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,...

6 Cities On the Road to a Driverless Future

6 Cities On the Road to a Driverless Future

Fully automated cars have yet to hit the streets in significant numbers. However, improvements are being made every day, and there are cities globally that have already embraced the technology. Experts agree that autonomous transportation will prove especially useful when combined with ride-hailing services, and if the two develop concurrently, it could lead to a decrease in car ownership as well as a solution to the problems of urban mobility faced by major cities today. SEE ALSO: Ask an Expert: Electric Vehicles and the Future of the Automotive Market However, implementing autonomous transportation systems is no easy task, from perfecting the technology to sorting out legal matters. Take a look at these 6 early-adapting cities around the world that have...

Top 5 Steel Consuming Regions in 2018 and Beyond

Top 5 Steel Consuming Regions in 2018 and Beyond

As cities begin to revive their infrastructure in favor of high-tech options, steel is quickly becoming a high-demand resource. In 2016, the top steel consuming countries were China, Japan, India, the United States, Russia and South Korea. These countries used the most steel and are expected to continue holding their ranks. But the steel industry is projected to slow down slightly in 2018. This is because the rapid growth in countries like China has reached a point of stabilization. The demand for steel will continue to increase 1.6 percent according to the World Steel Association. Compared to the growth rate of 2.8 percent in 2017, it is a significant decrease, but there are still areas in the world where steel...

The Fuel of Tomorrow Mining Lithium for Tomorrow’s Cars

The Fuel of Tomorrow: Mining Lithium for Tomorrow’s Cars

The fate of widespread electric vehicle (EV) adoption lies in the car battery. So far, automakers have achieved a range of 100 to 300 miles on a single charge, but it’s still not enough to calm drivers’ range anxiety or compete with traditional fuel options. Ultimately, drivers want an affordable long-range EV with super fast charge, factors that are often at odds with each other. Even though EVs make up about 1 percent of total new car sales in the U.S., EVs are on a steady, steep path upwards. According to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, EVs will make up 54 percent of new car sales by 2040, and by 2029, EVs will be cheaper to buy than...

The Forgotten Fleet Looking Back on Early Electric Vehicles for a Better Future (2)

The Forgotten Fleet: Looking Back on Early Electric Vehicles for a Better Future

People have a hard time imagining a world where the majority of people drive electric vehicles (EVs). However, in 1912, there were more than 30,000 EVs on US roads, and by 1917, EVs could go 100 miles on a single charge. Shortly after, EVs couldn’t compete with gasoline cars and seemed to disappear altogether. So, what happened to the EVs of the past, and how can the world prevent them from going the way of the dodo bird for yet a second time in history? The Golden Age of Electric Vehicles The first EV hybrid car was made in 1901 by Ferdinand Porsche, and by 1917, 38 percent of the cars on US roads were EVs, 40 percent were steam-powered...

Ask an Expert: Fashion Forward with Steel

Ask an Expert: Fashion Forward with Steel

Naim Josefi took this year’s Stockholm Fashion Week by storm with his 2017 F/W GANGS collection. The pieces were not only beautiful with shiny sequins and edgy denim pieces, they embodied the perfect collaboration between science and design. That’s what Josefi is known for. The Swedish designer is more like a scientist, always searching for new technology to not only express his creativity but also his beliefs about equality, empowerment and sustainability. How does he come up with his designs? “All my collections are built on scientific research. Technology helps me realize complex ideas and thoughts,” said Josefi. For the GANGS collection, his complex ideas were expressed through the use of steel, laser printing and 3D printing technology. “During the...

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