What is Happening in the World of Stainless

27 June 2019


Nickel prices under pressure from vanishing deficits 



LONDON (Reuters) - Rapidly rising nickel supplies and slowing demand from stainless steel mills are weighing on prices of the metal, which are likely to come under further pressure this year as deficits disappear.

Reasons behind weaker demand from the stainless sector, which accounts for 70 percent of global nickel consumption estimated at 2.4 million tonnes this year, include overstocking of stainless steel by producers earlier in 2019.  Also a major influence is the trade dispute between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, and its potential to disrupt growth and demand.

Benchmark nickel on the London Metal Exchange, at $11,800 a tonne, has fallen 25% over the last 12 months.

(Reuters, 12 June 2019)

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Emeritus Prof Gavin Younge’s five-metre-long stainless steel artwork Curating the Waves on display at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s biggest free public sculpture exhibition, late last year


A five-metre-long stainless steel artwork by renowned University of Cape Town (UCT) Emeritus Professor Gavin Younge is among 70 sculptures to go on show at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in Perth, Australia next month.  Younge’s sculpture Curating the Waves, which satirises the human folly of attempting to control the forces of nature, was lauded by the Australia Council for the Arts when it went on show among 100 pieces at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s biggest free public sculpture exhibition, late last year.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi ran for 19 days from 18 October to 4 November 2018, on the coastal walk between Sydney’s Bondi and Tamarama beaches, while Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe will run from 1 to 18 March this year, on Perth’s beautiful Cottesloe Beach, in Western Australia.
The latter event draws more than 200 000 people annually, and the former about double that number, and Younge revealed that he is part of a project to bring the Sculpture by the Sea concept to Cape Town.

20 February 2019 UCT Newsletter)

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Bangladeshi Artist recreates memory-laden objects by connecting thousands of Stainless Steel razor blades


Bangladeshi artist Tayeba Begum Lipi recreates memory-laden objects by connecting thousands of razor blades, transforming the sharp metal tools into tennis shoes, wheels for strollers, sewing machines, sensuous fabrics, and more.

Lipi’s sculptures address female marginality and speak most specifically to violence facing women in Bangladesh.

The razor blades also reference her memories of witnessing the birth of her nieces and nephews as a child growing up in the small town of Gaibandha, where the tool was often used during delivery.

In addition to being an artist, Lipi also founded the Britto Arts Trust in 2002 with her husband Mahbubur Rahman. The organization is dedicated to creating opportunities for other Bangladeshi artists through exhibitions, residencies, and educational activities.

Her solo exhibition This is What I Look(ed) Like with Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York will present several new razor blade sculptures in addition to photography and video works. You can see more of Lipi’s razor blade sculptures, in addition to her collection of safety pin sculptures, on Sundaram Tagore Gallery’s website.

(Colossal, 12 April 2019)

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Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential


The revival of South Africa's flagging manufacturing sector is core to President Cyril Ramaphosa's broader economic recovery plan.

The importance attributed to manufacturing is evident in the President's decision to appoint expereienced Ebrahim Patel to lead the newly restructured Trade and Industry portfolio, which reconsolidates the Department of Trade and Industry with the Economic Development Department.

There is also growing recognition within government that, despite having the most diversified and industrialised economy in Sub-Saharan Africa,  South Africa's manufacturing performance lacks vibrancy, even when compared with some of it's African peers.

(Engineering News, 20 June 2019)

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Laser cutting stainless steel versus Plasma cutting

  There are many ways to cut stainless steel.  Laser cutting and plasma cutting are fairly standard practices in modern steel production.  They both have a place due to the different advantages.

This article covers: Laser cutting technology basics; Plasma cutting basics and Types of stainless steel in relation to Laser cutting.

(Stainless Structurals, January 2018)

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