US offers to India Titanium Forgings Gun barrels Transfer of Technology (US)US offers to India Titanium Forgings Gun barrels Transfer... US Marine gunners test fire an M777 howitzer. (Credit Photo @ USMC) US offers to make the M777 artillery guns in India under Transfer of Technology and enable India to have an airborne artillery division....

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Irans expects improvement in metallurgy by progress in centrifuge technology (US)Irans expects improvement in metallurgy by progress... Iran Former Head of Atomic Energy Organization  said more technical progress in the centrifuge technology will in turn help upgrade other engineering fields in the country, including electricity, control,...

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US offers to India Titanium Forgings Gun barrels Transfer of Technology (US)

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US Marine gunners test fire an M777 howitzer. (Credit Photo @ USMC)

US offers to make the M777 artillery guns in India under Transfer of Technology and enable India to have an airborne artillery division. The M777 is the world’s most successful 155 mm artillery gun which can be carried under a chopper on to mountain posts. It has been used effectively in the Afghan War, and also in Iraq. Ultra Light artillery guns like the M777 are urgently required to give teeth and firepower to Indian Army formations deployed along long disputed Himalayan boundaries Continue Reading

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Baosteel completes the production of 690 alloy pipe for nuclear (US)

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Baosteel special steel complete the production of 690 alloy pipe for nuclear CAP1400 (Credit Photo @ SNERDI)

Recently, Baosteel special steel undertook the national key demonstration project—3rd generation 690 alloy pipe for nuclear CAP1400 for the first time. With the efforts of staffs of each process, finally Baosteel special steel completed the production and storage on time with good quality, ach working procedure as well as the whole Continue Reading

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Irans expects improvement in metallurgy by progress in centrifuge technology (US)

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Iran Former Head of Atomic Energy Organization  said more technical progress in the centrifuge technology will in turn help upgrade other engineering fields in the country, including electricity, control, mechanics, metallurgy, chemistry, machining, welding and production of special alloys. (Credit Photo @ Tasnim)

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Former head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) emphasized the necessity for the employment of new generation of centrifuge machines that refine uranium with higher efficiency.  Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Tasnim News Agency, former AEOI chief Fereidoun Abbasi, who is also a renowned physicist in Iran, said he sees no reason why Iran should not enjoy the new generation of centrifuge machines. Iran should use new machines in Continue Reading

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£9m Russian deal for Sheffield Forgemasters (US)

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A large back-up roll at Sheffield Forgemasters  destined for the Russian market (Credit Photo @ The Star)

Sheffield Forgemasters has secured contracts for forged steel rolls with Russia worth more than £9m.

The order, for more than 170 rolls for delivery in 2015, is from Russian steel producing giants, Severstal and Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works and the rolls will be used in the production of steel for the automotive industry. It builds on decades of trade between the South Yorkshire heavy engineering specialist and Russia – and comes after a £12m order for castings from German SMS group in September. Dr Steve Price, Forgemasters sales director, said: “Winning these contracts is a great coup Continue Reading

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IG Metall: “The sale of VDM close to be finalized” (German)

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Der Gesamtbetriebsratsvorsitzender Gerd Bendiks (l.) und sein Vertreter Dirk Schumacher werden in der Kommission sitzen, die den Verkauf der VDM begleiten soll. (Credit Photo @ Com-on.de)

Auf der Internetseite der Industriegewerkschaft Metall hat der VDM-Betriebsrat unter Gerd Bendiks erklärt, dass mit der Unternehmensleitung von ThyssenKrupp eine Vereinbarung über die Modalitäten eines wohl unmittelbar bevorstehenden Verkaufs der VDM getroffen wurde. Bei der Continue Reading

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Head of MIT’s Materials Department explains the power of nanoalloys technology (US)

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Christopher Schuh

Metallurgist pushes grain boundaries: Nanostructured metal alloys deliver tougher materials, lower costs, and safer outcomes. on Photo    Christopher Schuh  head of  M§IT  Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Credit Photo @ Denis Paiste/Materials Processing Center)

Metal alloys processed with new techniques developed at MIT are being used to produce crystal structures with dimensions one-thousandth the width of human hair that enhance billions of electronic connectors around world and are paving the way for a new generation of safer military armaments.  Department of Materials Science and Engineering head Christopher Schuh says a combination of theory and experiment underlies the breakthroughs. While technologists can turn to textbooks to predict what happens when they mix metals on the macro scale, that isn’t true for nanoscale alloys. “If I mix titanium into tungsten, I know what they’re going to do in a Continue Reading

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EU helps to develop new Titanium Aluminide Gamma Alloys for Aerospace (US)

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Titanium aluminide is a new material that will lead to much lighter aircraft engines, and thus lighter aircraft (Credit Photo @ AMG)

Titanium alloys could help the aircraft industry reduce weight, fuel consumption and emissions without compromising performance. EU-funded scientists are developing technology to exploit some of the most promising materials. Novel materials for aircraft engines © Thinkstock Gamma titanium aluminides (gamma-TiAl) have long been recognised by the aerospace industry as promising materials due to their low density and high strength at elevated temperatures. However, application has been limited by difficulties in machining due to brittleness. Achievement of a fine-grained microstructure of ingots can decrease flow stresses and facilitate conversion to small-size forging stocks. Scientists are developing Continue Reading

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Avio produces jet engine TiAl turbine blades using high power Electron Beam Melting (US)

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Avio 3D-printed LPT blades for the LEAP, GEnx, GE90 and GE9X jet engines.

Engineers at the Italian aerospace company Avio have developed a breakthrough process for 3D printing light-weight metal blades for jet engine turbines. The method builds the blades from a titanium powder fused with a beam of electrons accelerated by an electron gun several times more powerful than lasers currently used for printing metal parts. The tool allows Avio, which is part of GE Aviation, to build blades from layers of Continue Reading

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Despite US and Japan Embargo China Refines its first ultra pure titanium (US)

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China as the world’s primary product of titanium sponge titanium, capacity of the largest countries, 2013 production of about 120000 tons, a serious surplus production capacity, market price of 47000 yuan per ton; at the same time in the field of high pure titanium completely blank. While hypoxia ultra pure titanium has higher added value, the market price of up to 1000000 yuan per ton. At present, three enterprises all over the world only America, Japan can produce ultra high pure titanium, as a high-end metal materials, American strictly limit the export of China. On photo Electron Beam hearth furnaces  for the production of rotating grade Titanium alloys for aircraft engine parts (Credit Photo @ VFE)

Ningbo new materials R & D and production field force and hyperplasia. Yuyao is located in the Ningbo Shan Zhen a new material limited company independent design and construction of “an annual output of 250 tons of electronic hypoxic ultra pure titanium project” in July 1s Continue Reading

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Daido Steel Releases new Titanium Alloy with High Ductility & Cold Workability (US)

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Daido Steel has developed the ground-breaking “TNCZ” titanium alloy, which comparatively and considerably enhances ductility and cold workability. It has been accepting requests for samples, and started mass production of “TNCZ” wire in October 2014. “TNCZ” is a ß-type (cold workable) titanium alloy containing no nickel and vanadium. It consists of lowtoxic elements (titanium, niobium, chromium and zirconium). It Continue Reading

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Lockheed Martin Adds Titanium Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (US)

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The Ti propulsion tank shown is 16″ in diameter. Subsequent parts could be as large as 50″ in diameter. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Sciaky, Inc. to Provide Turnkey Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing System to Lockheed Martin Space Systems EBAM system will help Lockheed Martin reduce time & cost on the production of titanium propulsion tanks Chicago, Illinois – Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and provider of large-scale additive manufacturing solutions, announced today that it recently received a purchase order from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide a turnkey electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system. The EBAM system will Continue Reading

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Toho Titanium to Construct a Mill for Titanium Sponge in Saudi Arabia (US)

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  • Corporate Name  : AMIC‐Toho Titanium Metal Company(ATTM) 
  • Location : Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Management : To be decided
  • Business  : Manufacturing and distributing titanium sponge in Saudi Arabia
  • Capital :  $110 million
  • Establishment : 2014 Fiscal year
  • Accounting Term 31 December
  • Main Shareholders Toho Titanium Co., Ltd. 35.0% Advanced Metal Industries Cluster Company Limited 65.0%
  • Plant Capacity : 15,600t/year 
  • Start of construction : May, 2015
  • Mechanical completion May, 2017

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Toho Titanium Co., Ltd. today announced that the joint venture agreement has been signed with Advanced Metal Industries Cluster Company Limited [AMIC: a subsidiary  for investment that has equity partnerships with Cristal (50%) and Tasnee (50%)] on 10 December, 2014. The agreement is finalized to establish a joint venture company and to construct a titanium sponge production plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Continue Reading

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EcoTitanium: The European Aerospace Titanium Recycling Project (Fr)

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Les locaux de l’usine UKAD de forgeage du titane, en Auvergne (Credit Photo @ CORMON FRANCIS / HEMIS.FR)

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Eco Titanium, the first European Aerospace Titanium Recycling Facility will be Set Up in France, in  Saint-Georges-de-Mons. The project is a joint-venture between 3 co- partners:  UKAD (43.5%) a JV between Aubert & Duval and UKTMP,    the French State (41.3%), The Credit Agricole Bank (15.2%).  The project will cost €48 million and will induce the creation of 80 jobs. Eco Titanium is an outstanding Industrial  project designed to  give an European sourcing of  aerospace titanium in addition of the American and Russian sources and to get  the titanium sourcing under control,  titanium is  a strategic raw material for the aerospace industry.

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L’Etat français, le Crédit Agricole et l’entreprise Ukad s’associent pour créer la première usine européenne de recyclage de titane aéronautique en Auvergne.

L’entreprise Ukad, l’Etat français et le Crédit Agricole ont annoncé vendredi 9 janvier dans un communiqué commun la construction, en Auvergne, de la première usine européenne de recyclage de titane de qualité aéronautique. Le projet EcoTitanium, situé à Saint-Georges-de- Continue Reading

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Alcoa’s Beyond Aluminium Strategy, focused on titanium and superalloys (US)

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Eric Roegner  chief operating officer for Alcoa investment castings, forgings, and extrusions – explains the company’s aerospace solutions role.

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Alcoa started a successful strategic transformation moving the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) to be a leader not only in aluminum alloys but also in Titanium & Superalloys in Forgings, Castings and additive manufacturing.

“Beyond Aluminum” is the new motto of the Alcoa Chairman & CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. In the 20th Century  ALCOA meant Aluminum COmpany of America, in the 21th Century ALCOA will mean just Alloys COmpany of America.  Not basic alloys but Advanced Alloys for Aerospace & Automotive. 

In 1916 Alcoa  Invented the first aluminum alloys for Aerospace,  by 2016 – one century later – when the Alcoa’s  repositioning and roadmap will be  achieved,   Alcoa will be among the world leaders in  advanced raw materials for aerospace industry.

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 Alcoa does a lot more than supply aluminum. The company also is a global leader in lightweight materials engineering and manufacturing. It holds key market positions in aerospace sheet and plate produced by its midstream business, Global Rolled Products (GRP). Its downstream business, Engineered Products and Solutions (EPS), produces aerospace forgings, extrusions, investment castings, and fastening systems. In 2013, these two value-add businesses – GRP and EPS – accounted for 57% of Alcoa’s total revenues. Alcoa’s downstream component is composed of businesses heavily weighted toward aerospace. Unlike the sheet and plate business, most of Continue Reading

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Guillaume Kroll, Luxembourg’s titanium hero (US)

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Guillaume Justin KROLL, later known as William J. Kroll, is born on this day. He is a researcher and scientist in metallurgy. In 1932, he invents a process to produce metallic titanium. Kroll realizes titanium’s strategic potential and with the rise of Nazi power in Europe decides to take his metallurgic research to the United States. He arrives in New York on February 22, 1940, from Rotterdam, Netherlands aboard the SS Volendam. In the USA, Kroll works successively for Union Carbide, the Oregon’s Bureau of Mines and for Oregon State University. In 1946, he perfects his so-called Kroll Process, used commercially to extract titanium and zirconium on an industrial basis.

The invention of titanium has revolutionised technology but, did you know that it was a Luxembourg scientist who was responsible for its industrial production? Wort.lu/en tells the story of Guillaume J. Kroll, who took William Gregor’s discovery to the masses. Titanium is the seventh most common metal. Light, but as strong as steel, it is used in aircrafts, bicycle frames, body piercing and has even provided a breakthrough in medical care. The production of pure titanium from alloy Continue Reading

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ALMMII, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (US)

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The ALMMII proposal was created in response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union pledge to establish new manufacturing innovation institutes with the purpose of serving as regional hubs designed to bridge the gap between basic research and product development, bringing together companies, universities and community colleges as well as federal agencies to co-invest in technology areas that encourage investment and production in the U.S. A conceptual rendering of the ALMMII building in Corktown, (Credit Photo @ Harley Ellis Devereaux Corp).

DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ALMMII, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will cut the ribbon to officially open its new innovation acceleration center in Detroit, Michigan onJanuary 15, 2015. The 100,000 square-foot facility is part of a national network of research institutions and industrial companies geared toward advancing America’s leadership in manufacturing technology. The center’s focus is to accelerate the transfer of new manufacturing technology from the research lab to the production floor for products using lightweight metals — including aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and advanced high-strength steel alloys. An equally important mission of the center is to facilitate the training of the workers who will be using these new processes in factories and maintenance Continue Reading

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Puris LLC, World’s Purest Titanium Powder (US)

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Puris is a true national asset. Our technology is available to only a handful of companies in the world right now. Weve engaged the leading metallurgists in titanium powder. And, we have the highest-capacity, refractory-free titanium powder plant in America, CEO Craig Kirsch said regarding the companys inclusion in the project.

Chapter One: Printing with Powder

Until recently titanium powder was used mostly to make parts for the aerospace, medical and the oil and gas industries. But in the last few years, it’s found a potentially huge market in 3-D printing, a manufacturing process that is rapidly changing the way many products are made. New generations of large industrial printers can use super-thin layers of powdered metals, including titanium, to slowly “print out” almost any solid three-dimensional object designed and controlled by a computer. That includes everything from bicycle frames to a perfectly fitted human jawbone. Titanium powder sells for upwards of $200 a pound, depending on the powder’s size and purity. Absolute purity, which is what Puris specializes in, is crucial in making titanium powder. The smallest imperfection — a single human hair, for instance — can create a weak spot that can become a point of failure for whatever is made with the powder. The 3-D printing boom changes everything for Puris, Kirsch says. He Continue Reading

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Je suis Charlie: France-Métallurgie Supports free speech and Democracy

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Cyberattack on German steel mill inflicts serious damage (US)

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L’agence  fédérale Allemande  BSI  qui a pour mission de superviser et de veiller à la sécurité   des installations informatiques en  Allemagne vient de  dévoiler dans son rapport annuel  de 2014  l’existence d’une  cyberattaque qui a touché une aciérie allemande  causant d’importants dégâts au  haut fourneau de l’usine, obligeant la direction de l’usine à arrêter le haut fourneau . Les “assaillants” ont d’abord pris  le contrôle  à  distance du  réseau  informatique des bureaux  administratifs  avant d’accéder  dans un deuxième temps  au  réseau informatique  industriel de l’usine.  L’agence allemande BSI n’a pas révélé  le nom de l’aciérie,  ni  la date de cette cyberattaque, elle a cependant indiqué que les hackers disposaient de très grandes compétences techniques. C’est la cyberattaque industrielle la plus importante après celle dévoilée en 2010  sur le virus STUXNET qui a mis hors de service la moitié des centrifugeuses de la centrale nucléaire iranienne de Natanz. 

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Unknown hackers have inflicted ‘serious damage’ to a German steel mill this year by breaking into internal networks and accessing the main controls of the factory, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) revealed in its annual report. The report says that the intrusion into the mainframe system caused significant damage to a blast furnace as the attackers managed to manipulate the internal systems and industrial components, causing outages that disrupted the controlled Continue Reading

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Bharat Forge buys French Oil & Gas Machining Compagny for €11.8 Million (US)

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Bharat Forge

In a bid to consolidate its position in the oil and gas space, Bharat Forge via it German arm CDP Bharat Forge GmbH acquired French company Mecanique Generale Langroise (MGL) for 11.8 million euros. (Credit Photo @ Bharat Forge)

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Wise Alloys poised for sizable growth (US)

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The Wise Alloys plant on Second Street in Muscle Shoals has a contract to supply can stock for beer giant Budweiser. (Credit Photo @ Matt McKean/TimesDaily)

Company’s new owner sees future in car bodies

Aluminum is about to play a major role in automobile production, and the Wise Alloys facility appears poised to be a major player in that future. Amsterdam-based Constellium Aluminum announced in October it was purchasing Wise’s local operation for $1.4 billion. Constellium officials said they plan to expand the hot mill to produce what is known as body-in-white aluminum, which will be used to manufacture car bodies. The Continue Reading

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North Korean Steelmaking Industry (US)

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This photo released by the official KCNA news agency on Dec. 6, 2010, shows Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), inspects the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex, which established an iron making method without use of cokes and a new iron production system with lignite. (Credit Photo@ Xinhua/KNCA)

According to The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI.org) a nonprofit, nonpartisan group, the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex is North Korea’s largest steel mill, producing about 6 million mt/year of steel and iron, or about half of North Korea’s total output. In 1975, the Soviet Union provided technology and equipment for primary steelmaking and hot- and cold-rolled steel products. The Soviet Union provided further Continue Reading

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Midhani joins BHEL and HSL to build Submarines (US)

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Midhani is involved in development and manufacture of a wide range of super alloys and special-purpose steel for applications in Defence, aerospace and atomic energy. “With robust financial status of BHEL, Midhani’s expertise in special alloys and rich experience, trained manpower and world-class dry dock and other facilities at our disposal, we can take up construction of all the submarines,” Rear Admiral Mishra said.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), public sector defence Miniranta Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (Midhani) and Hindustan Shipyards Limited (HSL) in a strategic move have come together to form a consortium for building submarines. According to a BHEL statement, the consortium will jointly stake claim with the ministry of defence for being considered as a prospective bidder for the proposed P-75 (I) project of the Navy for building six submarines at a shipyard. A memorandum of understanding towards setting up the consortium was signed between Continue Reading

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ThyssenKrupp India eyes defence, aerospace sectors (US)

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‘We will increase these capacities due to the demand in India. We are in alignment with the government’s Make in India campaign,’ said Thiemann, referring to the campaign to boost domestic manufacturing.

CEO Thiemann says his firm is open to Indian partners for projects, can leverage parent’s engineering expertise

Mumbai: ThyssenKrupp India Pvt. Ltd is looking to expand its business in the country in segments such as aerospace, defence and smart cities. The local unit of the German industrial engineering conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG will bid for multi-billion dollar aerospace and defence contracts and lend technology to its Indian partners to build submarines and smart cities, Michael Thiemann, chief executive officer of the Indian unit said in an interview last week. Thiemann said his company was open to tying up with private Indian companies such as Larsen and Continue Reading

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MicroMill: the fastest, most productive Aluminum Casting and Rolling System in the world (US)

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“Alcoa Micromill represents a major breakthrough in aluminum materials,” said Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld. “This technology will unlock the next generation of automotive products with strength, formability and surface quality combinations never before possible. It will allow our customers to redefine the boundaries of vehicle design, supporting the creation of lighter, more fuel efficient, safer and more stylish vehicles for the future.”  (Credit Photo @ Alcoa)

Alcoa Unveils Next-Generation Aluminum Materials Through Breakthrough Manufacturing Technology

MicromillTM to Unlock the Future of Automotive Aluminum Products

  •  Micromill produces automotive alloy that is 40 percent more formable and 30 percent stronger than incumbent aluminum, while meeting stringent automotive surface quality requirements
  • Automotive parts made with Alcoa Micromill® material will be twice as formable and 30 percent lighter than parts made from high strength steel
  • Alcoa Micromill reduces the time to transform molten metal into aluminum coil from 20 days to 20 minutes
  • Micromill technology has the flexibility to transition seamlessly between producing rolled products for automotive, industrial and packaging markets
  • Alcoa has completed successful customer product trials and is qualifying Micromill material for next-generation automotive platforms

NEW YORK & PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lightweight metals leader Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today unveiled breakthrough manufacturing technology, the Alcoa Continue Reading

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Bharat Forge Expects first order for guns in 4-5 years (US)

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“This move is first major programme of buy and make project by the government,” Baba Kalyani said.

The government has cleared proposals to acquire 814 artillery guns worth Rs 15,570 crore. Of these, 100 artillery guns will be bought off the shelf and the remaining 714 artillery guns will be manufactured in India. Bharat Forge will be one of the beneficiaries of this move. Speaking to CNBC-TV 18 chairman & managing director Baba Kalyani said that this step is a great signal from the new Defence Minister to get private participation. He expects first order for guns to take four-five years to come through.

Below is the verbatim transcript of Baba Kalyani’s interview to CNBC-TV18’s Latha Venkatesh and Sonia Shenoy

Sonia: If you could start off by telling us what kind of opportunity do you see particularly from this proposal of 814 artillery guns?

A: First of all just to clarify this is a great signal from our new defence minister to get industry to participate in the manufacture of defence hardware which is what Prime Minister Modi’s views have been. So this is the first major programme that has now been put into what is well-known as the buy and make India category. Where Continue Reading

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Erzhong’s 80,000 Tons Closed Die Forging Troubles (US)

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ERZHONG

Last year, the Chinese government bailed out the forge’s parent company, called Erzhong Group, by folding it into Sinomach. The new company will “become China’s GE, Mitsubishi and Alstom , ” Sinomach’s internal, Communist Party-controlled newspaper said. (Credit Photo @ DINNY MCMAHON/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)

DEYANG, China—In this verdant city deep inside China, one of the country’s oldest state-owned companies has built a 10-story-high machine that Chinese leaders hope will help it take on Boeing , the U.S. Air Force and even the U.S. space program. The mammoth closed-die hydraulic press forge—which went into operation last year—is the largest in the world. It makes highly resilient components—such as aircraft landing gear—from titanium and metal alloys that are pressed into shape by its 80,000 tons of force. Long term, China sees it as part of an effort to curb its dependence on foreign firms to meet the country’s strategic goals in aerospace, technology and other Continue Reading

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MIT’S 2014 Materials Day Symposium (US)

Category : Recherche & Développement

MIT Flemmings 2014

SunEdison Semiconductor Chief Scientist Mayank Bulsara, Materials Processing Center founder and Professor Emeritus Merton Flemings, and Electronic Materials Research Group (EMAT) at MIT Research Associate Xiaoman Duan spoke during a break at the Materials Day Symposium on Oct. 21. (Credit Photo @ Denis Paiste/Materials Processing Center)

Focus 

  • Advanced high-strength steels
  • Controlling nanostructured grains
  • High-flying parts
  • New rare-earth metal process
  • Corrosion-resistant metals
  • Customizing metals for oil and gas
  • Making oxygen on the moon

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A renaissance in metals

Materials Day Symposium highlights breakthroughs in simulation methods, manufacturing techniques, and improved alloys.

A renaissance is underway in materials science, and especially in metals design, fabrication, and characterization, says MIT Materials Processing Center Director Carl V. Thompson. “No longer are simulations serving the purpose of explaining what’s already known. Things are now at the point where you can predict what a material will Continue Reading

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China wants to be the Specialty Metals Trading Place thanks to FANYA (US)

Category : Strategy

China Fanya Speciality Metals

Mr Jiuliang Shan, Chairman and President of the Fanya Metal Exchange gave a speech (Credit Photo @ Fanya)

Commodity exchanges have sprung up over time either at the source of the capital in major financial centres (e.g. LME and New York Mercantile Exchange) or at the source of the product traded (e.g. the various spice exchanges in India) or the attempts to launching exchanges in Indonesia and Malaysia dealing in local products such as tin or palm oil. As is well known the Chinese dominate a number of metals through the production of the raw material and at the same time are important as the end-consumers or processors of the same metals. Thus to some extent it makes sense that the trading of these metals should take place at exchanges within China rather Continue Reading

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The fine structure of fine steels (US)

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