The word "iron" is used in everyday language to refer to low-resistance "iron alloys" defined as mild steels. This element is always combined with others such as: carbon, silicon, manganese, chromium, nickel, etc. Iron forms its two best-known alloys with carbon: steel and cast iron. On an industrial level, it is possible to obtain iron with a purity close to 100%; this product is then used in combination with other chemical elements to make alloys of many disparate characteristics.
It is extremely important from a technological standpoint on account of its mechanical properties and workability, and has lent its name to an entire historical period, the Iron Age.
For decades now, we have traded iron with some of the leading steel mills in the world.