vice president of strategic planning and business development, United States Steel Corporation. “AISI’s Market Development programs have allowed us to develop a unified approach, enabling the steel industry to keep pace in the global economy.”

Thomas Gibson, AISI president and CEO, says: “The North American steel industry is widely recognized as having a dynamic and innovative model for making steel the material of choice through market development. Our aggressive approach to pre-competitive collaboration between steel producers and customers is providing value to our members in the form of steel solutions in the marketplace. It also reflects strategic direction resulting from the AISI Visioning Project, which led to the Institute’s heightened focus on a robust policy agenda, while also recognizing the importance of advancing steel as the material of choice.”

The AISI Steel Market Development Institute will be led by a board of directors with representation from each of the eight investing companies and will report to a CEO group. The current market committees will be re-named the Automotive Applications Council, Construction Market Council and the Steel Packaging Council.

NCCA members growing to meet increased demand
In order to meet growing demand for coil coated metal, National Coil Coating Association members have invested capital to build strategically located new production facilities. The new plants have added much needed production capacity to better service customers’ growing needs for coil coated metal.

Industry growth is fueled by manufacturers’ needs to increase efficiency. Use of prepainted metal can help to streamline production, save energy, reduce EPA reporting and compliance requirements, maximize factory space, eliminate the hassles of in-house painting and produce beautiful and durable products.

To support growth in the Southeast, Precoat Metals of St. Louis has opened a 150,000 square foot facility in Hueytown, Ala. Roll Coater of Indianapolis has expanded operations to serve the southern U.S., with new facility in Armorel, Ark., which opened in August 2007. A third company, Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc., recently expanded capabilities. The company invested approximately $40 million in plant and equipment at its Jeffersonville, Ind., facility and now is producing prepainted steel, acrylic coated steel and 55 percent aluminum-zinc alloy coated steel.

CDA taking entries for 2009
The Copper Development Association is accepting entries for its 2009 North American Copper in Architecture Awards.
In 2008, judges from CDA and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association chose winning projects from a field of nearly 50 contemporary and restoration architectural projects. The 2008 field (Metal Roofing Magazine, October-November) encompassed university buildings, historic landmarks, museums and an award-winning residential guesthouse in a state forest.

CDA and CCBDA are again seeking architectural building projects across North America that have earned recognition for their innovative use of copper. There are two award categories: New Construction and Restoration/Renovation. Projects must be located in the United States or Canada and must have been completed within the past two years.

Significant application of architectural copper or copper alloys is required
for eligibility.

Winning projects will be determined based upon several factors, including: copper system design, integration of copper with the overall design, craftsmanship of installation, and general excellence in innovation or restoration.

The competition is open to all architects and contractors. Award winners will receive a custom copper etching commemorating their project. Entries also will be showcased on the CDA and CCBDA websites and will be publicized in various industry publications.

Deadline for entry is December 31. All entries must be submitted online at: www.copper.org/applications/architecture/awards/submit.html.

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