Aero Metals Alliance (AMA) at a glance (US)

(L-R) AMA’s vice president business development, Mark Brown, Sunshine Metals, vice-president and general manager, Marc MacDuff, PASU’s general manager, John Olson.

Globally-focused aerospace metals organisation, Aero Metals Alliance (AMA), took to the last Farnborough Airshow to explain the close collaboration between its Group members. Mike Richardson reports.

The five leading aerospace metals distribution businesses of Gould Alloys, Service Centres Aero, Progressive Alloy Steels Unlimited (PASU), Sunshine Metals and Wilsons comprise the Group members of Aero Metals Alliance (AMA), an organisation created to meet the demands of the Continue reading

GE Aviation’s Celebrates its 30,000th 3D-printed fuel nozzle tip for the LEAP engine (US)

GE Aviation’s manufacturing plant in Auburn, Alabama, celebrates its 30,000th 3D-printed fuel nozzle tip for the LEAP engine. (Image: GE Aviation)

AUBURN, Alabama — GE Aviation’s plant in Auburn achieved a milestone this week — the 30,000th additively-manufactured fuel nozzle tip “grew” on a 3D printer at the facility, the industry’s first site for mass production using the additive manufacturing process.

Employees at GE Aviation in Auburn began producing the nozzle tip in 2015. More 3D printers have been added since the facility started additive production, and now, more than 40 printers are making parts from a metal powder. “This milestone isn’t just about reaching production of 30,000 fuel nozzle tips. The team should also be proud for their role in helping prove additive technology works in mass production for our business and others whoContinue reading

voestalpine UK, High Performance Metals in a good shape at 90 (US)

The new value added services centre at voestalpine High Performance Metals’ Oldbury headquarters

Based in the area since its incorporation in 1928, voestalpine High Performance Metals UK is part of the Austrian owned voestalpine AG Group. Originally registered in the UK as Anglo-Styrian Steel Co Ltd, over the years the company has traded under various names including Schoeller Bleckmann Steels (Great Britain) and more recently Bohler Uddeholm (UK). A leader in supplying specialty metals to the most demanding sectors including oil & gas, aerospace,power generation, automotive and motorsport, the group today has a combined turnover of more than 12 billion euros, with 500 group companies and sites in 50 countries, but the West Midlands remainsContinue reading

J W Kane Excited By Airbus CSeries Involvement (US)

J W Kane managing director Damian McArdle has seen the company’s footprint expand well beyond its modest beginnings with Bombardier.

Portadown (Northern Ireland)-based machined forgings specialist J W Kane “started as a small supplier to Bombardier,” and now supplies programs such as the F-35, machining parts from forgings using complex six-axis CNC (computer-numerically controlled) machine tools, Damian McArdle, managing director, told AIN. McArdle believes Northern Ireland has been a “microcosm” of what has happened in places like India where the country has developed its aerospace industry on the back of offsets, with Invest NI the catalyst in Northern Ireland. “It has enabled us to create a footprint and to grow beyond Bombardier to other aerospace companies,” said Continue reading

VSMPO & Boeing will launch aircraft components from a new plant in Russia (US)

Amidst current Washington-Moscow tensions, Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM), a joint venture between Russian VSMPO-AVISMA and Boeing will launch production of aircraft components from its new plant in the Titanium Valley Special Economic Zone, Sverdlovsk Region of Russia. The UBM facility will perform rough and final machining of titanium blanks, airplane fuselage components, wing and pylon structural elements, chassis parts forContinue reading

Christel Bories : «2017 a été une bonne année pour Comilog» (FR)

Christel Bories répondant aux questions des journalistes, le 21 juin 2018 à Moanda. © Gabonreview

Si elle s’est dite satisfaite des performances 2017 de la Compagnie minière de l’Ogooué (Comilog), la PDG du Groupe Eramet entend aller encore plus loin. Face à la presse, le 21 juin à Moanda, Christel Bories a notamment souligné que cette ambition passe nécessairement par l’amélioration des performances opérationnelles.

Que retenir des travaux du conseil d’administration qui vient de se tenir ?

C’était un conseil d’administration très constructif, qui travaille bien. Il faut dire que les résultats de la Comilog sont bon : 2017 a été une bonne année. Avec, à la fois, des prix du  manganèse qui se sont bien portés et surtout, un travail très important réalisé par les équipes avec un record de production à plus de quatre millions de tonnes. Et, également, une amélioration des résultats de sécurité. En gros, meilleurs résultats, meilleure production, meilleure sécurité de nos employés : tout va dans le bon sens. Et 2018 s’annonce pour êtreContinue reading

Midhani to Cut Reliance on Chinese Special Steels Imports (US)

Midhani, a Government of India enterprise under the Defence Ministry, produces special steel, super-alloys and is the sole manufacturer of titanium alloys in the country.

Hyderabad: The Mishra Dhatu Nigam (Midhani) Limited, a special grade metal maker, is looking at reducing dependency on China for the strategic metals used in defence products as it was facing issues over pricing and quality of imported materials, a top official of the PSU said. “There are issues in terms of pricing by Chinese companies on imports of some of the special grade metals used in making defence products. Apart from this, the quality of Chinese materials is also sometimes inferior,” city-based Midhani Chairman andContinue reading

Norsk Titanium Marks Milestone in US Production (US)

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK — June 18, 2018 — Norsk Titanium (NTi), the world’s first FAA-approved supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components, announced today a major milestone in qualified production. NTi’s Plattsburgh, New York Development and Qualification Center (PDQC) site was officially added to Boeing’s Qualified Producers List (QPL) on May 1 and initiated qualified production on May 15 by manufacturing its first part under the Boeing contract. This milestone is a culmination of recent company successes including certification under AS9100D and the October 2017 dedication of PDQC by New York Governor Continue reading

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