Continuing Iron Age's Century-Long Tradition

Scrap Magnet

Torn from the pages of Iron Age, Scrap Magnet has been appearing within Scrap Price Bulletin for more than 20 years.  Digging deep into more long-term market factors, Scrap Magnet covers issues like scrap exports, transportation issues, spreads between prime scrap grades and shredded scrap and sustained downward trends in scrap pricing.


Trying to make sense of the export market

By Bill Beck - May 15, 2017

One of the real bombshells to come out of the recent Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) annual convention in New Orleans was the assertion by several of the panelists that China within the next decade will be exporting millions of tonnes of ferrous scrap to customers in the Pacific Rim steelmaking community.

Annual ISRI convention informs the ferrous scrap world

By Staff - April 17, 2017

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) will hold ISRI2017, the association’s annual convention and exposition, April 22-27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

1918 – ‘A year of prodigious war effort’

By Bill Beck - March 20, 2017

On January 2, 1919, The Iron Age produced a front-page editorial applauding the nation’s iron and steel industry for its performance in the war that had ended less than two months before.

American entry into World War I 100 years ago this spring brought major changes to the ferrous scrap industry

By Bill Beck - February 21, 2017

America’s entry into the first of two great world wars in the twentieth century 100 years ago changed the country’s ferrous scrap industry from a minor part of the steelmaking process to a critical component of how American industry made and recycled steel. The sharp increase in steel demand during World War I made recycling an integral part of steelmaking and set the stage for a government-led recycling effort during World War II.

In the end, how did scrap perfrorm under President Obama?

By John Ambrosia - January 17, 2017

With President Barack Obama departing office this month it’s time once again for the Bulletin’s annual look at how much positive influence the administration has had on the overall economy and what the relationship of that is scrap metals health.

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