Metalcam is under the threat of bankruptcy (Italian)

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According to the Italian newspaper Milano Finanzache  Metalcam the Italian special steels and forgings maker is under the threat of bankruptcy.  Metalcam is the last industrial participation of Carlo Tasara owned by Romain Zaleski.  The company is considering filling the article 161 of the Italian law to prevent bankruptcy at the Brescia court. Metalcam was not able yet to deposit its financial statements for 2016.  Metalcam sales decreased from M€ 103  to M€ 85 between 2014 and 2015 and the net profit decreased from M€ 11.5 to M€ 1.6 between 2014 and 2015.  Metalcam  debt was evaluated at M€ 196.7 included M€ 152 payable to banks. 

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MILANO (MF-DJ)–Strada in salita per Metalcam, l’azienda metallurgica rimasta l’unica partecipazione industriale della Carlo Tassara di Romain Zaleski. Qualche giorno fa, scrive MF, il presidente Giorgio Alberti ha tenuto una Read more

LISI : annonce un investissement industriel de 110 millions d’euros (FR)

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Forges de Bologne fabrique pour l’aéronautique, des structures (hublots, pièces de plancher, supports de sièges, trains d’atterrissage etc.) et des aubes de turbines pour les moteurs d’avion. © Forges de Bologne.

LISI poursuit la transformation du site des Forges de Bologne (Haute-Marne) engagée en janvier 2016. Ainsi, l’équipementier aéronautique et automobile confirme la construction d’une nouvelle usine sur le Parc Plein’Est de la communauté d’agglomération de Chaumont, pour l’ensemble des activités du site actuel de Bologne. CetRead more

Pratt & Whitney adds nanoparticules to its nickel based superalloys to make engine components (US)

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Alan Epstein, Pratt & Whitney’s vice president for Technology & Environment :  ” To create light and resilient engines, Pratt & Whitney has added nanoparticles to its engine materials. Nickel-based superalloys – materials made of different metals mixed together to improve strength – are used to make engine components ” 

Creating lighter yet powerful engines is just one way the aviation industry is trying to reduce its environmental impact.

Imagine how much cleaner the air would be if 3 million cars were taken off the roads in your city. A hint: Banning just half of Beijing’s 3.3 million cars before the 2008 Olympics cleared its skyline within a few days. The world’s skies may clear in an equally dramatic fashion if the aviation industry could succeed in cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through more efficient engines, sustainable fuel and use of carbon credits. In a recent interview with Eco-Business, Alan Epstein, Pratt & Whitney’s vice president for Technology & Environment, calculates that yearly emissions equivalent to CO2 released by 3 million cars could be avoided if all 8,000+ of Pratt & Whitney’s Read more

Uddeholm secures a large order for the north-american market (Swedish)

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Uddeholm ska under tre år leverera delar till den nordamerikanska bilindustrin. Hur mycket ordern är värd är hemligt, men den omnämns som betydande för bolaget.Read more

Outstanding metallurgist Tresa Pollock receives three major professional honors (US)

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UC Santa Barbara’s Alcoa Professor of Materials, Tresa M. Pollock, has been honored with three separate awards from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) — two for outstanding long-term contributions to the field of materials science and one for service to the professional society. “I am deeply honored that my materials colleagues

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Sanjeev Gupta, le milliardaire qui relance les sites sidérurgiques en crise (FR)

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Le groupe de Sanjeev Gupta est un des candidats à la reprise d’Ascometal. Depuis 2013, l’homme a enchaîné les acquisitions de sites sidérurgiques en difficulté en Grande-Bretagne et en Australie.

Le nom ne vous dira rien. GFG Alliance est l’un des quatre candidats à la reprise du français Ascometal . Malgré un chiffre d’affaires de 13 milliards de dollars (10,7 milliards d’euros) et 11.000 salariés, le conglomérat est peu connu en France. Son dirigeant, le milliardaire anglo-indien, Sanjeev Gupta, a pourtant fait une entrée fracassante

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Schmolz et Bickenbach serait prêt à reprendre le site de Fos-sur-Mer (FR)

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Selon le REPUBLICAIN LORRAIN  le groupe suisse a décidé d’intégrer le site de Fos-sur-Mer et renforce son offre de reprise du géant français des aciers spéciaux, en redressement judiciaire depuis le 22 novembre.

Le match vient-il de se rééquilibrer entre l’anglo-indien Liberty Steel et Schmolz-et-Bickenbach (S + B) pour la reprise d’Ascométal ? Le groupe suisse (135 M€, dont 64 M€ dans l’outil de production sur 4 ans) est particulièrement convaincant et clair dans sa stratégie de bâtir un poids-lourd européen des aciers spéciaux. Autre atout : sa présence sur le territoire français avec Ugitech, en Savoie. Ses grandes faiblesses résident dans le social (seulement 833 salariés repris) et la fermeture des sites de Fos-sur-Mer et la joint-venture Ascoval (Saint-Saulve) passée par pertes et profits. Comme Liberty Steel, S + B ferme l’aciérie de Hagondange d’ici fin 2019. Enfin, le laminoir des Dunes doit également fermer dès 2019. Selon nos informations, S + B améliore son offre de reprise et vaRead more

Dillinger Hütte and Saarland University Study how to improve the quality of the heavy steel plates (German)

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Forscher der Saar-Uni entschlüsseln Geheimnisse in der Zusammensetzung des Werkstoffes. Kooperation mit der Dillinger Hütte läuft weiter

Was haben all diejenigen, die vor Weihnachten mit Begeisterung Plätzchen backen mit Stahlkochern der Dillinger Hütte gemeinsam? Doktorandin Lena Eisenhut von der Universität des Saarlandes beschreibt es treffend: Die Suche Read more

Metal Powder 3D Printing Guide (US)

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Addressing metal-only technologies, the co-authors (Adeline Riou of Aubert & Duval and Claus Aumund-Kopp of Fraunhofer IFAM) discuss laser-beam melting, electron-beam melting, binder-jetting and directed energy deposition systems, citing examples from such manufacturers as Arcam, Concept Laser, Digital Metal, EOS, ExOne, Renishaw, SLM Solutions, Optomec, Trumpf and more.

Striking a balance between overview and technical details, “Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology: A Guide for Designers and Engineers” (epma.com/epma-free-publications) explains metal additive manufacturing (AM/3D printing). It comes from a working group within the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA), known as the European Additive ManufacturingRead more

Dual-use ventures help start-up to create 3D printing entire rocket with high performance alloys (US)

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Using 3-D printing technologies and proprietary alloys,  will generate entire rockets. Automating rocket manufacturing would result in comparatively low-cost, high-performance spacecraft operational much faster than today’s rockets – Ellis estimates 60 days, in contrast to the 12 to 18 months it currently takes. And the efficiency doesn’t end there.

Five rapidly growing companies pitched their business models on Nov. 30 to a room of senior military officers and investors, including Gen. (ret.) David Petraeus, at this fall’s “Real Deal @ USC” at the Marina Del Rey Hotel. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight all the interesting things we do here at USC in the area of innovation and commercialization,” said Yannis Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and host of the event. The “Real Deal @ USC” fosters connections between entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders who can accelerate Read more

Algérie : montée en puissance de la production métallurgique (FR)

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En Algérie, les importations des principaux produits sidérurgiques ont atteint un montant global de 36,4 milliards dollars sur les 6 dernières années. 

L’Etat algérien prévoit porter de sa production sidérurgique à 12 millions de tonnes par an à l’horizon 2020, contre une production actuelle avoisinant les 2,5 millions de tonnes. L’accélération de la hausse de la production résulterait de l’entrée en exploitation des projets publics et privés déjà en cours. L’Algérie serait sur la voie de décupler la production de son industrie sidérurgique. D’après le ministre algérien de l’Industrie et des mines, Youcef Yousfi, la production sidérurgique Read more

China’s Hesteel to boost steel output in Serbia in 2018 (US)

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BELGRADE (Serbia), December 18 (SeeNews) – The Serbian president’s office said on Monday China’s Hesteel aims to increase the output of steel mill Zelezara Smederevo to 1.8 million tonnes of steel in 2018 from 1.5 million tonnes this year. The company expects the revenue of ZelezaraRead more

New Logo for GMH Gruppe (German)

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Georgsmarienhütte. Die Unternehmen Stahlwerk Georgsmarienhütte GmbH, Blankstahl GmbH, Recycling GmbH, Akademie GmbH und Systems GmbH – alles Unternehmen der GMH Gruppe – zeigen sich seit Kurzem mit einem neuen Erscheinungsbild.

Wie an allen Unternehmensstandorten der GMH Gruppe wurden die Logos auch auf dem Gelände in GMHütte ausgetauscht. Ab sofort bilde der individuelle Standortname eine Einheit mit der GMHRead more

United States produced 90.1 million tons of steel in 2017 (US)

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A bar of steel makes its way through the 80″ hot strip mill at AcerlorMittal Indiana Harbor on its way to becoming a coil of steel. The United States produced 90.1 million tons of steel in 2017, a 4.3 percent increase over the output from 2016. (Credit photo @  Viktor Mácha / viktormacha.com)

The United States produced about 90.1 million tons of steel in 2017, a 4.3 percent increase over the previous year. reat Lakes steel production, however, plunged to 594,000 tons of steel in the last full week of the year that ended Dec. 30, closing the door on 2017 with a steep drop of 7 percent. Steel Read more

China to ‘strictly’ ban any new steelmaking capacity in 2018 (US)

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BEIJING, Jan 4 (Reuters) – China will continue to “unswervingly” cut existing steel capacity and “strictly” ban the launch any new steelmaking facilities in 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement late on Wednesday. “We will strictlycapacity  forbid any new steel capacity to be launched…and make sure all outdated steel is eliminated and

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IBC and NioCorp Produce first ingot of Aluminum-Scandium Alloys (US)

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The ingots, representing a range of scandium content, will now undergo chemical analysis and other metallurgical testing to confirm the microstructure and performance of the alloys.  This testing is the basis for commercializing Aluminum-Scandium alloys. “I am very pleased with the successful execution by Chris Huskamp and his team of this initial production campaign, and we Read more

Cogne Acciai Speciali Adjusts its Strategy for Growth (Italian)

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To adjust its strategy for growth, Italian Special Steels maker Cogne Acciai Speciali will focus mainly on : quality, diversification and human resources. Cogne recruited 62 workers in 2017 and wants to recruit 30 workers in 2018.  Cogne closed the 2017 fiscal year with a increased turnover of  €490 million against €403 million in 2016. The volume increased slightly from 164,000 tons in 2016, to 172,000 tons in 2017. For 2018 Cogne expects a turnover of €520 million and a production of 177,000 tons.Read more

From Atoms to Turbine Blades (US)

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Superalloys represent key materials for turbine blades in modern gas turbines for aero engines and power plants. International mobility and global energy supply rely on this fascinating class of high temperature materials. Improvements in efficiency and emissions demand new concepts for alloy design and fabrication technology. This colloquium focuses on recent progress in material and process development in the field of Ni- and Co-based superalloys taking into account future trends in developing, processing and applications of these extraordinary materials. The collaborative research center SFB/TR 103 „From Atoms to Turbine Blades“ aims onRead more

Jinjiang rachète SAM technologies (FR)

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Le repreneur ne supprimera que 50 postes sur 740 et investira 42 millions d’euros dans les fonderies de pièces automobiles du groupe Arche, en redressement judiciaire depuis 2016.

La bonne nouvelle est arrivée peu avant Noël. Le tribunal de commerce de Paris a prononcé le 22 décembre la reprise du fabricant de pièces automobiles moulées en aluminium SAM Technologies à Viviez (Aveyron),  en redressement depuis juillet, et de ses sociétés soeurs FVM et Alfisa. Le repreneur est le groupe chinois Hangzhou Jinjiang qui

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Better properties for magnesium alloy (US)

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Orthogonal groove strain pressing and fast annealing dramatically shrinks the grain size of AZ31 magnesium alloy, resulting in increased strength and room temperature ductility. Before processing (left), after processing (right).

Magnesium alloy can be made stronger and more workable by hot pressing under optimized conditions to produce an ultra-fine crystalline structure, A*STAR researchers have shown1. The improved material means magnesium alloy will have broader applications as an ultra-light structural material.

Aluminum alloy is currently the go-to light metal for many structural applications, from aircraft fuselages to smartphone bodies. It is light, corrosion-resistant and is relatively easy to shape, weld and work. Alloys of magnesium are up to one-third lighter than alloys of aluminum, and are particularly promising for applicationsRead more

Hitachi Metals Joins IBM to explore the impact of Quantum Computing on the Material Science (US)

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Hitachi Metals has joined the IBM Research Frontiers Institute as a Founder, and it envisions that the research into different methods of material development that this will afford—methods such as neuromorphic technologies that leverage cognitive technologies, as well as Materials Informatics —will bring dramatic advancements to its advanced materials R&D.

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 14 Dec 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q™ early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business

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Australian Titomic to trial patented titanium coating technology (US)

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Callidus Welding Solutions office and workshop located in Wangara, Western Australia.

Titomic (ASX: TTT) plans to kick-off a collaborative partnership with Callidus Welding Solutions in February 2018, which will involve incorporating Titomic’s kinetic fusion process into Callidus’ rapid additive parts manufacturing to create titanium-coated components. Initially, prototype parts will be developed to ensure they meet Callidus’ performance requirements for its mining, oil and gas clients. “This project will enable Titomic to illustrate how rapid additive manufacturing via the Titomic kinetic fusion process can put companies ahead of their peers and provideRead more

Damen Bags Special Steel Tanks Contract (US)

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Johan Dasht (CEO, OKG) and Flip van der Waal (Managing Director, Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet). Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden has been awarded the contract to manufacture high-precision special steel tanks together with their integrated cassettes for OKG; operator of three nuclear reactors on Sweden’s Simpevarp peninsula. With two reactors due to be decommissioned and dismantled, the tanks will be used to store radioactive reactor parts as part of the disposal process.

While Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden is best known as one of the ship repair and conversion yards in the Baltic Sea, it has over many years built up a reputation as a niche fabricator of high quality steel structures of all kinds. Its

Unknown Metal Alloys From UFOs Were Recovered By The Pentagon (US)

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1945 UFO crash in San Antonio, New Mexico including microscopic analysis of actual materials taken from the UFO.

The Pentagon has revealed that they recovered metal alloys from a UFO that they do not recognize. The materials are said to have properties that are amazing and are currently said to be in storage in buildings in Las Vegas that have been modified.

DOD Admitted To $22 Million Secret UFO Investigation Programme

The Department of Defence admitted that there was a programme that had been kept secret which cost $22 million and this programme was running between 2007 and 2012, and its sole purpose was to look into UFO reports and investigate. An author of the New York Times who revealed that the materials have amazing properties said thatRead more

What is Mondaloy and why should you care?

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Monica Jacinto is a materials engineering and processes fellow at Aerojet Rocketdyne. (Credit Photo @ Aerojet Rocketdyne) 

Monica Jacinto is a materials engineering and processes fellow at Aerojet Rocketdyne. Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne Spolier alert: it’s a superalloy Aerojet Rocketdyne is qualifying for high-performance rocket engines, including the AR1 vying with Blue Origin’s BE-4 to power Vulcan

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s success in developing AR1, an engine designed to replace Russian-made RD-180 engines on United Launch Alliance rockets, hinges in part on its use of Mondaloy, a nickel-based superalloy invented in the 1990s by metallurgists Monica Jacinto, then working at Rocketdyne, and Dallis Hardwick from the Rockwell Science Center. Prior to the 1990s, U.S. engine makers shied away from developing oxygen-rich staged combustionRead more

French steel firm Ascometal attracts four bidders (US)

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STRASBOURG, France, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Troubled French steelmaker Ascometal has drawn interest from four potential buyers, union officials said on Tuesday, with commodity group Liberty House and Swiss steel firm Schmolz + Bickenbach confirming their interest. Ascometal, which employs more than 1,300 people, filed for court protection last month after weak steel and oil markets in the past two years undermined an attempted recovery following a previous buyout in 2014. Three companies – Liberty House, Schmolz + Bickenbach and Spain’s Sidenor – submitted Read more

Novel technique expands industrial use of advanced high-strength steel alloys (Us)

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Brazilian researcher develops innovative method of laser welding at high temperatures that enhances properties of AHS steel for applications in automotive and aerospace industries (image: Welding Journal)

By Elton Alisson  |  Agência FAPESP – The automotive industry’s demand for high-performance alloys known as advanced high-strength (AHS) steels has increased in recent years owing to increasingly tough passenger safety, vehicle performance and fuel economy requirements. Characterized by improved formability and collision resilience compared to conventional steel grades, high-strength steels have been used in critical safety locations in car bodyRead more

Weldaloy Expands Capabilities Through Equipment Upgrades, Facilities (US)

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UES Celebrates win of Materials Characterization Contract with US Air Force Research Laboratory (US)

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As the US AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (RX) celebrates its century of success, UES celebrates another milestone! We have been awarded a contract to work with the AFRL on Advanced Characterization of Materials (ACOM) at RX’s Materials Characterization Facility (MCF). Structural and functional materials are the backbone of all Air Force systems. Whether for ground-, air- or space-based applications, materials research and characterization support current Warfighter capabilities and enable advancements to meet rapidly evolving mission Read more

Cobalt prices climb after Cobalt 27’s 800 Tons purchase (Us)

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Cobalt prices, which are up about 140% so far this year, continued to climb this week, but at a slower pace compared with last week, after the market continued to digest news of Canadian investment vehicle Cobalt 27 Capital adding another 822 mt of the metal to its inventory, bringing its holdings to nearly 3,000 mt.  Toronto-based Cobalt 27Read more