Steel & Aluminum Fabricators Under Pressure… to Grow?!

Steel & Aluminum Fabricators Under Pressure… to Grow?!

The fabricated metal products industry is one of many targeted in the Trump administration’s recently imposed tariffs, and like other industries, the potential outcomes are largely unknown. Retaliatory tariffs are mounting. Will the smaller actors in the US fabricated metal products industry maximize their capabilities and expand to meet rising demand?


As Aircraft Lose Weight, Will Metal Service Centers Lose Revenue?

As Aircraft Lose Weight, Will Metal Service Centers Lose Revenue?

Aerospace equipment shipments are projected to see growth through 2022. However, as these aircraft are increasingly designed with lighter composite materials, metal service centers may have trouble adapting to this decline in demand from aircraft producers.


US Potash Production to Double by 2022

US Potash Production to Double by 2022

Despite projected minimal declines in demand, US production of potash is set to expand to more than double the production levels seen in 2017 over the next five years as US firms expand. This development is timely, as the US government recently listed potash as crucial to economic and national security.


Phosphate Rock’s Chosen Few

Phosphate Rock’s Chosen Few

As the US phosphate rock market grows more consolidated each year, new firms find it increasingly difficult to overcome barriers to entry.


Explosives Set to Boom as Coal Heats Back Up

Explosives Set to Boom as Coal Heats Back Up

Despite historic declines in coal production volumes, coal mining represented the largest market for explosives in 2016. Although it never came into effect, the announcement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, among other regulations, encouraged a shift away from coal and towards cleaner, cheaper alternatives like natural gas. However, with the change to the Trump administration came promises to roll back these proposed restrictions an d potentially increase demand for coal, which would boost sales of explosives to the coal mining industry.


Manufacturing & Environmental Uses to Spur Lime Demand Through 2021

Manufacturing & Environmental Uses to Spur Lime Demand Through 2021

US lime demand is forecast to reach 18.9 million metric tons in 2021. Rising manufacturing output and construction activity will support lime consumption.


A Slowdown in Auto Production Has Metal Stampers Looking Elsewhere For Growth

A Slowdown in Auto Production Has Metal Stampers Looking Elsewhere For Growth

For the metal stamping industry, automotive manufacturing is the leading market, accounting for nearly 80% of demand in 2016. However, this market is expected to be tepid, prompting the industry to look elsewhere for growth.


US Copper Miners Dig Deeper Into a Growing Market

US Copper Miners Dig Deeper Into a Growing Market

The market for copper is heating up, as robust gains in global construction and manufacturing activity bolster demand for this pliable, conductive metal. In terms of materials handled, and excluding mining for fuel sources (eg, coal), copper is the fastest-growing segment of the US mining and quarrying industry...


The Rise of EAFs Provides Flexibility to Steel Producers

The Rise of EAFs Provides Flexibility to Steel Producers

In the US, steel is primarily produced in either basic oxygen furnaces (BOFs) or electric arc furnaces (EAFs). Of the approximately 80 million metric tons of raw steel produced in the US in 2016, 67% of it was created in EAFs...