Carpenter, Desktop Metal Partner for 3D Printing (US)

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Carpenter Technology Corp. has entered into a supply relationship with Burlington, MA-based Desktop Metal, Inc., utilizing more than 20 CarTech alloy grades to be used in Desktop Metal’s end-to-end metal 3D printing systems. The powders will be used in premium materials cartridges. The new partnership reinforces Carpenter’s position as a leading global producer of specialty wire and powder metals forRead more

Hindalco plans to set up high-end aluminium plant for defence sector (US)

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Hindalco Industries Ltd, India’s biggest aluminium producer, hopes to set up a high-end alloy plate manufacturing unit for the country’s defence sector, managing director Satish Pai said in an interview on Tuesday. The project would need an overall investment of Rs2,000 crore and Hindalco is in talks with the government to evaluate if it can start it as a public-private partnership (PPP), Pai said. “We are talking to the ministry of defence for setting up more high-end alloy plate manufacturing in India… We are hoping for a pick-up in the defence sector,” Pai said. TheRead more

UK steel giant’s Liberty House investment could help to support 1,800 jobs (US)

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STEEL giant Liberty House has predicted that it will help to create around 1,800 jobs in the supply chain and regional economy as a result of investments in its Yorkshire operations. Jon Bolton, chief executive of Liberty Speciality Steels, said the business could start to work with more local suppliers who want to support the steel industry. Last month, Liberty formally completed a £100m deal to acquire the SpecialityRead more

AK Steel gets $1.8M award to develop next generation electrical steels (US)

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The new world-class AK Steel Research and Innovation Center opened in Middletown Friday, Apr. 7, 2017. (Credit Photo @ GREG LYNCH/STAFF – Journal News) 

AK Steel has accepted an award of up to $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Next Generation Electric Machines program to develop the next generation of advanced, non-oriented electrical steels (NOES) for motors used in a wide variety of industrial and automotive applications, including hybrid electric vehicles. The three-year project will be conducted inRead more

l’Ecole des mines et de la métallurgie de Moanda ouvre ses portes au public (FR)

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Destinée à être une future référence en Afrique, l’Ecole des mines et de la métallurgie de Moanda (E3M) a ouvert, le 27 mai dernier, ses portes au public, après avoir accueilli, le 12 octobre 2016, sa première promotion d’étudiants. Près de 300 visiteurs, composés en majorité des étudiants de l’Université des sciences et techniques Read more

SIDENOR to modernize its bar mill in Basauri (US)

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The Spanish company SIDENOR ACEROS ESPECIALES, S.L. has placed an order with SMS group for the modernization of its bar mill in Basauri. The goals of the modernization are to achieve a more effective rolling process and an improvement in material properties. The SMS group scope of supply includes all the mechanical, thermal and electrical components, the automation system and complete erection and commissioning, which is scheduled for September 2017. The existing reversing three-high stand in today’s semi-continuous mill will be Read more

Doosan Heavy installs 17,000-ton steel forging press (US)

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Export-Import Bank of Korea CEO Choi Jong-ku (fourth from the left), Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Vice Chairman Jung Ji-taek (fifth from the left) and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction President Kim Myeong-wu (sixth from the left) are posing for a photo at an event celebrating the installation of 17,000 ton forging press in Doosan’s Changwon plant on Friday. [Photo provided by Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co.]

  • Company steps up efforts to develop supersized forged products by installing world’s largest forging press
  • Forging plant expanded by 34% leading to greater production capacity

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction held a ceremony to celebrate the installation of a new 17,000-ton forging press – the world’s largest to date – at the forging plant of its manufacturing complex in Changwon, South Gyeongsang province in South Korea. The forging plant is where steel ingot made up of molten metal gets heated up to be forged into certain shapes with a large-scale press.  The new 17,000-ton forging press is 29 meters tall and 9 meters wide, and it can forge steel ingot with the strength equivalent to 240,000 men pressing onRead more

North Rhine-Westphalia Minister Visits Friedr. Lohmann GmbH (German)

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Nach Ministerpräsidentin Kraft (SPD) hat nun auch ihre Stellvertreterin Witten besucht. Am Freitag besichtigte Schulministerin Sylvia Löhrmann aber keine Uni oder Schule – sondern einen Stahlhersteller. Eine Grüne in der Read 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

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

Ecotitanium : un site inédit en Europe (FR)

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Ecotitanium, entreprise de recyclage de titane dont est co-actionnaire Aubert-et-Duval, a bénéficié, mardi, d’un prêt de 20 millions d’euros, afin de poursuivre son développement. L’usine Ecotitanium est en cours de mise en service. Il y a deux ans, Manuel Valls, alors Premier ministre, visitait les installations d’Eramet (dont Aubert-et-Duval est une filiale) à Saint-Georges-de-Mons. Désormais, le groupe compte, dans ce même secteur, une entreprise unique en son Read more

Brown Europe inaugure une nouvelle unité de production pour 9 millions d’euros (FR)

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La nouvelle unité de la filiale du groupe français Eramet, Brown Europe, a été inaugurée, le 17 mars, par Denis Hugelmann, président d’Aubert et Duval Groupe Eramet et Patrice Echalier, directeur général de Brown Europe. L’usine de 4 000 mètres carrés basée à Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze) sur une emprise de cinq hectares carrés a été mise en service fin 2015 avec dix créations d’emplois. La nouvelle infrastructure a nécessité un investissement de 9 millions d’euros.

Depuis 1985, à Laval-de-Cère, l’entreprise Brown Europe transforme des métaux (aciers alliés et inoxydables, superalliages)  pour les secteurs de l’aéronautique, de l’automobile de compétition, du médical et du nucléaire, qui les utilisent pour des applications nécessitant desRead more

Sail contributed in the success of Isro satellite launch by supplying special steel (US)

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There’s a little bit of SAIL behind launch of a record 104 satellites in a single rocket by ISRO from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. In line with once popular baseline of Steel Authority of India (SAIL) that “There’s a little bit of SAIL in everybody’s life”, the state-owned PSU has Read more

TimkenSteel will invest $9M in Eaton facility (US)

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EATON, OHIO — A steel corporation plans to reinvest in its Preble County factory later this year, with hopes that the efforts will add 12-14 new jobs at the facility. TimkenSteel, 401 Industrial Drive, recently announced plans to put $9 million into the Eaton facility, allowing it to increase capacity and accommodate operations that previously had been outsourced. “This is really a good way for us to continue to give back to the Eaton and Preble County communities,” plant manager Jeremy Linder said Wednesday. “We really pride ourselves on what we do here, and I think this is Read more

Pratt & Whitney to invest in a New Isothermal Forging Press (US)

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  •  Investment to expand engine maintenance capability for revolutionary PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines, which are transforming aviation
  •  Advanced manufacturing equipment upgrades and new infrastructure to be added
  • More than 500 new employees to be hired
  • Robust training program with Columbus Technical College established for employees

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), announced today that it will invest approximately $386 million in its Columbus, Georgia, facility to increase the production of parts and maintenance services and to reduce costs for new and existing engine programs. The investments will go toward the purchase of automated machinery and equipment upgrades and construction of two newRead more

Gestamp’s New Hot Stamping Plant Inaugurates in India (US)

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Serial production of the new plant will begin by May 2017

Construction of the new Gestamp facility has been completed which will begin serial production by May 201

With an investment of Rs 260 crore, Gestamp has set up its first hot stamping plant in Pune which would supply parts to FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Ford and Tata Motors. An investment of approximately Rs 260 crore has been done and the company claims to reduce the overall weight of a vehicle by 30 percent using this method. Gestamp has over 70 hot stamping lines globally and the 1,200-tonne hot stamping press incorporates automatic Read more

Sterling Bay completes deal for massive Finkl Steel site (US)

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Real estate developer Sterling Bay has wrapped up its long-expected purchase of the former A. Finkl & Sons steel property, taking a major step toward what could be one of the largest North Side real estate developments in generations. Chicago-based Sterling Bay and its investment partner in the deal, Dallas-based private equity firmRead more

Steelmaker Voestalpine Establishes Trump-Monitoring Taskforce (US)

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Voestalpine’s total exports to the United States are about 300 million euros a year. It also sends about a third of the sponge iron it produces in Texas back to Austria as raw material for its high-end steel products.

FRANKFURT, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine has set up a “Taskforce USA” to monitor the effects of President Donald Trump’s decisions on its business, which includes a new $1 billion sponge-iron plant in Texas. The plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, is the largest investment in the United States by an Austrian company. Voestalpine picked the United States mainly for its access to cheap energy. The team consists of eight members Read more

India Steel minister asks industry to meet entire domestic demand for high-grade auto steel (US)

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The Indian market has huge potential for auto-shredding. As per reports, there are more than 700,000 cars and over 400,000 trucks and buses which have reached end-of-life stage. By 2025, around 2.8 million cars and 1.2 million trucks and buses will reach their end-of-life stage.

Speaking at the ‘Make In Steel’ conference in New Delhi today, Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said the government is working on a comprehensive strategy to generate steel demand in the country.

He called upon steel manufacturers to work towards meeting the entire domestic demand for high-grade automotive steel, electrical steel and special steels from domestic production. These products constitute a major portion of the steel imports in India, he said. The steel industry has one of the highest economic linkages in overall GDP. Steel hasRead more

Christel Bories to succeed Patrick Buffet as Eramet CEO (US)

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ERAMET’s Board of Directors appointed Mrs Christel Bories Deputy CEO on February 23rd, 2017. She will then be proposed as the successor to Mr Patrick Buffet as ERAMET’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at the conclusion of the General Meeting on May 23rd, 2017. (Credit Photo @ Les Echos)

Patrick Buffet has led ERAMET for more than 10 years, successively going through a strong development phase then, more recently, the very serious crisis in the raw materials sector. Starting 2017, as 2016 results demonstrate the Group’s recovery , the Board of Directors decided to open a new chapter in the Group’s development with Christel Bories’ appointment. Her mission is to start a new growth cycle for ERAMET. Christelle Bories has a recognised on the ground experience in industryRead more

Tata workers vote for pension cut to rescue steel-making in Britain (US)

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Tata staff have voted in favour of changes to their pension scheme that will mean less generous retirement payouts but guarantee jobs and secure investment in the UK steel-making business. Unions balloted members working at Tata over proposals that would move them from a final-salary scheme to a defined-contribution system. In return, the company pledged no compulsory redundancies, £1bn of investment over 10 years, and a commitment to keepRead more

Steel & Alloy Processing Ltd, to invest £27 million in a new facility (US)

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The first stage of a major new £27m manufacturing facility got under way in Oldbury with a ceremony to mark the start of construction.

Representatives from Sandwell Council and Steel & Alloy Processing Limited were joined by colleagues working on the Popes Lane project to launch the construction phase. Previously owned by Sandwell Council, the Popes Lane site has been brought forward by leading Midlands commercial developer, Trebor Developments to create a scheme specifically designed for Steel & Alloy’s operations as a key Read more

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos relies on Nuclear Reactor to Explore Mars (US)

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Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, inspects New Shepard’s West Texas launch facility before the rocket’s maiden voyage. (Photo courtesy of Blue Origin)

It’s become increasingly clear that Jeffrey P. Bezos, who in the last several months has been talking much more openly about his once secretive space company, has some really big ambitions in space. As Blue Origin moves toward its goal of having “millions of people living and working in space,” the company has launched and landed the sameRead more

Ellwood Texas Forge Houston wins multi-year contract to produce Titanium forgings for GE Aviation (US)

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Ellwood Texas Forge Houston (ETFH) wins additional “rotating” parts supply for GE Aviation’s new Leap engine. This significantly expands ETFH’s scope of supply on this new expanding program, adding to the existing Nickel based forgings ETFH had previously contracted with GE.

Deliveries of the new parts will begin in Q3 2017, and run through December of 2020, concurrent with the initial parts won. The scope of work includes; Forging, Heat Treatment, Machining, CMM Inspection, Destructive, and Non-Destructive Testing. Richard Allender, President of the Ellwood Closed Die Group, stated ”GE’s willingness to place additional Leap business with ETFH is a testament to GE’s Read more

Russian rocket builder may have replaced special alloys with cheap metals (US)

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“The failure of the engine was reportedly traced to illegal replacement of precious heat-resistant alloys within the engine’s components with less expensive but failure-prone materials,”

In recent years, the Russian space program has had a series of problems with its flagship rockets, the heavy-lift Proton booster and the smaller Soyuz rocket used to launch crews and cargo to the International Space Station. The Proton rocket has been grounded since last summer, and the Soyuz has not flown since December, when its third stage engine failed and a Progress cargo spacecraft was lost. Most of these problems have been traced to engines that power the second and third stages of the Proton and Soyuz rockets. The majority of these engines are built at the Voronezh Manufacturing Plant in southwestern Russia, near the Ukrainian border. Russian Space Web reports thatRead more

Prismadd prévoit de livrer ses premieres pièces en titane issues de la fabrication additive pour Airbus en 2017 (FR)

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Prismadd a été créée en 2014 suite à une collaboration entre le fabricant aéronautique Farella, le fabricant Rhonatec et l’entreprise d’impression 3D Creatix3D. Dirigée par Philippe Rivière, Prismadd a connu une importante croissance ces dernières années et est désormais prête à commencer sa production industrielle grâce à la fabrication additive. De gauche à droite: Philippe Rivière, PDG de Prismadd, et Pascal Farella, Président de We are aerospace

La startup française Prismadd enclenche son activité dans son usine de Montauban équipée de 5 (et bientôt 7) imprimantes 3D industrielles. L’entreprise, qui a signé un contrat de 6 millions d’euros avec Airbus, prévoit de livrer ses premières pièces en titane Read more

Czapek’s secret stainless steel (US)

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One of the most versatile forms of stainless steel, which is also used in lower-priced watches, is SAE grade 304 (EN 1.4301), which comprises 18% chromium and 8% nickel. The most common grade used in luxury watches, however, is 316 or 316L, which in addition contains up to 2.5% molybdenum, giving it greater resistance to corrosion. As a notable exception, Rolex uses 904L stainless steel for its cases. This particular alloy also contains copper and has been favoured by Rolex since the 1980s because it takes a higher polish, even though it is more difficult to machine. 

To understand how special the stainless steel used in Czapek watches is, you first need a primer in the different types of stainless steel used in watches in general. First of all, let’s consider just what stainless steel is exactly. The term refers to a group of iron alloys that contain 10.5% chrome or more and 1.2% carbon or less. These alloys have a self-replenishing surface layer that gives a high level of protection Read more

Titanium 3D Print Parts for the new Chinese Military Stealth Jet Fighter J-20 (Chinese)

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本报讯(沈阳日报、沈阳网记者黄超)近日,国产最新型四代隐身战机重大改进型——鹘鹰2.0首飞成功。其中,沈阳航空航天大学所提供的增材制造钛合金承力构件在鹘鹰2.0首飞中发挥重大作用,这也标志着我市增材制造技术水平比肩国内一流,迈入国内第一梯队水平。 本次承担钛Read more

Steel & Concrete Dome Installed for Hualong first China Nuclear Plant (US)

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For safety, the report said, the 48-meter-diameter dome installed at Fuqing 5 was built with concrete and a steel alloy that’s six times stronger than regular steel.

A 300-ton containment dome has been installed at China’s first, domestically designed nuclear power plant in Fujian province, marking a key development for an effort to export the nation’s nuclear technology worldwide. The successful lift project at the Fuqing nuclear Read more