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Ask an Expert: Upcycling Steel into Stunning Architecture

Upcycling, the act of repurposing old, abandoned materials or spaces and giving it a new purpose, is a trend that has taken the world by storm. Abandoned buildings and even shipping containers can be upcycled into stunning pieces of architecture with an element of comforting nostalgia. Upcycling ensures that resources are used to their fullest extent, minimizing the number of trips made to the landfill. Vivian Kim, a travel writer, takes us deeper into this topic and introduces two examples of upcycling architecture from her time in both Korea and the Netherlands. Steel, an Ideal Material for Upcycling Steel is 100% recyclable, which makes it one of the most ideal materials for upcycling. Other construction materials, such as wood and...

How Steel Makes the Circular Economy Go ‘Round

How Steel Makes the Circular Economy Go ‘Round

Most business models function in a linear fashion, in which products are manufactured, used, and then disposed of. In recent decades, however, there has been a push to find more sustainable practices that reuse products instead of disposing of them in landfills. From this, the concept of the circular economy was formed. As a material used globally in millions of parts, buildings, and products, steel plays a central role in helping build and sustain a more sustainable, circular economy. What is the Circular Economy? The circular economy concept gained momentum in the 1970s as academics, businesses, and thought leaders realized that there needed to be a change in the way products were manufactured and disposed of. The general goals of...

3 Companies Leading with IIoT for Sustainable Production

3 Companies Leading with IIoT for Sustainable Production

Tech companies are doing their best to keep consumers constantly connected to their gadgets. A large part of that has been advances in IoT (Internet of things) that has automated nearly everything from TVs to thermostats through M2M (machine to machine) communication. Today’s connected devices can communicate with each other and operate based on changes in their environment without user input. Despite unbelievably rapid progress, many IoT tasks for consumers are seen as nice, but not necessary. Waking up to coffee that is brewed in sync with the alarm is certainly a perk most people would enjoy, but it is not something that could not be done with a little extra effort.   While consumers are able to see benefits...

Siemens, POSCO, and BMW Top Industry in Sustainability Index

Siemens, POSCO, and BMW Top Industry in Sustainability Index

While CSR (corporate social responsibility) may have once been an afterthought in boardrooms around the world, it has now become a significant pillar of corporate management. Across regions and industries, corporations are stepping up as problem solvers. This year, the Corporate Knights released their 13th annual Global 100 list, examining the sustainability efforts of about 4,000 companies with a market value of at least $2 billion. Their methodology looked at 14 key performance indicators (KPIs) covering environmental, social, and financial performance metrics. The following list looks at the leaders of several industries and what they are doing to remain competitive in today’s challenging market.   #1 in Metals & Mining – POSCO (#35 overall) The metals & mining industry is...

Advancements in Sustainable Steel Production are Changing the Industry

Ask an Expert: Advancements in Sustainable Steel Production are Changing the Industry

Automakers face increasingly strict environmental and energy standards. As the auto industry searches for innovative ways to build more sustainable cars, steel continues to be the most ideal solution for car makers and consumers. Below, The Steel Wire speaks with Choi Jaeyong, Manager at POSCO’s Environment & Energy Business Department and currently a research fellow at the World Steel Association, to discuss sustainable manufacturing trends in the steel industry as well as the evolving automotive steel industry. What are some of the most exciting initiatives taking place in the steel industry to combat greenhouse emissions and to create more sustainable production methods? First, we must realize that one of the main causes of greenhouse emissions comes from using fossil fuels...

Why Formability, Crashworthiness, and Fatigue are Critical in Auto Design

Why Formability, Crashworthiness, and Durability are Critical in Auto Design

The average car contains more than 30,000 parts, many of them steel. However, each piece requires different types of steel in order to maximize performance, efficiency, and safety for consumers. Since the early 20th century, car manufacturers have realized the importance of using specific steel for specific purposes. Henry Souther of the New York Times reported in 1909, “The secret of the use of steel is to put the right steel in the right place.” Until fairly recently, automotive steel mostly consisted of weaker mild steels that were affordable and easy to form into parts, but innovations in advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have given automakers more options when designing vehicles. Today’s automakers and parts manufacturers must consider several properties of...

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Ask an Expert: Taking a Life Cycle Approach to Automotive Environmental Policy

To reduce CO2 emissions, automakers have been working toward lightweight solutions that help build more fuel-efficient cars. However, the production emissions of some light weighting materials are so high they offset any benefits gained. POSCO GIGA STEEL was developed to provide automakers with a high strength, lightweight material solution that also produces significantly less production emissions and is completely recyclable. Take a look at our infographic to find out more about POSCO GIGA STEEL and the benefits it offers for automakers looking for lightweight, sustainable steel solutions.   In this contribution article, Dr. Roland Geyer, associate professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara, explores why we need to move beyond fuel...

5 Top Trends in Car Safety

Top 5 Trends in Car Safety

Car safety has evolved tremendously over the last several decades. While it is hard to remember a car that did not come with seatbelts, airbags, and antilock brakes, those features only became standard-issue within the last few decades. Today, automakers are pushing innovations in safety even further. By upgrading existing safety technologies and introducing new ones, cars are safer than they have ever been.   Below we take a look at five of the most exciting advancements in car safety. From new technologies that help drivers steer the car to stronger frames that protect passengers, see how the auto industry is working to keep passengers safe. Lane Departure Warning Blind spot warning systems use sensors to alert drivers when another...

POSCO Honors 2017 Steel Safety Day

POSCO Honors 2017 Steel Safety Day

The safety and health of employees always come first at POSCO. We are proud to be participating in The World Steel Association’s 4th Annual Steel Safety Day on April 28, 2017. Established in 2014, Steel Safety Day works to reinforce awareness of the five most common causes of safety incidents: moving machinery, working from heights, falling objects, on-site traffic, and process safety incidents. Each year the annual event highlights one of the five main causes of accidents in the steel industry to create a safer working environment. This year, special attention will be given to falling objects and ways to prevent associated risks as below:   Cranes: Never allow people to be below a suspended load at any time and...

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Automakers Look to Steel for Lower CO2 Emissions

Twenty years ago, Toyota debuted the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, but today almost every major car manufacturer has a hybrid or electric car on the production line. Just last week, Tesla surpassed Ford and GM to become the most valuable car maker in the US, signaling to the auto industry that investors are serious about banking on the future of electric vehicles. Several factors are contributing to the growing interest in electric vehicles. Stricter CO2 emission standards are changing the way cars are being made, and consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious at the same time. To produce more fuel efficient vehicles, car makers are looking to advanced materials in lightweighting that can help make vehicles more eco-friendly while being...

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