will52100 (Apr 10, 2021)
I can't speak on the specifics, but there IS a difference between rail grades coming out of China vs Japan. I know a couple of iron ore companies do a reciprocal deal with China where they send iron ore over, and get a discount on rail coming back. According to the Speno rail guy, that railway track doesn't last anywhere near as long as the Japanese rail other iron ore companies in the same region buy. One of the users of Japanese rail has far larger tonnages per day over the track than the ones using chinese rail.
Here's an interesting article comparing Chinese steel and American steel: https://gensteel.com/building-faqs/b...steel-quality/
"There have been a large number of reports of Chinese steel quality issues. Between 2011 and 2012 eight bridges in China, using Chinese steel, collapsed. In 2008 an earthquake struck the Sichuan province, and in one steel school that was poorly built, 700 children were crushed to death."
While it may not "make sense" to our minds for them to use low quality steel in vital infrastructure, they still do it a whole lot more than we do in the U.S.
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