Hindalco is evaluating possible bids for Constellium and Aleris (US)

The Aditya Birla Group could decide to pursue an acquisition through Novelis, a unit of Kumar Mangalam Birla’s Mumbai-listed Hindalco Industries, people familiar with the matter said.

Kumar Mangalam Birla is evaluating possible bids for Constellium and Aleris as his conglomerate seeks to grow its aluminium operations overseas.

Mumbai/London: Indian billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla is evaluating possible bids for Constellium NV and Aleris Corp. as his conglomerate seeks to grow its aluminium operations overseas, people with knowledge of the matter said. Deliberations are at an early stage, and Aditya Birla Group hasn’t yet decided whether to proceed with Continue reading

US Air Force Senior Metallurgist to Receive 2018 ASM International Albert Sauveur Achievement Award (US)

In 1991, Semiatin accepted a position as a research leader in Metals Processing at the Air Force Materials Laboratory, the predecessor to today’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. In this capacity, he and his team explored the mechanical response, microstructure evolution and workability of diverse materials such as titanium alloys, superalloys, intermetallic alloys and steels during thermomechanical and solidification processing.

A senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate will receive the prestigious 2018 ASM International Albert Sauver Achievement Award in fall 2018. Dr. Sheldon “Lee” Semiatin, the Air Force Senior Scientist for Materials Processing and Processing Science, will be recognized for significant Continue reading

La ruée sur le lithium et le cobalt (FR)

Dans un monde 100% véhicule électrique, la demande de lithium serait multipliée par trente, celle de cobalt par vingt. Pour y répondre, les mines manquent.

En février dernier, le tout petit marché du cobalt a connu une agitation sans précédent. En quelques semaines, des investisseurs avertis  ont fait main basse sur plusieurs milliers de tonnes de ce minerai essentiel pour fabriquer notamment les batteries au lithium des voitures électriques, s’emparant de l’équivalent de 17% de la productionContinue reading

BGH Lugau steels long products for injection and valves facing the threat of the end of combustion engines (German)

Ein Stahlwerk, viele Chancen und ein gewaltiges Problem

Die Zukunft des Verbrennungsmotors ist zurzeit in aller Munde. Präzisionsteile dafür sind das Kerngeschäft der BGH Edelstahl. Die Lugauer bleiben in dieser Sache aber entspannt. Sorgen bereitet eine ganz andere Herausforderung. Lugau. Das BGH Edelstahlwerk in Lugau fertigt Präzisionsdrähte und Stabstahl. Beispielsweise Ventilstäbe für Einspritzsysteme von Verbrennungsmotoren. Diese Zulieferungen für die AutomobilindustrieContinue reading

Timet asks US Gov to Investigate Titanium Imports from Japan and Kazakhstan (US)

The U.S. International Trade Commission opened an investigation into titanium sponge from Japan and Kazakhstan on Friday after Titanium Metals Corp. argued unfair trade practices threatened the lone remaining U.S. producer of the valuable metal’s initial processed form. Titanium Metals, or Timet, asked the U.S. government to impose anti-dumping duties of 31 to 69 percent on various producers in Japan and 33 percent on Kazakhstan’s lone producer, Ust-Kamenogorsk Titanium Magnesium Plant JSC. It also wants a countervailing duty on UKTMP over allegedContinue reading

Saarstahl is building a new €100 M continuous casting plant (US)

In a meeting which took place today, the Supervisory Board of Saarstahl AG agreed to invest an amount of 100 million euros in a new continuous casting plant.

Saarstahl was the first manufacturer worldwide to apply the technology of mechanical soft reduction (MSR) in casting formats of 150 mm x 150 mm. The highly complex MSR technology improves the inner microstructure of the stee

The company operates a total of four continuous casting plants in the steelmaking plant. Here, hot liquid metal is cast into so-called billets.This primary material is then further processed in the rolling mills. The new five-strandContinue reading

Saarchmiede to lay off 430 employees and to close its new forging shop (US)

The Supervisory Board of Saarschmiede GmbH Freiformschmiede agreed in its meeting today to accept the restructuring concept presented by the Management Board. Now the Supervisory Board of Saarstahl AG has to agree to the planned restructuring of the company in its meeting on 7th September 2017.

Saarschmiede (Forge) is suffering as a result of the difficult market situation in the energy sector and under the weak oil and gas market (see the review of the market situation below). Competition on the markets hasbecome increasingly intense and therefore prices have come under enormous pressure. “The restructuring of Saarschmiede is necessary as a result of the continued extremely tense situation regarding both utilisation of capacity and theContinue reading

Taiwan’s GMTC partners with Thermal Technology LLC to develop metal 3D printing powders (US) Posted on 4 September 2017 by Metallurgist | No Comments Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someonePrint this page Gloria Material Technology Corp. (GMTC), a Taiwan-based specialty alloys manufacturer, and Thermal Technology LLC, a California-based sintering system manufacturer, will be collaborating to develop metal powders for 3D printing. The two companies recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the partnership. The signing of the MoU was a big event, as representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Economic AffairsRead more Related Posts: Rusal, Sauer will develop 3D printing technology for industrial use of aluminium alloys (US) Here’s Why 3D Printing Needs More Metal (US) The disruptive technology of 3-D printing (US) Voestalpine opens research center for 3D printing of metal parts (US) HCL and Midhani to produce copper-nickel tubes (US) Posted on 4 September 2017 by Metallurgist | No Comments Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someonePrint this page Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL) is looking to get into the production of value-added products to shield itself from volatility in copper prices. Copper prices have firmed up in the international markets and are currently ruling at $6,500 a tonne. “There is a huge demand for copper-nickel tubes used in naval fighter ships, submarines, etc. These are currently being imported. There is a huge potential,” Kailash Dhar Diwan – HCL CEO The average price of copper in the same period last year was $5,200 a tonne. According to Kailash Dhar Diwan, Chairman and Managing Director, HCL, the company plans to get into a joint venture agreement withRead more Related Posts: Tata Steel plans new tube units to tap oil and gas, construction (US) VSMPO, India’s MIDHANI to co-operate in titanium development (US) Midhani expects upcoming facility to open exports (US) Nalco, MIDHANI plan to set up lithium-aluminium alloy plant (US) Sandvik Materials Technology to lay off 210 white-collar employees (US) Posted on 4 September 2017 by Metallurgist | No Comments Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someonePrint this page Swedish equipment and tool manufacturer Sandvik Mining (STO:SAND) is letting go 210 white-collar employees at its Materials Technology unit (SMT), located in Sandviken, about 190 km north of Stockholm. The decision comes as tougher competition from Asian suppliers, pressure on prices and a sustained weakness in the oil an gas sector have all hit the business, the engineering group said in a statement quoted by the Swedish public broadcaster SVT. TheRead more Related Posts: Sandvik sets new strategy to boost growth and profits (US) Sandvik to buy rest of Seco Tools for $939 mln (US) Sandvik Materials Technology Intends to Divest the Welding and Stainless Wire Businesses (US) Carpenter Technology and Sandvik Establish Cooperation in Powder Metal Products (US) Sidenor Azkoita has a safe workload until December (Spanish) Posted on 4 September 2017 by Metallurgist | No Comments Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someonePrint this page La decisión de la firma de constituir una filial en Reinosa no afectará a la planta guipuzcoana DONOSTIA – La fábrica que Sidenor tiene en Azkotia se encuentra a pleno rendimiento con una carga de trabajo asegurada hasta diciembre, según indica el secretario general de la Federación de Industria de USO Euskadi, VíctorRead more Related Posts: Farinia rachète la Société des Aciers Fins de l’Est ‎(SAFE) Frisa Invests in a new $160 million Special Steels Facility (Spanish) Ascometal: vaste réorganisation des sites et arrêt de l’aciérie des Dunes (FR) Posted on 4 September 2017 by Metallurgist | No Comments Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someonePrint this page La décision avait déjà été prise mais on ne connaissait pas encore la date : l’aciérie de l’usine d’Ascométal, dans le Dunkerquois, fermera finalement le samedi 30 septembre. Un plan social (140 départs) a déjà été lancé. En janvier, Asco-Industries, qui avait repris l’usine Ascométal en juin 2014, finalisait le rachat de l’aciérie de Vallourec à Saint-Saulve. Le même jour, Asco-Industries et Vallourec annonçaient la création de la SAS Ascoval, détenue à 60 % par Asco Industries et à 40 % par Vallourec, qui détient désormais tous les actifs de l’aciérie de Saint-Saulve. « le plan de charge convenu est progressif et doit aboutir à un rythme annuel de 275 000 tonnes dès la fin de 2017. Ces volumes permettront d’assurer le fonctionnement durable de l’aciérie et sa compétitivité. » Direction ASCOMETAL Dans le même temps, Asco Industries avait présenté aux syndicats une vaste réorganisation de ses sites, dont l’arrêt de l’aciérie de Leffrinckoucke. Conséquence ? Si le rachat de l’aciérie de Saint-Saulve, qui a bénéficié de Read more Related Posts: Vallourec starts exclusive negotiations with Ascometal for the sale of the Saint-Saulve steel mill (US) Ascometal to Build the Biggest Atomization Powder Plant in the World (US) Le fonds Apollo en négociations pour racheter Ascométal Latrobe looking for sites in Pittsburgh to build a titanium plant (US) US Senator Charles Schumer hopes that Norsk Titanium will benefit from military contracts (US) Posted on 4 September 2017 by Metallurgist | No Comments Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someonePrint this page Charles “Chuck” Schumer talks about the “totally exciting” 3D technology that Norsk Titanium uses to produce titanium aerospace parts faster and far cheaper than traditional means. At the Plattsburgh plant Friday, the senator promised to support addition of language in the Senate’s version of the Defense Authorization Bill that calls for the military to look at the new technology when procuring contracts. (Credit Photo @ KAYLA BREEN) PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Charles Schumer is hopeful that Norsk Titanium will benefit greatly from future military contracts. “With the military, there is huge potential for Norsk,” the Senate majority leader said during a visit to the manufacturing plant Friday. “I promise everyone here that whatever clout I have I will use to convince theRead more Related Posts: Latrobe looking for sites in Pittsburgh to build a titanium plant (US) EADS va signer un accord de coopération avec Norsk Titanium pour la fourniture de composants aéronautiques en titane (US) Despite US and Japan Embargo China Refines its first ultra pure titanium (US) Additive Manufacturing Summit at Norsk Titanium (US) US Army Researchers Discover Aluminum Alloy That Reacts With Water To Create Hydrogen (US) Posted on 4 September 2017 by Metallurgist | No Comments Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someonePrint this page Researchers with the U.S. Army accidentally discovered a new way to produce hydrogen with aluminum. The new aluminum nanomaterial produces hydrogen when exposed to water. (David McNally | U.S. Army ) Car manufacturers have turned to hydrogen as one of the go-to sources of fuel for clean energy in vehicles, but despite its abundant nature, the gas is difficult to store and transport. However, an accidental discovery may just have found the solution to the hydrogen problem that could potentially turn things around for the industry. A team Read more Related Posts: VSMPO & Alcoa Create Joint-Venture to Manufacture Value-Add Products for Aerospace Industry (US) VIM-VAR : a Critical Process For the US Army (US) Nalco, MIDHANI plan to set up lithium-aluminium alloy plant (US) India ready to sell Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (US) Researchers Evaluate Aluminum Alloy Using Neutron (US) Posted on 4 September 2017 by Metallurgist | No Comments Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someonePrint this page Neutrons peered inside an aluminum-cerium engine component to see how it reacted to high heat and stress In a first-of-its-kind experiment, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutrons to investigate the performance of components made of a new aluminum-cerium alloy on a gasoline-powered engine while it was running. They wanted to determine if the alloy would hold up under the heat and stress of an internal combustion engine. The neutrons came from ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source. Their unique properties let them penetrateRead more Related Posts: Titan Supercomputer Will Enable Nanoscale Analysis of Alloys (US) China Unveils its new Ti-45Al-8Nb titanium alloy for aerospace engines (Chinese) 690 alloy instead of 600 alloy for Ringhals 3 Reactor (US) Revstone Buys Kaiser Aluminum Forging Operations (US) The history of Sheffield Forgemasters in the production of marine large gun barrels (US)

These fascinating glimpses of the past were intriguing, but then I realised one of them was related to my own research interest in armaments. The image is undoubtedly of the Gun Shop at Vickers’ River Don Works, the modern-day site of Sheffield Forgemasters. Vickers were the only one of the Sheffield armaments companies – which included the well-known names of John Brown, Cammell Laird, Thomas Firth and Hadfields – to produce finished Continue reading

US Senator Charles Schumer hopes that Norsk Titanium will benefit from military contracts (US)

Charles “Chuck” Schumer talks about the “totally exciting” 3D technology that Norsk Titanium uses to produce titanium aerospace parts faster and far cheaper than traditional means. At the Plattsburgh plant Friday, the senator promised to support addition of language in the Senate’s version of the Defense Authorization Bill that calls for the military to look at the new technology when procuring contracts. (Credit Photo @ KAYLA BREEN)

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Charles Schumer is hopeful that Norsk Titanium will benefit greatly from future military contracts. “With the military, there is huge potential for Norsk,” the Senate majority leader said during a visit to the manufacturing plant Friday.  “I promise everyone here that whatever clout I have I will use to convinceContinue reading

Ascometal: vaste réorganisation des sites et arrêt de l’aciérie des Dunes (FR)

La décision avait déjà été prise mais on ne connaissait pas encore la date : l’aciérie de l’usine d’Ascométal, dans le Dunkerquois, fermera finalement le samedi 30 septembre. Un plan social (140 départs) a déjà été lancé. En janvier, Asco-Industries, qui avait repris l’usine Ascométal en juin 2014, finalisait le rachat de l’aciérie de Vallourec à Saint-Saulve. Le même jour, Asco-Industries et Vallourec annonçaient la création de la SAS Ascoval, détenue à 60 % parContinue reading