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

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

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

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