Mag-Nanimous Decision

We’ve published a number of articles on trends in the magnesium industry over the past several years, and they all point to one inalienable truth—magnesium is an expensive material for North American designers to specify. But the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) could change that.

According to an article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the ITC has voted to “conduct a full review of 5-year-old tariffs imposed on imported magnesium.”

The newspaper says the decision was in no small part owed to the efforts of Spartan Light Metal Products, Sunset Hills, Mo., which produces die castings in various nonferrous materials.

Nothing has been decided by ITC yet, but this could be the first step in helping magnesium gain a firmer foothold in the metal component marketplace. That would mean good things for designers interested in light-weighting initiatives.

Casting Found Just in Time

While driving to the Birmingham airport a day after touring a ductile iron pipe casting plant in Alabama, one of our editors spotted this flatbed truck rolling down the highway.

Yep, those are the company’s very products on delivery to a customer. (And yep, our editor risked life and limb to snap this photo while driving.)

While this isn’t your typical found casting, this is about as close to “in the field” as you will find these centrifugally cast wonders. Once they find their way to the intended customer and are pulled off this truck, they’ll be buried in the ground to play an integral role in the water transport system for at least the next 50 years. 

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