Kobe Steel to increase production capacity of steel powder plant (US)

February 7, 2019 – Kobe Steel, Ltd – TOKYO, February 7, 2019 — Kobe Steel, Ltd. plans to invest approximately 1.8 billion yen to increase the production capacity of its Steel Powder Plant in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan. The production capacity of steel powder products will increase to 110,000 metric tons per year, from the current 96,000 metric tons per year. Mass production is scheduled to begin in the April–June quarter of 2021. Kobe Steel’s steel powder products are mainly used in powder metallurgy to make automotive sintered parts such asContinue reading

Hindalco Industries eyes lithium to strengthen its aluminium business (US)

Hindalco Industries is eyeing lithium in the minor mineral space in order to strengthen its aluminium business. “Lithium is the closest to our (aluminium) business, and in India, there could be some opportunities in this minor mineral. We are watching. If we get an opportunity we will get into this minor mineral,” said Satish Pai, managing director of the company. The country’s largest aluminium producer has captive bauxite mines in Continue reading

Navy Seals’ future Flight Soldier Turbine Needs Advanced Superalloys (US)

In terms of air-breathing turbines, there really wasn’t anything available in the thrust class needed. The military’s demand for high-speed target drones drove advances in metal alloys for building lightweight turbines. Improved nickel alloys made turbine wheels stronger and allowed them to withstand higher temperatures without distorting

Functioning rocket packs were featured in 1960s-era TV shows such as “Gilligan’s Island” and “Lost in Space,” and James Bond donned a Bell Rocket Belt in 1965 to escape villains in “Thunderball.” But the flight duration for such compact machines — a class of aircraft called individual lift devices, or ILDs — was measured in seconds, and their fuel source was exotic. Breakthroughs in the past decade in miniaturization of electronics and the casting of advanced nickel alloys, however, have radically altered key technologies needed for developing practical, useful ILDs. JetPack Aviation in California expects to have a full-scale ILD prototype ready for initial flight testing by Continue reading

Safran to Design New Alloys for the Engine’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS) Program (US)

France’s Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) has granted Safran a 2019-2024 contract of €115 million ($131 million) to study the architecture of the combustor and high-pressure turbine of the new engine. Thrust will be higher than that of the M88, so Safran will have to design new alloys for blades able to resist temperatures of over 2,000 degrees C, compared with the 1,850 degrees currently encountered in the M88. On photo The February 6 agreement between Safran and MTU was signed between the CEOs of the companies (seated), respectively Philippe Petitcolin (left) and Reiner Winkler (right). (Credit photo: Safran)

Safran Aircraft Engines (Safran Group) from France and the German MTU Aero Engines company announced on February 6 a partnership to jointly lead development of the engine that will power the next-generation combat aircraft. The program is part of the Système de Combat Aérien du Future (SCAF)/Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program. The announcement was made at one of the Safran Group’s sites at Gennevillers, near Paris, in the presence of the French and German Ministers of Defense, Florence Parly and Continue reading

Mazda Develops World’s First Cold-Stamped Parts Using 1,310 MPa-Class High-Strength Steel (US)

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation, working separately with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation and JFE Steel Corporation, has developed the world’s first cold-stamped vehicle body parts made from 1,310 MPa-class high-strength steel.1 The parts are used in Mazda’s new-generation Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, which will underpin upcoming models starting from the all-newContinue reading

Best ever month for Alloy Wire International (US)

A Dudley-based manufacturing specialist has recorded its best ever month in its 73-year history. Alloy Wire International, which supplies more than 60 different high performance nickel alloys, has secured more than £1.2m of sales in January, shipping 339 individual orders to customers in 27 different countries. Managing director Mark Venables said: “2018 was our best ever year, with about £11m of orders secured and delivered. “We thought this was good, but 2019 has got off to a flying start, culminating in our first ever month where we have Continue reading

Otto Fuchs to acquire a new 30,000 MT closed-die forging press for aircraft landing gear, engine discs and structural parts (US)

Schuler supplies closed-die forging press for the manufacture of aircraft landing gear, engine discs and structural parts, among other things

Otto Fuchs KG, based in Meinerzhagen, manufactures high-quality forged pieces, extruded products and rolled rings for the aerospace, automotive, construction and industrial technology industries worldwide. The products made of aluminum, magnesium, titanium and nickel alloys are used wherever safety, weight, reliability and durability are important. This isContinue reading

Le Québec veut développer une expertise de pointe en hydrométallurgie (FR)

QUÉBEC, le 8 févr. 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Le gouvernement est fier d’accorder un financement de 4 millions de dollars à l’entreprise COREM pour soutenir la réalisation de la Phase 2 de sa nouvelle plateforme d’hydrométallurgie. Il s’agit d’un projet unique au pays qui favorisera le développement de projets miniers performants, rentables et respectueux de l’environnement dans des filières minérales émergentes. COREM investira pour sa part 1,7 million de dollars. Le ministre de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles et ministre responsable de la Côte-Nord, M. Jonatan Julien, a annoncé aujourd’hui cette contribution financière au nom du ministre de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, M. Pierre Fitzgibbon, dans le nouveau bâtiment de COREM. Ces investissements permettront à COREM de réaliser la première offre complète en recherche et développement dans le domaine de l’hydrométallurgie au Québec. Les entreprises du secteur Continue reading

USAF installs metallic 3D printed part on operational F-22 Raptor (US)

The US Air Force (USAF) has installed a metallic 3D printed aircraft part on an operational F-22 Raptor fighter. The 3D aircraft printed part was installed by 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainers during depot maintenance at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. 574th AMXS director Robert Lewin said: “One of the most difficult things to overcome in the F-22 community, because of the small fleet size, is the availability of additional parts to support the aircraft.” The printed part is designed to replace a corrosion-prone aluminium Continue reading