North Korea received crucial tungsten, aluminum alloy for missiles from Chinese firm (US)

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Japan’s Asahi Shimbun is reporting that Pyongyang’s recent string of successful missile launches is largely due to a Chinese firm that smuggled crucial tungsten and aluminum alloys to a North Korean company in April. The Japanese newspaper quotes a “source with deep insights into trade between North Korea and China” as saying that a Chinese private-sector company smuggled the materials, including high-grade tungsten and aluminum alloy, to North Korea’s central science, technology and trade company.

According to a source with deep insights into trade between North Korea and China, a Chinese private-sector company smuggled materials needed to develop missiles to North Korea sometime in April. In particular, high-grade tungsten and aluminum alloy was sent by the Chinese company to North Korea’s central science, technology and trade company. It was not clear what volume of materials was sent or the course used to smuggle them.

The tungsten was coveted by North Korean rocket scientists due to its hardness and penetrating ability. They also needed high-grade aluminum alloys to make their missiles stronger and lighter. Asahi says the unnamed ChineseRead more

Airbus Material Procurement Team visits VSMPO (Russian)

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Визит состоялся позавчера. Вместе с Рихтером завод посетили старший вице-президент по закупкам материалов Николь Лекка, вице-президент по закупкам материалов Рафаэль Дюфло и директор по промкооперации в России и Восточной Европе Александр Гапонюк. Экскурсию по заводу для них провелRead more

Kobe Steel Says It Falsified Data on Some Aluminum, Copper Parts

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Kobe Steel Co. Ltd. said on Sunday that it had falsified data related to strength and durability of some aluminum and copper parts products to make them look as if they met client quality standards.  Japan’s third-biggest steelmaker said the products were delivered to more than 200 companies but did not disclose specific customer names. The Nikkei earlier reported online that products using falsified data were delivered to firms including MitsubishiHeavy Industries Ltd.’s regional jet unit and auto makers. Kobe Steel said it discovered the data falsification in inspections Read more

Ternium to build 3.7m tpy rolling mill in Mexico, 520,000 tpy rebar unit in Colombia (US)

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Latin American steel group Ternium plans to build new facilities in Mexico and Colombia to “further develop its industrial system to better serve its customers”, it announced late on Thursday September 28.

  • New hot rolling mill at Ternium’s Pesquería industrial center in Mexico to be operational by the second half of 2020
  • New steel bar production facility in Colombia to be completed by the second half of 2019

Ternium S.A. T oday announced two new investment programs that will further develop its industrial system to better serve its customers. The company plans to install a new hot rolling mill at its Pesquería industrial center in Mexico, and to build a new steel reinforcing bar manufacturing facility in northern Colombia. The new state-of-the-art hot rolling mill in Mexico will target the growing industrial and commercial markets, improving customer service Read more

Hitachi Metals Claims Chinese Companies Stole Trade Secrets (US)

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Japanese conglomerate Hitachi’s metals subsidiary has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission alleging that China-based companies stole trade secrets for special alloy ribbons used in medical devices and theft prevention tags. The complaint by Hitachi Metals and its US unit Metglas names companies including Beijing ZLJG Amorphous Technology and Qingdao Yunlu Energy Technology. It also claims two former Hitachi Metals employees who are Japanese nationals provided confidential and proprietary technology to these groups. Hitachi Metals and Metglas are calling for the commission to investigate the Chinese companies involved, ban imports into the US of related products and bar the sale, marketing and distribution of products already in the US. The product at the centre of the allegations is amorphous metal ribbon, or AMR — thin strips of a special alloy Read more

Thales opens metal 3D printing facility in Morocco (US)

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Thales has inaugurated a new facility in Casablanca, Morocco, specialising in metal additive manufacturing, also known as metal 3D printing. The new industrial Competence Centre forms part of the Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014 to 2020, supported by the Kingdom of Morocco, which supports the development of an innovative ecosystem involving Thales and its local suppliers, including the creation of a high-tech industrial competence centre, Thales said earlier this month. Metal 3D printing will lead to a reduction in the development and manufacturing times forRead more

Saarstahl is building a new €100 M continuous casting plant (US)

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In a meeting which took place today, the Supervisory Board of Saarstahl AG agreed to invest an amount of 100 million euros in a new continuous casting plant.

Saarstahl was the first manufacturer worldwide to apply the technology of mechanical soft reduction (MSR) in casting formats of 150 mm x 150 mm. The highly complex MSR technology improves the inner microstructure of the stee

The company operates a total of four continuous casting plants in the steelmaking plant. Here, hot liquid metal is cast into so-called billets.This primary material is then further processed in the rolling mills. The new five-strand plant with the short name S1 will replace an existing plant. The Read more

P&W new $31 million facility includes isothermal forge press for the production of engines turbine disks (US)

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A major piece of Pratt & Whitney’s expansion project in Columbus is about to ramp up, with the aerospace company now starting construction on a 276,301-square-foot facility on Macon Road on the city’s east side. The price tag on the construction is $31.3 million, according to an Aug. 24 building permit, with Evans General Contractors performing the work at 8987 Macon Road. “That’s the new facility for the engine overhaul business, and it’s the lion’s share of the real property investments, although they will continue to make some improvements on the forging operation as well,” said Bill Murphy, executive vice president of economic development at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “The real big investment on the forging operation is when they put in the new press, and that should be happening late this year, but more likely early next year,” he said.

The new facilities are part of a $386 million expansion of the local Pratt & Whitney complex announced in February by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s office in Atlanta. Aside from new automated machinery and equipment upgrades, the project includes a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for a new isothermal forge press, which will make turbine disks and compressors for Pratt & Whitney jet engines.

The company in February said the money is being spent to increase parts production and maintenance services, while reducing costs for the company’s engine programs. Pratt & Whitney spokesman Matthew Bates on WednesdayRead more

Mexican SIMEC to invest $660 M to upgrade its Tlaxcala special steelmaking facility (Spanish)

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Se destinarán 600 mdd para ampliación de Aceros Especiales Simec en Tlaxcala
El gobierno de Tlaxcala invertirá 660 millones de dólares para la ampliación de la empresa Aceros Especiales Simec y generará a finales de este año 800 empleos formales. 

El gobernador de Tlaxcala, Marco Mena, supervisó la obra de ampliación de la empresa Aceros Especiales Simec, que contempla una inversión de 600 millones de dólares y generará a finales de este año 800 empleos formales, paraRead more

Gerdau to build a new $232 M special steelmaking facility in Argentina (Spanish)

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Invirtió U$S 232 millones y tiene una capacidad instalada para producir 650 mil toneladas anuales

La firma Gerdau, una de las principales proveedoras de aceros especiales del mundo, puso en marcha su nueva acería en la localidad de Pérez, con una inversión que asciende a un total de 232 millones de dólares. Durante el segundo semestre, seguirán las actividades de estabilización de la operación de la acería, con el propósito de alcanzar Read more

Sidenor Azkoita has a safe workload until December (Spanish)

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La decisión de la firma de constituir una filial en Reinosa no afectará a la planta guipuzcoana

DONOSTIA – La fábrica que Sidenor tiene en Azkotia se encuentra a pleno rendimiento con una carga de trabajo asegurada hasta diciembre, según indica el secretario general de la Federación de Industria de USO Euskadi, VíctorRead more

Wyman-Gordon machinists begin strike in NW Houston (US)

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Union workers at Wyman-Gordon went on strike Monday to protest proposed pay and benefit cuts at the aerospace and energy manufacturing facility in northwest Houston. Formal contract negotiations between management and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers began during the first week of August. After the contract expired on Sunday, 271 union members set up a picket line at midnight. Wyman-Gordon could not be reached for comment, but a union representative said Wyman-Gordon pushed reductions in disability benefits,Read more

Restructuring plan passes for Dongbei Special Steel (US)

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SHENYANG – A restructuring draft plan for Dongbei Special Steel was passed at a creditors meeting on Tuesday and will be implemented after court approval. A total of 1,911 creditors cast their votes both on site and online at the meeting, presided by the Dalian City Intermediate People’s Court. According to the plan, debt below 500,000 yuanRead more

Vallourec inaugurates new cutting-edge tube-piercing equipment in Germany (US)

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Vallourec inaugurates new cutting-edge tube-piercing equipment in GermanyBoulogne-Billancourt, 21 June 2017 – Vallourec, world leader in premium tubular solutions, puts a new high-performance piercer into operation at its Düsseldorf-Rath tube plant. This cutting-edge equipment is considered among the most modern in the world and guarantees increased productivity and reduced energy consumption. The piercing of solid steel billets and their hot rolling on a mandrel are two key stages in the production of seamless steel tubes. Controlling these processes is crucial to the dimensional and metallurgical quality of the products. With this new tool, VallourecRead more

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