POSCO CEO warns of trade protectionism trends (US)

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South Korea’s largest steelmaker POSCO’s chairman Kwon Oh-joon called on employees to stay wary of trade protectionism trends that are being increasingly promoted by advanced nations amid deteriorating global economic cr exports,” Kwon said in a recent email he sent to POSCO workers, industry watchers said on June 24.  In May, the US Commerce Department issued a final announcement outlining 265.79 Read more

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Essar Steel: First Indian company to develop bullet proof steel (US)

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Such steel has been previously either manufactured under restrictive technology transfer agreements with foreign countries, or simply imported into India. 

Joining the elite club of limited global suppliers, Essar Steel (ESIL) has introduced bullet proof steel and become the first dedicated Indian company with this specialised steel. Used for bullet proofing of civilian vehicles and that of security personnel, such steel has either been manufactured under restrictive technology transfer agreements with foreign countries, or simply imported into India. There is a good and growing potential for this product as it can be used in light armored vehicles and protective shields or structures. Today, manufacturingRead more

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Future of steelmaking on display at Teesside Exhibition (US)

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MPI Chief Executive Chris McDonald at MIMA with a sample of rail, one of MPI’s exhibits at the Expo (Credit Photo@MPI)

The Materials Processing Institute’s (MPI) modern methods of steelmaking will be on display at MIMA’s Teesside World Exposition of Art and Industry, celebrating the history of the industry and exploring its future in the North East. The Expo opens at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) on 25 June and runs until 9 October 2016. It is being organised as a response to the closure of the SSI steelworks at Redcar in September 2015. Teesside-based MPI is a not-for-profit company, which continues to make steel on Teesside, at itsRead more

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New High Temperature Alloys Design for Nuclear Application using Big Data (US)

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Jason Hattrick-Simpers is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina.  His current research focuses on using high-throughput methodologies and big data analytical techniques to discover and understand how novel materials perform during operation in harsh environments.

High temperature alloys that resist oxidation are required as nuclear cladding materials to avoid hydrogen explosions in nuclear meltdowns. To address  this, researchers use a combination of computationally guided materials synthesis, high throughput experimentation and large data analysis tools. Reporting in Nanotechnology, they identify novel Fe-based coatings to avoid future disasters. During a nuclearRead more

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Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, defends its strategy, ten years after the merger (US)

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ArcelorMittal announced earlier this year a loss of 8 billions dollars. Its worst results in ten years. The largest world steelmaker suffers from the Chinese competition. Chinese overcapacities have brought steel price very low since two years. But the Luxembourgish steelmaker also suffers with high debts and launched its third capital increase in six years and a new plan to reduce its costs, Action 2020. (Credit Photo @ Guy Jallay)

Why did you choose to buy Arcelor?

Both Arcelor and Mittal Steel believed in the benefits of consolidation and had been active in the consolidation process. But the light bulb moment was really the privatization of Kryvih Rih in the Ukraine in 2005. We were the two companies bidding against each other in the public auction as we both saw value in the asset, and in consolidation. Had we been one company then the purchase price of the asset would have been considerably lower as we were bidding each other up. That was the moment when we started thinking this could be a reallyRead more

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Macrosegregation in Steel Ingots (US)

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The macro-scale segregation of alloying elements during the casting continues to afflict the manufacturers of steel ingots, despite many decades of research into its prediction and elimination. Defects such as A-segregates are still commonplace, and components are regularly scrapped due to their presence, leading to increased economic and environmental costs. With the growth of the nuclear power industry, and the increased demands placed on new pressure vessels, it is now more important than ever that today’s steel ingots are as chemically homogeneous as possible. On photo: The predicted mix concentration C mix in the steel ingot, scaled from 0.23 wt.% C (blue) to 0.45 wt.% C (red). The area of 100% equiaxed macrostructure is surrounded by CET line-  (Credit Photo @ TMS)

On the solidification of alloys, solute is partitioned between the solid and liquid to either enrich or deplete interdendritic regions. This naturally leads to variations in composition on the scale of micrometres, i.e., to microsegregation. Macrosegregation, however, refers to chemical variations over length scales approaching the dimensions of the casting, which for large ingots may be of the order of centimetres or metres. Microsegregation can be removed by homogenisation heat treatments, but it is practically impossible to remove Read more

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MetaFensch, Safran, Aubert & Duval and Erasteel: Partners in the development of the French titanium sector (US)

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MetaFensch, Safran, Aubert & Duval and Erasteel have signed multiple research contracts in order to develop the titanium sector of tomorrow in France. Titanium displays strength, corrosion and heat-resistance properties which make it an interesting choice for many high-performance applications, in particular for the aerospace, nuclear and medical industries. In spite of these advantages, titaniumRead more

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Sheffield Forgemasters produces two subsea clamps for Nord Stream pipeline project (US)

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“The size of the forging exceeded the known parameters for the designated material selection and required a new engineering solution to make it possible.” (Credit Photo @ Sheffield Forgemasters)

Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd has produced the largest ever forged sub-sea emergency repair clamp bodies for use on the world’s longest sub-sea gas pipeline. The hydro-clamp is designed to provide risk mitigation in the event of a breach in a sub-sea pipeline. Designed by Oil States Industries in Houston, this specialised unit takes subsea engineering design to a new level of expertise. Sheffield ForgemastersRead more

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Terry Wohlers : a leading authority on 3D printing technology for over two decades (US)

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Terry Wohlers is principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 25 years ago. Through this company, Wohlers has provided consulting assistance to more than 170 organizations in 23 countries. He has authored nearly 400 books, articles, and technical papers and has given 90 keynote presentations on five continents. He has been interviewed by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes,Fortune, USA Today, and others, and has appeared on several television news programs. 

Industry consultant, analyst, author, and speaker Terry Wohlers is president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 29 years ago. The company provides technical and strategic consulting on the new developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing. Through this company, Wohlers has provided consulting assistance to more thanRead more

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Alcoa to double Virginia plant’s titanium forging capacity (US)

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Lightweight metals leader Alcoa will invest more than $8 million to expand its aerospace forging capabilities at its Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products manufacturing operation in Henry County, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday. The investment will add a new grinder and two new forge furnaces, doubling the facility’s forging capacity and creating 15 new jobs paying above the average prevailing wage in the region. New York-based Alcoa expects to complete the expansion by the end of this year. On photo  : Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (left) presents Joe Piccioni of Alcoa (right) with a set of Jefferson Cups. (Credit Photo @ Martinsville Buellton)

Alcoa will invest $8.59 million in Henry County to expand its aerospace forging capabilities, adding 15 new jobs in the process. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the expansion at a press conference at the Henry County Administration Building on Tuesday. It wasRead more

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New Alabama GE Aviation facility will be ‘unique in the world’ (US)

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“It will be unique in the world,” said Sanjay Correa, vice president of the CMC Program at GE Aviation. “This is the one and only place in the world where it will all be in one place.” (Credit Photo @ Made in Alabama)

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – GE Aviation executives joined Governor Robert Bentley today to formal launch a $200 million project to build two factories in Alabama that are critical to the company’s plans to produce revolutionary ultra-lightweight parts for jet engines. Leading state and local officials also attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Huntsville for the project, which was announced last October. OnceRead more

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Iran Unveils Its first Indeginous VAR Furnace to produce Titanium, Superalloys and Special Steels for defense applications (US)

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Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan unveiled three new home-made technological achievements in Tehran on Wednesday. The achievements include 1-MW national GPS system, robotic vacuum plasma coating and vacuum arc remelting furnace. (Credit Photo @ Farsinews)

Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan visited the Malek-Ashtar University of Technology in Tehran, where the advancements were showcased. Dehqan said, “The furnace can be operated both manually and automatically. It can be used for the melting and the purificationRead more

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POSCO retakes 4th place in global steel production (US)

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POSCO, South Korea’s biggest steelmaker, has regained its status as the world’s fourth-largest steel-producing firm, data from the World Steel Association showed Tuesday. The Pohang-based company produced 41.9 million tons of crude steel in 2015, ranking as the world’s fourth largest steel producer, up one notch in the ranking. It ranked fourth by output in 2011, but it remained fifth for three years till last
year. POSCO’s production was little changed from the 41.5 million tons recorded in 2014. The shift in the ranking is due to the sharp Read more

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Nalco, MIDHANI plan to set up lithium-aluminium alloy plant (US)

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The second single-piece 5.5 meter diameter full-scale spun form dome was manufactured from a flat plate “blank” made from two pieces of aluminum lithium 2195 plate which were friction stir welded together. (Credit photo @ MT Aerospace)

BHUBANESWAR: State-owned aluminium maker National Aluminium Company (Nalco) and the Defence Ministry’s Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd (MIDHANI) are in talks to set up an aluminium-lithium alloy plant.  Lithium is the hottest metal today, with its demand underlined by the Space X andTesla ventures of maverick entrepreneurElon Musk. Lithium-aluminium alloys meet the extremely strong but very lightRead more

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Ali Bongo inaugure l’Ecole des mines et de la métallurgie de Moanda (Fr)

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Nous ne voulons plus être un exportateur de matières brutes, nous voulons transformer”, a déclaré à la presse le chef de l’Etat, venu couper le ruban symbolique, en présence de plusieurs ministres, de dirigeants d’Eramet et d’une foule d’habitants (Credit Photo @ koaci.com)

Le président Ali Bongo Ondimba a inauguré l’Ecole des Mines et de la Métallurgie de Moanda (est du Gabon), cofinancée par l’Etat gabonais et le groupe français Eramet pour former une main d’oeuvre qualifiée dans le deuxième pays producteur de manganèse au monde. “Cette
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Kobe Steel’s new alloy paves way for lighter jet engines (US)

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TOKYO — Kobe Steel has developed a lightweight alloy for aircraft engines that is expected to bring significant gains in fuel efficiency. The Japanese steelmaker will partner with Tokyo-based engine builder IHI to commercialize the titanium-aluminum material by 2020. A cubic centimeter of the compound weighs 4.2 grams, about half as much as a nickel-based alloy now in use. The alloy also withstands temperatures of around 1,000 C, which Kobe Steel says makes it more heat-resistant than previous titanium or aluminum alloys. IHI isRead more

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Kobe Steel: Tensile strength data falsified (US)

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TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Kobe Steel Ltd. said Thursday that a group company has been manipulating tensile strength test data for some of its stainless steel spring wire products over the last nine years and two months. The data fraud involving the steelmaker came to light following recent revelations of similar scandals hitting other major companies, including Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. Kobe SteelRead more

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Yeh Jien-wei (葉均蔚) a pioneer researcher in high-entropy alloys (US)

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Yeh Jien-wei

Jien-Wei Yeh’s research in high-entropy alloys constitutes a major breakthrough in materials science.

National Tsing Hua University professor of materials science Yeh Jien-wei (葉均蔚), who pioneered research into high-entropy alloys, was given special coverage in the academic journal Nature for his contribution creating the next generation of alloys.  Yeh came up with the idea of high-entropy alloys in 1995, while he was driving through the Hsinchu countryside, and the idea has evolved into a fast-moving field thatRead more

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SMR : a Leading Market Intelligence For The Stainless & Speciality Steel Industry (US)

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SMR is specialised in providing market intelligence covering specific segments or entire markets for the global Speciality Steel Industry. The results of the research projects are based on a vast scale data-collection, comprising present and historical information about the supply side (production), trade (exports and imports) and demand side (consumption) of the specific steel products in question. StartingRead more

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Saudi Aramco, GE and Cividale to build the first high-end forging and casting unit in the Middle East and North Africa for $400 million (US)

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The new facility, involving a joint investment of more than $400 million, will be located in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia under the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu industrial area. This should be operational in 2020, creating 2,000 jobs and helping to support development of local Saudi small and medium enterprises. (Credit Photo @ Trade Arabia)

Saudi Aramco has signed a deal with GE and Cividale SpA of Italy to build the first-of-its-kind high-end forging and casting manufacturing facility in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region that will serve the region’s maritime and energy industries. Marking a joint

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Voestalpine Considering building a new Special Steels Facility unit in Austria for €250 to €300 million (US)

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We don’t know when the last specialist steel plant was built in Europe. It is many decades, there is no doubt about that,” said Mr Eder. 

Austria’s Voestalpine is planning to build the first specialist steelworks in western Europe since at least the 1980s as it rides out disruptions in the  global industry caused by sharply falling prices.  Wolfgang Eder, chief executive, said the proposed €250m to €300m investment at Voestalpine’s site in Kapfenberg, north of Graz, would be launched in the next year or 18 months, if the company was satisfied EuropeanRead more

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SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH expands its Sales & Services international network (US)

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A strong global presence – this is the motto behind the decision of SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH International to invest in expanding their global Sales and Services network: in the important markets of America, Asia and Scandinavia this subsidiary of the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group is expanding their sales, warehouses and processing  capacities. In taking this step, the long steel expert is shoring up Read more

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Uddeholm Unveils its new powder metallurgy alloy Vanadis 8 for automotive market (US)

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The Swedish power player Uddeholm is the world’s leading producer of special steel and in the development of new powder steels. A position that requires man-years of thorough research and testing before innovative new steels like Uddeholm Vanadis 8 SuperClean sees the light of day.

– With pioneering research and development we’re answering to the market’s need for tool steel that has high wear resistance, good dimensional stability combined with the ability to machine high-strength materials. These properties also extend the intervals between stoppages, says Fredrik Carlsson, Product Manager at Uddeholm. Thanks to Uddeholm Vanadis 8 SuperClean’s unprecedented properties

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Refractory Material Selection for Steelmaking (US)

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Why do you pick the refractory you do? How do you choose? Where do you start the selection process? Where do you start? The answers to the first three questions is always a balance of competing interests between operations, purchasing, and the suppliers – the refractory engineer/selector is at a cross-roads to decide which is the correct material for each application. The goal of this book is not to select refractories for any individual facility or process or piece of equipment, but instead to give a step by step process on how to do it. It will be a guideline, with enough depth to provide a good solid basis for material selection, but well short of the depth needed to actually design a material from a refractory manufacturer point of view. The examples are for steelmaking only as it makes up 80% of the dollar spend of a steel plant ( 50% of the worldwide refractory market); however, the process can be used in any refractory application in any industry. The background for this book is 25 years of trial/error, success/failure, which has determined a tried and true methodology for success.

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Tom Vert is Vice President of Manufacturing at ArcelorMittal Dofasco. He has held this position since 2014. Tom graduated from McMaster University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Ceramic) and received his MBA in 1994 also from McMaster University. Tom

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Ellwood Group CEO David Barensfeld honored (US)

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President and CEO, David holds a JD degree from Harvard Law School and an MS in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He joined Ellwood City Forge in 1979 and became President in 1983. He is the fourth generation of his family to head the company. (Credit photo @  Mary Grzebienak)
The key to success in business, for David Barensfeld, is being surrounded by all the strong colleagues he has worked with through the years. The CEO and controlling shareholder of the Ellwood Group was honored Monday night as the 2016 Rotary Entrepreneur of the Year by New Castle Rotary Club 89 at a dinner at the Villa Banquet Center. Barensfeld noted that he is appreciative of the award that has been

Norsk Titanium Announces $10 Million Investment (US)

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 Norsk Titanium’s patented MERKE IV Rapid Plasma Deposition machine. (Credit Photo @Business Wire)

OSLO, Norway–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Norsk Titanium AS, the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components, today announced it has closed a $10 million growth debt facility with Harbert European

Jorgensen Forge parent company under Bankruptcy (US)

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, May 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Enterprises LLC (“Constellation”), the parent holding company of four industrial subsidiaries – Commercial Metal Forming (“Commercial”), Jorgensen Forge Corporation (“Jorgensen”), Columbus Castings (“Columbus”), and Zero Manufacturing (“Zero”) (collectively, the “Subsidiaries”) – today announced that it has filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in order to restructure its debt obligations.  The Subsidiaries, which areRead more

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China’s steel makers deny cyber-attack hacking theft of US data (US)

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A worker stokes a burning cauldron at a steel mill in Hefei, in eastern China’s Anhui province in 2011 (Credit photo @ NPR & Getty Image)

US regulators have launched an investigation into complaints about Chinese steel manufacturers. Top American producer United States Steel Corporation has claimed Chinese competitors not only fixed prices but also used research data into new ways of making lightweight, high-strength steel used for cars bodies that had been gained through hacking computers. The US International Trade Commission will now Read more

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Voestalpine to invest €300 million at Linz (German)

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Spiegelungen in die Unendlichkeit: Herbert Eibensteiner im Kunstprojekt der Tirolerin Eva Schlege (Credit Photo @ Voestalpine)

LINZ. 300 Millionen Euro investiert der voestalpine-Konzern im laufenden Geschäftsjahr in Linz 

Damit werde das Investitionsniveau des Vorjahres gehalten, sagte der Chef der Stahldivision, Herbert Eibensteiner, gestern, als er mit Medienvertretern das diesjährige Kunstprojekt inspizierte, das im von der voestalpine gesponserten Open Space in Linz Read more

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METTIS GROUP “WELL PLACED” FOR THE FUTURE (US)

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Redditch aerospace components maker Mettis Group, which supplies the likes of Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Boeing, has said its “growing order pipeline” has left it well placed for the future despite revenues being hit by lower demand. Newly filed results revealed Mettis Group turned over £60.1m in the year to 31 December 2015, down from £61.8m a year earlier. Pre-tax profit also slipped to £601,000 fromRead more

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