France PM inaugurates Areva's new 9000 Ton hydraulic Press (US)France PM inaugurates Areva's new 9000 Ton hydraulic... June 20, 2014 - Today the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, visited AREVA’s Creusot Forge site, which is specialized in the fabrication of major forgings and castings. On this occasion, Mr. Valls...

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Tata Steel Europe's efforts have started bearing fruit: Karl Kohler, CEO (US)Tata Steel Europe's efforts have started bearing fruit:... "Our differentiated product and service programme has been yielding results as well: differentiated products tend to have substantially higher margins than non-differentiated products and sales of them...

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Saarstahl invests 46 million euros in modernisation of rolling mills (US)Saarstahl invests 46 million euros in modernisation... 30 million euros for the modernisation of the rolling stand in Völklingen 16 million euros for extension measures in the wire mill in Saarbrücken/Burbach Völklingen, 6th June 2014 – After...

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VSMPO Says Airbus to Face Fines If Quits $4Bln Titanium Contract (US)VSMPO Says Airbus to Face Fines If Quits $4Bln Titanium... VSMPO-Avisma, the world's largest titanium producer, has warned Airbus it would be forced to pay penalties if the European aircraft manufacturer terminated a $4 billion contract with its Russian...

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U.S. Steel closes two tubular plants indefinitely (US)U.S. Steel closes two tubular plants indefinitely (US)   The U.S. energy boom was supposed to be a godsend for the U.S. steel industry. Try telling that to about 260 U.S. Steel employees who are slated to lose their jobs even though they make tubular products...

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Nucor Seattle : more than 100 years of history (US)Nucor Seattle : more than 100 years of history (US) A controlled explosion, of sorts, occurs every time a “charge” of 100,000 pounds of scrap metal is dumped into Nucor Steel’s electric arc furnace, which melts steel at 3,100 degrees. The three...

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France PM inaugurates Areva’s new 9000 Ton hydraulic Press (US)

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Areva Nouvelle Presse

June 20, 2014 – Today the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, visited AREVA’s Creusot Forge site, which is specialized in the fabrication of major forgings and castings. On this occasion, Mr. Valls inaugurated the site’s new 9,000 ton hydraulic press. In order to meet the international nuclear market demand for reactor heavy components, AREVA Creusot Forge undertook a program Continue Reading

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Tata Steel Europe’s efforts have started bearing fruit: Karl Kohler, CEO (US)

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Tata steel CEO

“Our differentiated product and service programme has been yielding results as well: differentiated products tend to have substantially higher margins than non-differentiated products and sales of them have been rising.”(Credit Photo @ Pete Jones Productions)

 Karl Kohler, managing director and chief executive of Tata Steel Europe, says demand in Europe will rise by 3.4% in 2014. However, the rise is from “historically low levels,” as demand by the end of 2015 is expected to be still more than 25% below the 2007 peak. In an email interview to Satish John, Kohler seemed upbeat on the turnaround of the company’s European operations, having achieved “$200 million of operational savings” last year. Edited excerpts

Is there a turnaround in Tata Steel’s European operations?

Our last financial year’s financial results showed how the improvements we’ve made are bearing fruit and we are determined to continue on that path. We restored our operational base last year as a result of a relentless focus on operational reliability, Continue Reading

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Saarstahl invests 46 million euros in modernisation of rolling mills (US)

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  • 30 million euros for the modernisation of the rolling stand in Völklingen
  • 16 million euros for extension measures in the wire mill in Saarbrücken/Burbach

Völklingen, 6th June 2014 – After the major investment projects of the previous years, the most recent of which was the building of the new secondary metallurgy in the steelmaking plant, Saarstahl is continuing its modernisation programme with further investments in the rolling mills in Völklingen and Burbach. The CEO of Saarstahl, Dr Karlheinz Blessing commented on the Continue Reading

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VSMPO Says Airbus to Face Fines If Quits $4Bln Titanium Contract (US)

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VSMPO-Avisma, the world’s largest titanium producer, has warned Airbus it would be forced to pay penalties if the European aircraft manufacturer terminated a $4 billion contract with its Russian supplier. VSMPO is 25 percent owned by state defense conglomerate Rostec, whose CEO Sergei Chemezov was made the subject of Western sanctions in late April for Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis. “Contracts remain valid and cannot be canceled for no reason. Otherwise, penalties come into force,” VSMPO CEO Continue Reading

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U.S. Steel closes two tubular plants indefinitely (US)

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 US STeel idle

The U.S. energy boom was supposed to be a godsend for the U.S. steel industry. Try telling that to about 260 U.S. Steel employees who are slated to lose their jobs even though they make tubular products for oil and gas producers. The Pittsburgh steel producer said that in August it will indefinitely idle tubular products plants in McKeesport and Bellville, Texas. The company cited continuing pressure from overseas producers that it says are unfairly taking the market away. The decision comes as U.S. Steel and other domestic producers lobby the U.S. Commerce Department to rule that producers from nine countries are illegally dumping tubular products used by the energy industry on the U.S. market. They claim the steel is being sold at below-market prices or Continue Reading

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Nucor Seattle : more than 100 years of history (US)

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NUcor Seatle

A controlled explosion, of sorts, occurs every time a “charge” of 100,000 pounds of scrap metal is dumped into Nucor Steel’s electric arc furnace, which melts steel at 3,100 degrees. The three massive electrodes firing the furnace make Nucor the largest single electrical customer for Seattle City Light, but the company has remained competitive globally by constantly tuning its operation to make it more efficient

For a great many locals, the only clue of Nucor Steel’s existence comes on an early-morning or late-evening drive across the West Seattle Bridge: A steam plume rises to the south, and below it, long billets of freshly extruded steel, still glowing fire red

MOST OF the callers, having never felt the big heat, really don’t understand. The newbies can be forgiven: They probably bought an overpriced hillside condo based on some Web-propagated Emerald City fantasy, only to learn that Seattle’s Youngstown neighborhood has an industrial reality predating the neighborhood itself. Miffed by an occasional noise, a late-night shower of Continue Reading

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Liberty Forge’s state-of-the-art Ring Mill (US)

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LIberty Forge

Jesse Lopez, owner of Liberty Forge, started the company in 1975 with four other partners, one press and two furnaces. Everything was done by hand.  A product of Texas A&M and Lamar University, Lopez is the only founding partner remaining.  Liberty Forge now employs 55 people and operates three Wagner Ring Mills, four Forging Presses, six Billet Saws and 10 Furnaces. After 39 years of Open Die Manufacturing, Liberty Forge has just completed the installation of a state-of-the-art ring mill at the 50-acre facility. The newest ring mill produces about 250 rings per month. In addition to rings, the ring mill can produce flanges Continue Reading

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The Entrepreneurs: This family is rolling in steel (US)

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Alliance Steel

Michael Deitcher, president, and Glenda Deitcher-Susser, vice-president, of Alliance Steel: In 1985, the business generated about $5 million a year in sales; today, sales are between $75 million and $85 million a year. (Credt photo @ Vincenzo D’Alto , The Gazette)

Laval company has been transformed from a scrap dealer into a sizable manufacturer

MONTREAL — When you meet Michael Deitcher, 59, slim, casually dressed and soft-spoken, you think dentist. His sister, Glenda Deitcher-Susser, also thin and articulate, brings to mind a librarian. Or a school teacher. But the assumptions are misleading. Their near-lifelong devotion is Alliance Steel in Laval. Here, in a facility as large as a football stadium, are endless rows of rolled steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel and aluminum, some weighing between 35,000 and 40,000 pounds. Their warehouse can hold up Continue Reading

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La microstructure des aciers et des fontes – Genèse et interprétation 2e édition

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Microstructure des aciers et des fontes madelaine durrand charre

L’élaboration et la mise en oeuvre des aciers et des fontes continuent de poser des défis à la métallurgie, restant un moteur essentiel pour la recherche et le développement. Grâce à l’apport technologique de la microscopie électronique, la microstructure peut être explorée dans ses moindres détails. L’interprétation d’une micrographie requiert une large culture métallurgique car souvent de nombreuses transformations ont laissé des traces à différentes échelles d’observation.  Ce livre propose une présentation des notions fondamentales nécessaires à cet effet. D’ailleurs sa partie introductive propose le décryptage d’objets Continue Reading

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Découverte des locaux de Mittal-Research

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Arcelor research

MAIZIÈRES-LÈS-METZ – La sidérurgie demeure liée à la Lorraine. Découverte des locaux de Mittal-Research.

Dans la sidérurgie, côté innovation, c’est à Maizières-lès-Metz que tout continue à se passer.

Ceux qui voient la sidérurgie comme une industrie du passé devraient faire un tour du côté des laboratoires de Mittal Research à Maizières-lès-Metz. Certes, le procédé fonte-coulée d’acier-laminage n’a pas fondamentalement changé et ne changera probablement pas avant dix-quinze ans… mais dedans et en surface, quelle révolution! «Il y a vingt ans, on développait peu la métallurgie», précise Danièle Quantin, directrice des centres de recherche de France et d’Espagne ainsi que des Ressources humaines Global R&D. «Mais les progrès ont été réalisés sur les traitements de surface. Vous l’avez remarqué, il n’y a plus de rouille sur nos voitures!» Notamment grâce au procédé de galvanisation ou électro-zingage. Les deux spécialités de Florange. Une Continue Reading

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Carpenter seeing stronger demand (US)

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Carpenter technology

NEW YORK — Carpenter Technology Corp. is seeing demand trends that are  “fundamentally different” from patterns witnessed last year, when the company’s  key aerospace end market experienced a period of destocking that negatively  impacted orders, president and chief executive officer William A. Wulfsohn told  AMM. “We have said for the last year that we saw some softness in demand which we  believe was tied to levels of destocking, (as well as) relatively low material  and Continue Reading

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Alcoa Expands in Indiana to Capture Growing Aerospace Demand for Advanced Jet Engine Parts (US)

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Alcoa la paorte

Leading aerospace manufacturer Alcoa today celebrated the start of construction of its state-of-the-art, $100 million aerospace expansion in La Porte, Indiana

Capacity Broadens Reach into Large Commercial Jet Engine Market

  • New, $100 million facility to produce nickel-based structural components for industry’s best-selling jet engines
  • State-of-the-art plant to use latest in advanced manufacturing technologies including digital x-ray, 3D printing and robotics
  • Expansion to create 329 new jobs by 2019
  • Investment supported by customer contracts

NEW YORK & LA PORTE, Ind.–Leading aerospace manufacturer Alcoa (NYSE: AA) today broke ground on its state-of-the-art, $100 million aerospace expansion in La Porte, Indiana where it will produce nickel-based superalloy jet engine parts. The new 320,000-square-foot facility will expand Alcoa’s reach from structural engine Continue Reading

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Court selects French bid for insolvent Ascometal (US)

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Franck suplisson asometal

 The Nanterre Commercial court has made a decision regarding the takeover of insolvent French speciality steelmaker Ascometal. Reuters reports that the court has approved a bid from a group of French investors, led by Frank Supplisson, a former finance ministry official.Prior to its insolvency Ascometal employed 1,900 people, but was hit by the economic downturn in Europe. Four bidders were reportedly in line to take control of the company, including two private equity groups linked to former financiers and shareholders, as well as Brazilian steel giant Gerdau. However, it was Supplisson’s bid that proved the most compelling: it Continue Reading

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L&T inks tech transfer pact with Japan Steel Works (US)

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Larsen & toubro

L&T Special Steels and Heavy Forgings (LTSSHF) has entered into a technology transfer agreement with The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (JSW) – an acknowledged world leader in the field of heavy steel forgings. The five year agreement covers transfer of critical technology for steel melting & heavy forgings made from ingots weighing  up to 200 MT, for hydrocarbon, thermal power, steel & cement sectors. LTSSHF is a subsidiary of M/s Larsen & Toubro (L&T).  It supplies critical heavy stainless steel & alloy steel forgings for high pressure reactors & heat exchangers, as well as rotors, shafts, forged slabs and special steels. Direct access to Continue Reading

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Saint Jean Industries allège la liaison au sol des véhicules de 30 kg

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Saint Jean Industries light

Saint Jean Industries donne une vision de ses dernières innovations pour alléger les véhicules.

Saint Jean d’Ardières – 14 Mai 2014 – L’année écoulée 2013 a été marquée par le départ en production série de jantes aluminium produites à partir du procédé COBAWHEELSTM. Ce procédé hybride unique mêle extrusion, fluotournage, COBAPRESS™ et soudure par friction malaxage (Friction stir welding). Parfaitement maitrisé, il permet des gains de poids conséquents sur les jantes de large diamètre. La jante de l’Audi A5 de 19 pouces qui passe de 14 kg à 10,5 kg à iso design, permet ainsi de gagner 14kg par véhicule. « Le potentiel de gain de poids est d’autant plus important que le diamètre est large » note Véronique Bouvier, responsable du département RID (Recherche Innovation & Développements). Avec cette innovation, Saint Jean compte se Continue Reading

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ATI, Alcoa, US Steel and Westinghouse hacked by Chinese Army according to US Gov (US)

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USA CHina

The Justice Department filed charges against five individuals in the Chinese military, accusing them of hacking into five U.S. steel, solar and nuclear companies and a labor organization for trade secrets and other information. The indictment, unsealed Monday, marks the first time the U.S. government has publicly accused employees of a foreign power with cybercrimes against U.S. firms and represents a major escalation of the fight with China over such intrusions. U.S. government officials have long complained that China aggressively targets U.S. companies for trade secrets that would give Chinese companies a competitive advantage–a charge China has denied, saying such accusations have no basis in fact. “The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in this case is significant and demands an aggressive response,” Attorney Continue Reading

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Métallurgie – AG Tôlerie investit dans la R&D

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AG tolerie 

AG Tôlerie, qui a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de près de 2 M€ en 2013, recherche des locaux plus vastes (Credit Photo @ Denis Meynard)

Le spécialiste du rechargement laser de pièces métalliques, AG Tôlerie, a racheté une TPE de chaudronnerie, portant son effectif à une trentaine de salariés.

L’entreprise de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine AG Tôlerie a enrichi son outil de production d’un centre laser tri technologies six axes, unique en France. Outre la découpe et la soudure, cet équipement offre la particularité de faire du rechargement par dépôt de poudres métalliques. Elles sont transportées par un gaz neutre puis fondues par le faisceau laser. « Ce qui permet aux pièces ainsi réalisées d’avoir de meilleures caractéristiques mécaniques et une plus forte résistance à l’abrasion ou à la corrosion », indique son dirigeant Kamel Semaoune. Notant l’existence dans son entreprise d’un laboratoire de quatre ingénieurs, il explique que Continue Reading

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Tata Steel to kickstart $7 billion refinancing plan (US)

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Tata steel debt 2 

MUMBAI: On the back of a cyclical upturn in European demand, Tata Steel is planning to raise $1.24 billion overseas through the sale of bonds by one of its Singapore entities. This is part of a mega $7 billion debt refinancing initiative for Tata Steel Europe, formerly known as Corus. This is among the largest such exercises by an Indian company and will also see it raise fresh loans to refinance existing term loans and revolving credit facilities. It will also lower the debt on Tata Steel Europe’s books by over $1 Continue Reading
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Airbus Explores Titanium Supply Options Amid Russia Sanctions (US)

Category : Strategy

Rostec Titanium

  • Company’s New A350 Model Has 14% Titanium Content.
  • Airbus  says it is exploring alternative titanium supply options in case Western sanctions on Russia disrupt supplies that are vital to its newest plane, and has entered talks with potential alternative suppliers to make up any shortfalls.
  • Titanium is increasingly important on commercial airliners, as Airbus and Boeing (BA) increase their use of composites; the Continue Reading
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Jindal gets 7M$ order to supply 1,100 tonnes of Stainless Steels to ITER (US)

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Jindal

Company will supply 1,100 tonnes stainless steel , valued at around Rs 35 crore

Jindal Stainless (JSL) today said it has got an order worth around Rs 35 crore for supplying 1,100 tonnes stainless steel to International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor’s cryostat project. Cryostat is a large-scale scientific experiment that strives to produce commercial energy from fusion. The reactor is being constructed at Cadarache, France. “We are very excited about this Continue Reading

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India’s Largest Aerospace Hydraulic Forging Press (US)

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Squad

BELGAUM, India, April 24, 2014 – SQuAD Forging announces the arrival of its 10,000 ton capacity aerospace hydraulic forging press at its manufacturing facility in Aequs SEZ (special economic zone) at Belgaum, India. This closed die hydraulically operated hot forging press is the largest of its kind in India and will be used to forge large airplane components and parts such as landing Continue Reading

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Le pdg d’Areva Luc Oursel en visite à Creusot Forge

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Creusot forge

 Le président du directoire d’Areva était en Saône-et-Loire hier afin de rencontrer les salariés des deux sites de production du Creusot et de Saint-Marcel. Une visite prévue de longue date comme le confirmait son service de communication. Il s’agissait principalement pour M. Oursel de venir rassurer des salariés qui commencent à s’inquiéter sur l’avenir de leur société. « Le problème, c’est que nous Continue Reading

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L’avenir de la métallurgie Française : Réflexions et pistes d’action

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Republique francaise 

Il y a quelques semaines, le Président de la République élevait Jacques Friedel à la dignité de Grand-croix de la Légion d’Honneur. Il distinguait ainsi ce grand savant qui avait donné à la Métallurgie française un lustre exceptionnel : un des rares au monde à maîtriser les caractéristiques mécaniques des métaux et des alliages aussi bien que leurs propriétés électriques et magnétiques. Bien au delà de l’Université, celui-ci avait irrigué les Institutions techniques (IRSID, CEA…) et, finalement, le monde industriel. Il n’est pas exagéré d’écrire que la Métallurgie française a acquis une position internationalement très forte : la diminution du nombre de morts sur nos routes (résistance accrue des châssis), la variété de nos aciers spéciaux, le remarquable essor des alliages d’aluminium (intimement liés au succès d’Airbus), le succès de notre filière nucléaire, celui de l’industrie ferroviaire avec le TGV, la forte présence de notre construction navale civile et militaire ne sont que quelques-uns Continue Reading

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Nuclear worldwide: Where we stand 3 years after Fukushima (US)

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Roland Berger nuclear fukushima

Since Fukushima (March 2011) and despite decisions by some countries to phase out nuclear energy in the short or long term, about 70 reactors are currently under construction around the world, half of them in China and Russia.  In our study “Nuclear worldwide: Where we stand 3 years after Fukushima”, our expert show that the global nuclear installed base decreased on Continue Reading

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Emilio Riva Italien Steel Tycoon Dies at 87

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Emilio Riva

After a long illness, steel tycoon Emilio Riva died last night in Milan at  age 87. In the last two years he was the (silent) protagonist of the Ilva  ‘affaire.’ He was the main defendant in the trial for environmental disaster  initiated by the Taranto prosecutors about the steel mill and what has been done  (and has not been done) to combine productive efficiency and workers welfare Continue Reading

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Beijing to boost Nanomaterials, Superalloys and Additive manufacturing materials (US)

Category : Recherche & Développement

Chinese President Hu Jintao  poses for a photo with Superalloys  expert Shi Changxu after he presented the 2010 State Top Scientific and Technological Award, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 14, 2011. (Credit Photo @ Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

 
BEIJING, May 9 (Xinhuanet) — Beijing released a technology innovation action plan on May 4, aiming to bring into full play the role of technology in ensuring the city’s sustainable development and improving people’s living standards. The Beijing Technology Innovation Action Plan (2014-2017) outlines an array of objectives in 12 major fields to be fulfilled between 2014 and 2017. Some Continue Reading
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LISI acquires French High Performance Alloys Parts maker Manoir Aerospace (US)

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Manoir Aerospace

Lisi Group – the French aerospace, medical products and automotive components company – has announced the acquisition of Manoir Aerospace; a France-based producer of structural components and forging services for aircraft. The acquisition – terms of which were not disclosed – was announced on 7 May. Manoir Aerospace employs 1,100 people at sites in France, Belgium and Mexico. It returned 2013 sales of EUR164 million Continue Reading

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Marwan Lahoud : “Russian Ukranian Crisis threats Titanium sourcing “

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Rostec

Airbus Group Strategic Director Marwan Lahoud stated by the end of the April that aerospace Industry is not yet affected by the Ukrainian crisis, but this geopolitical issue may threat the  titanium sourcing”. Russia exports more than of 50 % our world titanium production and nearly 80 % of the airbus titanium comes from Russia. Continue Reading

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Strength matched with ductility in new steel making process (US)

Category : Recherche & Développement

Brown university
 
Greater strength without loss of ductility A steel cylinder that has been deformed by twisting preserves ductility at the core (a). Parallel lines indicate more “deformation twins” closer to the surface (b, then c), a measure of greater strength. ( Credit Photo @  Gao lab/Brown University)
 
In steel making, two desirable qualities — strength and ductility — tend to be at odds: Stronger steel is less ductile, and more ductile steel is not as strong. Engineers at Brown University, three Chinese universities, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have shown that when cylinders of steel are twisted, their strength is improved without sacrificing ductility.  PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Researchers from Brown University Continue Reading
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Algerian Steel Tycoon Issad Rebrab Bids to buy French Special Steels Maker Ascometal (US)

Category : merger & acquisition

Isaad Rebrab 

According to the French  newspaper  Le Repubilcain Lorrain, Issad Rebrab an Algerian steel  Tyccon Bids to buy Ascometal A French Special Steel makers, The Algerian  Billionaire seems motivated to acquire  the Fos-Sur-Mer Steelmaking plant Facility. . Issad Rebrab is a self-made billionaire and new entry on the billionaire list in 2013, this 70 year old Algerian heads up Cevital. The food production company is the largest family-owned business in Continue Reading

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