How Tech Giants like Google and Amazon are Fueling Data Centers

How Tech Giants like Google and Amazon are Fueling Data Centers

Starting in 2014, companies from around the world joined a global initiative called RE100, and pledged to power 100 percent of their operations with renewable energy. The private sector accounts for over half of the entire electricity consumption of the world, so it’s no longer enough to rely on government policies for real, sustainable change. That’s why hundreds of companies are joining the initiative and taking the reins to drive toward a low-carbon, sustainable future.   They also have every incentive to do so. From 2010 to 2016, the price of wind and solar energy dropped by 60 and 80 percent, respectively. With the global demand for energy projected to rise 30 percent by 2040, green energy producers and related...

The Perfect Finish Safe and Sustainable Steel Packaging

The Perfect Finish: Safe and Sustainable Steel Packaging

Often times, the competitiveness of a manufactured product lies in the finishing touches. For centuries, manufacturers have used steel packaging mainly for food, starting with steel cans to package food for the French troops during the Napoleonic wars. Commercial production of steel cans began in 1812 in London to supply longer-lasting food to the British army. Today, manufacturers turn out up to 1000 cans per minute for more than 1500 types of food, but also for beauty products, paints, chemicals and more. Watch hundreds of steel cans being produced at a Soudronic canning factory. Advantages of Steel Packaging Steel is one of the most commonly used packaging materials by manufacturers, because it is widely available, cost-effective and easy to work with....

Powering a New Generation of Home Appliances

Powering a New Generation of Home Appliances

Practically everything in the modern home, from the refrigerator to the electric toothbrush, runs on an electric motor. The global market for electric motors is worth tens of billions of dollars and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2 percent from 2017 to 2025. The ever-growing demand for electric motors can be attributed to several factors including the growing interest in eco-friendly and fuel-efficient motors and improved living standards in a number of densely-populated countries around the world. Plus, new innovations in home appliances are not only driving the demand for electric motors, it’s changing the way they are shaped, sized and put together. So, how exactly do electric motors work? An electric motor is in pretty much...

Steel Standing Building Greater Fire Resistance

Steel Standing: Building Greater Fire Resistance

Last year, California experienced the worst wildfire season in recent history. The death toll of 43 was higher than the previous 10 years combined, and more than 10,000 buildings and structures were damaged or destroyed. Total damages including insurance and recovery expenditures cost the state an estimated USD 180 billion. Already, California has spent USD 700 million for fire suppression during the fiscal year, far exceeding the USD 426 million budget. It wasn’t just wildfires. The fire that broke out in Grenfell Tower in West London last June claimed 71 lives and sparked a public outcry for stricter building regulations around fire safety. The material used as cladding to wrap the outer part of the building came under scrutiny as...

Hit-Series Game of Thrones Inspires Fans to Hit the Anvil

Hit-Series Game of Thrones Inspires Fans to Hit the Anvil

HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows on air today. The finale for season 7 generated a record-breaking 16.5 million viewers in the U.S. The show also airs in 170 different countries around the globe, and in particular, Singapore saw a 50 percent increase in viewership from season 6 to 7, the Philippines had 47 percent more viewers and Taiwan saw a 24 percent increase. Over the years, Game of Thrones has become more than just a show, but also a cultural movement, as fans have fallen in love with everything Game of Thrones related. As a result, HBO has partnered with numerous breweries to create special-edition beers, and the show’s jewelry designers even opened...

Going Big: China's Super-Sized Infrastructure

Going Big: China’s Super-Sized Infrastructure

China is the largest steel producing country in the world. Paired with its abundance of capital and available labor, the country has taken on numerous building projects over the years to build up its economy and facilitate trade with other regions. However, these building projects are on another level of huge, and with all the megacities popping up throughout the country, China boasts many of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world. Here’s the Steel Wire’s look at some of the most impressive to date. Three Gorges Dam China is home to the largest dam in the world, measuring 1.5 miles in length and sitting 60 (!) stories tall. The Three Gorges Dam took 1.92 million tons of rolled steel...

This Material is “Steeling” the Show at the 2018 Winter Olympics

This Material is “Steeling” the Show at the 2018 Winter Olympics

The countdown has begun: The 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games (PyeongChang 2018) are less than 30 days away. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added 4 new events to this year’s games including curling mixed doubles, speed skating mass start, alpine skiing team event and snowboard big air. With the additions, athletes in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games will compete in 7 main sports, or 15 events including variations. So, what do these athletes from all over the world competing in various different sports have in common? They all rely on steel to enhance their performance and keep them safe while they compete for the highest honors in their profession. Here are some of the most prominent ways...

Where the Next Wave of Smart Cities Will Emerge

Where the Next Wave of Smart Cities Will Emerge

Major cities in developing countries around the world are transitioning into smart cities. Smart cities use information and communication technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to collect information and optimize resources for their citizenry. This means that data from city dwellers’ devices and their interaction with the physical city will determine how the government allocates resources and even influence the private sector as well. Although major developing smart cities are inspired by technology, old-school construction resources like steel are still required. Here’s a look at where the next wave of smart cities will emerge and what opportunities lie ahead. Countries Ripe for Smart Development The major developing cities to watch are located in India, China and Africa. These...

Top 5 Holiday Gifts that will WOW Manufacturers

Top 5 Holiday Gifts that will WOW Manufacturers

There’s less than a week to go to get everyone’s presents ready for the holidays. While everyone seems to be thinking up the perfect gifts for family and friends, the Steel Wire presents the top 5 gifts… for manufacturers! We’ll be looking back on 2017 to pick the hottest gifts for manufacturers to start the new year equipped and ready. POSCO GIGA STEEL –  For Automakers POSCO GIGA STEEL is like the iPhone X or the latest Xbox or PlayStation for automakers. It’s the newest, hottest must-have item for any type of car. Automakers are constantly working to lightweight their vehicles without compromising strength to meet increasingly stringent safety and environmental regulations. In order to offer its auto partners the...

Clear Landing into 2018 What’s Ahead for the Aviation Industry

Clear Landing into 2018: What’s Ahead for the Aviation Industry

2017 has been a steady year for the global airline industry, with an expected net profit of about USD 30 billion in 2017, down slightly from USD 35 billion in 2016. Higher labor costs, as well as the rising cost of oil, contributed to the downturn. Unfortunately, oil prices are projected to reach up to USD 100 per barrel by 2030, double the current market prices of around USD 50. The future may look uncertain for commercial aviation, but the increasing demand for passenger flights, the need for new aircraft as well as new innovations are expected to stimulate the industry in 2018 and beyond. SEE ALSO: Game Changers in Aviation that Will Empower the Way We Fly Smaller planes,...

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