President Donald Trump ordered to investigate whether steel imports harm the defense of the United States (US)

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President Donald Trump hands United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard the pen he used to sign an executive memorandum on investigation of steel imports. (Credit Photo @ Susan Walsh, Associated Press)

“Steel is critical to both our economy and our military,”

Donald Trump, USA President

“Arcelor-Mittal USA is a proud supplier of American-made steel for defense applications, from nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers to missiles and tanks.”

John Brett, president and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump today ordered the Commerce Department to investigate whether steel imports harm the defense of the United States, moving the ongoing complaints from the steel industry to a new plane — one that could lead to new sanctions and trade actions between this country and its steelmaking Read more

Euskalforging breaks a world record supplying a 10.000mm and 80t input weight ring for the world’s most powerful and quiet hammer (US)

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Euskalforging, a world leading manufacturer of seamless rolled rings, with  turning, drilling and gear cutting capabilities and three manufacturing plants in the North of Spain, has successfully supplied in a record time all the seamless rolled rings involved in the manufacturing of the Blue 25M hammer from Fistuca. All the rings were DNV-GL inspected and approved. The hammer will be able to drive the largest offshore wind monopiles in the industry. With manufacturing roots dating back to the early 1970s, euskalforging first entered into the field of renewables

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SiC fibers see increasing use in high-temperature applications (US)

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GE replaces nickel alloys with SiC fiber-based composites for jetliner engine parts, SiC fibers weigh one-third that of nickel-based superalloys.

TOKYO — Silicon carbide (SiC) fibers are emerging as an alternative to traditional, nickel-based superalloys for components requiring high heat resistance, such as aircraft engine parts. Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) made with SiC fibers are twice as strong and 20% more heat resistant than the alloys despite being two-thirds lighter. General Electric has already adopted SiC fiber-based CMCs for its new-generation jetliner engines in order to improve fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, the compact new Airbus A320neo, which went into service last year, owes itsRead more

COBLENCE & ASSOCIES conseille LEBRONZE ALLOYS dans son ouverture de capital à 3 investisseurs (FR)

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Le groupe Lebronze alloys (anciennement Le Bronze Industriel et ses filiales) accueille à son capital trois partenaires investisseurs reconnus dans l’accompagnement des ETI à fort potentiel : Société Générale Capital Partenaires (SGCP), BNP Paribas Développement et Bpifrance. Cette opération a pour objectif d’accompagner la Read more

Michelin et Aubert & Duval soutiennent la politique de réserve militaire (FR)

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Aubert & Duval, filiale de la branche alliages du groupe FRAMET, était représentée par Christian Levivier, son directeur des ressources humaines. « Ce n’est pas un fait nouveau pour Aubert et Duval de participer à l’effort de défense en facilitant le départ de nos collègues qui se mettent à disposition de nos armées. Cette convention est la prolongation de l’engagement citoyen que nous avons toujours soutenu. Par exemple, ici aux Ancizes, où nous avons une usine qui fabrique des aciers sophistiqués, nous pratiquons actuellement un investissement important qui permettra de fabriquer les avions Rafales. »

La manufacture Michelin et Aubert & Duval ont signé une convention dans le cadre d’un soutien à la politique de réserve militaire. La situation sécuritaire depuis janvier 2015, imposant le renforcement dans la durée des missionsRead more

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Accelerate Materials Discovery (US)

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Artificial intelligence is helping to accelerate the identification of promising new materials, said Dario Gil, vice president of science and solutions at IBM Research, at the EmTech Digital conference in San Francisco on Monday. Machine learning software on a laptop can extract the critical information from scientific papers in seconds, enabling the creation of vast knowledge graphs across wide bodies of research in weeks rather than decades, Gil said. It means scientists can apply algorithms and simulations to extract insights from a far Read more

Toyota invests $35M in Artificial Intelligence (AI) , materials science research (US)

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March 30, 2017 – Palo Alto, Calif., March 30, 2017 — The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will collaborate with research entities, universities and companies on materials science research, investing approximately $35 million over the next four years in research that uses artificial intelligence to help accelerate the design and discovery of advanced materials.  Initially, the program will aim to help revolutionize materials Read more

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Helps to see the microstructure of Alloys (US)

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Ayman Salem, founder of Materials Resources LLC, holds examples of metals carefully crafted with 3-D printing processes in his lab. His patents can help clients better understand the “micro-structures” of metals. (Credit Photo @THOMAS GNAU)

Ayman Salem, founder of Materials Resources LLC, sees atoms. Not literally, of course. But he and his company have two granted patents and one patent pending in the areas of artificial intelligence and manufacturing. His technology, including a scanning electron microscope, uses artificial intelligence — also called “AI” — and “machine learning” to find the “internal structural features” in metal alloys, features thatRead more

Artificial Intelligence (AI) : First “Smart” Steel Mill Opening In Arkansas (US)

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NEW YORK — Noodle.ai, a California enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) company, said it has provided technology to Big River Steel LLC, calling it the “world’s first smart steel production facility.” The new Big River mill in Osceola, Ark., is equipped with AI systems to optimize maintenance planning, line scheduling, logistics operations and environmental protection, Noodle.ai said in a March 20 press release. BigRead more

Norsk Titanium to Deliver the World’s First FAA-Approved, 3D-Printed, Structural Titanium Components to Boeing (US)

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Oslo, Norway – April 10, 2017 – Norsk Titanium AS, the world’s pioneering supplier of additive-manufactured, structural titanium components today announced it has received a production purchase order for 3D-printed structural titanium components from Boeing (NYSE: BA) that are being produced by Norsk’s proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) process. “We are proud to take this Read more

Arconic C.E.O. Ousted After Sending Unauthorized Letter to Hedge Fund (US)

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Arconic said he had been replaced as chairman and chief executive, an abrupt departure following heavy pressure from activist investor Elliott Management. Arconic said Mr Kleinfeld’s exit came after he sent an unauthorised letter to Elliott that Arconic’s board of directors said showed poor judgment. The company said Mr Kleinfeld stepping down was by mutual agreement.

As chief executive of Alcoa, Klaus Kleinfeld oversaw an effort to split the company in two. Last year, he won board approval to spin off what was supposed to be a fast-growing subsidiary, Arconic, and became the new company’s C.E.O. Yet just months later, Mr. Kleinfeld is out at Arconic, after mounting pressure from the big hedge fund Elliott Management and a letter he sent in response without his board’s Read more

Dual-phase nanostructuring makes high-strength magnesium alloy (US)

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Fabricating materials with strengths that approach theoretically predicted values is no easy task, and most techniques to make stronger materials rely on controlling defects so that dislocations can no longer move as freely. Industrial single-phase nanocrystalline alloys and single-phase metallic glasses, for example, can be very strong, but they usually soften at relatively low strains of less than 2%. A team ofRead more

Kobe Steel acquires Swedish isostatic press manufacturer Quintus Technologies (US)

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TOKYO (April 13, 2017) — Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that it acquired Swedish company Quintus Technologies AB, the world leader in isostatic presses, from private shareholders led by U.S. private equity firm Milestone Partners on April 5. The purchase price was US$115 million (about 13 billion yen). Quintus is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobe Steel. Isostatic presses (IP) apply high pressure from allRead more

VDM METALS to Invest €21 M in a new Bright Annealing Line in Werdohl (German)

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50 meters high, 73 meters long and 14 meters wide is to be the hall that VDM wants to erect in order to accommodate a new bright annealing line. The figure shows the planned building from direction Vorthbrücke. (Credit Photo© Stoppacher Engineering company)

Werdohl – The Group VDM Metals plans to invest approximately 21 million euros in Werdohl. “This project is extremely important for Werdohl. It is a clear sign that you are planning with this location at least for the next 20 years, “explained graduate engineer Hansjörg Rau, authorized officer and head of operations at VDM’s Unna location. Rau presented the large-scale project – planned for the construction of aRead more

Voestalpine plans to invest €30 M in its Swedish subsidiary Uddeholms AB (US)

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On  2 March 2017 |Today Prime Minister Stefan Löfven visited voestalpine company Uddeholms AB at its headquarters in Hagfors, in southern Sweden. Uddeholms AB, part of the Special Steel Division of the voestalpine Group, is specialized in the production of tool steels used in the automotive, mechanical engineering, consumer goods and packaging industries. During his visit to Hagfors, Prime Minister Read more

Constellium boosts recycling capabilities with new furnace at its Muscle Shoals facility (US)

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AMSTERDAM, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Constellium N.V. (NYSE and Euronext Paris: CSTM) today announced that it has installed a new recycling furnace at its Muscle Shoals, Ala. facility in an effort to expand recycling capabilities in North America. The now fully operational furnace is expected to increase the total recycling output by 170 million pounds, or about 5.2 billion additional used beverageRead more

Shandong Iraeta to receive world’s biggest ring rolling machine from SMS group (US)

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Shandong Iraeta Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (SIHI), China, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a newly developed ring rolling machine for the production of seamlessly rolled rings. With this radial-axial ring rolling machine, SMS group is entering entirely new dimensions. The “RAW 2500/1250-16000/3000” allows rings with a diameter of up to 16 meters to be seamlessly rolled for the first time. The maximum rollable ring height is three meters. From the end of the 2017, SIHI will be the only company worldwide to be able to roll Read more

China’s Dongbei Steel says faces ‘uncertainties’ paying interest on some debt (US)

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State-owned Dongbei Special Steel Group Co Ltd said it faces “uncertainties” about paying interest on medium-term notes, underlining the challenges for Chinese authorities as they pledge to crack down on “zombie” companies while containing the risks from a mountain of debt. Owned by the Liaoning provincial government in the country’s “rustbelt” northeast, Dongbei formally entered into a bankruptcy restructuring process in October aimed at recovering a reported $10 billion in debt. The company has been at the heart of troubles inRead more

Aeromet expands relationship with Boeing with record-breaking set of orders (US)

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Aeromet International, supplier of airframe and aero engine components, has expanded its relationship with airplane manufacturer Boeing by securing the biggest set of orders in the company’s 40 year history. The 777X contract award is the latest example of Aeromet’s unique capabilities. In this case new parts will be made using A20X®, Aeromet’s proprietary aluminium alloy.  A20X®, which was developed and patented by Aeromet, is the strongest aluminium casting alloy on the market.

Aeromet has been awarded an extension to its existing long-term agreements covering the supply of parts for the Boeing 737, 767 and 777 airplanes. In addition to the extension of existing contracts, Aeromet has secured a new contract to supply parts for the 777X, Boeing’s next generation airplane which is due to enter service in 2020. Aeromet specialises in aluminium and magnesium cast parts, employing 260Read more

CEFIVAL, le N°1 de la transformation des aciers spéciaux (FR)

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Implantée sur la commune de Persan (Val d’Oise) l’entreprise CEFIVAL est spécialisée dans la fabrication de profilés. Ces barres métalliques sont notamment utilisées dans la structure des avions commerciaux. La société est actuellement l’un des leaders dans son domaine grâce à un procédé inédit.  Ces lopins d’acier et de titane sont lubrifiés puis chauffés dans cette presse à filer à une température de Read more

Areva investit 22 millions d’euros dans son usine de Rugles (FR)

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L’établissement de Rugles est spécialisé dans le laminage de tôles et de feuillards en alliage de zirconium, Rugles, qui exporte près de 75 % de sa production, est mondialement reconnue pour son excellence dans la fabrication des produits plats. Les largets en zirconium fournis par le site d’Ugine sont la principale matière première de l’usine de Rugles. Les largets y sont laminés en feuillards et tôles suivant des procédés de laminage à chaud et à froid. Sa capacité de production annuelle est de 500 tonnes de tôles et de feuillards de zirconium.

Le site fabrique des aciers en zirconium pour l’assemblage du combustible des centrales nucléaires.

Areva va investir 22 millions d’euros pour remplacer le laminoir à chaud de son usine de Rugles dans l’Eure qui transforme, pour l’industrie nucléaire, des aciers plats formés à partir de zirconium, un métal très résistant à la corrosion. L’opération, qui s’accompagne d’une vaste réorganisation de ce site, devrait commencer fin 2017 et s’achever au premier semestre 2019 après qualification de l’installation par les principaux clients de l’usine. L’usine de Rugles reçoit chaque année autour de 700 tonnes d’aciers plats en provenance de la fonderie Areva d’Ugine en Savoie. D’une épaisseur de 12 à 15 cm, ces aciers sont ensuite réduits après passage dans les laminoirs à chaud et à froid. « A Read more

U.S. imposes duties after finding seven producers dumped steel plate (US)

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Commerce made a final finding that seven foreign producers dumped certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate in the U.S. market, allowing it to impose duties ranging from 3.62 percent to 148 percent, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday. The determinations of dumping, or selling a product below its fair price, apply to imports of CTL plate from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, Ross said. In addition, there was a final finding that South Korean imports were subsidized, leading to a countervailing duty of 4.31 percent being slapped on those products, he said at aRead more

PyroGenesis Begins Production of 3D Printing Titanium Powders (US)

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc.  a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, announces today that, further to its press releases of January 23, 2017 and March 14, 2017, it has completed the assembly of its first powder production system (the “System”), with the first powder run  exceeding expectations and ramp-up already underway. The ramp-up is to take place linearly over approximately four (4) months. “The first production run not only exceeded our expectations in terms of powder quality and production rate”, said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Read more

Swiss Steelmaker Stahl Gerlafingen in survival mode (US)

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The steelworks in Gerlafingen is the oldest representative of the heavy industry in Switzerland. But the colossus has to fight with the strong franc and high energy and transport costs. The basic industry has a particularly difficult situation at the Swiss factory: its bulk goods are too expensive, not competitive with foreign countries and unprofitable. The Solothurn region can sing a song of this. With the closures of the cellulose factory in Luterbach and the paper factory in Biberist within a few years, two of the three colossi have disappeared. The steelworksRead more

Gerdau kicks off wind power JV with Japan’s Sumitomo, JSW (US)

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Gerdau Summit, as the new venture is called, will manufacture and sell forged wind power generation products. Gerdau has a 59% stake in the project, with Sumitomo and JSW holding 39% and 2%, respectively. The companies are planning to invest 280mn reais (US$68.9mn) on new equipment for installed production capacity of up to 50,000t/y. The JV is based at Gerdau’s Pindamonhangaba mill in São Paulo and will supply parts for wind turbine towers starting in 2018, Gerdau said in a statement. Meanwhile, the mill is already producing forgedRead more

Metalysis to invest £10M to expand its research and development capabilities (US)

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‘Pioneering’ metal and alloys company Metalysis has committed £10m site at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. The company, which has a site in Wath upon Dearne in South Yorkshire, is launching its Materials Discovery Centre at the Park to expand its research and development capabilities. Metalysis produces titanium, tantalum, metal and alloy powders using greener electrolysis process. At its new site, it will carry out projects to produce exotic metal powders for high performance allows in the aerospace and Read more

French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Works on ElectroMagnetic Levitator that Melts Alloys without Gravity (US)

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“Working on ESA’s electromagnetic furnace in Columbus while wearing Skinsuit. I wrote about Skinsuit before – it is a suit that compresses our spine together to recreate the effects of gravity – but the electromagnetic levitator deserves more explanation. It is, simply put, an automated furnace that melts and cools metal alloys as they float weightless. On Earth when metals melt they are always in contact with a container, and the container will influence the heating process and interact with the sample, not to mention gravity pulling on the metal ions. The levitator here on the International Space Station allows researchers to analyse the metals without gravity or the containers influencing results: it helps them create better materials on Earth for transport, industry, electronics etc. It is similar to the Japanese Electrostatic Furnace that I have mentioned before, but the European version uses magnets instead of static forces.”

Thomas Pesquet – February 17th, 2017

Thomas will use the Electromagnetic Levitator in ESA’s Columbus laboratory. This furnace can heat metals to 2000°C without contact and then let them cool rapidly. Blacksmiths have been using this technique for centuries to create steel tools and weapons by heating, Read more