Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming we

Wish you and your family happy on this gathering day.

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Please note that we will have a 3-days holiday from Sep.6 2014 to Sep.8 2014.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is an official harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese peoples. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and Vietnamese calendar, during a full moon, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, within 15 days to the autumnal equinox.

The Government of the People’s Republic of China listed the festival as an “intangible cultural heritage” in 2006 and a public holiday in 2008. It is also a public holiday in Taiwan. Among the Vietnamese, it is considered the second-most important holiday tradition.

Meanings of the moon cake festival

The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts which are closely tied to one another:

  • Gathering: such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops
  • Thanksgiving: to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
  • Praying: (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these three concepts, although traditions have changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture, and religion.

A Story of Mid-Autumn Festival

In the ancient past, there was a hero named [Hou] Yi who was excellent at shooting. His wife was Chang’e. One year, the ten suns rose in the sky together, causing great disaster to people. Yi shot down nine of the suns and left only one to provide light. An immortal admired Yi and sent him the elixir of immortality. Yi did not want to leave Chang’e and be immortal without her, so he let Chang’e keep the elixir. But Feng Meng, one of his apprentices, knew this secret. So, on the fifteenth of August in the lunar calendar, when Yi went hunting, Feng Meng broke into Yi’s house and forced Chang’e to give the elixir to him. Chang’e refused to do so. Instead, she swallowed it and flew into the sky. Since she loved her husband very much and hoped to live nearby, she chose the moon for her residence. When Yi came back and learned what had happened, he felt so sad that he displayed the fruits and cakes Chang’e liked in the yard and gave sacrifices to his wife. People soon learned about these activities, and since they also were sympathetic to Chang’e they participated in these sacrifices with Yi.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival

Structural Steel

Steel is the most widely used construction material in the world today. Its strength-to-weight ratio, toughness, flexibility, pliability, eco-friendliness, and plain aesthetic appeal have, during the 100-plus years since its invention, proven steel as the essential structural part of practically every substantial commercial structure around the world. From highrises to bridges, automobiles to ships, pipelines to rocket gantries, the sturdiness and flexibility of steel makes the fixtures of modern civilization possible.

Structural steel is the most preferred framework material for non-residential buildings on the globe. Steel members, known as beams and columns, constitute the bone structure of the building supporting all of the other parts of the building.

In the majority of developed countries, the shapes available are set out in published standards, Common structural shapes including:

I-beam (I-shaped cross-section - in the uk these include Universal Beams (UB) and Universal Columns (UC); in Europe it includes the IPE, HE, HL, HD and other sections; in the US it includes Wide Flange (WF) and H sections) also known as H-beam, W-beam (for “wide flange”) Universal Beam (UB) Rolled Steel Joist (RSJ), or double-T (especially inPolish Bulgarian Spanish Italian and German), is a beam with an I- or H-shaped cross-section. The horizontal elements of the “I” are known as flanges, while the vertical element is termed the “web”. I-beams are usually made of structural steel and are used in construction and civil engineering.

HSS-Shape (Hollow structural section also known as SHS (structural hollow section) and including square, rectangular, circular (pipe) and elliptical cross sections)

A hollow structural section is a kind of metal profile having a hollow tubular cross-section. The phrase is used mostly in USA, or some other countries which follow US construction or engineering terminology

HSS members can be circular, square, or rectangular sections, although other shapes are available, such as elliptical. HSS is simply made up of structural steel per code. HSS is usually incorrectly introduced as hollow structural steel. Rectangular and square HSS are also frequently called tube steel or structural tubing. Circular HSS are occasionally wrongly labeled steel pipe while correct steel pipe is actually dimensioned and classed differently from HSS. (HSS measurements are according to exterior size of the profile, while pipes are basically dimensioned based on interior diameters. The corners of HSS are heavily rounded, which has a radius which is approximately twice the wall thickness. The wall thickness is uniform around the section.

Angle Iron(L-shaped cross-section)

An Angle Iron is a flat metal rod that has been folded to a 90-degree angle along its length, resulting in an L-shaped piece. For Equal Angles the two sides of the angle are of equal length, with unequal length of the 2 sides are Unequal Angle. Heavier Angle Iron is often used as a structural element in buildings and bridges, while lighter Angle Iron is used for a variety of supports such as an adjustable bed frame.

Structural channel, U channel, Tee (T-shaped cross-section), Steel Bar are also widly used Structural steel in the manufacture and fabrication of a broad range of engineered products, furniture making, machinery manufacturing, shipbuilding, railway spare parts, iron towers, and boilers, etc.

There are many factors considered when choosing a construction material. Cost is commonly the controlling element; however, other considerations such as weight, strength, constructability, availability, sustainability, and fire resistance will be taken into account before a final decision is made

Most construction projects need hundreds of different materials. Many commercial and industrial structures are mainly built using either structural steel or reinforced concrete. When building a structure, you must decide which, if not both, material is most suitable for the design. There are numerous points considered when choosing a construction material. Cost is commonly the controlling element; however, other considerations such as weight, strength, constructability, availability, sustainability, and fire resistance will be taken into account before a final decision is made. If you are looking for Structural steel, please feel free to contact us, as a steel supplier since 2002, you will get professional supports from our sales engineer, and one stop services.

Corrugated Galvanized Steel to Kenya

This order of Corrugated Galvanized Steel was for one of our customer from Kenya, shipped on May 29, 2023

Corrugated Galvanized Steel is commonly abbreviated to CGI and is a building material composed of hot-dip galvanized mild steel sheets, cold-rolled to produce a linear corrugated pattern in them. The corrugations increase the bending strength of the sheet in the direction perpendicular to the corrugations, but not parallel to them.

Because of its lightweight and easily transported, Corrugated roofing is widely used especially in rural and military buildings, It is a great way to top a garden shed, shop, or patio. It’s quick, easy, and you can do it yourself. You only need basic tools and materials, you can click here and follow the steps to install the Corrugated Roofing.

We supply an assortment of Corrugated Galvanized Steel Sheets including PPGI. Corrugated Galvanized Steel Sheets prove to be a cost effective solution for various construction purposes such as roofing, sidewalls, partitions and panels. Buying CGI Sheets directly from China will save you the cost of corrugating Galvanized Steel Sheet in your own country. Here are some examples of how sheet width changes after corrugation:

Width before corrugation: 750, 900, 1000mm
Width after corrugation: 660, 800, 885mm


Chinese Seamless steel pipe market in Q3, 2014

Chinese seamless pipe industry is through with weakness theme from Janaery to April in 2014,
even though driven by commodities price rebound in early and middle April, it displayed tentative rise. Basically, the depressing market is because of high production along with weak demand. Struggling with tiny profit margins, Those Producers are trying all they can to improve production to fight for the mere profits, which lead to further intensifies market competitions.

Supply exceeds demand home and abroad

Oversupply issue has become increasingly fierce from 2011. Increased via the violent capacity release in 2008, seamless steel pipe output amount grown fast, along with the expanding of abroad market, more and more countries began to release anti-dumping on China’s steel pipes. The problems are going to be more awkward following the commission of TMK’s pipe plant in Saudi Arabia this year as Chinaˉs export to Middle-east areas is under risks of being complained.

The Report showed that Chinaˉs seamless steel pipe production amount is hanging at high levels at this point in 2014, particularly in March when output quantity saw a m-o-m increase of 36.79%, much higher compared to the 20% rise in normal years. The high output weighs on spot market heavily. But Steel Pipe mills are not still targeting at no relax of production in April, leading to the surmise that pipe production would continue to peg at high level in Q2 this year.

Chinaˉs export of seamless steel pipe was decreasing in Q1, 2014, down by 6.02% y-o-y and the export amount was recorded the steepest slope in Feb throughout y-o-y and m-o-m comparisons. It tumbled 34.91% from the same period in 2013 and dropped 45.35% m-o-m.

Imports, on the comparison, are beefing up from 2013. China totally imported 227,400 tonnes of seamless steel pipe in 2013, increasing by 4.91% y-o-y, and the import volume of seamless pipe bounced off up to 51.88% to 67,400 tonnes in the first 3 months in 2014.

Seamless Pipe market may rebound in Q3, 2014

At present, Chinaˉs seamless steel pipe market has fallen to the lowest since 2009, and the downbeat tendency seems far from ending. The depressing Q2 isn’t just a single phenomenon this year, as the Q2s from 2011 have all been witnessing falling pipe markets, but prices could manage to rally or the downward drifting was trending to reduce in Q3s in the past three years. So it is surmised that pipe market would be more prone to grow in Q3.

As a relatively downstream product type across the steel industrial chain, seamless pipes are likely to carry out later than other kind of steel products, which causes the product move less violently than others like rebar or hot rolled coil. However, it shouldn’t be ignored that this year domestic pipe need would be promising. The state is strengthening investment in Middle and West areas and demand for seamless steel pipe in these regions would leap forward. Thus Q3 will be a season enjoying lots of opportunities.

Steel From China

Sunspeed Group Offers One Stop Steel Shopping Globally

Sunspeed Group is one of China’s largest steel manufacturers and is dedicated to driving the continued expansion of China’s global steel industry. Whether it is manufacturing seamless pipe for gas line usage in Mexico or hot rolled steel plate for Mauritius, Sunspeed Group is devoted to bringing the highest quality products to their customers at the best available Steel Prices.

Sunspeed Group has developed SteelfromChina.com as a trading center and informational resource for their manufactured items and to showcase the dozens of steel mills they have cooperation agreements with. On the website you can find out any information you need about ordering through them to get your steel products sent anywhere in the world. In addition, their steel prices are kept up to date and you can get a quote immediately. They are justifiably proud of their customer service department.

Some of the many products they offer, include:

SteelfromChina.com is set up to be a ‘one stop shop’ for all your steel needs and there are extensive galleries of pictures of actual orders with technical information for all of their products. As an online business, they are determined to give you as much information as possible about your order so there is no confusion when it is finished.

Probably the biggest reason customers are interested in ordering China steel is the cost. With steel prices currently depressed, Chinese mills are still producing over capacity and driving the costs down. Although this situation will eventually change, this gives customers an opportunity to get steel at great prices even with shipping included. Tariff duties into the US are low, which has opened up a new market for Sunspeed for many of their products, but this window of opportunity is closing fast. American steel manufacturers are trying to raise the import duty on China steel and make their pricing more competitive.

In addition to having great pricing, Sunspeed Group maintains high levels of quality assurance and are close enough to their cooperating mills to ensure they are complying with government and manufacturing standards. All of the material that Sunspeed Group markets passes rigorous testing procedures to guarantee the highest quality.

A thorough understanding of the market means that Sunspeed Group is willing to work with consumers on smaller orders, even allowing under mill minimum orders on standard stock, and they offer a fantastic opportunity for their customers to visit China and see not only the mills were the steel products are made, but also the many tourist attractions located in and around Beijing. Visitors can be treated to fantastic food and great nightlife. Shopping and even a visit to the Great Wall.

There are so many reasons to choose Sunspeed Group and its products, including seamless pipe and SteelfromChina.com for your steel needs that they need an entire website to display them all. If you are looking for steel for your industry, there is no better choice.

Learn about what Sunspeed Group can offer steel importers. In addition to a list of products, it also talks about customer service and other benefits of working with them. From Galvanized Pipe to Cold Rolled Steel, the services they offer are spelled out.

What to Look for in China Steel Manufacturers

When it comes to picking a supplier for steel, there are many choices available. Depending on your needs, the Chinese market can supply you at a less expensive cost and easier than local markets. Importing steel, when the average cost is 10% less than buying locally, makes sense from an economic standing.

Steel prices are depressed because of a combination of economic and political factors that have created a buyer’s market where prices are low and customer service is high. Finding a supplier for your steel that will work with you and has your interests at heart is the most important thing.

Of the many Chinese steel companies, the best one for you will depend on a number of factors. Whether you are in the market for corrugated galvanized steel, hot rolled steel plate or whatever steel needs you have, there are some basic factors that are desired in a supplier:

Quality assurance. Your steel manufacturer has to be able to provide 100% quality in all of their products. Tested and guaranteed to perform exactly as expected. Your quality requirements need to be met by the manufacturer.

Price guarantee. If the price of steel drops after you place an order, you should get the best price if your order has not been completed. Find a company that keeps your costs in mind, no matter what fluctuations the global market is going through.

Expansive range. In addition to saving you time in ordering, having all of your needs supplied by one manufacturer will save money on shipping. Keeping your costs down is one of your most important concerns. Find a steel manufacturer that will keep your needs in mind and isn’t afraid of making suggestions to keep your costs down.

On time delivery. Your schedule is critical for manufacturing, you need a company that makes meeting your schedule their top priority. A large enough company will have stock on hand and the raw materials to create special orders without a significant time delay.

Flexible payment options. Not everyone has cash on hand to pay for orders when they are made, working with a company that understands this and has already set up multiple payment options will make getting the contract through your own company easier.

Cost saving options. Not all customers need the finishing touches that add extra money to the bill. You need a company that will work with you on the finishing requirements of your order, no matter what size it is. A company that is willing to find your tax rebate and cost saving options can save you thousands of dollars on your order.

Finding a company that offers all of these advantages and more should be your goal. You also need a company that can weather government regulations and global market downturns.

Legislation is becoming more aggressive for China steel suppliers and you need a company that is willing to put your interests to the forefront.

Learn what to look for if you need Corrugated Galvanized Steel from a Chinese steel exporter.

Seven Reasons to Buy Steel from China

With the depression of steel prices on the global market, it has become less expensive, in many cases, to import raw steel from China to finish at local metal manufacturing facilities than to buy locally. Demand currently doesn’t match output, which creates a buyer’s market for steel.

Although price is the major reason to import steel, other reasons include:

  • Depressed prices. Again, China steel manufacturers have overproduced product for what the demand is global. This has caused a depression of steel prices for both foreign and domestic steel. With relaxed tariffs in the US, the cost of imported steel is still less than that of domestic manufacturers and steel mills.
  • Over ordering. Having a lot of raw material setting around can work to your benefit. China’s steel industry has started to slow down their production, but the raw material has already been acquired and is costing manufacturer’s overhead costs just to keep it.
  • High-quality. China’s government has recently tightened up their regulations concerning steel mills, closing many that couldn’t maintain the minimum standards set. This has left the companies that are still in business taking a greater concern on the quality of their products and manufacturing methods.
  • Excellent customer service. With the slowing down of production, China’s steel manufacturers are fighting harder over a smaller market share and offering inducements to get your business. One of the primary inducements they can offer is excellent customer service and keeping current and potential customers happy and satisfied.
  • Price locks. Taking the worry out of a fluctuating market price helps raw steel importers control their bottom line. Instead of waiting for the price to creep down, inhibiting manufacturing while waiting for the price to bottom out, you can plan ahead for costs by ordering now, at the current rate, and having the steel shipped to your facility on your schedule.
  • Dependable shipping schedules. With the accumulation of raw materials, scheduling your order becomes easier. The Chinese companies already have the material for your order in stock and can begin work on it, immediately. This allows for planned ordering and shipping without having to worry about the global market availability.
  • Tariff issues. Currently, the trade atmosphere between China and the US favors the import of steel over buying it within the US. Importing steel, even with the costs of transportation factored in, costs about 10% less than buying from US suppliers.

Modernized facilities and an emphasis on increasing their economic output have made the current dynamic between China and the US a perfect place for finished steel manufacturers. Latest steel prices, cheap shipping and a ready supply of materials will keep Chinese steel flowing into the American marketplace as long as the market will sustain it or until the government steps in to put an end to the market status that Chinese steel currently enjoys.

Market Demand and Economic Uncertainty -Creating the Perfect Time to Import Steel

The current picture of steel manufacturing the world over is driven by two countries. The United States is importing large amounts of raw and finished steel products. China is meeting and exceeding these demands, while also continuing to import large amounts of iron ore in their steel manufacturing industry. Conflicts and agreements between these two countries has created a situation where prices continue to fall and production continues to rise. More products have to be made, or imported, to meet economic demands.

China has been garnering a lot of attention lately with their expansion of steel exports. Currently the largest exporter in the world, Chinese production is still increasing, driving prices down globally and making Chinese steel products cost- and time-effective.

The United States has imported over 10 million metric tons of steel in the first quarter of 2014. Demands in the auto industry and energy drilling have increased and although American steelmakers have filed trade cases arguing for an increase in tariffs, most of those cases are unresolved at present and the market remains open.

Many US steel mills are supporting tariffs against imported finished steel, but are also big importers of raw steel that they use to make finished products. This has created a market that the steel industry is trying to exploit for specific gains, while hurting foreign steel makers for producing the same products for a cheaper price.

Internationally, the price of iron ore is primarily determined by Chinese demand. China is the largest consumer of iron ore in the world, even with the current economic slowdown. This slowdown has resulted in lowering factory output and slowing retail sales. Continuing this trend will result in a depression of the world market for iron ore as less is used and inventory builds up in Chinese ports.

These two factors, increased Chinese manufacture and a looming tariff on importing steel to the US has created the perfect moment for importing steel for your industry or business. Locking in low import prices, now, before the tariff laws raise them will ensure a steady supply of raw or finished steel from China while avoiding the uncertainty that will follow the US tariff decisions.

Good business sense suggests that you buy while prices are low. It is unlikely that production will continue at this level much longer. The economic and manufacturing changes occurring in Chinese steel suppliers will slow production down.  If the tariffs go into effect in the US, the prices for imported steel will necessarily rise. Now is the time to buy steel.

Resource Box:

A general overview of the state of steel imports and exports between the US and China with a look forward at the coming tariff disputes and economic slowdown. The emphasis is on purchasing while steel prices are low and the economic picture is still stable.

Article Summary:

This article highlights the current state of affairs between the US and China over the steel import/export situation. It gives a general overlook of the economic positioning of each country and the most likely outcomes.

Latest Galvanized Steel Prices From SteelFromChina.com

Latest Steel Prices

Steel Coil Sizes Steel Price
(FOB China)
Steel Grade
Common Quality
0.5*1250*C $710/MT


A653 CS Type B/EN10142


0.6*1250*C $705/MT
0.7*1250*C $700/MT
0.8*1250*C $695/MT
0.9*1250*C $693/MT
1.0*1250*C $690/MT
1.2*1250*C $693/MT
1.5*1250*C $690/MT
2.0*1250*C $685/MT
2.5*1250*C $703/MT
High zinc coating
0.8*1250*C $780/MT JIS G3302 SGCC/ASTM

A653 CS Type B/EN10142


1.0*1250*C $770/MT
1.2*1250*C $760/MT
1.5*1250*C $730/MT
2.0*1250*C $730/MT
2.5*1250*C $710/MT
3.0*1250*C $710/MT
3.5*1250*C $720/MT
4.0*1250*C $725/MT

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Differences between Hot Rolled Coil and Cold Rolled Coil

Before souring steel materials for a project, you should to know the differences between the different types of steel, How it is used and what are the advantages and disadvantages. Then you can make a decision and choose the right product for your project.

Below we will discuss a pretty common question: what’s the different between Hot Rolled Steel and Cold Rolled Steel, their advantage and disadvantage, etc

Hot Rolled Steel and Cold Rolled Steel

Cold Rolled Steel and Hot Rolled Steel

1 , Differences in rolling process:

Hot rolling is a metallurgical process that mainly to produce steel sheet or Steel Plate, after being passed between a set of work rolls, the billets are simply deformed or cut into steel plate, and the rolling temperatures would be over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cold rolling is another metal working process at temperatures that are close to normal room temperature, deform metal by passing it through rollers. Cold rolling often used to decrease the thickness of steel plate or steel sheet, and increase the metal’s yield strength and hardness.

2 , Advantage and disadvantage: Hot Rolled Steel vs. Cold Rolled Steel

The cold rolled steel is more precise dimensionally than a hot rolled product that created by hot rolling process, The cold rolled steel has already gone through the cooling process, which help it closer to the finished dimension.

However, the shapes of cold rolled steel is limited because of these properties, round, square, flat and variations of those types of shapes. If with small transverse dimension and uniform cross section, other shapes can also be cold rolled.

During the cooling process, Hot rolled steel re-configures itself, which giving the finished product looser tolerances than the original material. Compared with cold rolled steel products, Hot rolled steel is more malleable, allowing it to be forced into a variety of different shapes.

3 Cost of Hot Rolled Steel vs. Cold Rolled Steel

Generally, the cost of cold rolled steel could be twice as much as the cost of hot rolled steel, as cold rolling is a More complex metal working process than hot rolling

There is also another finishing between hot rolling process and cold rolling process, Pickled and Oiled. By being pickled in acid and oiled, the mill scale on the hot rolled steel can be removed and protect it from rusting. Picking and oiling cost is somewhere in between regular hot rolling and cold rolling.

4 usage of Hot Rolled Steel and Cold Rolled Steel

Hot rolled steel always used to create larger size products, as those larger products need to be in more distinct shapes. Hot Rolled Coil is produced as a feedstock for Cold Rolled Coil and coated coil, but also for immediate use in a variety of industrial applications including Steel Tubes used in transport, shipbuilding, construction, gas containers, pressure vessels and energy pipelines.

And Smaller products need to be more durable and tolerant, always created by the Cold Rolled Steel. Cold Rolled Steel is a ‘flat’ steel product. The material is manufactured from Hot Rolled Steel, with further thickness reduction performed on a strip mill without the use of heat. The application of cold rolled steel including: Automotive components, Bathtubs, Construction and building components, Domestic appliances, Electrical goods, Furniture, etc

If you are still not so sure about what kind of steel can meet your project requirements, please feel free to contact us, our professional sales engineer will help you, offer you advice and suggestions, our best solutions for your reference.