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

La Fondation Aubert & Duval reçoit le prix Entreprise et Valeurs lors des Trophées de l’Eco 2016 (FR)

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Jean-Christophe Boyer, des Notaires d’Auvergne, a remis le trophée Entreprise et Valeurs à Daniel Deshayes, secrétaire de la Fondation Aubert et Duval.  Le jury a salué les actions de la Fondation en faveur de la dynamisation et de la revitalisation économique, sociale et culturelle, engagées par la Fondation Aubert et Duval autour de ses implantations Read more

Algeria’s Richest Man To Build Steel Plant In Brazil (US)

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The Brazil-Arab news agency has reported that Cevital Group, the industrial conglomerate wholly owned by Algeria’s richest man, Issad Rebrab, is looking to build a steel plant in Marabá, Pará, Brazil. Rebrab made this known during a meeting with Brazilian president Michel Temer in Brasilia on Tuesday. “We have decided to build a steel complex with an initial capacity for 300,500 tons of steel,” Rebrab said to Read more

German Steel Castings Foundry GROSSMAN under Bankruptcy (German)

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Das gesamte Inventar der traditionsreichen Walder Stahlgießerei Grossmann wurde jetzt von einem Düsseldorfer Unternehmen bei einer Auktion zum Verkauf angeboten. Viele Teile wechselten den Besitzer. (Credit Photo @ Martin Kempne)

Solingen. Die insolvente Walder Stahlgießerei bietet Glühöfen, Kräne und unter anderem Maschinen im Internet an. Von Uwe Vetter

Für das Härteprüfgerät gibt es drei Interessenten. Das höchste Gebot liegt bei 300 Euro – und wird bei der Auktion zu diesem Preis wohl auch weggehen. Für eine Werkbank mit Doppelschleifbock wurden 60 Euro geboten, aber auch Maschinen und Anlagen zu deutlich Read more

German Steel Castings Foundry STAHLGUSS to close in 2017 (German)

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Die Stahlgießerei in St- Ingbert-Rohrbach soll zum 31. August nächsten Jahres geschlossen werden – Credit Photo @picture-alliance/ dpa/dpawe)

Saarstahl schließt Stahlguss Saar

Die Saarstahl-Gruppe macht ihre Tochter Stahlguss Saar dicht. Das Werk in St. Ingbert solle Ende August 2017 schließen, teilte das Unternehmen mit. Grund seien fehlende Aufträge und die billige Konkurrenz aus Asien. Die Beschäftigten hatten die Botschaft bereits vergangene Woche auf einer Betriebsversammlung erfahren. Die 78 Mitarbeiter können demnach zu Saarstahl oder zur Dillinger Hütte Read more

Big River Steel Commissions First US Steel Making Mill in 5 Years (US)

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OSCEOLA, Ark., Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Big River Steel, the world’s first Flex Mill™, has begun operations in its melt shop and hot mill. These are the third and fourth areas of the mill to be commissioned following the batch anneal facility and temper mill. The first hot rolled coil was purchased by Zekelman Industries and will be sent to Atlas Tube, one of the company’s structural tube mills in Blytheville, Arkansas. Zekelman Industries purchased the coil for $100,000 with the entire amount jointly contributed by Big River and Zekelman Read more

MHI replaces Alloy 600 nickel material with high chrome content Alloy 690 nickel material at the Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden (US)

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) said Tuesday it had completed replacement work on a pressurized water reactor (PWR) pressurizer nozzle spool piece for Unit 3 at the Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden. The work completed involved over 100 engineers working in shifts day and night for 45 days, said MHI in a statement. The work at the Unit-3 reactor has improved reliability by replacing the nozzle welds with an alloy of higher corrosion resistance. The project was MHI’s first large-scale on-site replacement work for nuclear powerRead more

Swiss Steel Invests € 8.5 million in Emmenbrücke facility (US)

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  • 8.5 million Euros invested in wire production
  • Entire coil handling division is now state-of-the-art
  • Swiss Steel AG is further strengthening their position as a technology leader

There is continuing growing trend toward modified custom special steels. To meet future customer demands for wire rod products and greater coil weights, Swiss Steel has invested 8.5 million Euros at their Emmenbrücke site.

Customer orientation, flexibility and safety – these are the key words in focus of sustainable steel production. With the modernization of the steel rolling mill Swiss Steel, a company of the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group, is specifically focusing on the future demands of wire production. Apart from occupational safety, the high degree of automation and more room for maneuver in production and customer Read more

FRISA opens $200 million new special steel facility in Mexico (Spanish)

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Frisa inaugurará hoy miércoles su propia acerera en el municipio de García. Es una inversión de 200 millones de dólares, con el objetivo de autoabastecerse de aceros altamente especializados para sus diversas divisiones. Frisa es una firma líder en el segmento de turbinas y hélices para el negocio aeronáutico.  Es una de las firmas que gana con la devaluación del peso frente al dólar porque este tipo de bienes suelenRead more

MKAD inaugurated by Aubert & Duval and Mecachrome (US)

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On Friday, October 14th, 2016 in Varilhes, Ariège, France, Aubert & Duval and Mecachrome inaugurated their joint venture MKAD in the presence of customers, partners and colleagues.

Key dates

  • June 15th, 2015: joint venture, MKAD, created by Mecachrome and Aubert & Duval
  • January 4th, 2016: start of construction work on building
  • June 2016: start of machining activity, first trimmings
  • February 2017: start of finishing activities
  • June 2017: surface treatment chain comes on stream

Extending ERAMET group’s subsidiary Aubert & Duval’s current titanium channel, MKAD has machining and surface treatment resources. On a single site, it integrates all end-of-flow operations through to shipment of finished parts. With MKAD, Mecachrome and Aubert & Duval are completing the business combination of Aubert & Duval, UKTMP, UKAD and EcoTitanium to form a fully integrated channel for Read more

Mexico’s AHMSA to build new $680 million facility to produce 400,000T/year of special steels (US)

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El presidente del consejo de AHMSA, Alonso Ancira Elizondo, informó que la ampliación de los aranceles que autorizó el Gobierno Federal para proteger la industria nacional, permitirá mejorar la economía con la generación de nuevos empleos.

Monclova, Coahuila.- La empresa Altos Hornos de México invertirá en los próximos 18 meses cerca de 680 millones de dólares paraRead more

Gerdau Ameristeel, operating at half speed (US)

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The steel industry’s woes haven’t just hammered Minnesota’s Iron Range. At the state’s only steel mill, Gerdau Ameristeel in St. Paul, the situation is so dire that Xcel Energy has agreed to effectively lower its electricity bill.

Gerdau, which is based in Brazil, came to Xcel for relief because like so many steelmakers, it has been battered by a low-growth economy and a global glut of steel. Minneapolis-based Xcel, the state’s largest utility, recently agreed toRead more

Shocking ! De l’acier français pour les futurs sous-marins nucléaires lanceurs d’engins (SNLE) britanniques (Fr)

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La construction des nouveaux sous-marins nucléaires lanceurs d’engins (SNLE) britanniques, les Successor, entre dans sa phase active. Michael Fallon, le ministre de la Défense britannique, préside la cérémonie de découpe de la première tôle ce mercredi 5 octobre au chantier naval BAE Systems de Barrow-in-Furness (nord-ouest de l’Angleterre). BAE Systems est chargé de construire les quatre sous-marins qui succéderont aux actuels Vanguard. Le ministre de la Défense britannique souligne que plusieurs centaines de fournisseurs sont impliqués dans le programme, « dont près de 85 % basés à travers le Royaume-Uni ». Mais l’acier destiné à la coque épaisse devrait être fabriqué par la société Industeel en France, au grand dam des syndicats britanniques. L’information est donnée par le journal Read more

Frank Supplisson quitte Ascométal (Fr)

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Franck Supplisson quitte l’entreprise. Il va porter un nouveau projet dans la production d’hydrogène.

C’est une vraie surprise. Deux ans et demi après avoir repris Ascometal à la barre du tribunal de commerce, Franck Supplisson quitte la direction du spécialiste français des aciers spéciaux. Il est remplacé par Alex Nick, directeur d’ArcelorMittal Luxembourg, comme l’a révélé « Le Républicain Lorrain ». Franck Supplisson et son entourage assurent que le départ est naturel. « Je souhaitais passer à autre chose. Nous avons plusieurs opérations structurantes pour l’avenir d’Ascometal, il est bien qu’un nouveau management se mette en place, d’autant que j’ai un projet personnel » dit-il aux « Echos ». Le dirigeant indique avoir déposé les statuts d’une nouvelle société, H2V, Read more

British Steel back in profit 100 days after Tata sale (US)

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British Steel’s Roland Junck outside its Scunthorpe steelworks. He said Tata ‘lost interest’ in the plant. –  (Credit Photo @ Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images).

Executive chairman Roland Junck says the business is back in profit at an underlying level and is targeting a 10% profit margin.

The boss of the revived British Steel has claimed that Tata Steel “lost interest” in the Scunthorpe steelworks, one of only two left in Britain, and that the site is back in profit just three months after it was sold by the Indian company. Roland Junck, executive chairman of BritishRead more

Eramet partners with Gabon’s state miner to develop world-class polymetallic deposit (US)

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An innovative hydrometallurgical process for the treatment of the Mabounié polymetallic ore has been developed by Eramet through a rigorous research and development process and the involvement of several international laboratories. Five process patents including a fluorinefree niobium/tantalum purification process, have been developed for possible use on the deposit. (Credit Photo @ Eramet)

French mining company Eramet’s Gabon-based subsidiary and manganese miner Compagnie Minière de l’Ogooué, (Comilog), together with the Gabonese government and its state-owned mining company Société Equatoriale des Mines (SEM), have partnered to undertake a strategic review of the Maboumine niobium and rare earths project to evaluate how to best develop it. Chantelle Kotze writes. The project is one of many currently being undertaken in the Central African country to rebalance its largely oil and gas driven economy to a moreRead more

Figeac-Aéro, selected by Rolls-Royce as a tier 1 supplier (US)

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CONTRACT WORTH USD16 MILLION OVER 10 YEARS

The Figeac Aéro Group (mnemonic code: FGA), top-level partner of the major aeronautical manufacturers, announced that it has been chosen by Rolls-Royce as a tier 1 partner for the first time. This contract, worth USD16 million over 10 years, involves the manufacture of a package of four structural titanium engine parts for Rolls-Royce. The parts will be produced at the Figeac site, the Group’s European centreRead more

US Keokuk steel foundry to reopen (US)

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Keokuk Steel Castings began operating in Keokuk in 1936. The company prepared more than 60 metallic alloys used in more than 10,000 products. The plant specialized in the manufacture of valves and was capable of producing up to 75 types of steel.

The Mills Group announced it has reached a tentative agreement with Matrix Metals-Sanmar Group to purchase Keokuk Steel Castings. The purchase by owners Brad and Annie Mills of Houghton would mark the return of the plant’s ownership to Lee County for the first time since 1987.    “We are looking forward to becoming part of the proud history of Keokuk Steel Castings and guiding it to its full potential,” Brad Mills said.  The Mills Group began in 1990 and has a successful history of turning around manufacturing companies throughout theRead more

The first reactor vessel to be set at a new nuclear plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years (US)

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On Aug. 30, SCE&G and its partners placed the reactor vessel in the containment building of V.C. Summer Unit 2. This is the first reactor vessel to be set at a new nuclear plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

JENKINSVILLE — SCE&G along with Santee Cooper placed the reactor vessel in the containment building of V.C. Summer Unit 2 on Aug. 30, making it the first reactor vessel to be set at a new nuclear plant in the United States in more than 30 years. The cylindrical-shaped reactor vessel will house fuel that powers the reactor along with other related components. The robust, protective steel structure isRead more

APERAM fait appel au Nickel de la SLN et d’ERAMET pour le dôme du réacteur de Tchernobyl ( Fr)

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C’est un chantier unique au monde. En Ukraine, un peu plus de trente ans après la plus grave catastrophe nucléaire de l’histoire, une immense charpente métallique en acier inoxydable au nickel va confiner le réacteur accidenté. Elle pèse plus de 25.000 tonne (Credit Photo @ Aperam)

Le 26 avril 1986 à 1 h 23 du matin, le réacteur numéro 4 de la centrale nucléaire de Tchernobyl explosait. A une centaine de kilomètres au nord de Kiev, le site atomique porte encore les stigmates du cataclysme. Un consortium français conduit par Bouygues et Vinci finalise la nouvelle enceinte de protection conçue pour durer un siècle. Cette arche immense est en acier inoxydable, elle contient du nickel de hauteRead more

Dillinger Hütte Upgrades Its Blast Furnace n°4, the most advanced and clean one in the world (German)

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Dillinger Hütte startet Ende September mit neuester Technologie in eine umweltfreundlichere Stahlproduktion

150 Millionen Euro an Investitionen, nur 90 Tage Zeit zur Umrüstung, 100 beteiligte Firmen und 700 Personen in Spitzenzeiten auf der Baustelle: die Neuausrichtung des Hochofens 4 der Dillinger Hütte ist ein technologischer Kraftakt. Bis 30. September muss alles fertigRead more

Carpenter Technology Moves HQ to Philadelphia (US)

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Carpenter Technology announced in February it would relocate its headquarters from Wyomissing, Pa., to Philadelphia and launched a search that included Center City and parts of the suburbs. The company, which makes titanium alloys and powder metals, expects to have 100 people working from its new corporate offices. (Credit Photo @ JEFFREY M. VINOCUR)

The company’s relocation, facilitated by Colliers International, will bring about 100 jobs to the city center.

Philadelphia—Working on behalf of Carpenter Technology Corp.,Colliers International has secured a 22,000-square-foot lease of class A Read more

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