Areva NP hopes to restart Creusot Forge foundry in coming weeks (US)

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  • Creusot Forge already produced some Hinkley Point parts
  • Awaits ASN approval to restart French production
  • Areva NP says audits went well, confident of restart

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – French nuclear reactor maker Areva NP hopes to get regulator ASN’s approval in coming weeks to restart its Creusot Forge foundry, which was halted last year following the discovery of manufacturing problems and falsified documents. Creusot Forge in eastern France started producing some Read more

New hybrid steel opens up new design possibilities, says Ovako (US)

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Swedish steelmaker Ovako is claiming that it’s new family of hybrid steels represents one of the most significant developments in steel metallurgy ‘for decades’ and offers the properties of tool steel, maraging steel and stainless steel combined with the production economy of engineering steel.

Launching it’s new range of products at the Euromat 2017 exhibition in Thessaloniki, Greece, Ovako claims that it’s new steel product opens up new possibilities to use steel components in very demanding applications.

“We set ourselves the goal of developing a steel that would address the segregation issues while also being suitable for high volume production by the cost-effective electric arc furnace route. It became clear that the key to success was to adopt a hybrid approach in which the steel would utilise two different, but complementary hardening mechanisms – secondary hardening and intermetallic precipitation hardening. The result is the hybrid steel family that will develop over time to cover a range of grades for various applications,”

 Patrik Ölund, head of Ovako Group R&D

According to Ovako, hybrid steel offers exceptional performance, especially at elevated temperatures, and can be produced in high volume to meet customer demand at an attractive price. The company claims that the properties of Read more

LE CREUSOT : Industeel va monter à 250 bars pour gagner en qualité (FR)

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A chaque été son investissement. Après un four d’une puissance de 10,4 mégawatts, installé juste à côté du laminoir quarto en 2016, un four pouvant monter jusqu’à 1300 degrés avec 40% de consommation de gaz en moins, c’est toujours du côté de la tôlerie qu’Industeel a lancé un investissement majeur en cet été 2017. Un investissement majeur car il vise à optimiser le laminage. Alors que le décalaminage, qui consister à enlever les impuretés, était Read more

Hitachi Metals Claims Chinese Companies Stole Trade Secrets (US)

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Japanese conglomerate Hitachi’s metals subsidiary has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission alleging that China-based companies stole trade secrets for special alloy ribbons used in medical devices and theft prevention tags. The complaint by Hitachi Metals and its US unit Metglas names companies including Beijing ZLJG Amorphous Technology and Qingdao Yunlu Energy Technology. It also claims two former Hitachi Metals employees who are Japanese nationals provided confidential and proprietary technology to these groups. Hitachi Metals and Metglas are calling for the commission to investigate the Chinese companies involved, ban imports into the US of related products and bar the sale, marketing and distribution of products already in the US. The product at the centre of the allegations is amorphous metal ribbon, or AMR — thin strips of a special alloy Read more

Thales opens metal 3D printing facility in Morocco (US)

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Thales has inaugurated a new facility in Casablanca, Morocco, specialising in metal additive manufacturing, also known as metal 3D printing. The new industrial Competence Centre forms part of the Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014 to 2020, supported by the Kingdom of Morocco, which supports the development of an innovative ecosystem involving Thales and its local suppliers, including the creation of a high-tech industrial competence centre, Thales said earlier this month. Metal 3D printing will lead to a reduction in the development and manufacturing times forRead more

Specitubes : une usine propre pour les superalliages en nickel

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Des tubes de précision, en inox et nickel, en superalliage de nickel (inconel), et en titane. La société Specitubes, leader européen de l’usinage haut de gamme, est un maillon essentiel de l’industrie aéronautique. 

L’Américain Leggett&Platt possède 138 usines dans le monde. L’une de ses filiales, l’entreprise française Specitubes a pu investir 12 millions d’euros pour sa transformation. L’usine, qui se trouve à Samer, dans la région de Boulogne sur Mer, est spécialisée dans la fabrication de tubes de précision en inox, superalliages de nickel, et titane. Sa production Read more

Forgiatura Morandini : Surviving and thriving in a market in turmoil (US)

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When the going gets tough, only the fittest survive. This assertion applies to many aspects of life, none more so than the business world. When trading conditions are challenging, companies in those markets have to offer something special, either in terms of their products and services or their philosophy. Forgiatura Morandini Srl, a family-owned forging company based in Cividate Camuno in northern Italy, has a long history and extensive experience in its business and President and CEO Alessandro Morandini believes he understands the secret of survival in what isRead more

Premier of South Australia announces establishment of Space Industry Centre (US)

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The state of South Australia (SA) is establishing a South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC). This will be Australia’s first dedicated centre to grow the local space economy and create future high-tech jobs. The announcement was made ahead of the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) being hosted in Adelaide next week which will be attended by more than 3500 space industry leaders from across the globe. The new Centre Read more

VW moves to secure cobalt supplies in shift to electric cars (US)

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LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is moving to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a vital component of rechargeable batteries, as the group accelerates its ambitious shift to electric cars. Cobalt industry sources told Reuters that VW, the world’s largest automaker, has asked producers to submit proposals on supplying the material for up to 10 years from 2019. Volkswagen, which decided on the strategic shift to electric vehicles (EVs) after it was engulfed in the “dieselgate” scandal, plans to invest more than 20 billion euros ($24 billion) in zero-emission vehicles by 2030 to challenge pioneer Tesla in creating a mass market. The company, which aims to makeRead more

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