EcoTitanium®, first aviation-grade titanium recycling plant (US)

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EcoTitanium® is the first plant in Europe to produce aviation-grade titanium alloys by recycling. It will make titanium ingots from titanium alloys scrap (turnings and massive scrap) collected from major aircraft manufacturers and their subcontractors.

INAUGURATION OF FIRST PLANT IN EUROPE TO PRODUCE AVIATION-GRADE TITANIUM BY RECYCLING

UKAD, ADEME and Crédit Agricole Centre France today inaugurated the EcoTitanium site in Saint-Georges-de-Mons (Puy-de-Dôme, France), in the presence of Benjamin Griveaux, Secretary of State for Economy and Finance, and Christel Bories, Chairman & CEO of the ERAMET Group. The first plant in Europe to produce aviation-grade titanium by recycling, EcoTitanium makes alloys from titanium solid scrap and chips collected from the major aircraft makers and their subcontractors.

 Europe’s first aviation-grade titanium stream

EcoTitanium gives the aviation industry a new, ecofriendly, innovative source that is totally independent from existing American and Russian suppliers. The project is a €48 million investment that will lead to at least 60 direct, highly qualified new jobs, as well as inferred jobs. It strengthens the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region’s metallurgical Read more

Hindalco is evaluating possible bids for Constellium and Aleris (US)

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The Aditya Birla Group could decide to pursue an acquisition through Novelis, a unit of Kumar Mangalam Birla’s Mumbai-listed Hindalco Industries, people familiar with the matter said.

Kumar Mangalam Birla is evaluating possible bids for Constellium and Aleris as his conglomerate seeks to grow its aluminium operations overseas.

Mumbai/London: Indian billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla is evaluating possible bids for Constellium NV and Aleris Corp. as his conglomerate seeks to grow its aluminium operations overseas, people with knowledge of the matter said. Deliberations are at an early stage, and Aditya Birla Group hasn’t yet decided whether to proceed with an offer for either business, according to the people. The conglomerate could decide to pursue an acquisition through Read more

Jiangsu Shagang to acquire 45 % stake in Dongbei Special Steel (US)

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DALIAN, China — Private-sector steelmaker Jiangsu Shagang will take Dongbei Special Steel Group under its wing, nearly a year after the state-backed company filed for bankruptcy. An investment firm affiliated with Jiangsu Shagang will acquire a 43% stake in Dongbei Special Steel for 4.46 billion yuan ($680 million). A degree of government influence over Dongbei Special Steel will remain, since Benxi Steel Group, another state-ownedRead more

SIJ Group to invest €400 M by 2025 (Slovenian)

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V jeseniškem Acroniju, največji družbi jeklarske skupine SIJ, so odprli 30-milijonsko naložbo v konverter AOD, ki jim omogoča, da lahko letno naredijo 80 tisoč ton več izdelkov oziroma tretjino več kot do zdaj. To je druga večja naložba Acronija v zadnjih dveh letih; lani so odprli 32-milijonsko naložbo v novo linijo za toplotno obdelavo pločevine. Ruski lastniki skupine SIJ napovedujejo še več naložb. »Odkar smo leta 2007 kupili SIJ, je ta za naložbeRead more

BOOK : Al-Si Alloys: Automotive, Aeronautical, and Aerospace Applications 1st ed. 2017 Edition (US)

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This book details aluminum alloys with special focus on the aluminum silicon (Al‐Si) systems – that are the most abundant alloys second only to steel. The authors include a description of the manufacturing principles, thermodynamics, and other main characteristics of Al‐Si alloys. Principles of processing, testing, and in particular applications in the Automotive, Aeronautical and Aerospace fields are addressed. Discusses aluminum silicon alloyRead more

ArcelorMittal R&D hopes ‘to be here another 50 years (US)

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Originally part of the Purdue University Calumet campus in Hammond, Inland Steel moved its research and development facility to Cline Avenue and Columbus Drive in East Chicago, a few miles south of its steel mill in Indiana Harbor, 50 years ago. At the time, the steel company’s researchers didn’t have computers or even calculators. They did all the math by hand. Today about 200 scientists and researchers work on state-of-the-art technologies in 25 different laboratories in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed buildings on a 49-acre dune- andRead more

US Air Force Senior Metallurgist to Receive 2018 ASM International Albert Sauveur Achievement Award (US)

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In 1991, Semiatin accepted a position as a research leader in Metals Processing at the Air Force Materials Laboratory, the predecessor to today’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. In this capacity, he and his team explored the mechanical response, microstructure evolution and workability of diverse materials such as titanium alloys, superalloys, intermetallic alloys and steels during thermomechanical and solidification processing.

A senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate will receive the prestigious 2018 ASM International Albert Sauver Achievement Award in fall 2018. Dr. Sheldon “Lee” Semiatin, the Air Force Senior Scientist for Materials Processing and Processing Science, will be recognized for significant contributions to materials research and development that have led to the establishment of the discipline of Processing Science, impacting the worldwide research endeavor. “I am honored to be recognized, but what makes Read more

Saarchmiede to lay off 430 employees and to close its new forging shop (US)

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The Supervisory Board of Saarschmiede GmbH Freiformschmiede agreed in its meeting today to accept the restructuring concept presented by the Management Board. Now the Supervisory Board of Saarstahl AG has to agree to the planned restructuring of the company in its meeting on 7th September 2017.

Saarschmiede (Forge) is suffering as a result of the difficult market situation in the energy sector and under the weak oil and gas market (see the review of the market situation below). Competition on the markets has become increasingly intense and therefore prices have come under enormous pressure. “The restructuring of Saarschmiede is Read more

Saarstahl is building a new €100 M continuous casting plant (US)

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In a meeting which took place today, the Supervisory Board of Saarstahl AG agreed to invest an amount of 100 million euros in a new continuous casting plant.

Saarstahl was the first manufacturer worldwide to apply the technology of mechanical soft reduction (MSR) in casting formats of 150 mm x 150 mm. The highly complex MSR technology improves the inner microstructure of the stee

The company operates a total of four continuous casting plants in the steelmaking plant. Here, hot liquid metal is cast into so-called billets.This primary material is then further processed in the rolling mills. The new five-strand plant with the short name S1 will replace an existing plant. The Read more

Timet asks US Gov to Investigate Titanium Imports from Japan and Kazakhstan (US)

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The U.S. International Trade Commission opened an investigation into titanium sponge from Japan and Kazakhstan on Friday after Titanium Metals Corp. argued unfair trade practices threatened the lone remaining U.S. producer of the valuable metal’s initial processed form. Titanium Metals, or Timet, asked the U.S. government to impose anti-dumping duties of 31 to 69 percent on various producers in Japan and 33 percent on Kazakhstan’s lone producer, Ust-Kamenogorsk Titanium Magnesium Plant JSC. It also wants a countervailing duty on UKTMP over alleged government subsidies.

Timet says its lone domestic competitor, Allegheny Technologies Inc., stopped producing sponge in August 2016 under the same pressures it hopes new duties will address.

“Timet is the last operating producer of subject titanium sponge in the United States,” the company said in its petition. “Timet’s efforts to sell titanium sponge domestically have been universally rebuffed due to the availability of unfairly priced titanium sponge from Japan and Kazakhstan.”

The U.S. revoked an anti-dumping order on titanium sponge from Japan and the former Soviet states of Kazakhstan, Read more

BGH Lugau steels long products for injection and valves facing the threat of the end of combustion engines (German)

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Ein Stahlwerk, viele Chancen und ein gewaltiges Problem

Die Zukunft des Verbrennungsmotors ist zurzeit in aller Munde. Präzisionsteile dafür sind das Kerngeschäft der BGH Edelstahl. Die Lugauer bleiben in dieser Sache aber entspannt. Sorgen bereitet eine ganz andere Herausforderung. Lugau. Das BGH Edelstahlwerk in Lugau fertigt Präzisionsdrähte und Stabstahl. Beispielsweise Ventilstäbe für Einspritzsysteme von Verbrennungsmotoren. Diese Zulieferungen für die Automobilindustrie machen laut Geschäftsführer Udo Bialke etwa 75 bis 80 Prozent des Auftragsvolumens aus. Über die Zukunft desRead more

La ruée sur le lithium et le cobalt (FR)

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Dans un monde 100% véhicule électrique, la demande de lithium serait multipliée par trente, celle de cobalt par vingt. Pour y répondre, les mines manquent.

En février dernier, le tout petit marché du cobalt a connu une agitation sans précédent. En quelques semaines, des investisseurs avertis  ont fait main basse sur plusieurs milliers de tonnes de ce minerai essentiel pour fabriquer notamment les batteries au lithium des voitures électriques, s’emparant de l’équivalent de 17% de la production mondiale. Leur pari ? Que le véhicule électrique se développe plus rapidement que prévu, avec pour conséquence une pénurie de cobalt et un bond des prix.  Ces « hedge funds » ne s’y sont pas trompés. A l’aube de la révolution du Read more

FAA Issues Special Conditions for Global 7000 Alloy (US)

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The U.S. FAA has directed Bombardier to comply with special conditions for the use of an aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloy on the Global 7000/8000. The alloy is similar to the materials used on Bombardier’s C Series, a company spokesman said, noting that the manufacturer is replicating the same certification requirements it did with the regional jet program. Bombardier is constructing the fuselages of its new Global family with Al-Li. The FAA noted Read more

Constellium launches more formable 6000 series aluminum (US)

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Amsterdam, July 31, 2017– Constellium N.V. (NYSE and Euronext Paris: CSTM) has introduced a new generation of high-strength 6000-series alloys, Constellium HSA6TM, to help automakers meet growing demand for lighter weight vehicles. Constellium HSA6TM is in production for several 2017 and 2018 model year vehicles, including the MINI Countryman. Ideal for extrusion-based Crash Management Systems, Body-in-White structuralRead more

P&W new $31 million facility includes isothermal forge press for the production of engines turbine disks (US)

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A major piece of Pratt & Whitney’s expansion project in Columbus is about to ramp up, with the aerospace company now starting construction on a 276,301-square-foot facility on Macon Road on the city’s east side. The price tag on the construction is $31.3 million, according to an Aug. 24 building permit, with Evans General Contractors performing the work at 8987 Macon Road. “That’s the new facility for the engine overhaul business, and it’s the lion’s share of the real property investments, although they will continue to make some improvements on the forging operation as well,” said Bill Murphy, executive vice president of economic development at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “The real big investment on the forging operation is when they put in the new press, and that should be happening late this year, but more likely early next year,” he said.

The new facilities are part of a $386 million expansion of the local Pratt & Whitney complex announced in February by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s office in Atlanta. Aside from new automated machinery and equipment upgrades, the project includes a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for a new isothermal forge press, which will make turbine disks and compressors for Pratt & Whitney jet engines.

The company in February said the money is being spent to increase parts production and maintenance services, while reducing costs for the company’s engine programs. Pratt & Whitney spokesman Matthew Bates on WednesdayRead more

LPW Technology bets on Big Data to design alloys powders for additive manufacturing (US)

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LPW Technology, a developer, processor and supplier of metal powders for additive manufacturing, has created a new research division focused on the design of alloys and microstructures. The LPW/ Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair will look to capitalise on the potential data mining and alloy design for additive layer manufacturing for the development of high performance metal powders. It comes after a sustained period ofRead more

Chinese Tiangong revenue recorded a significant increase in the tool and HSS steels segment (US)

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Die Steel business and High Speed Steel business delivered double-digit revenue growth

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 19.7% to RMB1,877 million
  • Revenue of core businesses grew 30.8% period-on-period
  • Net profit increased 52.8% period-on-period to RMB39.3 million
  • Die steel business revenue recorded a significant increase of 47.2% period-on-period
  • High Speed Steel business revenue recorded a significant increase of 48.0% period-on-period

HONG KONGAug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/  — Tiangong International Company Limited (“Tiangong International” or the “Group”; Stock Code: 826.HK), China’sleading global new alloy materials and tools provider, today announcedRead more

Mexican SIMEC to invest $660 M to upgrade its Tlaxcala special steelmaking facility (Spanish)

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Se destinarán 600 mdd para ampliación de Aceros Especiales Simec en Tlaxcala
El gobierno de Tlaxcala invertirá 660 millones de dólares para la ampliación de la empresa Aceros Especiales Simec y generará a finales de este año 800 empleos formales. 

El gobernador de Tlaxcala, Marco Mena, supervisó la obra de ampliación de la empresa Aceros Especiales Simec, que contempla una inversión de 600 millones de dólares y generará a finales de este año 800 empleos formales, paraRead more

Gerdau to build a new $232 M special steelmaking facility in Argentina (Spanish)

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Invirtió U$S 232 millones y tiene una capacidad instalada para producir 650 mil toneladas anuales

La firma Gerdau, una de las principales proveedoras de aceros especiales del mundo, puso en marcha su nueva acería en la localidad de Pérez, con una inversión que asciende a un total de 232 millones de dólares. Durante el segundo semestre, seguirán las actividades de estabilización de la operación de la acería, con el propósito de alcanzar Read more

Midhani to invest $224 million for new forging press, ring rolling mill and ESR furnaces (US)

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Midhani, the public sector, special materials supplier to strategic sectors, has taken up a ₹1,400-crore modernisation-cum-new facilities creation initiative. In Phase 1, involving ₹400-crore investment, it has modernised various captive facilities such as the Forge Press, Ring Roll Mill, ESR, etc. Union Minister of Defence and FinanceRead more

BGH Freital invests in a new 2000 tons open die forging press (German)

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Freital Was für den Schmied der Hammer ist für ein Stahlwerk die Presse. Sie bringt das glühende Eisen in die gewünschte Form. Und damit auch künftig bei Freitals größtem Arbeitgeber die Aufträge für Sonderstähle und Speziallegierungen nicht ausgehen, hat die BGH Edelstahl GmbH in eine neue Schmiedepresse investiert. „Mit StolzRead more

Taiwan’s GMTC partners with Thermal Technology LLC to develop metal 3D printing powders (US)

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Gloria Material Technology Corp. (GMTC), a Taiwan-based specialty alloys manufacturer, and Thermal Technology LLC, a California-based sintering system manufacturer, will be collaborating to develop metal powders for 3D printing. The two companies recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the partnership. The signing of the MoU was a big event, as representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Economic AffairsRead more

HCL and Midhani to produce copper-nickel tubes (US)

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Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL) is looking to get into the production of value-added products to shield itself from volatility in copper prices. Copper prices have firmed up in the international markets and are currently ruling at  $6,500 a tonne.

“There is a huge demand for copper-nickel tubes used in naval fighter ships, submarines, etc. These are currently being imported. There is a huge potential,”

Kailash Dhar Diwan – HCL  CEO

The average price of copper in the same period last year was $5,200 a tonne. According to Kailash Dhar Diwan, Chairman and Managing Director, HCL, the company plans to get into a joint venture agreement withRead more

Sandvik Materials Technology to lay off 210 white-collar employees (US)

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Swedish equipment and tool manufacturer Sandvik Mining (STO:SAND) is letting go 210 white-collar employees at its Materials Technology unit (SMT), located in Sandviken, about 190 km north of Stockholm. The decision comes as tougher competition from Asian suppliers, pressure on prices and a sustained weakness in the oil an gas sector have all hit the business, the engineering group said in a statement quoted by the Swedish public broadcaster SVT. TheRead more

Sidenor Azkoita has a safe workload until December (Spanish)

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La decisión de la firma de constituir una filial en Reinosa no afectará a la planta guipuzcoana

DONOSTIA – La fábrica que Sidenor tiene en Azkotia se encuentra a pleno rendimiento con una carga de trabajo asegurada hasta diciembre, según indica el secretario general de la Federación de Industria de USO Euskadi, VíctorRead more

Ascometal: vaste réorganisation des sites et arrêt de l’aciérie des Dunes (FR)

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La décision avait déjà été prise mais on ne connaissait pas encore la date : l’aciérie de l’usine d’Ascométal, dans le Dunkerquois, fermera finalement le samedi 30 septembre. Un plan social (140 départs) a déjà été lancé. En janvier, Asco-Industries, qui avait repris l’usine Ascométal en juin 2014, finalisait le rachat de l’aciérie de Vallourec à Saint-Saulve. Le même jour, Asco-Industries et Vallourec annonçaient la création de la SAS Ascoval, détenue à 60 % par Asco Industries et à 40 % par Vallourec, qui détient désormais tous les actifs de l’aciérie de Saint-Saulve.

«  le plan de charge convenu est progressif et doit aboutir à un rythme annuel de 275 000 tonnes dès la fin de 2017. Ces volumes permettront d’assurer le fonctionnement durable de l’aciérie et sa compétitivité.  »

Direction ASCOMETAL

Dans le même temps, Asco Industries avait présenté aux syndicats une vaste réorganisation de ses sites, dont l’arrêt de l’aciérie de Leffrinckoucke. Conséquence ? Si le rachat de l’aciérie de Saint-Saulve, qui a bénéficié de Read more

US Senator Charles Schumer hopes that Norsk Titanium will benefit from military contracts (US)

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Charles “Chuck” Schumer talks about the “totally exciting” 3D technology that Norsk Titanium uses to produce titanium aerospace parts faster and far cheaper than traditional means. At the Plattsburgh plant Friday, the senator promised to support addition of language in the Senate’s version of the Defense Authorization Bill that calls for the military to look at the new technology when procuring contracts. (Credit Photo @ KAYLA BREEN)

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Charles Schumer is hopeful that Norsk Titanium will benefit greatly from future military contracts. “With the military, there is huge potential for Norsk,” the Senate majority leader said during a visit to the manufacturing plant Friday.  “I promise everyone here that whatever clout I have I will use to convince theRead more

US Army Researchers Discover Aluminum Alloy That Reacts With Water To Create Hydrogen (US)

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Researchers with the U.S. Army accidentally discovered a new way to produce hydrogen with aluminum. The new aluminum nanomaterial produces hydrogen when exposed to water.  (David McNally | U.S. Army )

Car manufacturers have turned to hydrogen as one of the go-to sources of fuel for clean energy in vehicles, but despite its abundant nature, the gas is difficult to store and transport. However, an accidental discovery may just have found the solution to the hydrogen problem that could potentially turn things around for the industry. A team Read more

Researchers Evaluate Aluminum Alloy Using Neutron (US)

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Neutrons peered inside an aluminum-cerium engine component to see how it reacted to high heat and stress

In a first-of-its-kind experiment, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutrons to investigate the performance of components made of a new aluminum-cerium alloy on a gasoline-powered engine while it was running. They wanted to determine if the alloy would hold up under the heat and stress of an internal combustion engine. The neutrons came from ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source. Their unique properties let them penetrateRead more

The history of Sheffield Forgemasters in the production of marine large gun barrels (US)

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These fascinating glimpses of the past were intriguing, but then I realised one of them was related to my own research interest in armaments. The image is undoubtedly of the Gun Shop at Vickers’ River Don Works, the modern-day site of Sheffield Forgemasters. Vickers were the only one of the Sheffield armaments companies – which included the well-known names of John Brown, Cammell Laird, Thomas Firth and Hadfields – to produce finished naval guns for battleships. The legacy of production endures too; a former Sheffield Forgemasters employee once Read more