METEC—The Bright World of Metals Technologies—is a major industrial trade fair that brings together the movers, minds and technologies that are redefining the knowhow required to make steel mills more productive, produce higher quality metals for all types of uses, and comply with environmental and safety regulations. Attended by machinery and technology providers, mill operators and downstream metals purchasers, METEC is more than a sales conference, it’s a forum for pivotal presentations and intensive dialogue between exhibitors and visitors from around the world on business developments and economic and quality enhancing advances in steel production and processing.
During Japan’s economic miracle decades of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, the nation experienced the fastest economic growth in the world. Consequently, the country climbed to number two in the global economic rankings, second only to the United States. One unwanted by-product of this success was the equally fast growth of the country’s waste, which soared to 44 million tons in 1980—five times the level generated in 1960, according to Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.