The Critical Role Of Aluminum in the Defense Industry (US)

Aluminum has fascinated military strategists from its very earliest days. Most histories of the metal begin by noting that French emperor Napoleon III financed experiments by chemist Henri Étienne Sainte-Claire Deville in the 1850s with the hope of developing light helmets and armor for his cavalry, but it remained so expensive that all he got was a breastplate for himself. However, with the establishment of the modern industry, production soared, prices plunged, and as early as 1892 the French military ordered several aluminum torpedoContinue reading

Scottish aerospace metals specialist IMET to spend £9 million on plant in France to process titanium (US)

Aerospace metals specialist IMET Alloys has announced a 10 million-euro investment to set up Europe’s first aerospace grade titanium processing facility. The Livingston-based business announced that it is to build and equip the plant at Saint Georges-De Mons, near Clermont-Ferrand in central France.  IMET uses what it says are the most technologically advanced techniques in the world to provide the melters of titanium and superalloys with furnace-ready products to melt ingots which are used in the aerospace, oil and gas, power generation and medical sectors. The new plant will convert titanium generated by aircraft manufacturers and their subcontractors into clean, furnace-ready material. IMET channels this directly back into the world’s titanium melting facilities displacing primary ore andContinue reading

Eramet, BASF and SUEZ partner to develop an innovative closed-loop process for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries, responding to the strong growth of the market in the coming years

The “Recycling Li-ion batteries for electric Vehicle” (ReLieVe) project, founded by Eramet, BASF and SUEZ, will receive a substantial funding of €4.7 million by EIT Raw Materials, a consortium initiated and funded by the European Union, and the three members. The objective is to develop an innovative closed-loop process to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles and to enable the production of new lithium-ion batteries in Europe.

German chemical giant BASF announced Wednesday plans with French companies Eramet and Suez to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric cars, aiming to secure a leading role in a growing market. Backed by 4.7 million euros ($5.2 million) of EU funding, “the objective is to develop an innovative closed-loop process to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles and to enable the production of new Continue reading

Western Superconducting Technologies Put Into Service a New 6,300 MT Open Die Forging Press (US)

Western Superconducting Technologies Co. Ltd., (WST), headquartered in Xian, in Shaanxi Province, China, has successfully put into service a 63/80-MN two-column high-speed push-down open-die forging press supplied by SMS group. The supply also included two integrated railbound 25-ton manipulators and a mobile eight-ton loading and unloading manipulator. The Chinese company is now able to flexibly manufacture various high-quality products for its customers from the aerospace industry, for example. The new high-speed press forges extremely precisely and reliably, with a maximum press force of 63 MN and an upsetting force of 80 MN. Thanks to the Continue reading

WPI Receives $25 Million Award to Bring Cold Spray 3D Printing Techniques to the Battlefield (US)

Funding from the Army will support advanced work on cold spray; the portable repair and manufacturing technique could increase the readiness of military vehicles and other units.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has received a three-year, $25 million award from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL) to advance a 3D printing technique that could be used to repair vehicles and other critical technology in the field, avoiding the sometimes extensive wait for new parts and increasing the readiness of military units. The new award builds on the university’s deep and distinctive experience with powder metallurgy and computational tools for materials design gained with nearly $30 million in previous Army funding.

“Cold spray is a foundational technology with a wide variety of applications, in the military and beyond.”
Danielle Cote, assistant professor of materials science and engineering
and director of WPI’s Center for Materials Processing Data

The current Army Research Laboratory (ARL) award will focus on a technique called cold spray, which can be used to repair metal parts or even make new parts from scratch by building up metal layer by layer in a process known as additive manufacturing, commonly known 
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Orano investit 30 millions d’euros dans un Centre d’innovation en métallurgie extractive à Bessines-sur-Gartempe (FR)

Le géant du nucléaire Orano investit 30 millions d’euros à Bessines dans un centre d’innovation. Un outil pour poursuivre sa transformation. « On travaille sur tous les procédés d’extraction pour des usines situées à l’international, au Kazakhstan, Niger, au Canada, détaille Pascal Nardoux, le directeur de la structure. Ça peut être pour l’uranium, mais pas seulement. On travaille par exemple sur l’extraction des métaux, destinés aux composants électroniques, mais aussi aux batteries de voitures, détaille Pascal Nardoux. On est capable de les extraire. » « Notre expertise sur l’uranium peut être transmutée à d’autres métaux », précise le directeur du site de Bessines, Régis Mathieu.

Le lancement de la construction du Centre d’innovation en métallurgie extractive (Cime) d’Orano débute le 10 septembre avec la pose de la première pierre de ce bâtiment qui s’étendra sur 8 300 m² et trois niveaux à la sortie de Bessines-sur-Gartempe (Haute-Vienne). Sa construction qui représente un investissement de 30 millions d’euros va être réalisée à 80 % par des entreprises locales. Le Cime vaContinue reading

Ellwood Group Lobbying at the Pentagon for Military’s Steel Forgings to Remain in USA (US)

Ellwood Group is one of the few steel forging companies left in America. Its leaders are asking federal legislators to help make sure the materials they provide to the Defense Department are used instead of foreign steel

Steel contracts mean steel jobs : That is the message officials at the Ellwood Group gave to U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16, Butler, Thursday afternoon as they lobbied for his help in making sure the Defense Department is using steel forging from American plants instead of relying on foreign steel.

Kelly toured the company’s New Castle complex and learned how ingots bigger than a school bus can be turned into pivotal pieces of equipment for the nation’s battleships and jet fighter planes, as well as the commercial airliners taking grandparents on their annual pilgrimage to see the grandchildren in Texas. David Barensfeld, chairman of the Ellwood Group’s board of directors, and president and CEO until earlier this year, said his company can provide all the steel materials the Defense Department needs, it just needs to be giventhe opportunity. Ellwood Group, which has nine metal works companies in 25 locations throughout North America under its umbrella, including Ellwood City Forge, the company that began it all in 1910, is one of the few in the nation to still provide steel forging and is the Continue reading

Bouzonville : l’usine Manoir Industries ravagée par un incendie (FR)

Un incendie d’une très grande ampleur a ravagé jeudi 29 août l’usine Manoir Industries de Bouzonville (Moselle). Les dégâts sont très importants. A priori, ce sont  plus de 180 salariés qui se retrouvent sans outil de production. 

Le toit de l’usine s’est effondré. Le feu s’est déclaré en fin d’après-midi chez Manoir Industries à Bouzonville (Moselle) jeudi 29 août 2019.

Beaucoup de salariés sont là depuis très longtemps et ils sont profondément touchés par ce qui s’est passé
– Laurent Dumas, directeur général de Manoir Industries –

Aucune victime n’est à déplorer.

Les unités de production sont touchées. Plus de 1000 m² de bâtiment du site sont détruit. “On ne connaît pas l’origine précise du sinistre mais ce qui est certain  c’est qu’il n’y a aucun blessé. Les personnes ont été évacuées et vendredi 30 août nous sommes en cellule de crise pour faire un état des lieuxde la situation”, dit Laurent Dumas, directeur général de Manoir Industries.

“Maintenant, on doit voir ce qu’il convient de faire pour les salariés, les clients et les fournisseurs”.

L’entreprise est spécialisée dans l’usinage de pièces forgées et usinées pour les transmissions éoliennes. L’ensemble du personnel de Manoir Industries

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Georgsmarienhütte GmbH reduces the number of hours of its employees (German)

Georgsmarienhütte GmbH reduces the number of hours of its own employees. As the company confirmed at the request of OS Radio, working hours will be reduced from 35 to 31 hours per week from 1 September. That applies to all collectively agreed employees. The background for this measure is a decline in orders. Although one is not as affected by the current economic downturn as other steel companies. Nevertheless, one must react to the under-utilization. The reduction in hours is an agreement between the management and the works council. The agreement therefore also includes an employment guarantee for all employees until August 2020.

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(HP) Die Georgsmarienhütte GmbH reduziert die Stundenanzahl der eigenen Mitarbeiter. Wie das Unternehmen auf Anfrage von OS Radio bestätigte, wird die Arbeitszeit ab dem 1. September von 35 auf 31 StundenContinue reading

Saarsthal Intends to switch to short-time working for 3 months from 1 September (German)

Saarstahl AG intends to switch to short-time working for three months from 1 September. The company informed its employees about this on Friday. The reason for this is a drastic decline in steel demand. The plants are correspondingly weak capacity, said the Völklinger company. The reason for this was above all the slumps in the automotive industry and in mechanical engineering. In addition, however, Saarstahl is also causing a sharp rise in imports from abroad into the EU.

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Die Saarstahl AG will ab 1. September für drei Monate auf Kurzarbeit umstellen. Darüber hat das Unternehmen am Freitag seine Mitarbeiter informiert. Anlass dafür ist ein drastischer Rückgang der Stahlnachfrage. Die Anlagen seien entsprechend schwach

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