Here in the United States and all throughout the world as a whole, the use of steel is something that is incredibly commonplace. Steel is typically produced in a factory called a foundry, and it is at this foundry that steel melting occurs. This work at the foundry can typically be done in a used induction furnace or a new induction furnace, depending on the foundry in question. However, refurbished equipment is often just as high quality as any of the new or newer equipment that the foundry might decide to purchase. At the end of the day, many a foundry is likely to use used services and parts, as the will allow the foundry to save money and be able to produce more steel products.
And steel products are hugely in demand not just here in the United States but all throughout the world as a whole. It’s in the United States, however, that steel production is particularly necessary for, as the United States imports more steel than truly any other country on the planet. Therefore, steel production is a must at many a foundry simply to fuel the need for steel of the United States. This can be seen particularly clearly when we look at our steel trade with Canada, for though we import about 88% of all of Canada’s steel, this amount of steel actually only makes up about 17% of the total steel that we will import over the course of just one year.
However, steel has many different uses and is not just valuable here in the United States but on a global scale as well. The major use of steel all throughout the world is for building purposes, as construction and infrastructure make up as much as half of all steel use on a worldwide scale. Steel is ideal for many of these construction uses, as it is a material that is not only highly accessible on a worldwide basis, but a material that is incredibly durable as well. This, of course, makes it perfect for building the towering skyscrapers that have become so commonplace both here in the United States as well as all throughout the world as a whole.
But, of course, steel has many different uses beside the ones mentioned above. In fact, it’s estimated that at least 13% of all the steel in the world, much of it processed in a foundry setting, is actually used for the automotive industry. As more and more people become licensed drivers and then need to buy or lease a motor vehicle, the safety standards for vehicles all over the world (and particularly here in the United States) have certainly increased quite considerably over time – and especially over the course of recent years.
The use of steel can be more than ideal for the automotive world, especially when it comes to improving safety. Steel is often incorporated into a cage in the body of the car. This steel cage allows for protection of the people inside of the vehicle during roll over accidents, preventing them from becoming crushed. Before steel cages were able to be easily and commonly incorporated in motor vehicles of all types, serious injuries and even deaths in these roll over car accidents were much more commonplace. Therefore, the use of steel has been clearly proven to be life saving at the end of the day.
And still steel has so many more uses to be discovered. For instance, steel has been used quite frequently in the world of robotics as well as in the world of manufacturing – and not just here in the United States but all throughout the world as a whole. In fact, as much as 16% of all of the steel manufactured in the world (often through the use of a foundry) will be put to these purposes. Therefore, steel could also be considered to be highly innovative indeed, something that many people might not first think of when they think of steel. No matter what, however, it is very clear that steel is hugely important.