Nippon Steel to buy Sweden’s Ovako to expand Europe specialty steel business (US)

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp (5401.T) on Thursday said it will buy Sweden’s Ovako which makes specialty steel used in industries including wind power generation and robotics, a move that gives Japan’s biggest steelmaker a manufacturing base in Europe.The purchase, its second international foray announced this month, also gives Nippon Steel a sales network in Europe besides adding 780,000 tonnes of annual output to the Japanese company’s roughly 45 million tonnes. Nippon Steel said on March 2 that it would boost investment, including mergers and acquisitions to 600 billion yen over the next three years to expand overseas.

TOKYO — Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal will buy Swedish counterpart Ovako Group and intends to turn equity-method affiliate Sanyo Special Steel into a subsidiary, forging ahead with a long-awaited business expansion as market conditions have improved. “Both companies have the world’s top-level production technologies,” Toshiharu Sakae, a Nippon Steel executive vice president, told reporters Thursday as the deals were announced. “We hope that the three companies will work together and combine technologies to strengthen the business foundation.” The Japanese company plans to raise its 15.3% stake in Sanyo Special Steel to at least 51% by the end of MarchRead more

Tiangong is planning to produce 5,000 tons/year of powder metallurgy products  for tool steel markets (US)

According to the chinese website Steelclik  Tiangong is planning to produce 5,000 tons of powder metallurgy products  for tool steel markets. 

The tool and die steel in China is at present in a dilemma: the price competition between medium and low-end products is very fierce, while the powder-metallurgy is heavily dependent on imports. It is reported that the annual domestic demand for the powder-metallurgy for tool steel is about 500 tons, growing at a rate of 30% to 40% per year. Currently, China relies basically on imports which can beRead more

French FIGEAC and Saudi TASNEE sign Cooperation Agreement on Aluminum and Titanium parts for Aerospace (US)

Advanced Metal Industries Company (AMIC), one of Tasnee affiliates, has signed on Monday 26 February 2018 a Memorandum of Understanding with The National Industrial Clusters Development Program (NICDP), Al Salam Aerospace Industries Company and Figeac Aero Group, to explore the potential of establishing an Aircraft Precision Machining Production Facility in Saudi Arabia both for civil and military aircrafts as part of Titanium Industries chain and will be Effective from the date of signature and for one year. This project comes in line with the Kingdom 2030 vision of localizing military and advanced industries as well as diversifying the national economy. Note that does not entail any related parties

FIGEAC AÉRO Group (ticker code: FGA), the reference partner for major companies in the aerospace industry, Al Salam Aerospace Industries Co, AMIC (Advanced Metal Industries Cluster Co.Ltd), an affiliated company of Tasnee and Industrial Clusters announce todayRead more

ATI and Tsingshan Announce Formation of Joint Venture (US)


03/01/18 – PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) stated today that it formed its previously announced 50-50 joint venture (JV) with an affiliate company of Tsingshan Group (Tsingshan) to produce 60-inch wide stainless sheet products for sale in North America. Initial customer shipments are expected in the first half of 2018. “We are pleased that we received all required regulatory and anti-trust clearances in a timely manner and are excited about the long-term opportunities for profitable growth that this JV represents for ATI,” said Rich Harshman, ATI’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to believe thatRead more

Apollo Minerals to acquire France Ariége Tungsten Mine Project (US)

Prior to its closure in 1986, Salau was one of the highest grade tungsten mines in the world, with an average recorded life-of-mine production grade of circa 1.5% tungsten trioxide. The mine is reported to have produced 0.93 million tonnes of ore to yield circa 11,500 tonnes of tungsten trioxide in concentrate. Production grades of up to 2.48% tungsten trioxide were recorded in the latter years of mining Variscan considers that Salau has very good potential to be brought back into production within a short time frame. 

Apollo Minerals has signed an agreement to purchase an additional 20% interest in the Couflens project in southern France via the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Variscan France, thereby enabling the company to have complete ownership of the project. Apollo’s recent field campaigns in the project area have determined the presence of widespread tungsten and high-grade gold reserves. The Read more

RUSAL developed unique scandium alloys for the shipbuilding industry (US)

Moscow, 13 March 2018 – UC RUSAL (SEHK: 486, Euronext: RUSAL/RUAL, Moscow Exchange: RUAL), a leading global aluminium producer, is pleased to announce that new high strength wrought scandium aluminium alloys have entered the test phase that is held in cooperation with customers from the shipbuilding industry.

The unique Al-Mg-Sc composition of the new alloys was developed by UC RUSAL and the Institute of Light Materials and Technologies. Its main competitive advantage is that it reduces the required scandium content three-fold while preserving the improved properties usually associated with scandium aluminium alloys. The new alloys are thus cheaper while still delivering the best possible strength, corrosion resistance and welding seam strength characteristics. This means that the new alloys will be much more accessible rather thanRead more

US’ military requirements for steel and aluminum only account for 3% of US production (US)

The US Department of Defense is urging the Commerce Department and President Donald Trump to take a targeted approach to potential Section 232-related tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, as more sweeping trade actions could disrupt relationships between the US and its allies. In a memo signed by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and addressed to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the Pentagon outlined its position on Commerce’s  recommendations, highlighting its preference for targeted tariffs over a global quota or global tariff for each sector.

” US’ military requirements for steel and aluminum only account for 3% of US production in each sector, and  the market conditions outlined in Commerce’s Section 232 reports have not had an effect on the Pentagon’s ability to source steel and aluminum”.

 US Secretary of Defense –  Jim Mattis

It also said it was possible no action on aluminum would be required, as the potential for such action could be enough to encourage changed behavior in the sector. The DOD agreed that unfair trade practices that aim to Read more

Voestalpine would reconsider its investments in the United States (US)

Austrian steel firm Voestalpine said on Friday it would reconsider its investments in the United States in light of President Donald Trump imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

 “Despite the limited impact of the punitive tariffs on our group, the current actions of the US administration have led us to critically examine whether all our plans for further investments in North America are economically and politically sensible,”

Voestalpine chief executive Wolfgang Eder

“The United States remains attractive but it could be that there is a certain pause in our investment activity until theRead more

Siderforgerossi opens its new branch in Houston (US)

The opening of a new sales and support branch in the United States marks the latest step in the expansion of the Siderforgerossi sales network Broadening the clientele in the country is one of the group’s strategic objectives and itRead more

Forges de Courcelles : partir loin pour être plus fort ici (FR)

La première forge française est haut-marnaise. Elle travaille pour l’automobile. Mais ce qu’elle forge le mieux, c’est son avenir. Ici et ailleurs.

Quel groupe haut-marnais de la métallurgie travaille depuis des années avec les plus prestigieux constructeurs automobiles du monde tout en développant désormais des joint-ventures pertinentes en Inde et en Chine ? On le sait peu ; depuis toujours, l’esbroufe est à l’exact opposé du groupe Sifcor et des Forges de Courcelles sur l’échelle des valeurs. Les Forgerons sont des taiseux, sérieux, durs à la tâche, mais guère communicants. Ils savent – ô combien – que la vérité n’est pas dans le dire, mais dans le faire. Donc, ils font. Depuis longtemps. Tout débute au milieu du Read more

World’s oldest nuclear reactor to come back online (US)

The operator said detailed investigations had confirmed the presence of aluminium oxide inclusions in its reactor vessel. According to Axpo, the problem stemmed from the original forging of the pressure vessel in 1965 and were not related to the reactor’s operations.
Switzerland’s Beznau I, the oldest nuclear reactor in the world, is set to be fully operational again at the end of March after being offline since March 2015 after problems were found in its reactor pressure vessel. After lengthy delays, the Swiss nuclear safety watchdog Ensi has now declared the site safe. Beznau 1, which was built in 1969, will be

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UC Riverside Metallurgist Explains How ‘Black Panther’ Can Inspire Careers in Science, Technology (US)

The latest release from Marvel Studios, “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira, is setting new box office milestones every weekend. And if you’ve watched the film, you’ve seen him wear his special suit made from a super-material called vibranium, which is only available in Black Panther’s kingdom of Wakanda. Though vibranium is a fictional metallic element that can store and release energy, making it a highly versatile material that permeates the Marvel Cinematic Universe, understanding its properties make a lot of sense in real life. Suveen Mathaudhu, an Indian American assistant professor of materials science and mechanical Read more

Saarland researchers investigating role of niobium in steel alloys (US)

The Brazilian mining company CBMM, which supplies approximately 80% of the world’s industrialized niobium products, is providing funding for a researcher at Saarland University for three years through the project ‘Niobium in Steel’. The aim of the research work is not only to achieve a more detailed understanding of the mechanisms within steel, but also to improve control of the steel production process itself.

Niobium is a raw material for which there is a strong global demand, particularly in the steel industry. In pipelines, for example, niobium ensures that the steel does not become brittle even at sub-zero temperatures.

Niobium accounts for only about one in every 10,000 atoms in steel. It’s therefore all the more surprising to see what a major effect these small concentrations have. The presence of niobium makes the steel tougher—meaning that it becomes more stretchable without losing its strength. Niobium also prevents steel from becoming brittle and breaking like porcelain at sub-zero temperatures.

—Professor Frank Mücklich, Department of Functional Materials at Saarland University

In car body engineering, niobium makes the steel stronger and also more ductile, improving the vehicle’s crashworthinesscharacteristics. The metal ore that contains niobium is mined mostly from volcanic rock in BrazilRead more

Aubert & Duval Recognized Best Performer by Airbus (US)


Aubert & Duval is a long-standing key player in the aerospace industry that  supplies aerospace markets with open die and closed die forgings, powders for additive manufacturing, hipped parts and bars in high performance steels, superalloys, titanium and aluminum  for the main AIRBUS, BOEING and COMAC programs from a wide range of high performance materials, as well as a key player in helicopter structures.

Aubert & Duval received the “Best Performer award” by Airbus for Supply Chain and Quality Improvement ProgramRead more

Carpenter Technology Acquires CalRAM (US)

  • Strengthens Capabilities as a Solutions Provider
  • Advances Position in Additive Manufacturing Part Production
  • Expands Foundation for Thought Leadership and Advanced Technology Growth

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE:CRS) today announced it has purchased MB CalRAM LLC (“CalRAM”), a leader in powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing metal printing services. “This strategic acquisition builds upon our existing additive manufacturing capabilities and provides direct entry into the rapidly expanding part production segment of the additive manufacturing value chain,” said Tony Thene, Carpenter’s President and CEO. “The addition of CalRAM brings industry leading technology andRead more

Carpenter to Implement a New Electrode Surcharge Effective March 1, 2018 (US)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE:CRS) announced today that it is implementing a new surcharge due to the continued rise in Graphite electrode costs,Read more

Australia’s Bisalloy Appointed To Rafael’s Global Supply Chain With $900,000 Contract (US)

Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Australia’s Bisalloy Steels have signed a contract for the supply of BISALLOY® Armour steel for use in Rafael’s globally-deployed add-on armour range for Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).  The $900,000 contract marks the appointment of Bisalloy to Rafael’s global supply chain and follows the successful completion of an extensive testing and evaluation program which included a detailedRead more

Rheinmetall signs steel deal with Australian Steelmaker BlueScope (US)

BlueScope Steel and Rheinmetall Defence Australia today signed a teaming agreement that will see Australia’s biggest steel producer deliver thousands of tonnes of feedstock for the local production of high performance armour steel for a new national military vehicle industry. The teaming agreement was signed before BlueScope employees at the company’s Port Kembla steelworks near Wollongong today as part of a company briefing about Rheinmetall’s bid for Land 400 Phase 2 and the BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.  BlueScope is already working alongside Read more

US Air Force Senior Metallurgist Receives Highest Honor (US)

Dr. Miracle has conducted and led research and development on a range of metallic materials for Air Force structural applications, including nickel-based superalloys, high strength aluminum and titanium alloys, high temperature ordered intermetallic alloys and metal matrix composites. Dr. Miracle’s current research on amorphous and nanocrystalline metals is providing the scientific foundation required to lead the exploration and development of these materials for structural and functional Air Force applications. 

A distinguished senior scientist from the Air Force Research Laboratory will receive The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Fellow Award.  Dr. Daniel Miracle, a senior scientist in AFRL’s, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, will receive this prestigious award at the society’s annual awards ceremony on March 14, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona. The society’s award of Fellow is TMS’s highest honor. For induction, a candidate must beRead more

Une commande record de 50 000 tonnes pour Industeel (FR)

Industeel France a enregistré une commande record de plus 50 000 tonnes pour la réalisation de tôles plaquées pour son client EEW, un des principaux producteurs allemands de tubes spéciaux. Les tôles seront livrées entre février 2018 et novembre 2019. La commande est destinée à un projet situé au Moyen-Orient. La tôle plaquée est la combinaison d’une base en acier au carbone avec une couche d’acier inoxydable ou d’alliages de nickel. Cette combinaison permet d’associer les excellentes propriétés mécaniques des aciers au carbone avec Read more

Cobalt 27 buys royalty on Canada nickel, cobalt project (US)

Cobalt 27 Capital Corp (KBLT.V), a Canadian company created to buy the red-hot battery metal, said on Thursday it has bought a royalty on all future nickel and cobalt production from the Dumont project in Quebec in a deal worth $70 million. The transaction is for a 1.75 percent net smelter return royalty on output from Dumont, which contains the world’s largest undeveloped nickel and cobalt reserves, Cobalt 27 Capital said. The project is jointly owned by RNC Minerals (RNX.TO) and private equity firm Waterton Global Resource Read more

Computer scientists and materials researchers collaborate to optimize steel with Artificial Intelligence (US)

Steel is used to build cars, wind turbines and bridges and there are currently about 5000 different types of steel available on the market. But how can steel producers guarantee that a particular steel will always exhibit the same high quality? Up until now experienced experts analysed material samples under the microscope and carefully compared the results against reference images. But classifying materials in this way is not free from errors.

Using machine learning techniques, computer scientists and materials scientists in Saarbrücken have now developed a method that is much more accurate and objective than conventional quality control procedures. Their results have just been published in Scientific Reports, the open-access journal associated with the scientific journal Nature. When scientists from two different disciplines collaborate on a research project, they first need to learn to speak the same language. ‘It took a fair amount of time before the computer scientists had

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Cefival on the hunt for new customers (US)

For its first appearance at the Singapore Airshow, the company — a specialist in steel and titanium extruded profiles — is looking to finalise discussions with Rolls-Royce and United Technologies, both of which operate facilities in Singapore. Cefival CEO Pierre Münch faces a busy schedule at Singapore Airshow 2018. For its first appearance at the event, the company — a fully owned subsidiary of Siderval, part of Italy’s Calvi Holding — aims to enlarge its aerospace customer base. Based in Persan, 40km north of Paris, the company is specialised in steel and titanium extruded profiles for aerostructures, aeroengines and aircraft cabin interiors. The company uses theRead more

Australian miners ramp up investment in electric-vehicle metals (US)

Copper and lithium among targets for spending as demand and prices climb

SYDNEY — Australia’s mining companies are shelling out more to find copper and other materials used in electric vehicles as demand for the next-generation automobiles grows.  Anglo-Australian mining group BHP Billiton looks to invest $6.9 billion in plants and exploration in the year through June, up 32% from the previous fiscal year’s $5.22 billion. The aim is to improve productivity at the company’s core coal and iron ore operations, and to develop its copper business. BHP in February completed a $350 million facilities Read more

Burkina Faso Seeks New Partner for $1 Billion Manganese Project (US)

Burkina Faso is looking for a new partner to mine the world’s largest manganese deposit after rights disputes thwarted two earlier attempts to develop the $1 billion project. Pan African Minerals, a unit of Timis Mining Corp., was told to stop production at the Tambao mine in 2015 following a change in leadership in the West African nation. The company then petitioned the International Court of Arbitration in Paris to prevent its permit from being withdrawn, but the case is still pending.  “It makes sense that we find a strategicRead more

Korean energy giant signs deal to acquire Greenvale nickel sulphate (US)

The Australian Mines has begun trial miningfor scandium, cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate a the project near Greenvale, west of Townsville.

PLANS for a multimillion-dollar nickel and cobalt sulfate plant creating hundreds of jobs at Greenvale have been boosted by a deal between its proponents and Korean energy and chemical giant SK Innovation. Perth-based Australian Mines says it has signed an offtake agreement term sheet with SK Innovation such that the Korean company will acquire all of the proposed plant’s production. SK Innovation also has an option to buy a 19.99 per cent stake in Australian Mines – a cash investment, if exercised, of more than $80Read more

Shell’s new petrochemical complex to boast ArcelorMittal’s cryogenic steel (US)

ArcelorMittal is supplying 770 tonnes of cryogenic steel plates through its subsidiary Industeel for a new major Shell petrochemical complex currently under construction in Pennsylvania, US. The CryElso® 9Q 9% nickel plates, produced at Industeel Creusot in France, will be used in the construction of the liquid gas storage units. The steel is built tough, with the ability to withstand freezing temperatures in the units, dropping to as low as -160°C. The plates are delivered in 5-30-millimetre thickness. “Industeel is one of the top 9%Ni

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Owl’s Head Alloys expansion to create 17 jobs in Bowling Green (US)

Owl’s Head Alloys operates three, 375-cubic-foot refractory furnaces and, to keep up with customer demand, the project will add new space to house a fourth furnace.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2018) – As the aluminum industry flourishes in Kentucky, Owl’s Head Alloys Inc., an aluminum recycler in Bowling Green, will create 17 jobs with a $3 million expansion, Gov. Bevin announced today. “Owl’s Head Alloys is a tremendous success story, and their expansion plan is wonderful news for both Bowling Green and the surrounding communities,” Gov. Bevin said. “It is exciting to see companies like Owl’s Head prosper in Kentucky. Their aluminum recycling operation is another indicator of the high demand for aluminum and the health of our primary metals sector overall. This announcement provides further proof to companies Read more

Picosecond lasers perform subsurface marking of stainless steel medical devices (US)

This small two-dimensional barcode mark produced on metal is of a type used in the automotive industry.

A picosecond laser technique satisfies the need for permanent unique device identifier (UDI) marking of stainless steel medical devices without requiring postprocessing.

There is a growing need to apply permanent marks to stainless steel medical devices, and the marks must meet several strict criteria that largely preclude the use of non-laser marking techniques such as printing or engraving. A relatively new laser-based process—subsurface black marking using a picosecond laser—meets the stringent marking demands of medical device manufacturers. The benefits of permanent identifying marks on medical devices encompass counterfeit prevention, product traceability, long-term quality control, returnRead more

Lancement de la Chaire industrielle INFinity : Modélisation numérique des processus de trempes (FR)

Paris, le 15 février 2018 – MINES ParisTech, membre de PSL, première école en France par son volume de recherche contractuelle, et l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) annoncent le lancement de la Chaire industrielle INFinity « Cadre numérique multi-échelle et innovant pour la conception sûre des procédés de trempe industrielle ». Ce modèle de recherche partenariale est un axe stratégique pour MINES ParisTech.  Dotée d’un budget de 1,4 million d’euros sur 4 ans et pilotée par le CEMEF – MINES ParisTech (Centre de mise en forme des matériaux), la ChaireRead more