Apart from the recent boom years, the rewards for converting iron, coal and scrap into commodity grade steel have been limited. Since 2009, when demand collapsed and mills outside of China became raw material price takers, profitability has come under pressure once again and steelmakers have been forced to reconsider their strategy for survival. This had awakened a somewhat forgotten debate on making steel via electric arc furnaces versus basic oxygen furnaces...
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Will the US run out of steel scrap?
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