SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH opens new warehouse for special steel in Chongqing, China (US)

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With the new warehouse for special steel in Chongqing, China, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH is able to meet the needs of local manufacturers of automotive components and plastic moulds with the group’s technical steels, technical support and real-time processing (Credit Photo @ SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH)

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH International GmbH is expanding its sales and services network in China: In January 2016, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH began operating a new warehouse for special steel with a first focus on tool steel in Chongqing. The 2,000 m² facility is equipped with state-of-the-art sawing technologies and high-tech milling machines. Customers benefit from shorter delivery times and tailor made cutting services for the tool steels from the group’s own production. The product portfolio includes cold-work and high-speed steel grades, steel for plastic moulding and hot work steel from the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH companies Deutsche Edelstahlwerke (D) and Finkl Steel (CA, US). With expanded sales and service capacities, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH International is now also able to meetRead more

Lebronze alloys group acquires CLAL Group subsidiaries (US)

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March 21, 2016 – Paris – Michel Dumont, President of Lebronze alloys (LBA), and Dan Weber, President of CLAL Group, announce the acquisition by LBA of CLAL France and all the subsidiaries and affiliates of the CLAL Group.Both groups previously entered into exclusive negotiations on February 4, 2016. Complementary product ranges, technologies, sales forces, industrial capacities and geographic spread, allow a broaderRead more

Kobe Steel will put ¥100 billion into producing lightweight automobile materials (US)

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Kobe Steel President Hiroya Kawasaki (Credit Photo @Nikkei)

Kobe Steel will put 100 billion yen into producing lightweight automobile materials over the next five years, Kawasaki indicated.      The company will target fields that larger competitors have not yet tapped, such as materials fusing aluminum with high-tensile steel, which Kobe Steel aims to start selling to automakers and others as early as 2021.
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Airbus in talks with Bharat Forge and Mahindra to forge some of its parts in India (US)

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MUMBAI: Airbus is in initial talks with companies such as Bharat Forge and the forgings arm of Mahindra group to have some of its aircraft parts forged in India, a senior executive said. The plane maker considers this to be the next step to expanding its supplier base and outsourcing activity in a market which it counts as one of its fastest growing, globally. “So far, we have looked at aero structures and systemsRead more

New AK Steel CEO focuses on innovation, communication to lift results (US)

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Roger Newport became chief executive officer of West Chester Twp.-based AK Steel in January 2016 (Credit Photo @ Dayton Daily News)

For AK Steel’s new turnaround strategy to work and help improve the steelmaker’s profitability, it will require input from all levels of the company. That’s one of the things this news outlet learned about steps the Fortune 500 manufacturer is taking moving forward from Chief Executive Officer Roger Newport, during his first interview withRead more

Carpenter to relocate HQ to Philadelphia (US)

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Manufacturing Plant and 2,300 Jobs Remain in Reading, PA

WYOMISSING, PA – February 11, 2016 – Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE: CRS),  which produces and distributes premium alloys, including special alloys, titanium alloys and powder metals, today announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Philadelphia from Wyomissing, PA, a suburb of Reading, PA. The move supports Carpenter’s strategic plan to leverage its core technical strength in engineered materials and processRead more

Gerdau signs agreement with JFE Steel for heavy plates production (US)

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Heavy plate steel

The heavy plates rolling mill will startup in July at the Ouro Branco Mill and strengthen Gerdau’s positioning in the Americas’ flat steel industry

Gerdau has just signed a technical cooperation agreement with Japan-based JFE Steel Corporation for the production in Brazil of heavy plates, a value added steel good, to serve the market in the Americas. The agreement Read more

Sumitomo, JSW and Gerdau Create JV for Wind Energy Forgings Business (US)

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By bringing the strengths of these two companies together with Gerdau’s strong production base, Gerdau will focus on the production and sale of forged products for wind power generation in the Latin American market with a focus on Brazil

Sumitomo Corporation  and The Japan Steel Works, Ltd.  have reached a basic agreement on major terms and conditions with Gerdau S.A. , the largest steelmaker in Brazil, based on which the two Japanese companies will
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Ascometal to Build the Biggest Atomization Powder Plant in the World (US)

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ASCO-INDUSTRIES, a French Company operating several steel plants and rolling mills in France, a leader in the market of special steel long products, is willing to offer, to its customers (automotive industry, forging companies, oil and gas industry, etc…), new innovative and competitive solutions. (Credit Photo @ BORIS HORVAT / AFP)

METALVALUE SAS, a French Company, created for this project by a Group of Investors and of Metallurgy companies, took control of the Swedish Company Bofors Bruk and acquired all the patents for a new technology to manufacture metallic parts from powder (MMS-Scanpac®).  ASCO-INDUSTRIES, a French Company operating

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OTTO FUCHS orders 54,000 Tons Closed Die Forging Press from SMS (US)

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The new 54,000 tons, closed die forgings  will produce extra-large forgings made of nickel- and titanium-based alloys for the aerospace industry. Otto Fuchs will install the equipment at its U.S. subsidiary, Los Angeles-based Weber Metals, by the end of 2017 (Credit Photo @ SMS)

OTTO FUCHS, based in Meinerzhagen, Germany, trusts in presses from SMS group. Most recently the company ordered a GUF4-type hydraulic closed-die forging press. The pit-mounted press will be designed for a press force of 540 MN.  OTTO FUCHS will install the new press for large forgings at its U. S. subsidiary Weber Metals located in Read more

Thales to Invest a new 3D Printing Plant in Morocco (US)

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Moulay Hafid Elalamy,  Morocco’s Minister of Industry (Credit Photo @ Apanews)

  • New industrial competence centre in Morocco, with capabilities spanning all aspects of 3D metal printing.
  • Additive manufacturing is a real technological revolution for the design and production of mechanical parts.
  • The project is part of Thales’s broader cooperation with Morocco.

This project is fully in line with the 2014-2020 Industrial Acceleration Plan launched by the Moroccan authorities, which supports the development of an innovative ecosystem involving Thales and its local suppliers. The creation of a high-tech industrial competence centreRead more

Bharat to Supply Engine Forged Parts to Rolls-Royce (US)

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Baba Kalyani-led Bharat Forge Ltd has entered into a long-term contract with Rolls-Royce, a world leader in power systems for aerospace, land and sea, to supply critical and high integrity forged and machined components for a range of aero engines, including Rolls-Royce’s flagship Trent engine, the company said. An agreement to this effect was signed between the two companies.

Auto components maker Bharat Forge Ltd (BFL) has entered into a agreement with Rolls-Royce Plc to supply critical and high integrity forged and machined components for a range of aero engines, including the flagship Trent engine. The flagship company of the $3 billion Kalyani Group onRead more

Here’s Why 3D Printing Needs More Metal (US)

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Alcoa, a colossus of the aluminum and metals industry, is currently building a new additive manufacturing center with a $60 million price tag in Pittsburgh. Its purpose: To serve as the main production site as Alcoa begins developing a line of powdered metals made specifically for 3D-printing applications. What Alcoa’s new center represents, however, is a broader shift taking shape in the additive manufacturing industry. More companies in a variety of sectors are interested in using 3D-printed metals for end-use parts. But when it comes to 3D printing in metals, there are currently two problems to surmount. One is the overall cost of not only the additive processes by
which metal is printed, but also of the 3D printing machines and the support staff needed to run them. The other is the cost of the metal materials themselves and the lack of metal materials made specifically for 3D printing. Alcoa  isRead more

China may invest in Sheffield Forgemasters (US)

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ONE of Britain’s oldest steelmakers, Sheffield Forgemasters, may be rescued by an arm of the Chinese state, it was claimed on Sunday. It was reported that an unnamed Chinese state-backed steel firm is believed to be among the bidders for Forgemasters, which employs 760 staff and has faced challenging market conditions. Yesterday Graham Honeyman, the £80m turnover company’s chief executive, confirmed that Forgemasters has been in talks about the possibility of external investment, but the details remained confidential.

A BAE Systems spokesman said  “Sheffield Forgemasters International is a supplier to our submarines business. The terms of our contractual relationships with our suppliers are confidential.”

Updates will be given “if and when” they become conclusive, he said. Mr Honeyman said: “Sheffield Forgemasters International supplies high-technology engineered products and services to customers around the world and, despiteRead more

How 3-D printing may give miners a new dimension (US)

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Monash University’s Professor Xinhua Wu with part of a jet engine made using a 3D printer. (Credit Photo @ News Corp Australia )

Global miners including Rio Tinto and Iluka Resources have long made a pile of profit from digging up a sludgy commodity known as mineral sands, then shipping it to countries such as China where it is used to whiten bathroom tiles or in household paints.

Now, these miners are shooting to be at the forefront of technological change — supplying the same commodity for use in 3-D printing. They are working on ways to cut the cost of producing titanium dioxide, the compound commonly produced from mineral sands, and investing in technologies that will make it more attractive for the 3-D printing industry. In doing so, they hope to protect profits from future swings in demand for titanium dioxide. PricesRead more

Minimills Disrupt Steel Industry (US)

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Harvard Business School Professor researches show that in  steel industry, the process of disruption has taken more than 30 years for minimills to equal the revenue of the integrated mills, whereas the process of disruption took about 15 years to happen in the computer industry. Clayton M. Christensen (Credit: HarperCollins Publishers)

Minimills first took hold in the steel industry in the mid-1960s. They were very efficient. They had a 20 percent cost advantage over integrated mills. But the quality of the steel they produced was inferior. The rebar market at the bottom rung of the industry (rebar is small steel bars made from scrap and used to create reinforced concrete) was the only market thatRead more

Voestalpine may delay China special steel plant (US)

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In October 2014 Voestalpine  planned to start building  a premium steel and specialised steel product plant in Yinchuan with local partner Kocel Machinery, pumping 140 million euros ($161 million) into the project. (Credit Photo @ Voestalpine)

Austrian high-end steel maker Voestalpine might not stick to its plan to start building a specialised steel plant in China this year but still wants to expand there in the long term, its chief executive told Reuters in an interview. Voestalpine said in October it planned to starRead more

Acciai Speciali Terni Makes Agreement with Timet for Rolling Titanium (Italian)

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Acciai Speciali Terni at Terni ( Credit Photo @ stahlseite)

Acciai Speciali Terni ha sottoscritto oggi un accordo pluriennale per la trasformazione di laminati piani in titanio. Il contratto tra Ast e Loterios, player che in Italia rappresenta Timet, una delle più grandi multinazionali nel settore del titanio con sede negli Stati Uniti, conferma l’impegno da parte dell’azienda a rafforzare la propria posizione nel business, in modo da sfruttare lo sviluppo deiRead more

HAL chief calls of indigenisation of Aerospace Materials (US)

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T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL, speaks at a conference on advanced materials and manufacturing processes for strategic sectors in Thiruvananthapuram. (Credit Photo @ Hindu Business Line)

“The indigenisation of advanced materials is key to aerospace manufacturing in India,” T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL, said. Speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day (May 13-15) ‘International Conference on Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes for Strategic Sectors’ being organised at Thiruvananthapuram by the Indian Institute of Metals, a premier body representing the family of metallurgists, Raju said, “When it comes to aerospace raw material be it aluminium, titanium, plastics or composites there is wide capability gap in the country and,Read more

Italian Special Steels Maker ABS Bets on Big Data and Innovation for Growth (US)

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Alessandro Trivillin, ABS CEO

 Focus : 

  • ABS was founded in 1988
  • ABS belongs to Danieli Group 
  • CEO :  Alessandro Trivillin
  • Employees : 1300 , 1100 in Italy and 200 in Croatia
  • Markets : automotive, heavy equipment, mechanical industry, energy, Oil & Gas
  • Turnover up  by 16 % from  € 686 million   in 2013 to €795 million in 2014 
  • Net result doubled  and reached € 28.2 millions in 2014
  • “We can not compete with Chinese and indian companies on cost, we must focus on product quality and Customer service” .
  • “We must invest in technological Innovation and Human capital”
  • ” Further than selling high quality steels , we have to meet customers needs ” 
  • ” We are thinking  about the steels of  the next coming 15 years”
  •  ” We launched a €360 million Investment Program”
  • Innovation structure is divided in the 3 areas  : Process Innovation, Product Innovation andRead more

Creusot Forge Relies on its new 9,000 Open Die Forging for Business Diversification (French)

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La filiale creusotine d’Areva NP poursuit la montée en puissance de la nouvelle presse de 9 000 tonnes installée fin 2013 (Credit Photo @ Photo Y. G – JSL)

Seize mois après la mise en service de sa nouvelle presse de 9 000 t et de son manipulateur, l’entreprise Creusot forge, filiale d’Areva NP, possède un certain recul sur son investissement. « L’objectif de départ était d’améliorer la compétitivité sur les pièces nucléaires, seRead more

Alcoa Acquiring Titanium Supplier RTI In $1.5 Billion Deal (US)

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RTI Chief Executive Officer Dawne Hickton with  Jodie Moxley from Airbus around the new RTI’s plant. The plant processes titanium for Airbus, which is RTI’s largest single customer (Credit Photo @ Martinsville Bulletin)

Alcoa, the big metal manufacturer best known for aluminum, is expanding its reach into the aerospace business. On Monday, Alcoa said that it would buy RTI International Metals, a titanium producer that caters to the military,Read more

ThyssenKrupp Sees India as Aerospace Materials Hub (US)

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“Planned to be located at Aerospace Special Economic Zone near the international airport, the 3,300m² plant will process materials and source various metals such as titanium, aluminium, steel and alloys for the aerospace segment.”

ThyssenKrupp Aerospace, part of ThyssenKrupp AG, the Garmany-based conglomerate, and supplier of aerospace materials and logistics, announced its foray into the Indian aerospace market with the setting up of a facility here. This has been sited at the Aerospace Special Economic Zone, near the international airport, for processing of materials used in the segment. “We will be sourcing a wide range of metals like titanium, aluminium, steel and high performing alloys, among others, from across the country. We will process and stock here and supply to

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Boeing Awards Titanium Forging Contract to India’s Bharat Forge (US)

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Bharat Forge gets contract allotted from Boeing Commercial Airplanes (Credit Photo @ NRI)

  • Bharat Forge partners Boeing for supply of titanium forgings
  • Boeing would use forgings for its next gen 737 and 737 Max aircraft

 “It is our strategic intent to play a significant role in global aerospace supply chain with forged and machined products and assemblies in future. We have created requisite infrastructure and have secured relevant global quality homologations. We are targeting revenues in excess of $100 million per annum from this sector.”

B N Kalyani, Chairman of Bharat Forge

 Boeing said it had signed a multi-year contract with Pune-based Bharat Forge to supply titanium forgings to be used in the wings of next-generation 737 and 737 MAX. The aircraft manufacturer made the announcement at the Aero India show here on Wednesday.  Under theRead more

Dillinger and Saarstahl CEO expects a difficult year in 2015 (US)

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Dr. Karlheinz Blessing, CEO of Dillinger Hutte and Saarstahl  explains the main future challenge of the global steel on its compagnies : 

  • 2015 : will be difficult, but not a disaster year.
  • Global Overcapacity, new special steel suppliers and declining of customers loyalty induce more aggressive competition.
  • Dellinger Hutte and Saarstahl must focus on improving their competitiveness.
    “The past Golden Age” will no longer come, Its definitively gone.
  • The plants must be better utilized, reduce delivery times, improve productivity, and the staffRead more

ThyssenKrupp in talks to sell VDM to Aperam (US)

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5000 Tons VDm Open Die forging  at Unna Plan in germany (Credit Photo @ ThyssenKrupp Stainless AG )

Germany’s ThyssenKrupp is in advanced talks to sell its stainless steel business VDM, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported, adding Luxembourg-based steelmaker Aperam was the front-runner to buy it. Citing people familiar with the matter, the paper said a number of financial investors were still in the raceRead more