Metalcam is under the threat of bankruptcy (Italian)

According to the Italian newspaper Milano Finanzache  Metalcam the Italian special steels and forgings maker is under the threat of bankruptcy.  Metalcam is the last industrial participation of Carlo Tasara owned by Romain Zaleski.  The company is considering filling the article 161 of the Italian law to prevent bankruptcy at the Brescia court. Metalcam was not able yet to deposit its financial statements for 2016.  Metalcam sales decreased from M€ 103  to M€ 85 between 2014 and 2015 and the net profit decreased from M€ 11.5 to M€ 1.6 between 2014 and 2015.  Metalcam  debt was evaluated at M€ 196.7 included M€ 152 payable to banks. 



MILANO (MF-DJ)–Strada in salita per Metalcam, l’azienda metallurgica rimasta l’unica partecipazione industriale della Carlo Tassara di Romain Zaleski. Qualche giorno fa, scrive MF, il presidente Giorgio Alberti ha tenuto una riunione del consiglio d’amministrazione cui ha partecipato fra gli altri l’amministratore delegato Mario Cocchi, legato da sempre a Zaleski. Alberti sottolinea che visto il bilancio 2016Continue reading

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 produitsContinue 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,, 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, 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.”

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Sigma Clermont se dote d’un centre d’usinage du titane sans équivalent (FR)

Après son exposition au Salon EMO d’Hanovre (Allemagne) du 18 au 23 septembre 2017, les premiers éléments du nouveau centre d’usinage de titane multi-axes Flexia V ont été livrés au début du mois d’octobre à SIGMA Clermont. L’assemblage se poursuivra jusqu’à la fin d’année 2017 pour une mise en service début 2018.

Mécaniciens des matériaux et des structures, roboticiens, informaticiens et spécialistes de la production manufacturière sont d’ores et déjà à l’œuvre sur la plateforme technologique de l’école pour imaginer les solutions de demain. Les industriels sont également associés au projet, notamment Aubert & Duval, qui a inauguré dernièrement à Saint-Georges-de-Mons (Puy-de-Dôme) une usine de recyclage du titane unique en Europe. SIGMA Clermont a également noué un partenariat avec Airbus et Safran. D’autres collaborations sont prévues dans la durée, sachant que l’exploitation de la machine, sa maintenance et la fourniture du support technique sont assurées par l’école.

Cette machine, acquise dans le cadre du projet RoMaPAR+ du CPER (Contrat de plan Etat-Région) 2015, aux caractéristiques exceptionnelles (courses de 2 mètres, puissance de broche de 100 kW), est la premièreContinue reading

Arconic Names Former GE Executive Chip Blankenship as CEO (US)

Aerospace parts specialist Arconic Inc. named former General Electric Co. executive Chip Blankenship as its new chief executive, seeking to bring an end to a year of management turmoil that included a bitter fight with an activist investor and the sudden resignation of its former chief. Blankenship, 51, brings 20 years of aerospace experience to Arconic, having worked across GE’s aviation businesses, including aero engines, industrial gas turbines andContinue reading

Specitubes : une usine propre pour les superalliages en nickel (FR)

Des tubes de précision, en inox et nickel, en superalliage de nickel (inconel), et en titane. La société Specitubes, leader européen de l’usinage haut de gamme, est un maillon essentiel de l’industrie aéronautique. 

L’Américain Leggett&Platt possède 138 usines dans le monde. L’une de ses filiales, l’entreprise française Specitubes a pu investir 12 millions d’euros pour sa transformation. L’usine, qui se trouve à Samer, dans la région de Boulogne sur Continue reading