This is a complicated issue with diverse factors affecting the output quality, but understanding the basic commercial influences at play may help you avoid the worst effects of poor raw material, or at least give you a better idea of why you’re having to cope with them.
With grades and certification bearing the brunt of steel quality control, it’s easy to think that there is no need to worry about quality but this may not always be the case. This is particularly so when global markets are in turmoil from economic pressures (overproduction, international tensions and conflict, etc.) and current geopolitical issues are significantly affecting the certainty of supply around the globe.
This article looks at foundry methods and factors which might influence production volumes, market prices and output quality to provide an insight into what could ultimately affect your steel.