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

US offers to India Titanium Forgings Gun barrels Transfer of Technology (US)

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US Marine gunners test fire an M777 howitzer. (Credit Photo @ USMC)

US offers to make the M777 artillery guns in India under Transfer of Technology and enable India to have an airborne artillery division. The M777 is the world’s most successful 155 mm artillery gun which can be carried under a chopper on to mountain posts. It has been used effectively in the Afghan War, and also in Iraq. Ultra Light artillery guns like the M777 are urgently required to give teeth and firepower to Indian Army formations deployed along long disputed Himalayan boundariesRead more

Despite US and Japan Embargo China Refines its first ultra pure titanium (US)

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China as the world’s primary product of titanium sponge titanium, capacity of the largest countries, 2013 production of about 120000 tons, a serious surplus production capacity, market price of 47000 yuan per ton; at the same time in the field of high pure titanium completely blank. While hypoxia ultra pure titanium has higher added value, the market price of up to 1000000 yuan per ton. At present, three enterprises all over the world only America, Japan can produce ultra high pure titanium, as a high-end metal materials, American strictly limit the export of China. On photo Electron Beam hearth furnaces  for the production of rotating grade Titanium alloys for aircraft engine parts (Credit Photo @ VFE)

Ningbo new materials R & D and production field force and hyperplasia. Yuyao is located in the Ningbo Shan Zhen a new material limited company independent design and construction of “an annual output of 250 tons of electronic hypoxic ultra pure titanium project” in July 1sRead more

Alcoa’s Beyond Aluminium Strategy, focused on titanium and superalloys (US)

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Eric Roegner  chief operating officer for Alcoa investment castings, forgings, and extrusions – explains the company’s aerospace solutions role.

Focus

Alcoa started a successful strategic transformation moving the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) to be a leader not only in aluminum alloys but also in Titanium & Superalloys in Forgings, Castings and additive manufacturing.

“Beyond Aluminum” is the new motto of the Alcoa Chairman & CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. In the 20th Century  ALCOA meant Aluminum COmpany of America, in the 21th Century ALCOA will mean just Alloys COmpany of America.  Not basic alloys but Advanced Alloys for Aerospace & Automotive. 

In 1916 Alcoa  Invented the first aluminum alloys for Aerospace,  by 2016 – one century later – when the Alcoa’s  repositioning and roadmap will be  achieved,   Alcoa will be among the world leaders in  advanced raw materials for aerospace industry.

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 Alcoa does a lot more than supply aluminum. The company also is a global leader in lightweight materials engineering and manufacturing. It holds key market positions in aerospace sheet and plate produced by its midstream business, Global Rolled Products (GRP). Its downstream business, Engineered Products and Solutions (EPS), produces aerospace forgings, extrusions, investment castings, and fastening systems. In 2013, these two value-add businesses – GRP and EPS – accounted for 57% of Alcoa’s total revenues. Alcoa’s downstream component is composed of businesses heavily weighted toward aerospace. Unlike the sheet and plate business, most ofRead more

Wise Alloys poised for sizable growth (US)

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The Wise Alloys plant on Second Street in Muscle Shoals has a contract to supply can stock for beer giant Budweiser. (Credit Photo @ Matt McKean/TimesDaily)

Company’s new owner sees future in car bodies

Aluminum is about to play a major role in automobile production, and the Wise Alloys facility appears poised to be a major player in that future. Amsterdam-based Constellium Aluminum announced in October it was purchasing Wise’s local operation for $1.4 billion. Constellium officials said they plan to expand the hot mill to produce what is known as body-in-white aluminum, which will be used to manufacture car bodies. TheRead more

ThyssenKrupp India eyes defence, aerospace sectors (US)

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‘We will increase these capacities due to the demand in India. We are in alignment with the government’s Make in India campaign,’ said Thiemann, referring to the campaign to boost domestic manufacturing.

CEO Thiemann says his firm is open to Indian partners for projects, can leverage parent’s engineering expertise

Mumbai: ThyssenKrupp India Pvt. Ltd is looking to expand its business in the country in segments such as aerospace, defence and smart cities. The local unit of the German industrial engineering conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG will bid for multi-billion dollar aerospace and defence contracts and lend technology to its Indian partners to build submarines and smart cities, Michael Thiemann, chief executive officer of the Indian unit said in an interview last week. Thiemann said his company was open to tying up with private Indian companies such as Larsen andRead more

China wants to be the Specialty Metals Trading Place thanks to FANYA (US)

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Mr Jiuliang Shan, Chairman and President of the Fanya Metal Exchange gave a speech (Credit Photo @ Fanya)

Commodity exchanges have sprung up over time either at the source of the capital in major financial centres (e.g. LME and New York Mercantile Exchange) or at the source of the product traded (e.g. the various spice exchanges in India) or the attempts to launching exchanges in Indonesia and Malaysia dealing in local products such as tin or palm oil. As is well known the Chinese dominate a number of metals through the production of the raw material and at the same time are important as the end-consumers or processors of the same metals. Thus to some extent it makes sense that the trading of these metals should take place at exchanges within China ratherRead more

Geopolitical derisking strategy helps RTI to increase sales volume (US)

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RTI’s forge presses at Niles, Ohio, (two 3,000T hydraulic presses and one GFM press) and Martinsville, Va., (5,000T hydraulic) produce machined and ultrasonic-inspected round billet from 4-inch diameter to 18-inch diameter, as well as rectangular billets and shaped forgings spanning a wide range of sizes and weights. (Credit Photo @ RTI)

 ” In the third quarter, we ended up receiving some customer commitments that we weren’t previously forecasting. These were mainly due to implementation of de-risking strategies to manage growing geopolitical risk that was created by developments in the Ukraine and the Middle East. As it turns out, these volumes are now taking the place of, and surpassing, the previously expected ramping Joint Strike Fighter volumes, which we now see shifting into first half of 2015. So while we continue to expect the aggregate of our full year financial results to be in line with our previous outlook, we now expect to get there with a somewhat different mix. We will have higher volumes of lower-priced products than previously forecast, while we will continue to see improved product cost in our Titanium segment.”

RTI CEO Dawne Hickton

Titanium sales powered RTI International Metals Inc. to higher revenue in the third quarter although profits were flat. RTI (NYSE: RTI) reported net income of $12.29 million, or 38 cents a share, in the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with $12.29 million, or 38 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Revenue was $202.26 million, up from $194.94 million a year ago.Titanium was the big story in the third quarter, withRead more

McKinsey au secours de Maghreb Steel

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AMINE TAZI-RIFFI, DIRECTEUR, MCKINSEY, GENÈVE (Credit Photo @ Forum Africa)

Un plan de sauvetage du géant marocain de l’acier Maghreb Steel, confronté à de graves difficultés financières depuis plusieurs années, a été accepté par les différentes parties impliquées. C’est le fruit d’un travail piloté par Amine Tazi-Riffi, du cabinet de conseil McKinsey. Empêtré dans des difficultés financières, le géant marocain de l’acier Maghreb Steel peut enfin souffler. Un plan de sauvetage piloté par Amine Tazi-Riffi, directeur du bureau de Genève du cabinet de conseil McKinsey, vient d’êtreRead more

Sandvik to set up $45 M facility at Chakan, India (US)

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Sandvik AB President and CEO Olof Faxander (right) and Country Manager Parag Satpute at a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Credit Photo: Ramesh Sharma – The Hindu)

To make phased investment spread over five years

Swedish industrial group Sandvik is planning to set up a world-class manufacturing facility at Chakan near Pune. The company is expected to make phased investment, spread over five years, in the proposed plant. In the first tranche, the company will invest $45 million (Rs.270 crore) to start development of the site by mid-2015. The facility is expected to become operational by 2016. Sandvik has strong presence in India since 1960. It was one of the first Swedish companies to set up a subsidiary with aRead more

Voestalpine Plans to open 15 new plants in China by 2020 (US)

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Kevin Hu, Managing Director voestalpine Profilform China (Credit photo @ Veostalpine)

In the business year 2013/14, the voestalpine Group generated around EUR 750 million (7% of Group revenue) in Asia. It is intended to almost triple revenue by the end of 2020, to around EUR 2 billion annually. voestalpine plans to invest between EUR 400 and 500 million in the region. The majorRead more