Apollo Minerals to acquire France Ariége Tungsten Mine Project (US)

Prior to its closure in 1986, Salau was one of the highest grade tungsten mines in the world, with an average recorded life-of-mine production grade of circa 1.5% tungsten trioxide. The mine is reported to have produced 0.93 million tonnes of ore to yield circa 11,500 tonnes of tungsten trioxide in concentrate. Production grades of up to 2.48% tungsten trioxide were recorded in the latter years of mining Variscan considers that Salau has very good potential to be brought back into production within a short time frame. 

Apollo Minerals has signed an agreement to purchase an additional 20% interest in the Couflens project in southern France via the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Variscan France, thereby enabling the company to have complete ownership of the project. Apollo’s recent field campaigns in the project area have determined the presence of widespread tungsten and high-grade gold reserves. The Read more

Siderforgerossi opens its new branch in Houston (US)

The opening of a new sales and support branch in the United States marks the latest step in the expansion of the Siderforgerossi sales network Broadening the clientele in the country is one of the group’s strategic objectives and itRead more

Aubert & Duval Recognized Best Performer by Airbus (US)


Aubert & Duval is a long-standing key player in the aerospace industry that  supplies aerospace markets with open die and closed die forgings, powders for additive manufacturing, hipped parts and bars in high performance steels, superalloys, titanium and aluminum  for the main AIRBUS, BOEING and COMAC programs from a wide range of high performance materials, as well as a key player in helicopter structures.

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Carpenter to Implement a New Electrode Surcharge Effective March 1, 2018 (US)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE:CRS) announced today that it is implementing a new surcharge due to the continued rise in Graphite electrode costs,Read more

Korean energy giant signs deal to acquire Greenvale nickel sulphate (US)

The Australian Mines has begun trial miningfor scandium, cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate a the project near Greenvale, west of Townsville.

PLANS for a multimillion-dollar nickel and cobalt sulfate plant creating hundreds of jobs at Greenvale have been boosted by a deal between its proponents and Korean energy and chemical giant SK Innovation. Perth-based Australian Mines says it has signed an offtake agreement term sheet with SK Innovation such that the Korean company will acquire all of the proposed plant’s production. SK Innovation also has an option to buy a 19.99 per cent stake in Australian Mines – a cash investment, if exercised, of more than $80Read more

Russia Retains Titanium and High-Strength Aluminum Alloys to Upgrade Su-30SM Fighter Jets in 2018 (US)

The Russian Defense Ministry (MoD) will begin upgrading its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter jets, classified by the Russian Air Force as 4++ generation fighter aircraft, in 2018, according to Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Yury Borisov. “We plan to kick off modernization this year, complete its first stage in 2019 and then start [deliveries of] upgraded vehicles,” Borisov said on February 8. The retrofitting of the fighter jets will include avionic and weapons systems upgrades. The Su-30SM will be adapted to carry a host of a new weapons systems, includingRead more

French state injects M€ 5 to help Ascoval steel plant (US)

PARIS, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The French state will provide five million euros ($6.24 million) to support the Ascoval steel plant in Saint-Saulve, northern France for a year, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday, a move that will retain several hundred jobs. The Hauts de France region, Swiss company Schmolz + Bickenbach and French steelRead more

Thyssenkrupp Aerospace unit to build production site in Morocco (US)

FRANKFURT, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Germany’s Thyssenkrupp will build a sales and production site to boost its aerospace business in Morocco, it said, adding it has already reached supply agreements with aircraft parts group Figeac Aero and ARM Group. The facility, to be opened in the summer, will be located close to Casablanca and offer material storage and processing services, Thyssenkrupp said in a statement on Thursday, declining to say how much it would invest in the site. Employing more than 1,800 staff in over 20 countries, Thyssenkrupp Aerospace is part ofRead more

SIFCO Earns NADCAP Metallic Materials Manufacturing Accreditation (US)

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SIFCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE-American: SIF), February 2, 2018. On December 27, 2017 SIFCO’s Cleveland location became the first United States forging manufacturer to obtain NADCAP Metallic Materials Manufacturing certification (“MMM”). The scope of the audit undertaken to obtain this certification included forging equipment and processes to ensure consistency of manufacture. Other processes audited coveredRead more

Moyola investing £10m to become global aerospace supplier (US)

A Magherafelt engineering company is investing more than £10m on expanding its capabilities in a bid to become a global supplier to the aerospace sector. Moyola Precision Engineering provides sub-contract services to the transport, material handling, defence, medical devices and IT industries. It currently employs a workforce of 120. The money, which will be invested over the next four years, will be geared towards generating £12.4m ofRead more

ATI to Supply Titanium for Military Vehicle Maker (US)

Allegheny Technologies Inc. said Thursday it signed two agreements with General Dynamics Land Systems to supply titanium plate for the Abrams tank (U.S.) and AJAX specialist vehicle (United Kingdom). Revenue from the pricing agreements is to total about $75 million combined over the contract periods, which end in 2019 and 2021. CEO Rich Read more

Sanjeev Gupta, le milliardaire qui relance les sites sidérurgiques en crise (FR)

Le groupe de Sanjeev Gupta est un des candidats à la reprise d’Ascometal. Depuis 2013, l’homme a enchaîné les acquisitions de sites sidérurgiques en difficulté en Grande-Bretagne et en Australie.

Le nom ne vous dira rien. GFG Alliance est l’un des quatre candidats à la reprise du français Ascometal . Malgré un chiffre d’affaires de 13 milliards de dollars (10,7 milliards d’euros) et 11.000 salariés, le conglomérat est peu connu en France. Son dirigeant, le milliardaire anglo-indien, Sanjeev Gupta, a pourtant fait une entrée fracassante

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Schmolz et Bickenbach serait prêt à reprendre le site de Fos-sur-Mer (FR)

Selon le REPUBLICAIN LORRAIN  le groupe suisse a décidé d’intégrer le site de Fos-sur-Mer et renforce son offre de reprise du géant français des aciers spéciaux, en redressement judiciaire depuis le 22 novembre.

Le match vient-il de se rééquilibrer entre l’anglo-indien Liberty Steel et Schmolz-et-Bickenbach (S + B) pour la reprise d’Ascométal ? Le groupe suisse (135 M€, dont 64 M€ dans l’outil de production sur 4 ans) est particulièrement convaincant et clair dans sa stratégie de bâtir un poids-lourd européen des aciers spéciaux. Autre atout : sa présence sur le territoire français avec Ugitech, en Savoie. Ses grandes faiblesses résident dans le social (seulement 833 salariés repris) et la fermeture des sites de Fos-sur-Mer et la joint-venture Ascoval (Saint-Saulve) passée par pertes et profits. Comme Liberty Steel, S + B ferme l’aciérie de Hagondange d’ici fin 2019. Enfin, le laminoir des Dunes doit également fermer dès 2019. Selon nos informations, S + B améliore son offre de reprise et vaRead more

Algérie : montée en puissance de la production métallurgique (FR)

En Algérie, les importations des principaux produits sidérurgiques ont atteint un montant global de 36,4 milliards dollars sur les 6 dernières années. 

L’Etat algérien prévoit porter de sa production sidérurgique à 12 millions de tonnes par an à l’horizon 2020, contre une production actuelle avoisinant les 2,5 millions de tonnes. L’accélération de la hausse de la production résulterait de l’entrée en exploitation des projets publics et privés déjà en cours. L’Algérie serait sur la voie de décupler la production de son industrie sidérurgique. D’après le ministre algérien de l’Industrie et des mines, Youcef Yousfi, la production sidérurgique Read more

Damen Bags Special Steel Tanks Contract (US)

Johan Dasht (CEO, OKG) and Flip van der Waal (Managing Director, Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet). Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden has been awarded the contract to manufacture high-precision special steel tanks together with their integrated cassettes for OKG; operator of three nuclear reactors on Sweden’s Simpevarp peninsula. With two reactors due to be decommissioned and dismantled, the tanks will be used to store radioactive reactor parts as part of the disposal process.

While Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden is best known as one of the ship repair and conversion yards in the Baltic Sea, it has over many years built up a reputation as a niche fabricator of high quality steel structures of all kinds. Its

Unknown Metal Alloys From UFOs Were Recovered By The Pentagon (US)

1945 UFO crash in San Antonio, New Mexico including microscopic analysis of actual materials taken from the UFO.

The Pentagon has revealed that they recovered metal alloys from a UFO that they do not recognize. The materials are said to have properties that are amazing and are currently said to be in storage in buildings in Las Vegas that have been modified.

DOD Admitted To $22 Million Secret UFO Investigation Programme

The Department of Defence admitted that there was a programme that had been kept secret which cost $22 million and this programme was running between 2007 and 2012, and its sole purpose was to look into UFO reports and investigate. An author of the New York Times who revealed that the materials have amazing properties said thatRead more

French steel firm Ascometal attracts four bidders (US)

STRASBOURG, France, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Troubled French steelmaker Ascometal has drawn interest from four potential buyers, union officials said on Tuesday, with commodity group Liberty House and Swiss steel firm Schmolz + Bickenbach confirming their interest. Ascometal, which employs more than 1,300 people, filed for court protection last month after weak steel and oil markets in the past two years undermined an attempted recovery following a previous buyout in 2014. Three companies – Liberty House, Schmolz + Bickenbach and Spain’s Sidenor – submitted Read more

Weldaloy Expands Capabilities Through Equipment Upgrades, Facilities (US)

Manoir Industries déploie sa nouvelle offre “Manoir Global Nuclear Solutions” (FR)

Avec plus de 40 ans d’expérience internationale dans l’industrie nucléaire, Manoir Industries lance une nouvelle offre globale. Des acquisitions ciblées, une croissance organique et une organisation dédiée lui permettent de produire non seulement des composants mais de devenir un fournisseur de systèmes pour offrir à ses clients des prestations élargies regroupant tous les savoir-faire du groupe

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Forecreu investit 5 millions d’euros dans l’Allier (FR)

La société Forecreu qui transforme à chaud des métaux et alliages spéciaux pour l’outillage de coupe et le médical orthopédique, annonce un investissement de 5 millions d’euros dans l’Allier. Cette entreprise familiale créée dans les années 50, par le père de l’actuel président de Forecreu, est la seule au monde à proposer des barres à trous en aciers rapides inoxydables et titanes destinées à la fabrication d’outils, d’instruments et d’implants orthopédiques. Une spécialité industrielle, à la fois complexe et technique. « Pour assurer notre développement, nous réalisons ce programme d’investissement de 5 millions d’euros qui comprend l’installation d’un laminoir Kocks, l’augmentation Read more

Perryman increases titanium melting capacity (US)

Perryman Co., a producer of titanium for a variety of industrial applications, is headquartered on Vandale Drive in Houston.

HOUSTON – Perryman Co. will more than double its current titanium melting capacity through the addition of two new furnaces, as it prepares to tap a larger segment of the aerospace industry. The Houston-based company said in a press release the new furnaces will include one electron beam model and a vacuum arc remelt model. They will be located with Perryman’s existing melting facilities in California Technology Park in Coal Center. The company said the furnace additions are a response to growing demand for its titanium products, buoyed by a record commercial

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Arconic Expands Capacity to Capture Growth in Aerospace and Industrial Markets (US)

NEW YORK & DAVENPORT, Iowa-Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC) today announced plans to install a new horizontal heat treat furnace at its Davenport Works facility in Iowa. Heat treatment is a required step in the production of certain high-strength products, and is essential for products intended for large aerospace and industrial applications. This new furnace will enable Arconic to heat treat longer and thicker plate than ever before, including material for Arconic’s recently installed Thick Plate Stretcher, which began commercial production this year and is the largest thick plate stretcher in the world. Need for thick aluminum plate is growing, particularly as demand for Read more

Dominique KATRAWA appointed Chairman of SLN’s Board of Directors (US)

Société Le Nickel – SLN’s Board of Directors, meeting in Doniambo on Thursday November 16th, 2017, unanimously appointed Dominique KATRAWA as its Chairman. Previously General Secretary of SLN, Mr KATRAWA has been aRead more

Mitsubishi subsidiaries falsified data for products supplied to aerospace, automotive and power customers (US)

Mitsubishi Materials Corp. said Thursday that three of its subsidiaries have falsified specification data for their products. The headquarters of Mitsubishi Materials Corp. are located within the Keidanren Kaikan Building in Tokyo

Mitsubishi Materials Corp. said Thursday that three of its subsidiaries have falsified specification data for products supplied to the aerospace, automotive and electric power industries. The revelation comes on the heels of quality control scandals at other major Japanese firms, including a metal product data falsification scandal at Kobe Steel Ltd.  Rubber products produced by one of the subsidiaries were used by the Self-Defense Forces in some of the engines of their aircraft and vessels despite not meeting specification requirements, according to officials at a government agency responsible for development and procurement of defense equipment. Also among the three firms, Mitsubishi Cable Industries Ltd. falsified data on sealing materials used for joining metal parts such as pipes supplied to 229 firms, and Mitsubishi Shindoh Co. rigged data on copper products shipped to 29 companies. None of the cases have beenRead more

Le groupe Ascometal s’apprête à déposer le bilan (FR)

Le fabricant d’aciers spéciaux (pour la mécanique, l’automobile, l’industrie des hydrocarbures) qui emploie près de 1 550 salariés, devrait «se déclarer en cessation de paiement dans les prochains jours» auprès du tribunal de grande instance de Strasbourg, a déclaré Cyril Brand, élu CFDT de l’entreprise. Selon le responsable syndical, cette procédure judiciaire, synonyme d’un dépôt de bilan, pourrait être engagée dès lundi. Ascométal devrait être placée dans la foulée en redressement judiciaire, l’objectif étant de trouver «un repreneur sérieux» pour l’entreprise, a-t-il ajouté. Selon une source proche du dossier, cette nouvelle a été annoncée par la direction vendredi en comité central d’entreprise (CCE). «Il y a encore des discussions» avec les partenaires, notamment «sur le calendrier», a toutefois précisé cette source.

Le groupe, spécialisé dans l’acier pour l’automobile et les hydrocarbures (Renault, Bosch, Fiat, Toyota, BMW ou la SNCF), ex-filiale d’Usinor (1 550 salariés, 580 à Hagondange et Custines, en Meurthe-et-Moselle, Dunkerque et Fos-sur-Mer), déposera le bilan lundi auprès du tribunal de commerce de Strasbourg et demandera son placement en redressement judiciaire. « Ce scénario n’était pas prévu », indique une source syndicale mais « nous allons nous battre pour trouver la bonne option de reprise ». En effet, le groupe Asco Industries, expert dans les produits spéciaux pour l’automobile et les hydrocarbures, avait missionné ces derniers mois la banque d’affaires UBS afinRead more

Perryman Co. buys former Caterpillar site to expand titanium production (US)

Titanium is used in additive /3D Industry has been identified as an area for immediate growth.  Viewed by many  as transformative technology, Perryman has been supporting titanium additive /3D users for over 10 years. “Our strength  as a fully integrated titanium producer uniquely positions us to support the growth of this emerging industry. Our aim is to ensure there is a reliable, high quality source of supply” stated Perryman. The new campus will provide a solid foundation for Perryman to proactively expand titanium operations.  

Perryman Co., a titanium producer headquartered in Houston, Pa., has purchased 35 acres adjacent to the company’s facilities there. The new addition will allow the company to invest in additional manufacturing capacity across all its operations, according to a news release. The expansion will support growth for the next 10-15 years, according to the release. Aerospace and medical advancements areRead more

Overseas order boost for Alloy Wire International (US)

A sustained campaign focused on increasing export work is reaping dividends for a specialist Black Country manufacturer.

Alloy Wire international (AWI), which supplies more than 60 different ‘high performance alloys’, has seen overseas sales grow by 10% in 2017 and now sends its products to 55 different countries across the world. Norway has seen the largest increase, followed by Hong Kong and Taiwan, with Italy, Belgium and Mexico all represented in the firm’s top 10 hotspots of client locations. The export boom means 52% of the company’s £8.5m turnover is now outside the UK and this could increase further with the appointment of three new agents in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa. “We have always been an international business and we wanted to step this up in 2017 by doing everything we can to support our network of 45 agents,” explained Mark Venables, managing director of AWI. “This has included moreRead more

Indian steelmaker RNIl to produce 1 million tons of special steels (US)

RINL Chairman-cum-Managing Director P. Madhusudan on Tuesday said the company had finalised strategies for technological upgradation to produce more special steel and value added products to improve its share in the segment. He was speaking after inaugurating the all India special steel customers’ meet organised by the Marketing Department of RINL at Ukkunagaram. Mr. Madhusudan said special steel plays a significant role in the present market in improving the brand image and would contribute in enhancing the bottom-line of the organisation. The Visakhapatnam steel plant – Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited is planning to produce one million tonnes of special steel during 2017-18, according to Chairman and Managing Director P. Madhusudan. He was speaking in the plant on Tuesday after inaugurating the all-India special steel customers’ meet organised by the marketing department of the RINL. He said that the RINL had rolled out spring steel and spring steel flats for the first time in 80/16 size. The plant had also started production of low-alloy steel from the structural and special bar mill. Special steel products would largely cater to the needs of automobile industry, the Railways and engineering industry, he added. HeRead more

Böhler wants to secure cobalt supply for the next 10 years (US)

Austrian specialty steel firm Boehler wants to buy cobalt in a year-long contract rather than buying monthly, two industry sources said on Friday, as rising demand from electric car makers has complicated its normal purchase patterns. Demand for cobalt, a key component of rechargeable batteries, is expected to soar in coming years as governments battle pollution and more electric cars are built. German carmaker Volkswagen asked producers last month to submit proposals for supplies for up to 10 years from 2019.  Boehler, aunit of Vienna-listed Voestalpine, Read more

Nanshan Aluminum and Rolls-Royce sign contract agreement (US)

In October 27th, Nanshan aluminum forging company with the British Rolls Royce company (Rolls-Royce) engine rotating parts supply contract signing ceremony was held in the Nanshan aviation technology center park. Rolls Royce Asia Pacific Supplier Management Executive James Lloyd, Rolls Royce Chinese supplier management executive official Hong Xiang, Lolo Chinese District rotary parts supplier management business manager Wu Tan, Cheng Rence, chairman of Nanshan, Nanshan aluminum board, deputy general manager and general manager Lu airmaterial park is the wind, Nanshan aluminum board, deputy general manager Liu Chunlei, general manager of Read more