£1.5bn Aerospace Group Doncasters Catches Buyout Giants’ Eye (US)

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Doncasters makes components used across industries such as aerospace and oil and gas

Blackstone and Carlyle are among the investment firms examining bids for the UK-based manufacturer, Sky News learns. Some of the world’s biggest investment firms are weighing offers for Doncasters, a British precision manufacturing group being put on the auction block by its Dubai-based owner. Sky News has learnt that Blackstone, Carlyle and Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) are examining takeover bids for Doncasters, which makes components used across industries such as aerospace and oil and gas. An auction of the company, whichRead more

200,000 tonnes of Welsh-made steel will be used to help build the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point (US)

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Locally sourced, sustainable steel with the minimum carbon footprint will be supplied for this major infrastructure investment. Steel from Wales will be used in the building of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. Some 200,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel involved in the building of the project will be supplied by Express Reinforcements (ERL), using steel produced by Celsa Steel in Cardiff. ExpresRead more

Pourquoi Aperam Gueugnon injecte une trentaine de millions d’euros dans ses gros équipements (Fr)

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SIDÉRURGIE/SAÔNE-ET-LOIRE. Le sidérurgiste bourguignon améliore son outil industriel pour proposer des aciers inoxydables encore plus plats et plus brillants, à destination notamment du marché des pièces d’aspect. L’investissement atteint les 28 millions d’€ et permettra aussi une augmentation de capacité de production de 30.000 tonnes annuelles. Aperam Geugnon, qui emploie avec l’intérim autour de 750 personnes, procède par ailleurs à une centaine de recrutements, principalement pour compenser les départs à la retraite.

Chez Aperam, on ne donne aucun chiffre d’investissements à venir. Et Olivier Marx, le directeur du site de Gueugnon ((Saône-et-Loire) spécialisé dans les aciers inoxydables plats (*), ne déroge pas à la règle. « Je peux juste vous indiquer que depuis 2010 nous en sommes à une centaine de millions d’€ pour cette unité ». De sources syndicales croisées, le secret est devenu de Polichinelle, car le nouveau programmeRead more

Dongbei Special Steel Group Forced Into Bankruptcy (US)

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(Beijing) — China’s largest specialty steel producer was finally driven into bankruptcy after the company defaulted on 3.6 billion yuan ($540 million) in debt, missing eight payments since March, according to a creditor document circulated online. The Liaoning provincial government “has confirmed that Dongbei Special Steel Group will enter bankruptcy proceedings, and the bankruptcy plan is expected toRead more

Stronger turbine blades with molybdenum silicides (US)

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Figure (left): Electron micrographs of directionally solidified (DS) ingots of binary composites. (right): Temperature dependence of yield stress of DS MoSi2/Mo5Si3 eutectic composites and some high-temperature materials. ©2016 Hirotaka Matsunoshita, Yuta Sasai, Kosuke Fujiwara, Kyosuke Kishida and Haruyuki Inui.

Gas turbines are the engines that generate electricity in power plants. The operating temperatures of their combustion systems can exceed 1600 °C. The nickel-based turbine blades used in these systems melt at temperatures 200 °C lower and thus require air-cooling to function. Turbine blades made out of materials with higher melting temperatures would require less fuel consumption and lead to lower CORead more

Researchers control ‘shear-band’ defects in manufacturing processes (US)

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The formation of “shear bands” has been a long-standing problem in metals manufacturing processes. The phenomenon is seen in the electron microscope image at left as a wavy saw-toothed structure in a peeled strip of titanium. At right top, the researchers traced a “micromarker” across a shear band, highlighted in yellow. At bottom right an electron back scatter image reveals the band as a severely deformed, dark featureless region about four micrometers thick. (Purdue University image/Center for Materials Processing and Tribology)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An international team of researchers has invented a method to control the formation of defects called “shear bands” in metals manufacturing processes and discovered microscopic details of how the defects are created. Shear banding occurs often in high-speed machining of structural metals. It has been a long-standing problem in manufacturing processes because it hinders production Read more

Grain refiner breakthrough honoured (US)

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Scientists at Brunel University London who perfected the first ever grain refiner master alloy for magnesium-aluminium alloys have been honoured. Led by Dr Hari Babu Nadendla of the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Science (BCAST), the team’s discovery of a patented niobium based master alloy has won the Institute of Materials Charles Hatchett Prize and Medal and the Cast Metal Foundation’s Read more

Voestalpine Postpones Its new Special Steels Plant in China (German)

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In October 29th,2014 Voestalpine  Special Steel Division signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate with Chinese foundry Kocel Machinery Co (Credit Photo @ Voestalpine)

Chinas Wirtschaft scheint wieder Tritt gefasst zu haben. Dennoch hat sich der österreichische Konzern Voestalpine entschlossen, vorerst kein Edelstahlwerk in der Volksrepublik zu bauen. Gesucht wird ein neuer Standort. MeerbuschDer österreichische StahlkonzernRead more

Voestalpine opens research center for 3D printing of metal parts (US)

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Franz Rotter (Managing Director Special Steel Division), Wolfgang Eder (voestalpine CEO

14 September 2016  – The voestalpine Group is continuing its global drive to innovate in the field of pioneering technologies: today a new research and development center for 3D printing of metal parts was opened at the voestalpine site in Düsseldorf. The voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center will bundle all the Group’s research activities in this field, harnessing the manufacturing process for particularly complex and lightweight metal components for use in aviation and aerospace, the automotive industry, tool manufacturing, etc. The nextRead more

Gerdau looking to export heavy plates from its new Ouro Branco rolling mill (US)

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15 September 2016  –  Gerdau is eyeing the export market at its recently inaugurated heavy plate rolling operations at its Ouro Branco mill, as a way to overturn sluggish domestic demand. Half of the company s heavy plate production at its Ouro Branco mill, located in the city of same name in the state of Minas Gerais, has been destined to the export market. “What defines where wea are going to sell is demand, andRead more

The disruptive technology of 3-D printing (US)

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The materials so far used are nickel-based super alloys, as well as metal alloys based on magnesium and titanium. They can be used for various purposes, such as in the aviation industry or for repairs in the energy sector, an area that Dr Medraj says has large potential in the UAE. “We have demanding industries in terms of requirements for materials – like the petroleum industry, the energy production and chemicals,” he says. On Photo Dr Daniel Choi, head of the mechanical and material science department at Masdar Institute. (Credit Photo @ Christopher Pike / The National)

It is still in its infancy but three-dimensional printing is what experts call a disruptive technology. It has changed the way items including plane spare parts and prosthetic arms are produced, and it is not stopping there. Scientists are experimenting with the use of live cells to oneRead more

Aerospace Raw material demand explained by Bill Bihlman (US)

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Bill was Senior Consultant with AeroStrategy (now ICF International). He spent four years working in the US office and was actively involved in 35 projects. He led multiple engagements and was responsible for two major intellectual property initiatives, including the Aerospace Raw Materials (ARM) model. The ARM forecast has been routinely presented at AMM, SpeedNews, and ITA conferences. ARM clients include some of the world’s largest mills, OEMs, and aerostructures firms. Other notable areas of research include additive manufacturing, aerospace clusters, engineering outsourcing, business strategy, new product development, and company due diligence. Most clients were major multi-nationals firms. Bill is a regular conference speaker, covering such topics as raw materials, manufacturing and supply chain. He is currently enrolled as a PhD student at Texas Tech in Systems and Engineering Management (School of Industrial Engineering). He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA and MPA from Cornell University. He is a licensed private pilot and fluent Spanish speaker

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The total material consumed in annual military and commercial aircraft production and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) is approximately 680,000 tons in 2014, according to ICF International. Two thirds is associated with Boeing and Airbus. Due to inherentRead more

Iran to launch titanium processing facility (US)

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Iran has more than 3,000 active mines that contain copper, iron ore and heavy rare earth elements. 

Iran’s first titanium production plant will be up and running in the next six months, the manager of the Kahnuj titanium pilot project says. 

The plant with a capacity to produce 2 tonnes of titanium pigments per day is at the phase of equipment installation in Kahnuj in southeastern Kerman province, Morad Ali Manzari-Tavakolli was quoted as saying. The project includes setting up two units with a capacity to produce 130,000 tonnes of titanium dioxide concentrate and 70,000 tonnes of titanium dioxide slag per year, he said. Titanium dioxideRead more

Eramet partners with Gabon’s state miner to develop world-class polymetallic deposit (US)

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An innovative hydrometallurgical process for the treatment of the Mabounié polymetallic ore has been developed by Eramet through a rigorous research and development process and the involvement of several international laboratories. Five process patents including a fluorinefree niobium/tantalum purification process, have been developed for possible use on the deposit. (Credit Photo @ Eramet)

French mining company Eramet’s Gabon-based subsidiary and manganese miner Compagnie Minière de l’Ogooué, (Comilog), together with the Gabonese government and its state-owned mining company Société Equatoriale des Mines (SEM), have partnered to undertake a strategic review of the Maboumine niobium and rare earths project to evaluate how to best develop it. Chantelle Kotze writes. The project is one of many currently being undertaken in the Central African country to rebalance its largely oil and gas driven economy to a moreRead more

EBRD gives €25 million Universal Alloy Corporation to boost Romania’s aerospace industry (US)

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€25 million to aircraft parts supplier Universal Alloy Corporation Europe

In a new boost to Romania’s aerospace industry, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a €25 million loan to Universal Alloy Corporation Europe (UACE), which manufactures aluminium parts for aircraft. ounded in 2008 as a subsidiary of the Swiss-Austrian Montana Tech Components group, UACE supplies components to leading aircraft manufacturers such as Read more

Figeac-Aéro, selected by Rolls-Royce as a tier 1 supplier (US)

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CONTRACT WORTH USD16 MILLION OVER 10 YEARS

The Figeac Aéro Group (mnemonic code: FGA), top-level partner of the major aeronautical manufacturers, announced that it has been chosen by Rolls-Royce as a tier 1 partner for the first time. This contract, worth USD16 million over 10 years, involves the manufacture of a package of four structural titanium engine parts for Rolls-Royce. The parts will be produced at the Figeac site, the Group’s European centreRead more

Ellwood Texas Forge Navasota LLC commissions 16,000 Ton Screw Press (US)

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The Ellwood Closed Die Group completes new manufacturing complex including a 16,000 ton screw press, 1,800 ton trim press, rotary forge, robotic material moving and other axillary equipment at its Navasota facility.

At the heart of the complex is a touch screen computer controlled 16,000 ton screw press with the capability to vary the delivered energy from 5% to 100% based on the forging design parameters. Housed in a brand new 38,000 sq. ft. building with two 50T overhead cranes, the press is supported by a 2-hammer Rotary Forge with 7” capacity, 1,800 ton trim press, electric atmosphere controlled and ambient air gasRead more

VENTANA Aerospace acquiert 2 fonderies d’aciers spéciaux : Feinguss et Hackås (Fr)

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Le sous-traitant aéronautique Ventana a fait deux acquisitions en Autriche et en Suède. En rachetant O. St. Feinguss Gmbh et Hackas Precisionsgjuteri AB qui emploient au total 86 personnes pour un chiffre d’affaires de 10 millions d’euros, l’industriel, basé dans le Béarn, ajoute deux sites industriels aux cinq qu’il possède déjà en France. Deux acquisitions qui vont permettre au groupe Ventana, fruit d’une active croissance externe, de franchir le palier des 50 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaires, d’approcher les 500 salariés et d’attaquer les marchés à l’export. Ce spécialiste de la fonderie, qui est train d’investir 15 millions d’euros dans ses usines françaises, va aussi élargir sa gamme de procédés de fabrication afin de travailler de nouveaux alliages.

Avec l’acquisition des sociétés O. St. Feinguss GmbH et Hackås Precisionsgjuteri AB en date du 10 août 2016, VENTANA élargit ses opérations industrielles à l’Europe ainsi que sa gamme de procédés de fabrication à la fonderie cire perdue et plâtre pour tous alliages (légersRead more

US Keokuk steel foundry to reopen (US)

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Keokuk Steel Castings began operating in Keokuk in 1936. The company prepared more than 60 metallic alloys used in more than 10,000 products. The plant specialized in the manufacture of valves and was capable of producing up to 75 types of steel.

The Mills Group announced it has reached a tentative agreement with Matrix Metals-Sanmar Group to purchase Keokuk Steel Castings. The purchase by owners Brad and Annie Mills of Houghton would mark the return of the plant’s ownership to Lee County for the first time since 1987.    “We are looking forward to becoming part of the proud history of Keokuk Steel Castings and guiding it to its full potential,” Brad Mills said.  The Mills Group began in 1990 and has a successful history of turning around manufacturing companies throughout theRead more

VSMPO & Alcoa Create Joint-Venture to Manufacture Value-Add Products for Aerospace Industry (US)

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Alcoa Samara, Russia’s largest producer of fabricated aluminum, and VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, the world′s largest manufacturer of titanium ingots and forged products, today announce the operational launch of its joint venture – named AlTi Forge – after receiving all necessary regulatory approvals from the Russian government. This manufacturing partnership will expand on companies’ mutual andRead more

The first reactor vessel to be set at a new nuclear plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years (US)

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On Aug. 30, SCE&G and its partners placed the reactor vessel in the containment building of V.C. Summer Unit 2. This is the first reactor vessel to be set at a new nuclear plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

JENKINSVILLE — SCE&G along with Santee Cooper placed the reactor vessel in the containment building of V.C. Summer Unit 2 on Aug. 30, making it the first reactor vessel to be set at a new nuclear plant in the United States in more than 30 years. The cylindrical-shaped reactor vessel will house fuel that powers the reactor along with other related components. The robust, protective steel structure isRead more

OUTSTANDING ELKEM FOUNDRY METALLURGIST DIES (US)

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Thomas was a graduate of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and was the Director of Development for Elkem Metals.

Thomas K. McCluhan, retired Director of Development for Elkem Metals Company who was responsible for the development of innovative specialty alloys for gray and ductile iron, died on August 23, 2016. He was 82 and was living in Ohio Township, Pennsylvania. A graduate ofRead more

APERAM fait appel au Nickel de la SLN et d’ERAMET pour le dôme du réacteur de Tchernobyl ( Fr)

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C’est un chantier unique au monde. En Ukraine, un peu plus de trente ans après la plus grave catastrophe nucléaire de l’histoire, une immense charpente métallique en acier inoxydable au nickel va confiner le réacteur accidenté. Elle pèse plus de 25.000 tonne (Credit Photo @ Aperam)

Le 26 avril 1986 à 1 h 23 du matin, le réacteur numéro 4 de la centrale nucléaire de Tchernobyl explosait. A une centaine de kilomètres au nord de Kiev, le site atomique porte encore les stigmates du cataclysme. Un consortium français conduit par Bouygues et Vinci finalise la nouvelle enceinte de protection conçue pour durer un siècle. Cette arche immense est en acier inoxydable, elle contient du nickel de hauteRead more

Aluminum Producer Aleris Corp Acquired by Zhongwang USA LLC (US)

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 Affiliate of one of China’s largest aluminum makers to pay $1.1 billion to acquire Cleveland-based company from private-equity owners

A company affiliated with one of China’s biggest aluminum makers agreed to acquire Cleveland-based Aleris Corp. from its private equity owners for $1.1 billion, which would mark the highest price ever paid by a Chinese firm for a U.S. metals producer. The deal by Zhongwang USA LLC to buy Aleris offers a “complementary business foothold,” said Liu Zhongtian, who controls the U.S. affiliate and is also the Read more

ASCOMETAL bets on Hydrogen Technology (Fr)

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According to the economical french newspaper LES ECHOS, French Special Steels Maker ASCOMETAL is considering in-depth reorganization, here under the main points of this project :

  • Costs reduction
  • Investing €100 million for steelmaking activities
  • Investing €700 million in hydrogen technology 
  • Dunkrik Steelmaling facility will be shut-down and re-oriented into  metal powder production for automotive market  with an investment of € 25 million, the new activity will start in 2017.
  • Fos-sur-Mer Facility will double its wire rolling capacity and an investment of €350 million in  hydrogen technology  is also planned 
  • Hagondange facility is planned to invest €10  million to increase its small bars production for automotive market

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Le spécialiste des aciers spéciaux veut reconvertir son aciérie de Dunkerque et miser sur l’hydrogène.

Ascometal se réorganise en profondeur. Un mois après avoir annoncé être entré en négociation exclusive avec Vallourec pour prendre une participation majoritaire dans l’aciérie de Saint-Saulve (à 60 %), le spécialiste des aciers spéciaux, piloté par Franck Supplisson, planifie, Read more

FIGEAC AÉRO Focused on its partnership with the VSMPO and “Titanium Valley” (US)

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The Figeac Aéro Group (ticker code: FGA), a reference partner to major aerospace manufacturers, is focused on its partnership with the VSMPO-AVISMA Corp. and “Titanium Valley”, a special economic zone (SEZ), studying the possibility of creating in situ a joint-venture production unit. On 22 June last, a delegation from Figeac Aéro travelled to Titanium Valley to meet the management of VSMPO-AVISMARead more

Dillinger Hütte Upgrades Its Blast Furnace n°4, the most advanced and clean one in the world (German)

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Dillinger Hütte startet Ende September mit neuester Technologie in eine umweltfreundlichere Stahlproduktion

150 Millionen Euro an Investitionen, nur 90 Tage Zeit zur Umrüstung, 100 beteiligte Firmen und 700 Personen in Spitzenzeiten auf der Baustelle: die Neuausrichtung des Hochofens 4 der Dillinger Hütte ist ein technologischer Kraftakt. Bis 30. September muss alles fertigRead more

Crucible President James Beckman to retire (US)

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Geddes, N.Y. — Jim Beckman, who helped to guide Crucible Industries back to financial health following the Great Recession, will retire from the steel maker on Dec. 31. Beckman, 62, will step down as president on Thursday (Sept. 1). During the transition period, he will focus on the evaluation of potential business opportunities and assist in strategic planning, the company said. Dennis P. Lasker, a consultant toRead more