Steel 101: Introduction to Steel Making & Market Fundamentals

Steel Market Update's Steel 101 Workshop is the premier industry training for understanding steel making and market fundamentals. Workshop instructors have a combined 150+ years' experience in the steel industry.

The workshop will focus on all aspects of flat and long product production, quality, and market drivers. Participants will tour a steel mill which specializes in flat rolled products, and see first-hand all stages of production.

Attendees will also receive a comprehensive workbook as well as access to related resources on the Steel Market Update website.

This workshop is the perfect training for anyone involved in the steel industry, whether you are just starting out, or simply want to learn more about how steel is produced and sold.

Our next workshop is being held in Merrillville, Indiana on March 31 – April 1, 2020. Participants will tour a steel mill which specializes in flat rolled products and see first-hand all stages of production.

We choose our locations because our workshops are unique in that they include a tour of a working steel mill. This time we will visit the NLMK Indiana mill.

NLMK Indiana is a prime supplier of hot rolled and hot rolled pickle & oil products. NLMK Indiana offers both EAF and integrated melted products, ranging from 1006 through 1095 grades, HSLA grades and various alloy grades.The facility is strategically located in the Port of Indiana on the shores of Lake Michigan, enabling barge shipment as well as truck and rail. The major markets we service are pipe and tube, energy, agriculture, construction, automotive and service centers. For further information about NLMK Indiana, please visit their website.


Participants will:

  • Understand how steel is made (flat and long)
  • Understand where steel is used
  • Understand what drives steel market pricing
  • Understand how you can navigate the market
  • Identify raw materials used in steelmaking
  • Understand the melting and casting process
  • Understand the rolling processes for both flat and long products
  • Understand the coating process for hot dipped products
  • Understand quality issues that affect steel
  • Recognize the differences between fully integrated and mini-mills
  • Understand the fundamentals that move market pricing
  • Understand how steel is bought and sold
  • Identify potential risks in the steel supply chain
  • Understand available data, tools and resources

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