We engineer and manufacture water-cooling parts for electric arc and ladle furnaces, EAF core components such as electrode arms, and copper-based spare parts. We also provide a growing number of metallurgical services and have recently received a contract from a Monterrey-based steel producer for the offline maintenance of a continuous thin-slab caster. In the future, we will be extending our services portfolio to the downstream area.
We are currently growing. Before too long, we will have 140 people working at Primetals Technologies Mexico. The split between blue and white collar workers is 55 to 45 percent. It’s important to keep in mind that this group of white collars will sometimes handle up to 300 blue collars, for example, when a greater number of subcontractors is involved or during capex projects initiated by other company locations.
The U.S. steel industry is very active and we are participating in that trend. In Mexico, things are more steady now compared to the last two years. The political turmoil caused by U.S. foreign policy has inflated prices to some extent, but so far, we’re doing okay. China’s development should be positive for us, as the country moves from BOF- to EAF-based steelmaking and we’re supplying several essential parts for our company’s energy-saving Quantum EAFs.
Our domestic market still consumes most steel products made for construction, for instance, rebars and high-quality flats. The real opportunity for producers, however, lies within automotive flats, specialty steels, and special bar qualities, because the country has relied on importing them. Two steel producers have now started projects that will enable them to substitute these imports with Mexican-made steels.
In steel production, everything is just so massive and powerful. I love the way EAFs work—the fact that they can withstand such heat. Humans have tried to tame fire forever; there is something profoundly symbolic about it. I am fascinated by the liquid steel, by its changes in color, particularly the orange when the steel starts to solidify in the caster. Steel production has been my life, and I deeply identify with it.
In terms of speed. Technologies such as email have enabled instant global communication. We can travel almost anywhere in just days. This affects the way we live and perceive the world.
There are several: Formula 1 racing cars, airplanes, and submarines.
The time tunnel.