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15 February 2021 - 20:29 By Michael Pooler

Skyscrapers and bridges, cars and cruise ships, guns and washing machines. All have one thing in common: steel.

As a key input for engineering and construction, it is the world’s most commonly used metal, providing the foundations of the modern industrial economy. Since a method for inexpensively mass producing the iron alloy was developed by English inventor Henry Bessemer in the 1850s, a sprawling industry has grown which today turns over $2.5-trillion (R36-trillion) and employs millions of people...

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