Crisis in Congo and the Cobalt shortage will treath U.S and European National Security (US)

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For the last two decades, fighting has plagued the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in 5.4 million deaths, rampant corruption, and one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. The instability has already spread beyond the east as a constitutional and electoral crisis propels the fragile situation toward a larger

The Pentagon has identified cobalt and copper as “strategic and critical minerals” for the production of military planes, missile guidance systems, and other hardware. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, cobalt is a critical material because it used as a superalloy in military and commercial jet engines, and it is very difficult to substitute because of its very high heat resistance. As of 2014, 16 percent of the world’s cobalt was used in superalloys, five percent was used in magnets, and 42 percent was used in batteries, all of which are essential in military hardware as well as in hybrid and electric cars, commercial planes, and consumer electronics.

conflict, and it is now threatening to destabilize a mineral-rich area known as Katanga.  Katanga is home to 50 to Read more

North Korea received crucial tungsten, aluminum alloy for missiles from Chinese firm (US)

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Japan’s Asahi Shimbun is reporting that Pyongyang’s recent string of successful missile launches is largely due to a Chinese firm that smuggled crucial tungsten and aluminum alloys to a North Korean company in April. The Japanese newspaper quotes a “source with deep insights into trade between North Korea and China” as saying that a Chinese private-sector company smuggled the materials, including high-grade tungsten and aluminum alloy, to North Korea’s central science, technology and trade company.

According to a source with deep insights into trade between North Korea and China, a Chinese private-sector company smuggled materials needed to develop missiles to North Korea sometime in April. In particular, high-grade tungsten and aluminum alloy was sent by the Chinese company to North Korea’s central science, technology and trade company. It was not clear what volume of materials was sent or the course used to smuggle them.

The tungsten was coveted by North Korean rocket scientists due to its hardness and penetrating ability. They also needed high-grade aluminum alloys to make their missiles stronger and lighter. Asahi says the unnamed ChineseRead more

US Air force searching for hypersonic vehicle materials (US)

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The US Air Force Research Laboratory is searching for leading edge materials for reusable and expendable hypersonic vehicles to support its high speed strike weapon programme. Air Force Materiel Command will consider thermal performance as it selects the material, according to the $2.3 million contract award to Integration Innovation posted 27 September on the Federal Business Opportunities website. Based in Huntsville, Alabama,Integration Innovation Integration has previously worked with the Defense Department and NASA on thermal protection systems supporting hypersonic vehicles. “The objective of the RX hypersonics programme is toRead more

TWI enters research centre agreement with AVIC Manufacturing Technology Institute, China (US)

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The “AVIC Centre for Materials Joining and Surface Engineering” was officially opened on 18 September when a high-ranking AVIC delegation, led by Dr Xin Guo Zhang, Executive Vice President of AVIC, visited TWI in Cambridge. The 5-year agreement sees a number of AVIC group companies joining the agreement including AVIC MTI, AVIC Composite Corporation Ltd, AVIC Institute for Special Structures of Aeronautical Composites and AVIC Beijing Precision Engineering Institute Aircraft Industry. TWI and AVIC MTI will develop a research-based Read more

Gilles Hauden : “Nous traitons plus de 15 000 tonnes d’acier par an” (FR)

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Spécialiste européen dans la distribution d’aciers résistants à l’abrasion et d’aciers à haute limite d’élasticité, Abraservice France propose à ses clients industriels des solutions complètes, depuis l’analyse des besoins à la fourniture de pièces parachevées prêtes au montage. Gilles Hauden, directeur général d’Abraservice France, procédera, le 10 octobre, à l’inauguration de la toute dernière presse plieuse de 1 000 tonnes. Abraservice est uneRead more

Lebronze alloys renforce ses financements pour accélérer son développement (FR)

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La mise en place d’une véritable stratégie financière a permis au groupe spécialisé dans les alliages cuivreux de mener à bien son ambitieux plan de développement.

Créé en 1934, Lebronze Industriel est repris en 2006 par la famille Dumont, accompagnée d’associés toujours présents dans le capital. C’est une nouvelle phase de croissance qui s’ouvre, et l’entreprise passe d’un unique site industriel, situé en France (en 2011), à 16 sites dans le monde, réalisant un total de chiffre d’affaires de 240 millions d’euros, pour 1.300 salariés (dont 800 en France). Un développement rapide qui tient, aussi, largement à la finance. «  L’entreprise a un business plan ambitieux, une politique d’investissement importante et beaucoup de projets. Notre croissance a été permise par l’ambition des actionnaires et du management, mais aussi par l’accompagnement Read more

Airbus Material Procurement Team visits VSMPO (Russian)

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Визит состоялся позавчера. Вместе с Рихтером завод посетили старший вице-президент по закупкам материалов Николь Лекка, вице-президент по закупкам материалов Рафаэль Дюфло и директор по промкооперации в России и Восточной Европе Александр Гапонюк. Экскурсию по заводу для них провелRead more

Kobe Steel Says It Falsified Data on Some Aluminum, Copper Parts

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Kobe Steel Co. Ltd. said on Sunday that it had falsified data related to strength and durability of some aluminum and copper parts products to make them look as if they met client quality standards.  Japan’s third-biggest steelmaker said the products were delivered to more than 200 companies but did not disclose specific customer names. The Nikkei earlier reported online that products using falsified data were delivered to firms including MitsubishiHeavy Industries Ltd.’s regional jet unit and auto makers. Kobe Steel said it discovered the data falsification in inspections Read more

ATI and GE investing in joint operation in Chester (US)

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Four months after Chester County Council authorized County Economic Development Director Karlisa Dean to proceed with negotiations on “Project 1725” the company behind the code name was revealed on Tuesday when Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) and GE Aviation announced they had selected the property adjacent to ATI’s Richburg, S.C. operations as the site for a new research and development facility. This joint venture is expected to create 29 new jobs. ATI is a global manufacturer of technically-advanced specialty materials and complexRead more

U.S. Steel remains nation’s 2nd largest steelmaker (US)

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U.S. Steel lost its crown as America’s biggest domestic steelmaker by sales to Nucor, the once-upstart mini mill operator in 2010, and it continues to lose ground to the North Carolina-based rival. Market Realist, an independent investment research firm, reported that Nucor shipped 6.8 million tons of steel in the second quarter, a 4.5-percent increase.  U.S. Steel ranked second out of U.S. steelmakers in sales, shipping 3.8 million tons of steel in the second quarter of 2017. Its sales were down about 2.5 percent as compared to the 3.9 million tons of steel it shipped out in Read more

Tata Steel vision of the future role of steel in automotive industry (US)

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Tata Steel recently published a whitepaper entitled “Charging towards a sustainable future?” which sets out the company’s views on Europe’s future powertrain mix and the role that steel can continue to play in the industry. just-auto’s Calum MacRae met with the report’s author, Chris Wooffindin, the company’s automotive marketing manager, and his colleague Dr Nick Coleman, Principal Researcher in to sustainability at Tata Steel, to discuss the report’s contents at the 2017 Frankfurt IAA.

just-auto: One of the key things you highlighted in the report was that cost and affordability has prolonged steel’s existence in the auto sector. How much longer do you think that can go on for?

Tata Steel: So we have to look at it from some application areas of steel. Traditionally, steel’s been used in body construction, wheel construction, chassis construction, seats and so forth. As well as the conventional powertrain. Read more

Book : Automotive Steels: Design, Metallurgy, Processing and Applications 1st Edition (US)

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Automotive Steels: Design, Metallurgy, Processing and Applications explores the design, processing, metallurgy, and applications of automotive steels. While some sheet steels are produced routinely in high volume today, there have been significant advances in the use of steel in the automotive industry.

This book presents these metallurgical and application aspects in a way that is not available in the current literature. The editors have assembled an international team of experts who discuss recent developments and future prospects Read more

Heat-tempered magnesium alloy a strong choice for implants (US)

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Image from electron microscope showing a large precipitate in magnesium alloy. These precipitates are dissolved through heat treatment, which substantially reduces the corrosion rate and makes the alloy very stable in the body

Titanium is the preferred material for surgical fixation procedures ranging from knee replacement to jaw implants. However, since this super-strong metal is not absorbed by the body over time, it can cause complications like infection, fistulization (particularly following radiation therapy), interference with skeletal growth, intolerance, thermal sensitivity, and interference with MRI and other imagining procedures. Additional procedures to remove hardware are among the most common surgeries worldwide and a major cost for hospitals.  A promising alternativeRead more

Shortage of “indispensable” graphite electrodes threatens to strangle EU steel production (US)

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Brussels, 18 September 2017 – Tight supply conditions for carbon graphite electrodes are threatening to stall EU steel production. These graphite rods are indispensable in Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) ‘secondary’ steelmaking and in the Ladle Furnace (LF) metallurgy stages of both the EAF and ‘primary’ Blast Furnace-Basic Oxygen Furnace (BF-BOF) production routes.

Graphite electrodes are made from high quality needle coke. Needle coke is a premium grade, high value petroleum coke, which has been seeing shortages and sharply higher prices in recent months”, said Axel Eggert, Director General of the European Steel Association (EUROFER). “This global shortage has been caused by the idling of global Read more

Outokumpu takes graphite electrode upcharge in use (US)

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September 27, 2017  ( Outokumpu introduces a graphite electrode upcharge for all stainless steel products with immediate effect. The tight supply situation within the graphite electrodes market has led to limited global availability of graphite electrodes and sharp increases in their prices. This has in turn led to significant increase in Read more

Ternium to build 3.7m tpy rolling mill in Mexico, 520,000 tpy rebar unit in Colombia (US)

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Latin American steel group Ternium plans to build new facilities in Mexico and Colombia to “further develop its industrial system to better serve its customers”, it announced late on Thursday September 28.

  • New hot rolling mill at Ternium’s Pesquería industrial center in Mexico to be operational by the second half of 2020
  • New steel bar production facility in Colombia to be completed by the second half of 2019

Ternium S.A. T oday announced two new investment programs that will further develop its industrial system to better serve its customers. The company plans to install a new hot rolling mill at its Pesquería industrial center in Mexico, and to build a new steel reinforcing bar manufacturing facility in northern Colombia. The new state-of-the-art hot rolling mill in Mexico will target the growing industrial and commercial markets, improving customer service Read more

FOMAS Group and INTECO Group enter into a joint development agreement to produce metal powders for the Additive Manufacturing market (US)

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Osnago (Lc), Italy/Bruck a.d. Mur, Austria September 2017 – FOMAS Group and INTECO Group, leaders in their respective industrial niches, are pleased to announce that they have signed a cooperation agreement to produce metal powders dedicated to the Additive Manufacturing market.

 The agreement between FOMAS Group and INTECO Group is rooted in their complementary  industrial operations and joint vision on the future of the Additive Manufacturing industry. In particular, the plan envisages investments in both plants (northern Italy and USA) and human resources. Two identical plants, one located near FOMAS in Read more

Le Cercle des Études des Métaux (CEM) organisera le 16 novembre 2017 une journée sur la durabilité des alliages métalliques (FR)

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La durabilité des composants en alliages métalliques – aciers, aluminiums, bases nickel – dans le domaine des industries pétrolières et gazières, de la chimie, de la production d’énergie, peut être limitée par des facteurs :

  • Internes: ségrégations d’éléments d’alliage lors de la solidification, des traitements thermiques et de la mise en forme pendant la fabrication, ou suite au vieillissement thermique
  • Externes: fragilisation par l’hydrogène, corrosion sous contraintes, fatigue corrosion

Le Cercle d’Etudes des Métaux organise avec la SF2M à l’Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne une journée sur cette thématique. Les trois thèmes suivants y seront abordés :

  • ségrégations et micro-ségrégations d’éléments d’alliage et résiduels – carbone, phosphore, soufre, intermétalliques…- dans les tôles, pièces de forge et de fonderie,
  • diminution de l’endommagement en service, par des élaborations, traitements thermiques, thermomécaniques et de surface appropriés,
  • amélioration de la résistance à la fragilisation par l’hydrogène, à la fissuration par corrosion sous contraintes ou par fatigue corrosion, du fait des améliorations des connaissances et moyens d’investigation et, de ce fait, des progrès survenus dans les processus de fabrication.

PROGRAMME DE LA JOURNEE

  • 9h30-9h45 : Ouverture de la journée par la direction de l’Ecole des Mines
  • 9h45-10h00 : Krzysztof WOLSKI (Centre SMS, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne et CEM) : Présentation de la thématique de la journée d’étude

Première séance de travail : Ségrégations majeures

10h00-10h30 : François ROCH (AREVA NP 92084 Paris La Défense): Phénomènes de ségrégation dans les grosses pièces forgées en acier faiblement allié pour l’industrie nucléaire : de la solidification au vieillissement

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Book : Applied Metallurgy and Corrosion Control: A Handbook for the Petrochemical Industry (US)

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This book serves as a comprehensive resource on metals and materials selection for the petrochemical industrial sector. The petrochemical industry involves large scale investments, and to maintain profitability the plants are to be operated with minimum downtime and failure of equipment, which can also cause safety hazards. To achieve this objective proper selection of materials, corrosion control, and good engineering practices must be followed in both the design and the operation of plants. Engineers and professional of different disciplines involved in these activities are required to have some basic understanding of metallurgy and corrosion. This book is written with the objective of servings as a one-stop shop for these engineering professionals. The book first covers different metallicRead more

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