Ascoval Saint-Saulve : Altifort a bouclé son offre de reprise (FR)

Altifort a déposé son offre en fin d’après-midi au tribunal de grande instance (TGI) de Strasbourg, a dit son directeur général Bart Gruyaert. La chambre commerciale du TGI statuera mercredi prochain sur le sort d’Ascoval, actuellement en redressement judiciaire. L’offre inclut un concours financier de 25 millions d’euros de l’État, qui était le dernier élément en suspens pour la finaliser, a précisé M. Gruyaert. “Nous avons aussi les accords des autres financeurs“, banques et collectivités, a-t-il ajouté. Le dossier qui sera examiné par le TGI prévoit plus de 400 emploispour Ascoval : le maintien des 281 existants et la création de 133 autres grâce à laContinue reading

Lebronze alloys ou l’art de renforcer sa compétitivité (FR)

Lebronze alloys investit, en moyenne, 20 millions d’euros par an dans ses unités de production.

En dix ans, la PMI s’est muée, à force d’opérations de croissance externe, en une ETI dynamique dans le domaine du travail des métaux. C’est l’un des exemples emblématiques de réussite industrielle de la Marne. Le groupe, un temps candidat à la reprise des Ateliers des Janves, dans les Ardennes, avant de jeter l’éponge, a multiplié ces dernières années, les opérations de croissance externe. Son but ? Atteindre la taille critique nécessaire pour devenir un acteur de poids dans le domaine du travail des métaux. Une stratégie tirée des « leçons de la crise de 2008 », selon sonContinue reading

Chinese vessel collects cobalt samples in the Pacific (US)

Mawei Shipbuilding is constructing a vessel designed by Nautilus Mining and equipped with diggers to trawl the sea (Credit Photo@ Reuters)

A Chinese deep-sea exploration vessel has returned to port in Guangdong after collecting samples of so-called cobalt-bearing crusts during a 138-day survey in the west Pacific, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Cobalt is used in batteries for electric vehicles, an important industry for China, the world’s largest auto market. Chinese companies are some of the biggest investors in cobalt mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the world’s biggest producer. The Ocean No. 6 vessel, designed in China, conducted a survey of cobalt-bearing crusts, found on the surface of underwater mountains, in more than 30 areas, Xinhua cited YangContinue reading

Blackstone, Carlyle, Onex, and CPPIB Plan to buy ARCONIC (US)

  • Blackstone, Carlyle Group, Onex Corp., and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have joined forces in a bid to acquire aluminum products maker Arconic, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Earlier this month, a Blackstone-led consortium completed the largest leveraged buyout since the crisis, taking over the financial data arm of Thomson Reuters, the parent of Reuters News.
  • Arconic has the potential to rival that deal should the private-equity firms that are seeking to acquire it decide to pay a significant premium. Arconic has a market capitalization of $10.6 billion and total debt of $6.3 billion.

Blackstone, Carlyle Group, Onex Corp., and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have joined forces in a bid to acquire aluminum products maker Arconic, according to people familiar with the matter. Earlier this month, a Blackstone-led consortium completed the largest leveraged buyout Continue reading

Aubert et Duval s’engage 7 ans de plus avec Framatome et sa «forge de l’excellence» (FR)

C’est un accord en forme de reconnaissance qu’Aubert et Duval a signé, jeudi, avec Framatome au Creusot. Les presses de la forge vont être mise à contribution pour des pièces à très très haute valeur ajoutée.

Le travail des lingots creux n’est pas la seule spécialité de la Forge du Creusot et de Framatome. Une nouvelle preuve en a été apportée ce jeudi en fin d’après-midi, quand Jérôme Fabre, président d’Aubert et Duval a signé un contrat avec David Emond et David Haguet, respectivement directeur en charge des composants et directeur du site du Creusot de Framatome. Un contrat qui, soulignons le avec le sourire, réhabilite le septennat qui a disparu de la constitution de la 5ème République… Un accord de 7 ans qui aura donc été signé le jour du 50ème anniversaire de la Continue reading

VSMPO and Boeing launch new JV in Russia for Aerospace Titanium Forgings (US)

Russia’s VSMPO-Avisma (VSMO.MM), the world’s largest titanium producer, and U.S. planemaker Boeing (BA.N) have launched a new manufacturing unit in Russia’s Urals region of Sverdlovsk, a local governor said on social media on Wednesday. The joint venture (JV) will receive 5.5 billion roubles ($82.3 million) of investment, Evgeny Kuyvashev said.   Russia’s VSMPO-Avisma (VSMO.MM), the world’s largest titanium producer, and U.S. planemaker Boeing (BA.N) have launched a new manufacturing unit in Russia’s Urals region of Sverdlovsk, a local governor said Continue reading

Arconic considers selling itself after bid interest (US)

Private equity firms including KKR, Blackstone and Apollo are exploring a deal

Arconic is considering selling itself after the aluminium products company was approached by several private equity players interested in buying out the Alcoa-spin-off, people familiar with the matter said. A consortium of Blackstone and Carlyle and another group of private equity groups including of KKR and Onex have expressed their interest in acquiring Arconic, those briefed on the approach said. They added that Apollo, another US private equity group, is also exploring a deal. The talks are at an early stage and come weeks after the US company said it was planning to sell the building products unit that provided the external cladding applied to London’s doomed Grenfell Tower. Arconic was initially opposed to selling itself but a person close to the company told the FT last month that it would be open to do Continue reading

Avic Guizhou Orders Second SMS Ring Roller machine to produce nickel and titanium alloy rings for jet engines (US)

From left to right: Martin Gellhaus, Head of Sales Ring and Wheel Rolling SMS group; Wei Zhijian, General Manager Guizhou Anda; Li Qiangsheng, Director of Mechanical & Electrical department, AVIC Logistics. The SMS ring-rolling process rolls heated blanks radially to reduce wall thickness, for products up to 10,000 mm diameter.

Avic Guizhou Anda Aviation Forging Co. Ltd. has awarded SMS group the contract to supply an additional ring rolling machine. The new ring rolling machine, type RAW 400(500)/200(250)-2500/800 DM, is to be erected at the plant it operates in Anshun, China. Production is scheduled for mid-2019. The new ring rolling machine is capable of rolling seamless rings with diameters of up to 2,500 millimeters and a maximum height of 800 millimeters. Anda plans to use the RAW to manufacture jet engine rings made from titanium and nickel Continue reading

Australian Mines Partners with Metalysis in Aluminum-Scandium Alloys (US)

Metals explorer Australian Mines (ASX: AUZ) has said it wants to maximise revenue and shareholder value at its flagship Sconi project in Queensland by developing the “next-generation” of scandium alloys that could command higher revenue margins and serve as better final products for end-users. Earlier this year, Australia Mines secured an offtake agreement with SK Innovation for 100% of its anticipated cobalt and nickel production for seven years from its flagship wholly-owned Sconi cobalt, nickel and scandium project in Queensland. A global lithium-ion battery manufacturer for the electric vehicle market, SK Innovation will purchase 100% of Sconi’s nickel and cobaltContinue reading

Hindalco eyes Aleris Corp. to tap growing aluminium demand (US)

Aluminium major Hindalco through its US-based subsidiary Novelis is weighing a bid to acquire Cleveland, Ohio-based Aleris Corporation from its private equity owners.

Aluminium major Hindalco, through its US-based subsidiary Novelis, is weighing a bid to acquire Cleveland, Ohio-based Aleris Corporation from its private equity owners, reports the Economic Times. Other players gained entry into the race after the exclusive talk between China Zhongwang Holdings and Aleris Corp hit a roadblock due to heightened US national security concerns. The Chinese company extended talk with Aleris twice but failed to Continue reading