The US metallurgy industry is facing a supply crunch as the price of steel goes up and production is at a standstill due to the price war.
But the steel industry in Australia, which relies on the US for its bulk supply of steel, says the industry is ready for a supply war.
“We’re really hoping that there will be some sort of a supply glut in the US.
We know the steel market is pretty tough,” Professor Tim Gough, CEO of the Australian Iron and Steel Council, said.”
There’s been a lot of uncertainty in the steel supply, and we’re really hopeful that it’s going to settle down.”
I think it’s a very good news for Australia, we’ve been a very low-cost steel exporter and we want to stay that way, and that will come through the supply.
“It’s just going to depend on how we handle it.”
The US metamaterials industry has been grappling with supply issues in recent years, and the US is the world’s biggest exporter of metallolybdate and is increasingly struggling with its steel supply as the cost of raw materials rises.
The US steel industry is struggling to find an alternative source of raw steel.
In December, the US government announced it would not accept new raw materials from China and it is now looking to ramp up exports of iron ore to keep up with demand.
“The US is a very significant steel exporters, but the US has a very high steel price, which is really a big driver for it,” Professor Gough said.
He said the price for steel in the United States was around $US10 per tonne, but that it was a lot cheaper in China.
“When you look at the price in China, we are able to import steel much cheaper,” Professor Ewan Macdonald, a senior lecturer in the University of Technology, Sydney’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, said, adding that the US would be able to access the cheaper steel from China.
The metametallic industry, which includes metalloys like the stainless steel and steel-rich ferrite and molyboric alloys, has been hit hard by the price wars.
But Professor Macdonald said metalloproteomics was a very different field, with very different processes.
“In metalloreomics, the process is much more straightforward, but it’s not the same as steel metamolybides, which are the metals that have the greatest physical attraction, so they are the only metal that we can get to,” he said.”[But] there are a lot more metal elements in the metamatons than in metalloy metals, so the alloying process is very different to the metallography process.”
“The steel industry, it’s very much an industry that has to cope with that.
It’s an industry where people have to get used to changing their whole business model,” he added.
But he said the industry would be prepared for a trade war.”[We’ve] had our steel mills closed down in the last few years.
We’ve had to get rid of our suppliers, and you know, you’ve got to find a way to get your supply back.”
The steel metagame in Australia has become increasingly competitive, as the US steel market shrinks.
“They’ve basically taken over our steel mill business,” Professor MacDonald said.
This has made it difficult for the industry to meet demand, with supply disruptions at key manufacturing sites.
“Some of the suppliers have been going out of business, some of our facilities have closed, and some of the manufacturing is going to be moved out of Australia, and so we’re seeing some of those costs come back into the industry.”
If we can’t keep up that supply, then we have to start looking for other markets.
“But, for the time being, we’re not in a position to take on that kind of challenge,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
The American steel industry says the current supply glut will not last long.
“Our metalloeprojects business is very stable, so it’s really important that we don’t see that kind to get worse,” Professor McGinty said.
“We have to manage that supply as best we can, and then see what happens.”
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