What You Need to Know About Your Stainless Steel Wristwatch

What You Need to Know About Your Stainless Steel Wristwatch

Did you know that different types of stainless steel greatly determine the quality of wristwatches? In fact, many luxury watch brands like Rolex and Audemars Piguet put great emphasis on utilizing specific types of stainless steel to make top-quality wristwatches. Under the theme of ‘Breaking Barriers,’ this month The Steel Wire invited Chanyong Park, an editor from Esquire Korea, to look at some of the world’s most well-known watchmakers and why they utilize certain types of stainless steel. Below is his take on different types of stainless steel that have been used to make some of the most iconic wristwatches.     Stainless Steel in Wristwatches In general, wristwatches are made of stainless steel. Although other types of materials, such...

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The Future of Transportation Will Transform the Way We Travel

The way we move ourselves and products is changing. Transportation is becoming automated, connected, and much, much faster as the wild, unthinkable ideas of science fiction novels are becoming real. Multiple industries are coming together, led by some of the most influential people in Silicon Valley. This will reshape the way we move goods and people and their influence will be needed as they face multiple barriers. Take a look at three of the ways transportation is restructuring itself for faster, more sustainable travel. Some are closer to realization than others, but all of them are changing the way we think about movement. When realized, all of these ideas will have an impact far beyond what we can see now....

How Smart Factories are Changing the Manufacturing Industry

How Smart Factories are Changing the Manufacturing Industry

Connectivity, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) – we hear about these concepts every day and how they will change our lives. Our smartphones, thermostats, and lights can all be connected to read our movements and our environments, and while these advancements are remarkable, the advancements in factories and production lines are likely to have the greatest economic impact on our lives.  We are entering a new era of manufacturing, one in which computers and machines are coming together to perform automated actions. Even more impressive, they are able to do this with less and less human involvement, learning from their mistakes and teaching themselves to constantly perform better. This new era, what is being called Industry 4.0,...

International Women’s Day: Breaking Barriers for Gender Parity

International Women’s Day: Breaking Barriers for Gender Parity

Throughout history and across cultures, women have faced challenges and discrimination – from a lack of legal protections to being thought as unqualified in male-dominated professions. While inequality persists in today’s workplace, women have made great strides to combat gender bias and show that they are equally fit in sports, the military, and in the steel industry. POSCO values the contributions from its female workers and their role in its success. In the past, The Steel Wire has looked at women in the steel industry as well as a few of the women who have had a lasting impact at POSCO. Please check out the in-depth interviews with Yukyung Lee, Group Leader of Iron Ore Group of the Raw Materials Department;...

Asian Steel Market Barriers and Opportunities

Asian Steel Market: Barriers and Opportunities

Asia accounts for more than 65% of total global steel use. Its populations and economies continue to rise; however, structural changes in society and the market as a whole are forcing the industry to recalibrate.  In Northeast Asia, the oversupply of steel, the aging of the workplace populations, and the deceleration of the Chinese economy are all having a significant impact on the steel industry. To combat these issues, each country is expanding into the global market with differentiated export strategies in order to increase their shares. China is diversifying export items and destinations for its bulk supply of steel products. Japan & Korea are moving forward with investment in high-quality steel production, and Korea is also gearing up to...

MWC 2017 sees innovations in battery tech

MWC 2017 Shows Increased Demand for Lithium

Mobile World Congress (MWC) has begun in Barcelona and the world is catching its first glimpse of what is coming to mobile tech in 2017. New smartphones, tablets, and wearables are taking the main stage with brands working hard to show off their new features and new designs. In the ten years since Apple launched its first iPhone, mobile devices have gotten bigger screens, more features, and more powerful processors – all of which translates into bigger batteries. For consumers, battery life remains a top priority. A quick search online brings up thousands of articles written on how users can improve the battery life of their phones, tablets, and wearables, even though most of these articles offer tips and tricks...

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Capturing the Fluidity of Life in Ribbons of Steel – An Interview with Gil Bruvel

Since he was nine years old, Gil Bruvel has known he wanted to be an artist and for the last four decades he has dedicated himself to that path. Working in painting, drawing, and sculpture, Bruvel is a true craftsman whose tremendous skill is clearly evident upon first glance. The Steel Wire recently spoke with Bruvel about his Flow Series of sculptures. With ribbons of stainless steel, Bruvel has created stunning representations of life, its dualities, and its binding contradictions.   You’ve worked with a variety of media including oils, pencils, pastels, wood, and bronze. With the Flow Series you began using stainless steel. What inspired you to start working with steel? Among all the different material I use for...

Artistry in Music Through Steel

Artistry in Music through Steel

With Carnival coming to Brazil, the Ultra Music Festival landing in South Africa, and America handing out statues at the music industry’s biggest awards show – February is full of events celebrating music. Through various cultures and countries around the world, we can see how music has transformed itself through time and technology. Of the musical instruments most likely to be seen, wood and brass might be the most known materials, but if we look closely we can find creative uses of other metals, including gold, silver, platinum – and even steel. Because steel is heavier than other metals it is typically not found in many musical instruments. However, today we will explore how steel and metal have helped to...

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3 Times Steel Impacted our Emotional Response to Architecture

Architecture is meant to stir emotion. From the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin to the Staples Center in LA – their designs have a purpose. Many of us may pass a building everyday on our way to work and never notice it, while other buildings may bring out more intense feelings – regardless, they are all interconnected with our lives and with our emotions. Daniel Libeskind says, “[I]n buildings that move us, there’s an element of care. It’s not a question of whether a building makes us feel good or bad. It’s about being moved. It’s something that goes very deep.” Take a look at these three unique buildings that used steel in creative ways. Most architects and engineers work to...

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The Staples Center – Home of Artistry, Originality, and Music’s Biggest Night

On February 12, the music industry’s biggest award ceremony will be held at LA’s Staples Center for the 17th time in 18 years. Fans will watch as Beyonce, Adele, and Chance the Rapper battle it out to grab some of the night’s highest honors. Millions of viewers will watch live on TV as musical talent walks the red carpet and perform on stage. An event of this magnitude is only possible in an arena like the Staples Center, which is able to meet the demands of having a large stage, multiple backstage dressing rooms, and a roof that can hold lights weighing more than 80 tons. Apart from music’s biggest night, the Staples Center hosts more than 250 events throughout...

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