VSMPO-AVISMA Reports an Increase in Exports to European Countries (US)

VSMPO-AVISMA published one’s annual report. In 2017, the Corporation continued to strengthen its leading positions as the key supplier of titanium products for foreign consumers. Last year, the main export route of VSMPO-AVISMA were European countries – their share rose to 47%. Despite a reduction in the Corporation’s revenue in ruble equivalent due to ruble strengthening, it still reached 72.4 billion rubles. Net profit was 19.1 billion rubles, and EBITDA reached 29.1 billion rubles. In volume terms, the sales of titanium increased by 14% to 28.8 thousand tons. The increase in export was 26% due to a higher demand from foreign aircraft industry companies. Last year, the main export routes for VSMPO-AVISMA were European countries – their share rose to 47%, while USA isContinue reading

Les Tréfileries de Saarstahl Conflandey à coeur ouvert (FR)

En février 2006, les Tréfileries de Conflandey rachetées par le groupe SAARSTHAL deviennent Conflandey Industries. Les deux usines de l’entreprise produisent une multitude de fils de tous types, de tous diamètres, revêtus ou non de zinc, de cuivre, … qui seront livrés dans plus de 60 pays sur les 5 continents avec une réputation de qualité centenair

Il y a 20 ans, Les Tréfileries de Conflandey ouvraient leurs portes au public. Cette année, l’entreprise renouvelle l’opération les 15 et 16 juin, pour répondre à une demande largement exprimée par les salariés et l’entourage. Conflandey Industries est filiale du groupe Allemand SAARSTAHL, spécialiste mondialement reconnu dans la production d’acier haut de gamme en fils ou en barres. Les usines SAARSTAHL sont implantées en Sarre à Völklingen, Neunkirchen, Burbach, … Elles produisent annuellement 2,7 millions de tonnes d’acier et comptent plus de 6500 collaborateurs. Mais avant d’appartenir au Groupe SAARSTAHL, les Tréfileries ont connu une longue histoire qui a débuté en 1901 avec la création de la société à Conflandey. Après une période faste dans les années 70-80 (grand prix de Continue reading

Sidenor Forgings Q1 Sales exceeds the budget and reaches €27 million (Spanish)

La fábrica de Reinosa tiene una plantilla media de 644 trabajadores, superior a los 554 empleos establecidos como objetivo

El 9 de noviembre del pasado año, la empresa pública Sodercán (Sociedad para el Desarrollo de Cantabria) entró en el accionariado de Sidenor Forgings & Casting a través de la aportación de 15 millones de euros mediante la adquisición del 24,9% de sus acciones en un operación que se consideró clave para la factoría de Reinosa. Sidenor Forgings & Casting y Sodercán firmaron entonces un compromiso de empleo y de inversión en la empresa reinosana que, cumplido el primer trimestre del año, ofrece sus primeros resultados; datos que invitan al optimismo, según la visión de la propia empresa. De acuerdo con los resultados a los que ha tenido acceso este periódico, las ventas de Sidenor Forgings & Casting en el primer trimestre del año ascendieron a 27 millones de euros, por encima del presupuesto de ventas para 2018 aprobado en el consejo de administración de la empresa, que es de 104 millones de euros. Además, según la firma, se observa una tendencia alcista en el presente ejercicio de la cartera de pedidos de piezas, que invita al optimismo de cara al futuro más inmediato.Continue reading

Metal Ravne steelmakers demand higher salaries (Slovenian)

Metal Ravne  in 2017 at a glance : 

  • 127,000 tons of steel production 
  • 80,000 tons of finished products 
  • Turnover in 2017 :  €175 million
  • Turnover target for 2018 : €200 million
  • employees : 1,100 workers 

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Ravne na Koroškem – Med upravo skupine Slovenska industrija jekla (Sij) in predstavniki sindikatov, ki zastopajo zaposlene v njihovih družbah, se odnosi zaostrujejo. Sindikati, naveličani neuresničenih obljub o spremembi plačnega sistema, se bodo prihodnji teden znova sešli z upravo, nato na zborih delavcev iskali podporo za svoje zahteve pri vseh zaposlenih.  »Junija pa … Takrat se lahko marsikaj zgodi. Stvari se morajo premakniti. Uprava samo zavlačuje, mi pa nismo pripravljeni več čakati. Zaposleni ne čutimo gospodarske rasti, pa biContinue reading

Fushun Special Steel Faces Specter of Delisting Over Restatements (US)

Shanghai-listed Fushun Special Steel may face delisting warning if it fails to release its 2017 annual report by June 30. (Credit Photo@VCG)

Fushun Special Steel Co. Ltd, the Shanghai-listed arm of embattled Dongbei Special Steel, warned investors it faces the risk of delisting if it misses a June 30 deadline for restating financial reports to correct falsified inventory data. The company “is actively drafting” financial reports for 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. But “there is risk that the work can’t be completed by the deadline and the company may be forced to delist” from the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the company said Monday in a filing. Shares of Fushun Special have been suspended since January after it admitted falsifying inventory numbers. If Fushun fails to release its 2017 annual report by June 30, under exchangeContinue reading

Alloy Wire International has broken the £10m sales barrier for the first time (US)

Major new orders to supply into the aerospace, petrochemical and nuclear sectors have helped a Black Country manufacturer smash the £10 million barrier for the first time in its 72-year history.

Alloy Wire International (AWI), which supplies more than 60 different ‘high performance’ alloys, has seen sales increase by £3m since 2016 and puts the sustained expansion down to its ability to offer 3-week lead times and the growing demand for its emergency manufacturing service. The company, based on Hurst Business Park in Brierley Hill, has also invested heavily in its stock, with 200 tonnes now available at any one time – the largest holding it has ever held. Managing director Mark Venables said: “The recovery in oil and gas has certainly been one of theContinue reading

Fleuron de l’aéronautique, Mecachrome voit affluer les offres de rachat (FR)

Les actionnaires majoritaires de ce spécialiste français de l’usinage ont déjà reçu huit offres spontanées.

Mecachrome, l’un des plus anciens équipementiers de l’aéronautique française, est à vendre. Dix ans après avoir repris l’entreprise en redressement judiciaire, les trois actionnaires majoritaires – le fonds d’investissement ACE (35 %), bpifrance (30 %) et le fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (35 %) – ont décidé de se désengager de concert, indique un proche du dossier, confirmant des informations du Figaro. « Un mandat de vente a été confié à Rothschild […] L’objectif est de conclure la transaction au cours du premier semestre 2018 », écrit le quotidien, qui avance le chiffre de 500 millions d’euros, « soit dix fois son résultat opérationnel ».Continue reading

Severstal introduces Artificial Intelligence to prevent failures at hot rolling mill (US)

Cherepovets Steel Mill, one of the world’s largest integrated steel plants (part of Severstal’s Russian Steel division), has launched the commercial operation of a digital predictive model to prevent failures at the hot rolling mill 2000 and thereby reduce its downtime. This model calculates the probability and risk of the pinion stand bearings overheating, which is one of the most frequent and costly causes of unit shutdown. This is the first predictive Continue reading

TimkenSteel to Increase Annual Heat-Treat Capacity by 50,000 Tons (US)

TimkenSteel’s advanced quench-and-temper facility provides 50,000 process tons of additional quench-and-temper capacity to improve delivery times of thermal-treated bars and tubes and meet strong market needs. Above, a 12.284-inch OD x 1.614-inch-wall seamless mechanical tube is shown…

CANTON, OhioNov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TimkenSteel (NYSE: TMST, timkensteel.com), a leader in customized alloy steel products and services, has brought its newest thermal-treatment asset, the advanced quench-and-temper facility, online and has begun processing customer orders. The addition of the $40 million facility, located at the company’s Gambrinus Steel Plant in Canton, Ohio, increases TimkenSteel’s existing quench-and-temper capacity by 50,000 tons or 45 percent and brings the company’s total annual thermal-treatment capacityContinue reading

Nu-Tech a major North American manufacturer of seamless titanium pipe and tube (US

These are seamless copper tubes that Nu-Tech extruded, then the plug end and the flange end are electron beam welded on each end of the tube. The tube is part of a set of matching tubes (usually in groups of 12 or 14) that are put vertically, side by side, into a glass coating machine. Sheets of glass pass by these tubes and they rotate at a very fast pace and in conjunction with magnetization, fine particles of the copper “sputter” off to coat the sheets of glass as they pass through the machine. These large sheets of glass are used in Smart TVs, smart phones, touch screens, etc.

The unique welding capabilities of Nu-Tech Precision Metals have helped to garner the shop an Ontario Export Award

In an era of fierce domestic and international competition, Nu-Tech Precision Metals of Arnprior, Ont., has built its success on providing what few others can. Nu-Tech is a major North American manufacturer of seamless titanium pipe and tube, and it offers numerous specialized services to its customers in Canada and abroad.

In an era of fierce domestic and international competition, Nu-Tech Precision Metals of Arnprior, Ont., has built its success on providing what few others can.

Nu-Tech is a major North American manufacturer of seamless titanium pipe and tube, and it offers numerous specialized services to its customers in Canada and abroad. Recently, its international success was recognized with a 2016 Ontario Export Award, a development that puts the company alongside others in various economic sectors that are also deftly navigating the global marketplace.

Nuclear Pioneer

In addition to being able to produce standard and non-standard pipe sizes in just about any alloy, Nu-Tech is the sole supplier of zirconium alloy pressure tubes for Canada’s nuclear industry.

 

 

“Our base business is the nuclear industry and from the company’s start in the mid-1950s as the R&D division of a large American brass manufacturer, we’ve made all the pressure tubes that form the core of every CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) nuclear reactor in the world,” explained President George Legate. “As the nuclear industry requires intensive quality assurance and thus high overhead costs, it has made sense to diversify into other markets that have similar demands, namely the aircraft, defence, medical and electronics sectors.”

Indeed, Nu-Tech was an industry pioneer in developing a process to extrude zirconium and titanium into pipes and other shapes. The company also produces titanium-clad copper and platinum-clad titanium conductor bars for corrosive environments. It has also gained worldwide recognition as a trusted manufacturer of fabricated and welded components using copper-based and nickel-based alloys, niobium, hafnium, tantalum, beryllium and steel. The firm’s large machine shop and metal finishing department provide secondary operations such as cold drawing, honing, and centreless grinding.

Electron Beam Welding

In 1997 Nu-Tech purchased its first electron beam welder, and remains to this day Canada’s only commercial electron beam welding facility, with the capability to weld tubes and pipes up to 30 feet long. The firm later added a second, larger welder, and to ensure ongoing reliability, both machines were completely rebuilt about eight years ago.

“It was essentially a full replacement of components, to make them like new,” said Legate. “The process took about a year and involved shutdowns of the welders in stages. It was necessary as the maintenance of these machines is extremely specialized and there are long delays if there is a breakdown.”

As Nu-Tech’s website explains, electron beam welding (EBW) is a high-energy fusion welding process that uses an intense, narrow beam of electrons. Using high voltage, the electrons are accelerated to between 1/3 and 3/4 the speed of light, creating a highly concentrated energy beam. This narrow beam can be used to create deeply penetrating, narrow welds between metal parts.

Unlike other fusion welding processes, EBW permits the joining of similar and dissimilar metals and materials without the risk of contamination from oxygen or nitrogen.

Specialized Business

Being able to offer a range of niche welding capabilities has enabled the company to secure large projects involving both fabrication and the supply of raw materials. Legate gives one example in which Nu-Tech was awarded a contract to supply all the plutonium transport piping for a facility being built to convert plutonium into nuclear reactor fuel. Having the ability, he noted, to weld to nuclear standards allowed Nu-Tech to quote both the material, which was the majority of the order, as well as the welded components. “The fact that the client could source the entire contract with one supplier greatly assisted in securing the deal,” he said.

Another example involves the supply of sputtering tubes made of pure copper. The heavy-wall tubes, 2 meters in length, are used inside vacuum chambers to deposit the circuitry of smart TVs and plasma displays. Legate explained that because copper is extremely thermally conductive and the surface finish of the tubes is critical, EBW was the only way to weld the finished machined components together. Nu-Tech employees extruded and machined the tubes, and then used EBW for assembly.

Since the company became a separate entity in 1960, there have been many changes, but Legate said one that stands out is the procurement of raw materials. “It has become extremely regimented, and quality control in general has really tightened up,” he said. “This is the way the aircraft, defense and nuclear industries function. We have to continuously justify why we are using the suppliers we’re using and that our materials meet quality requirements of various industry and governmental agencies. While our high overhead costs and quality culture restricted our competitiveness and left us with diversification possibilities only in high-end markets like aerospace and defence, we are fortunate that these markets – along with our domestic nuclear market – are all extremely strong right now.”

Nu-Tech won the 2016 Ontario Export Award in the Manufacturing & Resources category, medium size division. The awards are organized every year by CanadianManufacturing.com, part of Annex Business Media, and are supported by HSBC Bank Canada, SYSPRO Canada, and many other sponsors. Legate said he appreciates the way the award helps secure new business. “In Europe, for example, we’ll get asked if we export a lot and how long we’ve exported,” he noted, “and we say ‘Yes, we export all the time; about half our business is export to about 21 different countries, and hey, we just won this provincial export award.’ And so it’s another thing to add to the mix in terms of our credibility.”

In Legate’s opinion, one of Nu-Tech’s more important keys to success is having experienced employees.

“We have great applicants, we do a lot of training, and we want to keep people,” he said. “We have great relationships with our employees, which means we can concentrate on growing the business. We have a full-scale ball hockey rink inside the plant and a fitness facility, and we run various events throughout the year to show appreciation for our workers. We make it a place people want to come to.”

Source : https://www.canadianmetalworking.com/article/welding/specialized-success