Mexico’s Ahmsa sets record high crude steel output of 4.65 million mt in 2016 (Spanish)

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Mexican integrated steelmaker Ahmsa produced 4.65 million mt of crude steel in 2016, the company said Wednesday. The volume is a record high, above the previous high of 4.46 million mt registered in 2015. “The volume reflects the greater capacity achieved with the full operation of the new units included in the Fenix Project, which … was to maximize installed capacity and generate a greater variety of value-added steels,” Ahmsa said in a statement sent to the Mexican stock market Wednesday. Ahmsa’s steelmaking complex is in Moncova, in the northern state of Coahuila. It produces mainly hot- and cold-rolled coil, plate, tinplate, and structural and heavy profiles.

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Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA) alcanzó una producción de 4 millones 651 mil toneladas de acero líquido en 2016, 4.3% más respecto a 2015, cuando fabricó 4 millones 459 mil toneladas de acero. La compañía indicó que el mayor volumen de producción registrado en 2016Read more

ArcelorMittal Sestao to double productio to 30 KT/month in the first quarter of 2017 (Spanish)

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Located in the Biscay municipality of Sestao, on the banks of the Bilbao River, and connected to the rest of the world by the Harbour of Bilbao, ArcelorMittal Sestao is a new generation steel plant which is technologically advanced. These facilities are characterised by having processes considered as Best Available Technologies (BATs) in their design and construction, which enables to manufacture a steel coil of up to 30 tonnes in less than three hours. The site has a capacity of 1,800,000 tonnes of hot rolled steel coils and 600,000 tonnes of pickled coils per year with a high level of flexibility and a fast turnaround time.

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La planta de Arcelor Mittal de Sestao duplicará su producción a partir de enero al pasar de las actuales 15.000 toneladas mensuales a 30.000, lo que supondrá trabajar todos los fines de semana en lugar de los tres de actividad que tiene en la actualidad. La planta de ArcelorRead more

Algerie : Le nouveau complexe sidérurgique de Bellara vise une production d’acier de 4 millions de tonnes/an (FR)

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Projet d’importance et d’intérêt national, le futur complexe sidérurgique de la zone de Bellara, dans la wilaya de Jijel, est considéré comme l’un des autres importahts poumons économiques de l’Algérie, dont l’objectif stratégique est de mettre un terme à l’importation de l’acier.

L’agence APS rappelle que les travaux de ce projet, réalisé en partenariat avec l’Emirat du Qatar, ont débuté en 2015 et que celui-ci est appelé à révolutionner l’industrie nationale en lui offrant un marché de l’acier « équilibré, régulier et compétitif ». Le taux d’avancement des travaux de réalisation de ce complexe sidérurgique, indique-t-elle, a atteint plus de  plus de 60 % et que ceux du premier laminoir, sur lesRead more

Steel & Concrete Dome Installed for Hualong first China Nuclear Plant (US)

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For safety, the report said, the 48-meter-diameter dome installed at Fuqing 5 was built with concrete and a steel alloy that’s six times stronger than regular steel.

A 300-ton containment dome has been installed at China’s first, domestically designed nuclear power plant in Fujian province, marking a key development for an effort to export the nation’s nuclear technology worldwide. The successful lift project at the Fuqing nuclear Read more

Posco strives to lead automotive steel market (US)

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Posco’s continuous galvanizing line plant in Thailand (Credit Photo @ Posco)

Korea’s top steelmaker Posco has been making aggressive investment moves to take the lead in the global automotive steel market, shipping 8.7 million tons of automotive steel to global carmakers last year, which made up 10 percent of the world’s total production of such steel.  Only 20 of some 800 steelmakers around the world are able to produce automotive steel as it requires high technical skills. In January, the Read more

Vietnam launches Foreign consultancy to evaluate steel sector master plan by 2025 and its vision by 2035 (US)

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The master plan of steel production will focus on sustainability and the use of advanced technology to save natural resources, energy and protect the environment.

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) will hire a foreign consultancy firm to evaluate its draft master plan for steel production by 2025 and its vision till 2035. The firm, which will have operations in Việt Nam, will be in charge of ascertaining the trends in steel industry development across the world and the region; assessing the domestic steel sector’s competitive ability in comparison with theRead more

Setforge La Clayette – les fours tournent à plein régime (FR)

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Bien placé sur le marché de l’automobile et de l’aéronautique, Setforge ne manque pas de commandes pour faire travailler près de 200 personnes à La Clayette.

 «Nous avons beaucoup de travail. Parfois même un peu trop », concède Didier Henry, directeur de Setforge à La Clayette. Fort de près de 28 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaires, le site brionnais conforte sa place dans un groupe en pleine expansion. « Répondre en temps et enRead more

Premières coulées continues pour le pilote industriel d’ArcelorMittal à Maizières-lès-Metz (FR)

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ArcelorMittal vient de mettre en service un pilote industriel de coulée continue sur son campus de recherche de Maizières-lès-Metz (Moselle). L’investissement de 6 millions d’euros facilitera l’élaboration de nouveaux produits automobiles en permettant de travailler simultanément sur les produits et sur les procédés.

Après deux ans de chantier, ArcelorMittal vient d’achever l’implantation d’un pilote industriel de coulée continue sur son campus de recherche et développement de Maizières-lès-Metz (Moselle). Le groupe sidérurgique a investi 6 millions d’euros dans ce nouvel outilRead more

La Fondation Aubert & Duval reçoit le prix Entreprise et Valeurs lors des Trophées de l’Eco 2016 (FR)

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Jean-Christophe Boyer, des Notaires d’Auvergne, a remis le trophée Entreprise et Valeurs à Daniel Deshayes, secrétaire de la Fondation Aubert et Duval.  Le jury a salué les actions de la Fondation en faveur de la dynamisation et de la revitalisation économique, sociale et culturelle, engagées par la Fondation Aubert et Duval autour de ses implantations Read more

Algeria’s Richest Man To Build Steel Plant In Brazil (US)

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The Brazil-Arab news agency has reported that Cevital Group, the industrial conglomerate wholly owned by Algeria’s richest man, Issad Rebrab, is looking to build a steel plant in Marabá, Pará, Brazil. Rebrab made this known during a meeting with Brazilian president Michel Temer in Brasilia on Tuesday. “We have decided to build a steel complex with an initial capacity for 300,500 tons of steel,” Rebrab said to Read more

Maghreb Steel ambitionne de se positionner sur le marché de l’automobile

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Maghreb Steel redonne du souffle à sa trésorerie et se prépare à l’un de ses premiers gros investissements depuis le lancement du plan de redressement. Ce sera sur un segment d’avenir: l’automobile

Une année et demie après le démarrage de son plan de transformation, Maghreb Steel revient un peu plus vite que prévu dans les radars de la compétitivité. L’entreprise tient  le bon bout cette fois-ci. L’unique producteur d’acier plat au Maroc devrait boucler 2016 avec un Ebitda (Résultat comptable hors amortissements, provisions, impôts et taxes) largement dans le vert, attendu à quelque 200 millions de DH. DeRead more

Apple new iPhone to use forging process for stainless steel frame (US)

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The next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminum back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time.

Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to adopt a stainless steel forging process for its new chassis frame instead of traditional CNC machining. Component orders are expected to be shared between Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and US-basedRead more

UK new titanium forging process to cut metal cost (US)

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A process to make titanium from rutile sand promises to cut the cost of the lightweight metal and cement the UK’s position in the aerospace supply chain

A consortium including the Advanced Forming Research Centre at Strathclyde University is investigating a method that could reduce the price of titanium for aerospace components to less than a third of the current cost. Producing the metal from a readily-available mineral, Read more

German Steel Castings Foundry GROSSMAN under Bankruptcy (German)

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Das gesamte Inventar der traditionsreichen Walder Stahlgießerei Grossmann wurde jetzt von einem Düsseldorfer Unternehmen bei einer Auktion zum Verkauf angeboten. Viele Teile wechselten den Besitzer. (Credit Photo @ Martin Kempne)

Solingen. Die insolvente Walder Stahlgießerei bietet Glühöfen, Kräne und unter anderem Maschinen im Internet an. Von Uwe Vetter

Für das Härteprüfgerät gibt es drei Interessenten. Das höchste Gebot liegt bei 300 Euro – und wird bei der Auktion zu diesem Preis wohl auch weggehen. Für eine Werkbank mit Doppelschleifbock wurden 60 Euro geboten, aber auch Maschinen und Anlagen zu deutlich Read more

German Steel Castings Foundry STAHLGUSS to close in 2017 (German)

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Die Stahlgießerei in St- Ingbert-Rohrbach soll zum 31. August nächsten Jahres geschlossen werden – Credit Photo @picture-alliance/ dpa/dpawe)

Saarstahl schließt Stahlguss Saar

Die Saarstahl-Gruppe macht ihre Tochter Stahlguss Saar dicht. Das Werk in St. Ingbert solle Ende August 2017 schließen, teilte das Unternehmen mit. Grund seien fehlende Aufträge und die billige Konkurrenz aus Asien. Die Beschäftigten hatten die Botschaft bereits vergangene Woche auf einer Betriebsversammlung erfahren. Die 78 Mitarbeiter können demnach zu Saarstahl oder zur Dillinger Hütte Read more

Italian Steel industry Profits dropped by 95 % (US)

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IMPORTS OF STEEL IN ITALY  period from January to May 2016. In thousands of tons, and var. % On the same period of 2015. (Source: Federacciai; Platts  (Credit Photo @ ilsole24ore)

The negative cycle of the Italian steel industry continues amid falling revenues, with earnings dropping on average by 95%.  One year after celebrating, after years of losses, the return to profitability (€150 million in 2014), the Italian steel sector has come to a halt, according to Read more

Sidenor to invest €35 M in 2017 after 5 years Agreement with Unions (Spanish)

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BILBAO – El grupo siderúrgico vasco Sidenor ha dado un paso notable para asegurar su futuro al cerrar un preacuerdo de convenio colectivo con la gran mayoría sindical de la empresa que permitirá, según la dirección, “recuperar la competitividad perdida”, y favorecer las nuevas inversiones que el equipo liderado por José Antonio Jainaga tiene previsto efectuar, en especial en la joya de la corona, la planta vizcaina deRead more

BGH Edelstahl invests in a new wire facility (German)

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Geschäftsführer Udo Bialke vor der noch im Aufbau befindlichen Drahtvorbehandlungsanlage. Im ersten Quartal des kommenden Jahres soll der Probebetrieb starten. Für die neue Technik wurde extra eine 2500 Quadratmeter große Halle gebaut. (Credit Photo @ Jens Uhlig)

Demnächst nimmt das Lugauer Unternehmen eine moderne Drahtvorbehandlungsanlage in Betrieb. Das ist nicht die einzige Maßnahme, mit der die Firma fit für die Zukunft gemacht wird.

 30.12.2016 – Lugau. Im Lugauer Unternehmen BGH Edelstahl soll im ersten Quartal 2017 eine neue Drahtvorbehandlungsanlage in den Probebetrieb gehen. Geschäftsführer Udo Bialke spricht von einer Investition im zweistelligen Millionenbereich. Sie sei notwendig geworden, weil der Reparaturaufwand der alten Anlage nicht ohne eine mehrmonatige Stillstandszeit realisierbar wäre. Da diese Anlage fürRead more

NASA gives $500,000 to Pittsburgh’s superalloy 718 Powder R&D project (US)

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PITTSBURGH (December 12, 2016) … Additive manufacturing (AM) researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and simulation software company ANSYS, Inc. are among 13 university-led proposals to capture an Early Stage Innovations (ESI) grant from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program. ESI grants promote innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs of America’s spaceRead more

Moteurs d’avion: résistance record pour un nouvel alliage (Fr)

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Propriété et microstructure de l’alliage Ti-Al48-W2-B0,08 densifié par SPS. (a) courbe de fluage à 700°C et 300 MPa qui montre une durée de vie de 4 000 heures. La vitesse minimale de fluage qui correspond à la pente de la courbe est de 3,7 10-9 s-1. (b) microstructure de l’alliage observée par microscopie électronique à balayage. On remarque la présence de liserés en périphérie des grains lamellaires (Credit Photo @ CEMES)

L’alliage développé par des métallurgistes du CEMES permet la réalisation de pièces complexes de moteurs d’avion offrant une résistance inégalée aux hautes températures. Une équipe du Centre d’élaboration de matériaux et d’études structurales, le CEMES (Toulouse), vient de prendre une sérieuse option dans la définition de la prochaine génération de procédés permettant de réaliser des pièces complexes et résistantes à des températures élevées pour Read more

New Chinese 6,400 Tons Open Die forging Press for Western Superconducting Technologies Co. Ltd (US)

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Western Superconducting Technologies Co. Ltd., a titanium alloy and high-tech materials manufacturer in China’s Shaanxi Province, ordered a high-speed open-die forging press from SMS Group, to process titanium alloys and other materials to form superconducting magnets for aerospace applications. Established in 2003 in the city of Xian, Read more

Japan’s steelmakers target Middle East, North Africa (US)

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JFE Steel has invested in Egypt’s Kandil Steel with the intention of boosting exports to the company. (Credit Photo @ Nikkei)

TOKYO — Faced with slumping exports and rising protectionism, Japan’s major steelmakers have set their sights on the Middle East and North Africa. The undeveloped markets in these regions have potential to increase their demand but they also have a choice — high quality Japanese products or cheap Chinese alternatives. For the Japanese Read more

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH and TSINGSHAN to form Joint Venture in China (US)

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  • Joint Venture for stainless long steel in China
  • Focus on production of drawn bright bars
  • Addressing market segments with excellent growth potential

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, and TSINGSHAN GROUP (“TSINGSHAN”), a world leader in stainless steel, today announced the formation of a Joint Venture (“JV”) in China. The JV company is 60 percent owned by SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH and 40 percent by TSINGSHAN and will operate under the name Shanghai Xinzhen Precision Bar Co. Ltd. out of Shanghai (China).

By creating the JV, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH and TSINGSHAN share the common ambition of further growth in the Chinese stainless long steel market. The combination of SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH’s technical know-how with TSINGSHAN’s strong market position in China creates a world-class supplier of special bright bars that is able toRead more

Russian Scientists Study Materials for Future Fusion Reactors (US)

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MEPhI researchers intend to deal with this problem with the help of nanotechnologies. Ferrite-martensite steels on the basis of Fe-Cr alloys and oxide dispersion-strengthened steels are regarded as the most promising materials for future energy installations.

Scientists from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI have clarified how changing the nanostructure of materials for future energy fusion reactors influences their plasticity, heat resistance, and other important properties. Developing new fast-neutron reactors and an efficient fusion reactor is one of the most promising nuclear power engineering projects. The former will make it possible to close the nuclear fuel cycle and make the nuclear power industry more environment-friendly. The latter will enable the creation of a fundamentally new method Read more

Iron and Steel Industry Continues to Dominate the Global Refractory Materials Market (US)

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global refractory materials market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 4% during the forecast period. Global refractory materials market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 4% during the period 2016-2020. Based on application, the report categorizes the global refractory materials market into the Read more

Gabon : le budget de l’Ecole des mines et de la métallurgie de Moanda est fixé à 1 milliards de FCFA pour 2017 (Fr)

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L’information a été révélée à l’occasion du Conseil d’administration de cet établissement spécialisé tenu il y a quelques jours. Cette séance de travail, qui avait pour but de fixer son budget de fonctionnement pour l’année à venir, a également été l’occasion de faire le bilan à mi-parcours de la première rentrée académique de cet établissement qui a eu lieu au mois de septembre dernier. Selon le Président du Conseil Read more

High Entropy Alloys : the next generation radiation tolerant structural alloys (US)

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Images from an electron microscope show the radiation-induced cavities created in pure nickel as compared to the newly tested alloys. (a) Cross-sectional TEM images of nickel, NiCo, NiFe and NiCoFeCr irradiated with 1.5 MeV Ni+ ions to 3 × 1015 cm−2 at 773 K, scale bars in the zoomed images are 50 nm. (b) Cross-sectional TEM images of nickel, NiFe, NiCoFe and NiCoFeCrMn irradiated with 3 MeV Ni+ ions to 5 × 1016 cm−2 at 773 K. The ions enter the specimen from the top of the images. (Credit Photo @ Wang Group/University of Michigan)

Radiation undermines metallic structures. When a radiation particle collides with metal, atoms are knocked from the material’s crystal structures. The displaced atom is reabsorbed elsewhere. The phenomenon encourages swelling, as well as the formation of cavities. Expelled atoms leave behind empty spaces that can coalesce and create structural vulnerabilities. Until now, materials scientists have worked to build in microstructures that organize cavities in way that limits their ability to undermine the metal’s structuralRead more