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General Profile Information - Markets Served: Steel

Steel is the backbone of bridges, large office buildings, railroads, automobiles, and appliances. Currently, there are more than 3,000 catalogue grades of steel available, not including custom grades for specific users. Most grades of steel in use today -- particularly high strength steels that are lighter and more versatile -- were not available ten years ago.

The Association of Iron and Steel Engineers (AISE) has published a breakdown of the grades of steel produced in 1999, as follows: