American Iron and Steel Institute Building on a History of Success and Accomplishment for the North American Steel Industry

1855    The American Iron Association is formed to advance the interests of the iron industry. With the growing use of steel, the name was changed to the American Iron and Steel Association in 1864.

1868    The Association produces its first Annual Statistical Report. This, and other statistical information, continues to be produced by today’s Institute, maintaining its role as the authoritative source of industry information.

1908    The American Iron and Steel Institute is formed to expand opportunities for collaborative research into manufacturing technologies and product development. The Association is merged into AISI in 1912.

1933    The Institute, representing one of America’s largest industries at the time, is called on by the federal government to establish a Code of Fair Competition for the industry.

1959    The Steelmark, familiar to millions and licensed by AISI to the Pittsburgh Steelers, is introduced for use on products made with steel manufactured in North and South America.

1966    AISI expands its reach, accepting members from Canada and Mexico, to become the voice of North American steel.

1978    AISI and industry representatives pioneer and promote the idea of the “bubble concept” for reducing air emissions from industrial facilities leading to EPA policies allowing a more cost-effective and common sense approach to emissions regulation. This concept is the forerunner to emissions trading and plant-wide applicability limits (PALs).

1983    AISI, with other industry groups, establishes the Trade Reform Action Coalition, predecessors to the Committee to Support U.S Trade Laws, a mega coalition in support of effective trade laws.

1984    In the face of then- record steel important levels in the United States, and after extensive industry lobbying with AISI in the lead, President Reagan establishes a program of Voluntary Restraint Arrangements (VRAs) on steel. The result is 20 enforceable bilateral agreements, which limit steel imports and import injury for five years.

1986    AISI and the Department of Energy define the technology required for environmentally friendly and energy efficient steel plants of the future. This collaboration leads to a public/private partnership to jointly fund research into manufacturing technologies and product applications.

1987    AISI establishes Market Development programs to promote market-focused use of steel in the automotive, construction, container, appliance and railcar markets.

1987    The Auto/Steel Partnership is formed between AISI and General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to develop better and more efficient technologies for the use of steel in automotive applications.

1987    The Steel Can Recycling Institute is established to directly increase post –consumer recycling containers. The program evolves into the Steel Recycling Institute with an expanded mission to develop an infrastructure for the recycling of all steel-based products.

1989    Following a successful AISI-led campaign to extend the U.S. steel VRA program, President Bush announces that the U.S. will pursue international negotiations to achieve a Multilateral Steel Agreement to address the root causes of global steel trade disputes.

1989    AISI establishes a U.S.- Canada FTA Task Force to explore trade policy issues if mutual concern to our U.S. and Canadian members after implementation of the U.S.- Canada Free Trade Agreement.

1990    AISI co-founds and leads the Clean Air Working Group that successfully results in passage of amendments to the Clean Air Act of 1990 beneficial to the industry.

1990    The Institute enters into its first research and development contract with the Department of Energy. Through this and successive contracts DOE has contributed $95 million in funding of industry research, substantially leveraging the $31 million contributed by the industry.

1991    Steel is established as North America’s most recycled material with a 65% recycling rate.

1992    The Residential Steel Partnership is formed to expand the use of steel framing in homebuilding in the one- and two- family housing market.

1993    AISI convinces the U.S. Court of Appeals to vacate and remand 428 new permissible exposure limits for hazardous chemicals that would have required extensive modifications to engineering controls.

1994    AISI’s Steel Packaging Council launches a customer/consumer awareness program to stem the loss of market share in food packaging.

1994    AISI is awarded its first of 18 patents for smelting technology.

1994    UltraLight Steel Autobody (ULSAB) initiative is launched by AISI’s Market Development program to define the next generation of vehicles. The program eventually engages IISI to join over 35 steelmakers worldwide with the goal being a family sedan that is 25 percent lighter and can meet or exceed a wide variety performance and cost targets.

1994    As NAFTA takes effect, AISI establishes a North American Steel Council to explore efforts to develop and communicate common NAFTA- wide trade policy positions.

1994    AISI successfully engages Congress to enact the Uruguay Round Agreements Act that continues U.S. trade laws supportive of steel and other producer interests.

1996    AISI forms TheSteelAlliance, a five-year, consumer- oriented awareness program to promote the positive attributes of steel though advertising and other public relations activities.

1996    AISI joins with other industry groups in developing the Common Sense Initiative adopted by the EPA, a structure that permits a more collegial, inclusive approach in setting environmental policy.

1997    The Canned Food Alliance, a partnership of can makers food processors and steel producers, is formed to jointly explore product applications and promote the nutritional benefits, convenience and use of canned foods.

1997    AISI convinces OSHA to work with AISI producers and decking and roofing fabricators to set aside product standards that would have precluded the use of these materials in construction

1997    AISI wins the prestigious Civil Engineering Research Foundation Award for Innovation for its work in introducing High-Performance Steel to the bridge marketplace. HPS-70W resulted from a partnership among AISI, the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Navy.

1997    The Utility Pole market program is established to promote the use of steel utility poles as an alternative to wood and concrete. Over 600 utilities now use steel distribution poles.

1998    AISI leads an industry-wide effort to communicate to NAFTA governments concern about the steel crisis that is facing the region following the financial collapse in Asia and economic depression in the former Soviet Union.

1998    The Steel Framing Alliance is established as a successor to the Residential Framing Partnership to directly include builders, developers and roll-formers as well as steel manufacturers.

1998    The ULSAB body-in-white is showcased in Detroit, New York and Washington. USLAB technology results in up to 36% weight reduction while improving structural performance and crashworthiness and reducing cost compared to existing technology.

1998    The Metal Roofing Alliance is established to target significant growth potential for residential roofing.

1999    AISI announces commercial availability of the TIP2 sensor, a technology developed under the Advanced Process Control program.

1999    The prestigious “R&D 100 Award” recognizes AISI for its contribution in developing one of the year’s most technically significant products- the Galvanneal Temperature Measurement System.

1999    MIT study, commissioned by AISI, successfully challenges the environmental assumptions made by the aluminum industry and refutes the benefits claimed in shifting from steel to aluminum.

1999    AISI negotiates a special agreement with OSHA exempting steel maintenance operations from the requirements of the asbestos construction standard. The original OSHA standard would have required companies to treat all maintenance operations as construction and significantly increased compliance cost.

1999    IMPACT program is initiated between AISI, the Department of the Army and Ford Motor Company to develop the next generation light truck.

2000    AISI adopts a comprehensive Market Development Five- Year Business Plan that defines a new blueprint for growing steel markets into the 21st century.

2000    The International Building Codes recognize AISI steel provisions that provide and important competitive advantage for steel in new construction.

2000    AISI licenses the Hot Strip Mill Model (HSM). HSM enables steelmakers to optimize hot rolling practices and the development of new steel grades.

2001    AISI- led efforts to communicate the magnitude of the steel crisis support President Bush’s announcement of a three- part Steel Program to address the crisis and structural imbalance existing in the global steel sector.

2001    The National Research Council report on the Partnership for the Next Generation of Vehicles recognizes that the steel industry is leading the way to lightweighting solutions in auto manufacturing.

2001    SRI announces that the steel can recycling rate exceeds that of aluminum cans for the first time.

2002    The North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members is published, the first structural standard in North America to be jointly developed for NAFTA partners. The specifications are based on AISI’s 50 years of research and development on cold-formed steel structures.

2002    Following intensive efforts by AISI and others and following an exhaustive investigation by the International Trade Commission, President Bush imposes steel tariff relief under section 201 of U.S. trade.

2002    AISI signs a voluntary agreement with the Department of Energy as part of the Business Challenge, which includes setting a goal of achieving 10 percent increase in energy efficiency by 2012.

2002    NAFTA government submit a joint trade policy position paper at the OECD, following many years of ran AISI-led effort to speak with one North American voice in multilateral settings.

2003    IMPACT light truck technology is applied to the next generation Ford F-150 pick-up, helping steel maintain its position as the automotive material of choice.

2003    Steel imports custom training is funded by the federal government for the first time ever.

2003    Following more than 10 years of AISI efforts, the North American Steel Trade Committee is established to address common challenges in NAFTA steel market integration.

2003    AISI launches the CO2 Breakthrough Program, part of an international effort to explore and develop steelmaking technologies that will curtail or minimize the release of CO2 emissions in the steel manufacturing process.