In the courtyard of a skyscraper is a statue of a muscular and bare-chested Atlas holding up the globe, represented by four concentric circles, which can also represent steel’s contribution as the backbone to the world.

“2020 has certainly been a humbling year for many reasons, one that will never be forgotten,”

Carl Grobien, Vice President of Operations at National Material of Mexico.

Grobien’s quote is true of the world, and it is certainly true of the Mexican steel processing industry. In the spirit of looking back, and looking forward, we reflect on NMM media highlights from 2020.

#1 The Identity of Mexican Steel Processing

A grey-scale sketch of an older metal steel processing factory with boilers, molten metal, and various workers performing tasks or looking on in a cluttered warehouse-like space.

In this extraordinarily eventful year, the steel industry’s robust past gives wisdom to enlighten its limitless future. As part of the tradition of innovation, conviction, and style that characterize steel, the Mexican steel industry will continue to embody the “great steel values” going forward.

 

The tradition of steel was explored in a media blog titled, “The Evolution of Modern Steel Processing,” which answers the question, “What shaped the modern steel processing industry?”

 

#2 The Combative Nature of Steel

A panoramic shot from an elevated vantage point that shows National Material of Mexico’s modern Mexican steel processing plant, with an open, well-lit factory floor that stores rolled up steel coils and the Red Bud Advanced High Strength Steel processing machine which is red and yellow and looks like a long, mechanical assembly line.

With the unpredictable, often chaotic series of events that beset 2020, it would have been easy to feel uprooted amidst the uncertainty. The opening lines of “NMM: Advanced High Strength Steel Processing in Mexico” reminded us that beyond the doubts of the day, there are certain constants about human nature and that these are well represented in steel. They are perseverance, innovation, progress, and optimism.

 

Steel has undertaken many tasks, each more impressive than the last. Beginning with being crafted into legendary swords, steel has subsequently traversed the Atlantic Ocean as a telegraph wire, moved masses along rail lines, and conquered city skylines, changing our cultural landscapes forever.”

 

#3 The Better Days

A cork, muselet cap, and drops of liquid shoot out of a bottle of champagne with a shiny, golden label covering the neck and a round logo at the bottom of the foil.

2020 changed plans, stopped travel, and impeded many of life’s most precious affairs from weddings, to ballgames, to graduations.

 

However, a blog from early in the year titled “How Your Champagne Toast This New Year Supported the Steel Industry” is an especially charming reminder of the concerts, festivities, movies, sports, and trips which undoubtedly will be more cherished than ever when life returns to normal.

 

#4 Thoughts of the Future

A panoramic shot of a city taken from a neighboring body of water, showing the span of a bridge entering the city, various buildings of differing shapes and heights, yellow and white streetlights, and several yachts docked along the waterway’s banks.

With a year centered on the pandemic, many of the year’s successes may have been missed. From putting a commercial flight into space, to the eradication of polio in Africa, human success was not placed on hold by the pandemic. Steel also celebrated its advances with an article about the new generation of global steel. The article “Advanced High Strength Steel: Beyond Automotive Steel” began by stating:

 

Of the thousands of available steel grades, among the most exciting are the line of advanced high strength steels. Advanced high strength steel (AHSS) refers to steel that provides high-strength (up to 2,000 MPa) and durability while maintaining formability.”

 

#5 The Value of Not Being Alone

An infographic map showing all NMM’s Steel Processing Mexico plants, with red markers placed on the map and labelled with the name of the NMM plants: steel processing Monterrey, steel processing Hermosillo, steel processing Queretaro, steel processing Puebla, steel processing San Luis Potosi, steel processing Guanajuato, steel processing Aguascalientes.

As stated by NMM’s VP of Operations, Carl Grobien, this year serves as a reminder of many of life’s most valued aspects, including relationships. In a blog written in October titled “Steel Processing Services in Mexico: From Aguascalientes and Queretaro, to Hermosillo,” we celebrated the steel processing alliance network that fosters excellence through cooperation and relationships.

 

#6 Honoring Our Relationships

The National Material of Mexico logo composed of inverse golden trapezoids which shorten in length so that all together they form a triangle, and in the middle are the block letters, “NMM”.

Finally, “A Holiday Message From National Material of Mexico’s VP of Operations, Carl Grobien,” which possessed this important highlight:

 

On behalf of the National Material of Mexico family, we value and honor the relationships we have built with our customers, vendors, associates, and partners more than ever. May you and your family have a very Happy Holiday and Joyful New Year.”

 

More About NMM and National Material L.P.- National Material of Mexico is a subsidiary of National Material L.P., operating 16 steel service centers and processing facilities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and shipping over 2,000,000 tons of steel annually. National Material L.P. specializes in supplying, servicing, and processing hot rolled steel, cold rolled steel, grain-oriented steel, non-grain oriented, electrical steel, galvanized, galvannealed, aluminized steel, pre-painted steel, and coated metals.