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A Round-Up of Steel Industry Resources

A gauge chart here, a definition there. When we’re starting out in our careers, it can be difficult to get a handle on exactly where to go for what.

And even if we’ve been in the industry for years and years, looking for information can sometimes still throw us for a loop. Where did I see those technical reports on metallic sheet testing again?

If you’ve ever second-guessed where to click around the web to find an answer to your problem, look no further.

We’ve put together a quick guide of where to start exploring when the questions come knocking.

General steel information:

American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI): A member-based company that represents over 75 of the US and N. American steel capacity.

Why to visit: For updates on public policies in manufacturing and advances in steel technology.

Worldsteel Association: Representing 170 steel producers, this organization is a connector of industry professionals.

Why to visit: For technical and economic information affecting the industry; statistics.

Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST): A 17,000 member strong non-profit with the mission of advancing technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.

Why to visit: For information on technical committees, job boards and buyer’s guides.

Technical galvanized resources:

Galvinfo: A program of the International Zinc Association that was established to provide information and support about application and performance of zinc-coated steel sheet.

Why to visit: For an answer to nearly every question surrounding zinc and zinc-alloy coated steel sheet.

American Galvanizers Association (AGA): A non-profit association dedicated to serving the needs of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, fabricators and after-fab hot-dip galvanizers.

Why to visit: For useful field tools like the life cycle cost calculator and the galvanizer locator, as well as galvanized steel case studies from around the world and a comprehensive KnowledgeBase for FAQs about galv.

Galvanizers Association: A worldwide member-based organization that meets to discuss general galvanizing issues.

Why to visit: For networking opportunities with other members of the galvanized community.

International Zinc Association: A non-profit based in Belgium, it’s the only global industry association dedicated exclusively to the interests of zinc and its users.

Why to visit: For all things zinc, including how it’s sourced, used and recycled; zinc programs for sustainability, galvanizing, spraying, health and more.

National Coil Coating Association: Dedicated to the growth of coated product, this membership organization aims to increase the awareness of coil coating processes and prepainted metals.

Why to visit: For tutorials, case studies and tools surrounding the end uses and benefits of coated coil.

Standards and regulations:

ASTM International: An international organization that sets standards for more than 12,000 products globally.

Why to visit: For certification specs, product information and compliance documentation.

ISO: The international organization for standardization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards.

Why to visit: For information on how to get your quality management processes certified.

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA): A members-based organization that sets international technical standards for the HVAC and sheet metal industries.

Why to visit: For technical resources on HVAC and sheet metal in architectural, commercial, residential and industrial applications.

Industry press + blogs:

Steel on the net: Steel industry news reports, data and statistics.

Why to visit: For news aggregation, steel pricing and costs.

Steel Market Update: A resource for the buyers and sellers of flat-rolled steel products.

Why to visit: For a newsletter subscription with top headlines delivered daily to your email inbox.

American Metal Market (AMM): An online resource and magazine surrounding metals industry news, pricing and information.

Why to visit: For well-researched industry news and information that abides by high journalistic standards.

Modern Metals: A magazine for metal service centers, fabricators & OEMs/end users.

Why to visit: For in-depth monthly articles on the state of the industry, company highlights and current issues.

SNIPS: A magazine targeting the HVAC and sheet metal industry.

Why to visit: New products, event coverage, commentary on the HVAC industry.

Metal Bulletin: A research publication covering all global metals and steel markets.

Why to visit: For company data, statistics, pricing information, up-to-date news and market commentary.

Steel Business Briefing: Under the Platts umbrella, SBB aims to serve the global steel market online.

Why to visit: For daily briefings, world steel reviews, industry reports and pricing.

Steel Orbis: Market intelligence on the worldwide steel industry.

Why to visit: For aggregated news, daily price reports and interviews with leading steel industry executives.   

Metal Center News: A trade magazine targeting service centers that warehouse, process and distribute carbon and stainless steels, aluminum, copper and brass.

Why to visit: For service center updates, business insight and tech advances.

ACHR: A magazine dedicated to the air conditioning, heating and refrigeration industries.

Why to visit: For advances in technology, weekly commentary, podcasts, breaking news and directories.

Industry Insights: A nationwide distributor of prime, coated, flat-rolled coil and sheet

Why to visit: For downloadable tools, checklists and documents to help the steel industry run better.

Other notable organizations:

HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International): A membership organization representing the wholesale distribution arm of the HVAC industry.

Why to visit: For educational resources on the HVAC industry, networking opportunities and industry committees.

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA): A membership organization dedicated to improving the metal forming and fabricating industry.

Why to visit: For online and off-site training, educational resources and networking opportunities.

Steel Recycling Institute: An association promoting the recycling of steel products.

Why to visit: For statistics and data, recycling resources and LEED education.

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