Emirates Nuclear Energy Installs its Unit 3 Steam Generators, plant now 68% complete (US)

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The generators contain nickel-chromium-iron alloy tubes as part of the process that UAE’s first nuclear plant now 68% completet uses water heated by the reactor to produce steam in a secondary circuit. The alloy used for the tubing is customized to resist corrosion from heat and high pressures

UAE’s first nuclear plant now 68% complete

Abu Dhabi: Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced the successful installation of its Unit 3 steam generators (SGs) marking another safe and on-time milestone in the development of the UAE’s first nuclear energy plant through the UAE peaceful nuclear
energy programme. Steam generators play a key role in the conversion of the energy generated by nuclear fission into the electricity which Read more

AP&C adds three powder reactors (US)

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Montreal-based AP&C, a powder manufacturing subsidiary of Arcam AB, has added capacity by building three new atomizing reactors. The new capacity increase follows a surge in demand for the company’s titanium powders, used in additive manufacturing. According to the company, its plasma technology converts raw material to powder with excellent flowability, density, chemistry, and traceability. The build-out will give the company a capacity of at least 500 tons/year.

Arcam AB announces that its metal powder subsidiary, AP&C, based in Montreal, Canada, is building its fourth and fifth reactors, adding significant capacity to its titanium and nickel super-alloy powder manufacturing operation. AP&C, the high quality powder manufacturingRead more

ATI to Implement Cost Optimization Measures by idling Rowley titanium sponge facility (US)

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ATI CEO PRESIDENT

“We are focused and committed to return ATI to sustainable profitable growth and improve cash flow”, said Rich Harshman, ATI’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) announced several actions to improve the Company’s future financial performance, which include the indefinite idling of the Rowley, UT titanium sponge production facility and consolidating certain titanium manufacturing operations in Albany, OR. These actions are expected to improve ATI’s annual operating income by approximately $50 million beginning Read more

AK Steel Introduces NEXMET™ Family of Next Generation High Strength Steels (US)

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AK STEEL  2016 S1  Mix Product  (Credit Photo @ AK STEEL)

West Chester, OH, August 22, 2016—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) announced today it is launching NEXMET™, an innovative family of high strength steels for use in automotive lightweighting applications.  These products are specifically designed to assist automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in meeting 2025 U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) targets.  AK Steel’s NEXMET family of Read more

Professor Robert Kelly Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Corrosion Science (US)

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Professor Robert Kelly Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Corrosion Science

The award, recognizing excellence in corrosion research and outstanding contributions to the field, was established in 1973 and, in 1985, named for Prof. H. H. Uhlig, the founder of the field in the United States and a president of the societ

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Robert Kelly has been named the 2016 recipient of the H. H. Uhlig Award from the Electrochemical Society’s Corrosion Division, another indicator of the exceptional quality of the corrosion research at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. The award, recognizing excellence in corrosion research and outstanding Read more

Sarginsons helps push the boundaries of aluminium casting and aerospace technology forward (US)

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Aerospace alumnium casting

Sarginsons Industries has used its sand and low pressure casting expertise to help an aerospace student deliver a final year project that pushes the boundaries of aluminium casting and aerospace technology. L to R: David Hayden (Sarginsons Industries), Tim Squires (Squires Gear & Engineering – who helped with post-manufacture work) and Saif Arif. (Credit Photo @ Sarginsons Industries)

Sarginsons Industries has used its sand and low pressure casting expertise to help an aerospace student deliver a final year project that pushes the boundaries of aluminium casting and aerospace technology. SarginsonsRead more

“Les alliages aluminium-scandium sont le futur de l’aéronautique”, affirme Vladislav Soloviev, DG de Rusal

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Rusal Vladislav Soloviev

Quels sont les alliages sur lesquels travaille votre service R&D ?

Vladislav Soloviev, DG de Rusal :  Il travaille sur les alliages aluminium-scandium, qui sont définitivement le futur de l’aéronautique, mais aussi de la construction et du transport, en raison de ses propriétés de résistance pour un poids réduit. Le problème est le coût du scandium, mais nous travaillons sur notre propre technologie pour extraire le scandium des boues rouges, à moindre coût. Et nous enRead more

Rusal begins scandium oxide production (US)

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Scandium

The chemical composition of the aluminium-scandium master-alloy is 2% scandium and the balance is 99.7% aluminium. The master alloy is used to add scandium to Al-Mg-Zr containing alloys, which are used in the form of sheet and plate. These sheets and plates are mainly used by aircraft manufactures. The scandium content in the aluminium sheet and plate varies from 0.2 – 0.4% scandium. (Credit Photo @ RWMM)

Rusal has produced scandium oxide at a concentration exceeding 99% for the first time at its Urals smelter, the Russian aluminum producer said Thursday. The market price of the new product is up to $2,000/kg, Rusal said. The new production follows the installation and launch of a 96 kg/year pilot unit for the processing of scandium concentrate into scandium oxide, based on Rusal’s carbonization technology forRead more

Mort de Maurice Opinel, président de la célèbre marque de couteaux savoyards (Fr)

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Le président de la société familiale Opinel, Maurice Opinel, artisan de la modernisation de l’entreprise, est décédé mercredi à l’âge de 88 ans, a annoncé le fabricant savoyard de couteaux. Petit-fils du fondateur, Maurice Opinel présidait le conseil d’administration de l’entreprise depuis septembre 1974. (Credit Photo @ Le Figaro)

Le président de la société familiale Opinel, Maurice Opinel, artisan de la modernisation de l’entreprise, est mort mercredi 17 août à l’âge de 88 ans, a annoncé le fabricant savoyard de couteaux.

Petit-fils du fondateur, Maurice Opinel présidait le conseil d’administration de l’entreprise depuis septembre 1974. C’est sous sa direction qu’Opinel a construit sa nouvelle usine de Chambéry (Savoie). Il a aussi été très actif pour protéger sa marque par des dépôts de brevets et Read more

Opinel : forgerons de pére en Fils (Fr)

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Joseph Opinel

La saga  d’un petit couteau savoyard inventé par Joseph Opinel en 1890, devenu objet de notre quotidien, aujourd’hui élevé au rang d’icône du design mondial. Une saga familiale au cœur des Alpes, en Savoie. (Credit Photo @ Opînel)

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Forgerons de père en fils

Victor-Amédée Opinel, colporteur, apprend à forger des clous lors de ses tournées. Il installe son premier atelier de forge à Gevoudaz, hameau d’Albiez-le-Vieux, près de Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Son fils Daniel travaille ensuite à ses côtés et reprend l’atelier au décès de son

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Rosatom Materials R&D Director ” By the end of 2018, Rosatom should have the full set of expertise needed to offer additive technology ” (US)

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Aleksey Dub Rosatom

On Photo Aleksey Dub and Vladimir Putin 12 June 2013  (Credit Photo @ Kremlin) 

Russia’s Rosatom nuclear energy corporation plans to focus on advanced 3D printing as part of its non-core business strategy, Aleksey Dub, the state corporation’s science and innovations division deputy director, said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Rosatom’s new 3D business, which will use innovative metal powder materials and industrial-scale printers developed by the company itself, will start off by manufacturing parts for the nuclear industry before branching into other areas, he added, noting that a number of the corporation’s divisions have come up with proposals on the range of parts that can be made using additive technology.

“Over two and a half years 3D printing became one of the leading areas for Rosatom’s non-nuclear business. Today, a roadmap and strategy of additive technology development in the nuclear industry have been formulated <…> By the end of 2018, Rosatom should have the full set of expertise needed to offer additive technology services. There are plans to have equipment, materials and technologies in order to offer the possibility of implementing any design ideas in the form of finished products,” Dub said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Rosatom Materials R&D Director

Initially, the company is set to focus on testing 3D-printed parts to ensure reliability and safety, so that they could withstand irradiationRead more

ArcelorMittal has invented more than 250 grades of steel after investing $2.5 billion in R&D (US)

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Arcelor-Mittal R&D

ArcelorMittal, the global behemoth that swooped in and took over many of Northwest Indiana’s big steel mills after the domestic steelmaking industry collapsed, marked its 10-year anniversary Monday. “Steelmaking is our passion and it is this passion that will continue to drive ArcelorMittal for many years to come,” ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal said in a statement. Mittal founded Mittal Steel in 1976, and it became the largest steelmaking company in the world when it merged with Belgium-based Arcelor in 2006. Mittal had swallowed up the former Inland Steel, LTV Steel and Bethlehem Steel mills in Northwest Indiana before that, creating a North-American

“Steelmaking is our passion and it is this passion that will continue to drive ArcelorMittal for many years to come,” ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal

steel colossus. Today ArcelorMittal remains one of the largest employers in the Region with more than 9,500 workers. Over the last decade, ArcelorMittal has made 890 million tons of steel that’s been used in 160 countries around the world. The company estimated it has

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Boltex Manufacturing Co stands up for fair trade from India, Italy and Spain (US)

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BOLTEX

Boltex, a family-owned company, makes finished flanges for the oil and gas, petrochemical, engineering and construction industries. Boltex Manufacturing Co  President Frank Bernobich poses for a portrait in front of bins of flange forgings at one of the company’s manufacturing facilities Aug. 16, 2016, in Houston. (Credit Photo @  James Nielsen – Houston Chronicle)

Frank Bernobich didn’t wait for politicians to renegotiate global trade to stop foreign competitors from illegally dumping products in the United States. He fought back under the existing the rules and won. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday that Houston-based Boltex Manufacturing Co. was suffering from unfair competition from factories in India, Italy and Spain in the finished carbon-steel flange business. The Department of Commerce will now determine the appropriate punitive tariff, which could range from 13 to 205Read more

Metals for Additive Manufacturing’s Key-Figures (US)

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Additive manufacturing market

A breakdown of the installed base and 2014 sales by company shows that most metal 3D printing companies are experiencing huge growth in sales and there are many new players in the market. (Credit Photo: IDTechEx)

Focus 

  • Printer sales growth :  48% 
  • Material sales growth  : 32%
  • Earliest adopter markets : Aerospace and medical
  • GE to print 100,000 fuel nozzles by 2020
  • ARCAM printers manufacture more than 50,000 orthopaedic implant
  • 1st material : titanium with 31% of the market share 
  • NASA to  print 80-100% of their rocket engines in the future.

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Building metal parts is the only way 3D printing can become productive. Plastic 3D printing has its place in prototyping and education, but 3D printing in metal will allow the technology to be used to manufacture final production parts in a wide variety of industries. Metals are the fastest-growing segment of 3D printing, with printer sales growing at 48% and material sales growing at 32%.   Because of the currentRead more

Gautier Speciality Metals Mill re-engineered to bend titanium for U.S. Department of Defense (US)

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Gautier speciality metals

Gautier Steel has secured a $525,000 grant and loan package to complete a mill project that company officials say will eventually add up to 40 more workers in their Johnstown plant. The aid – a $25,000 grant and a $500,000 loan through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund – will help Gautier move its newly added specialty metals mill toward full productionRead more

New sales location strengthens SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH position in Southeast Asia (US)

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SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH International is represented worldwide at over 70 Sales & Services locations and is thus able to provide long-lasting and reliable partnerships to their customers on site.

  • SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH International strengthens position in Southeast Asia
  • Sales focus on technologically advanced automotive and electronics industry
  • Particular demand among specialist suppliers in Thailand for high-quality steel products

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH International has invested in yet another subsidiary as part of the initiative to expand their sales and services activities in Asia. Effective immediately, the special steel producer with global operations is represented with their own sales location inRead more

Romania’s Alro to provide aluminum to Airbus starting 2017 (US)

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Alro

Airbus will use aluminum provided by Romanian company Alro to manufacture its aircraft starting 2017. Alro, a subsidiary of international group Vimetco, announced on Friday that it had been selected as an aluminum provider by Airbus. The agreement is valid for several years and will start next year. “We are looking forward to starting this partnership with Airbus and supplying best quality aluminum plates for the

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Maghreb Steel sauvée par Renault (Fr)

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Maghreb steel renault

En proie à de grosses difficultés depuis plusieurs mois, en plus de perturbations sociales, Maghreb Steel pourra bientôt espérer faire tourner ses machines à presque plein régime grâce aux commandes que devrait commencer à lui placer le constructeur français Renault pour son usine de Tanger Med.

Maghreb Steel, le sidérurgiste marocain devrait signer un contrat avec Renault pour la livraison de l’équivalent d’un million de tonnes de tôle emboutie à son usine de Tanger. Des commandes qui représenteraient l’équivalent de 1 million de tonnes de tôle emboutie. La capacitéRead more

Forgiatura Morandini new 16,000 Tons open die forging (US)

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Forgiatura morandini

Forgiatura Morandini was established by the Morandini Family at the end of the seventies in Cividate Camuno, province of Brescia. The factory covers an area of 100,000 m2. During its forty years of experience it excelled in combining family passion, innovation and quality in the manufacture of open-die forgings made of specialty steel, alloy and stainless steel.   The innovative soul of the Read more

Fomas to invest in “Industry 4.0” (Italian)

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Pakistan’s Dawood University invites students to focus on Metallurgy (US)

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DAWOOD UNiversity

The first batch of Dawood University of Engineering and Technology students graduated at a ceremony presided over by Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro on Sunday (Credit Photo @ The Express Tribune)

The Vice Chancellor Dawood University Karachi Professor Dr Faizullah Abbasi has said that metallurgy and material engineering has the great scope in the country and there is the need that youth should be motivate to take command in this kind of engineering and make their future bright.

“Metallurgy and material engineering has the great scope in the country and there is the need that youth should be motivate to take command in this kind of engineering and make their future bright”.

Professor Dr Faizullah Abbasi, Vice Chancellor Dawood University Karachi

He expressed these remarks while speaking as chief guest at the daylong national conference on “Metallurgy and materials” organised by the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Read more

Capturing Phase Transitions in Alloy Processing at Near Atomic Level (US)

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Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope

Because the Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (DTEM) can capture processes at high temporal resolutions at the near-atomic level—as small as 10 nm, or 100 angstrom—it has proven useful for capturing rapid intermediate steps in reactions found in chemistry, biology, and materials science. (Credit Photo @  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow the University of Pittsburgh to begin research that could have significant benefits for additive manufacturing and other industries. Dr. Jörg M.K. Wiezorek, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials at Pitt, and his research group received a three-year, $503,435 grant from the NSF Division of Materials Research to access a unique dynamic

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Kobe Steel’s U.S. aluminum extrusion breaks ground on new plant in Kentuck (US)

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Kobe Steel aluminium Extrusion

Kobe Steel’s Managing Executive Officer Takumi Fujii gives a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony

TOKYO, August 10, 2016 — Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. (or KPEX) broke ground on its production facility yesterday (August 9, U.S. time) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA, officially marking the start of construction. Approximately 50 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony. A subsidiary of Kobe Steel, Ltd., KPEX will manufacture and sell aluminum bumper beam material and Read more

Sheffield Forgemasters to supply $30M submarine castings parts for US Navy (US)

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Sheffield forgemasters castings

The US Navy has selected Sheffield Forgemasters to build critical components for its new generation of Columbia-class nuclear missile submarines, giving a much-needed boost to Britain’s beleaguered steel industry. Winning the $30m contract to provide castings – thought to be for use in the new vessels’ weapons launch systems – will ease the pressure on the Forgemasters, which was forced to cut 100 staffRead more

Dillinger to invest in the world’s thickest 500 mm slabs (US)

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Dillinger CC slab 500

It is a project without parallel: the new continuous casting machine CC 6. With an investment volume of more than EUR 400 million, the biggest single investment at the Dillingen steel plant will allow production of the world’s thickest slabs (500 millimeters). Its official presentation on 5 July 2016 will be attended by Saarland’s Minister-President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Saarland’s Minister of

Ascométal Considering Taking over Akers Thionville (French)

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According to the french newspaper Le Républicain Lorrain: Ascométal is considering taking over the former Akers Thionville.  The project would consist of a partial resuming of the forging and the machining activities  and also to create synergie in recycling raw materials   between Ascométal facilities and Akers Thionville. The project would create 40 jobs  in the next two years.

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Ascométal, leader français des aciers longs spéciaux, pourrait faire revivre une petite partie de l’ex-usine sidérurgique Akers, à Thionville. Et au passage recréer une quarantaine d’emplois dans les deux ans à venir.

L’histoire sidérurgique de Thionville n’est peut-être pas totalement éteinte. Près de quatre mois après la fermeture d’Akers France et du licenciement de 165 personnes, un poids lourd de l’industrie a fait savoir qu’il serait intéressé pour reprendre une partie des actifs deRead more

Jorgenson Forge is being sold and its employees laid off after the parent company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (US)

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Jorgenson Forge is being sold and its employees laid off after the parent company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (Credit Photo @ Machinists)

A Tukwila metal forging company will lay off all 111 of its workers. Jorgensen Forge, the state’s largest metal forging company, filed a WARN notice with the state of Washington Monday. Jorgensen’s parent company, Constellation Enterprises LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May. The company is restructuring its debt and Jorgensen is part of the process. A group of ConstellationRead more

Industeel Belgium successfully implements €18m upgrade of thick slab cast (US)

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Industeel belgium

Industeel, ArcelorMittal’s subsidiary specialized in the production of hot rolled steel plates, ingots and formed pieces, has successfully upgraded its thick slab caster in collaboration with Danieli. The investment project had a volume of €18 million. The revamped slab caster at Industeel’s Charleroi plant in Belgium is now designed to produce slabs with a thickness of up to 355mm thick and a width of up to 2.2m, in stainless, carbon and low alloyed steel grades. The upgrade enables Industeel Belgium to produce the thickest stainless steel slabs

Siemens acquires 85% stake in UK 3D Printing Firm : Materials Solutions (US)

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Using Additive Manufacturing, spare parts for small gas turbines will be manufactured in seven processing steps. (Credit Photo @ Siemens)

Erlangen, 2016-Aug-02

  • Siemens invests in innovative manufacturing technology
  • Acquisition of Materials Solutions in UK continues Siemens strategy for digitalization in manufacturing
  • One of the world leaders in materials and Additive Manufacturing processing and production

Siemens has acquired a majority stake (85 percent) in Materials Solutions Ltd., one of the world leaders in Additive Manufacturing (AM) processing and production. The remaining 15 percent will be held by the founder of the company Carl Brancher. Materials Solutions in Worcester is a pioneer in the use of Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology for the manufacture of high-performance metal parts. A

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