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Materials Business File

Materials Business File covers industry news, product and process developments, plant development and construction, international trade data, government regulations, and management issues related to industries covered by other CSA Technology Research Database (TRD) subfiles. Begun in 1985 as an alerting service, the database now serves also as a historical business/industry reference. As of 2004, its coverage has been expanded to include business and industry information across the full scope of CSA's TRD and is no longer limited to the materials processing industries.

Sources covered include over 3,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases.

Subject of Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Recycling
    • Health and Safety issues
    • Economics
    • Alloy and Material Developments
    • Company information
    • New material developments
    • Energy Usage
    • Fuel, Energy Usage, Raw Materials, Recycling
    • Plant Developments and Descriptions
    • Engineering, Control and Testing, Machinery
    • Environmental Issues, Waste Treatment, Health and Safety
    • Product and Process Developments Applications, Competitive Materials, Substitution
    • Management, Training, Regulations, Marketing
    • Economics, Statistics, Resources and Reserves
    • World Industry News
    • Company Information
    • General Issues
Dates of Coverage
    Approximately 1985-current. The oldest record in the database has a publication date of 1962; about 50% of its records have publication dates of 1994 or later.
Update Frequency
    Once a month. Approximately 15,000 new records are added per year.
    Over 0 records as of May 2013
    The database is indexed using a master authority file of about 40,000 controlled-vocabulary terms. Older records in this database were indexed using a file-specific thesaurus; this thesaurus has now been incorporated into the master authority file.
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Sample Record
    TI: Title
    Consolidation, alliances key to staying aloft in aerospace
    AU: Author
    Harbison, J
    AF: Affiliation
    Booz-Allen and Hamilton
    SO: Source
    American Metal Market (USA), vol. 105, Suppl. Superalloys, pp. 4, 28 Jan. 1997
    PB: Publisher
    IS: ISSN
    AB: Abstract
    The driving forces behind the commerical aerospace business in 1996 were consolidation at both the supplier and OEM level, intensifying competition, globalization, lean supply chains, and revolutions in the design process. More than previously, this past business cycle has triggered a more significant downsizing of the population, both in the number of suppliers and OEMs. Suppliers wishing to succeed in this environment will need to develop close working relationships with their customers to redesign their business streams, not just internally, but across the supply chain of suppliers, distributors, and customers. Research indicates that by leveraging the extended enterprise, alliances earn a return on investment in excess of 50% higher than other endeavors at the same company.
    LA: Language
    PY: Publication Year
    PT: Publication Type
    Journal Article
    DE: Descriptors
    Journal Article; Superalloys, Marketing; Marketing
    CL: Classification
    G7 Management; Training; Regulations; Marketing
    EM: Entry Month
    SF: Subfile Name
    Materials Business File, Nonferrous metals
    AN: Accession Number
Field Codes
    The following field codes are found in the records of this database. Here they are listed in alphabetical order by two-letter code. See Field Codes and Search Examples for detailed descriptions and search examples.

    AB = Abstract LA = Language
    AF = Affiliation NT = Notes
    AN = Accession Number NU = Other Numbers
    AU = Author OT = Original Title
    CF = Conference PB = Publisher
    CL = Classification PT = Publication Type
    DE = Descriptors PY = Publication Year
    EM = Entry Month SF = Subfile Name
    IB = ISBN SO = Source
    ID = Identifier TI = Title
    IS = ISSN