By Bill Beck - November 20, 2017
With another year nearly in the books, it is beginning to look like 2017 will end up about where it started.
By Bill Beck - October 16, 2017
For generations, alternate irons have served as a substitute for prime grades in North America’s blast furnace complexes and electric arc furnaces. But up until comparatively recent times, alternate irons were typically sourced from foreign suppliers: pig iron from Brazil and Russia, direct reduced iron from Trinidad, and hot briquetted iron from northern Europe.
By Sean Barry - September 18, 2017
Ask a ferrous scrap dealer or broker what the most immediate challenge facing the industry is and the answer will likely be unanimous – transportation.
By Bill Beck - August 21, 2017
A U.S. dollar that began losing strength against a basket of foreign currencies earlier this summer and hasn’t stopped dropping since is driving a boom in ferrous scrap export sales that has the potential to finally halt the annual slide in export tonnages.
By Bill Beck - July 17, 2017
One Philadelphia broker articulated last week what many in the ferrous scrap industry think – if they don’t say it outright – about the business during the first six months of 2017.