Taiwan’s GMTC partners with Thermal Technology LLC to develop metal 3D printing powders (US)

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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

HCL and Midhani to produce copper-nickel tubes (US)

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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

Sandvik Materials Technology to lay off 210 white-collar employees (US)

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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

Sidenor Azkoita has a safe workload until December (Spanish)

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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

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

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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

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

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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

US Army Researchers Discover Aluminum Alloy That Reacts With Water To Create Hydrogen (US)

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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

Researchers Evaluate Aluminum Alloy Using Neutron (US)

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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

The history of Sheffield Forgemasters in the production of marine large gun barrels (US)

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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 naval guns for battleships. The legacy of production endures too; a former Sheffield Forgemasters employee once Read more

VSMPO sceptical about 3D printed forgings (US)

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Russian firm VSMPO-AVISMA remains sceptical about near-term applications for 3D-printed forgings as the titanium supplier works to deliver more advanced materials to aerospace Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs. “I think VSMPO is quite far way” from 3D printing titanium forgings to aircraft manufacturers, VSMPO chief executive Mikhail Voevodin says at the MAKS air show. With a tone of obvious under-statement, Voevodin adds: “It’s not next year.” At the same time, VSMPO is responding to pressure from Airbus and Boeing to deliver titanium forgings requiring less post-processing. The manufacturers want a forging delivered that is closer to a finished product ready Read more

Wyman-Gordon machinists begin strike in NW Houston (US)

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Union workers at Wyman-Gordon went on strike Monday to protest proposed pay and benefit cuts at the aerospace and energy manufacturing facility in northwest Houston. Formal contract negotiations between management and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers began during the first week of August. After the contract expired on Sunday, 271 union members set up a picket line at midnight. Wyman-Gordon could not be reached for comment, but a union representative said Wyman-Gordon pushed reductions in disability benefits,Read more

Voestalpine employees number surpasses 50,000 for the first time (German)

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LINZ.  Starke Nachfrage nach Stahl- und anderen Metall-Produkten trieb das Ergebnis der Linzer Stahlkocher in die Höhe. Erstmals zählt die voestalpine weltweit mehr als 50.000 Mitarbeiter.

Der Umsatz stieg von April bis Ende Juni um 17,3 Prozent auf 3,25 Milliarden Euro. Das Ergebnis nach Steuern kletterte um 106,4 Prozent auf 218,4 Millionen Euro, teilte der Konzern Mittwochfrüh mit. Das operative Ergebnis Read more

Saarchmiede under threat of closure (German)

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Völklingen. Der Saarstahl-Vorstandschef rechnet mit einer Verkleinerung der Anlage, Personalabbau und erwartet bis Herbst ein neues Konzept.

Die Saarschmiede kommt nicht aus ihren MillionenVerlusten heraus. Saarstahl-Vorstandssprecher Fred Metzken tritt im Interview mit der Saarbrücker Zeitung Gerüchten entgegen, die Schmiede werde geschlossen. Die Saarschmiede, mit 450 Millionen Euro eine der größten Investitionen im Saarland  überhaupt,  kommt seit ihrer

Restructuring plan passes for Dongbei Special Steel (US)

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SHENYANG – A restructuring draft plan for Dongbei Special Steel was passed at a creditors meeting on Tuesday and will be implemented after court approval. A total of 1,911 creditors cast their votes both on site and online at the meeting, presided by the Dalian City Intermediate People’s Court. According to the plan, debt below 500,000 yuanRead more

SAIL to focus on speciality steels to beat competition (US)

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The ability to churn out multiple grades of steel is needed to survive in the current over supplied metal market, according to SAIL Chairman P K Singh. Speaking to employees at SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant he said, “At a time of high overcapacities across the world, product differentiation is the requirement of the hour and we have to match the best in quality, variety and standards.” In an official statement, SAIL said that the Rourkela Steel Plant has teamed Read more

Maghreb Steel réduit son endettement (FR)

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  • Il est passé de 6 milliards à 4,5 milliards de DH
  • L’entreprise veut vendre 400.000 tonnes/an pour l’automobile et la construction en acier
  • Elle développe de nouveaux produits pour les plateformes pétrolières et gazières

LE sidérurgiste national sort la tête de l’eau. Près de trois ans après la mise en place d’un plan de sauvetage, suite à de grosses difficultés financières, Maghreb Steel affiche des résultats probants. L’endettement a été ramené de 6 milliards de DH à 4,5 milliards de DH. C’est ce qu’a annoncé à L’Economiste Amine Elouali, directeur général délégué de l’entreprise. L’Ebidta (résultat comptable hors amortissements, provisions, impôts et taxes) est passé deRead more

The Rapid Rise of Beryllium-Aluminum Alloys in Aerospace (US)

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Enhanced performance operating envelopes for aerospace platforms continue to challenge industry limits. Aerospace platform operators demand extreme performance in harsh environments from the aircraft, UAVs, and satellites they deploy today: lighter weight, greater strength, superior fuel efficiency and operational range, vibration-mitigated platforms, low coefficients of thermal expansion, better corrosion resistance — the list goes on. Beryllium is theRead more

“We need niobium, Mr. President”

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NioCorp Developments Ltd. (TSX: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF) last week announced Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE) has nominated the Elk Creek Superalloy Project as a High Priority Infrastructure Project in response to the White House’s January 24, 2017 Executive Order entitled “Expeditingronmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects.” Nebraska has played a significant part in the history of the USA and this project offers to rekindle the same kind of fiery enthusiasm that built the First Transcontinental Railroad.

 We need niobium, Mr. President, yet we don’ t mine a single pound of it in the U.S. today. 

Nabrsak Governor  Ricketts 

A hundred and fifty years later, in this letter to the Administration, Governor Ricketts emphasizes the potential contribution of Nebraska in transportation.  The First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the “PacificRead more

ArcelorMittal: importance stratégique de la France, selon le PDG (FR)

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Le PDG du numéro un mondial de la sidérurgie ArcelorMittal, Lakshmi Mittal, a souligné «l’importance stratégique de l’implantation du groupe en France», à l’occasion d’entretiens lundi avec les autorités françaises, a indiqué le groupe dans un communiqué. M. Mittal a rencontré le Président Emmanuel Macron, le Premier ministre Edouard Philippe et le ministre de l’Economie Bruno Le Maire pour «échanger sur l’actualité économique et industrielle» et «évoquer les projets d’ArcelorMittal en France et en Europe». Le patron d’ArcelorMittal a notamment présenté les projets stratégiques du groupe en Europe, avec en particulier l’acquisition du sidérurgiste Read more

After 100 years, TimkenSteel looks to grow (US)

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In 1915 as World War I raged, H.H. Timken became concerned about having quality steel to make tapered roller bearings. After researching the options, he had the company start making its own steel.

CANTON There were roughly 250 companies making steel in the United States back in 1917 when Timken Co. decided to join those ranks. Research had shown that alloy steel produced in electric-arc furnaces was stronger and Read more

Book : The Science of Armour Materials (US)

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The Science of Armour Materials comprehensively covers the range of armor materials from steels and light alloys, through glasses and ceramics, to fibers, textiles, and protective apparel. The book also discusses aspects of analytical and numerical modeling, as well as laboratory-based high-strain rate testing and ballistic testing methodologies. Each chapter is written from an international perspective, including reviews of the current global literature, and incorporates case studies that focus upon real life applications, research outcomes, and lessons learned. The threatRead more

Le projet DIGIMU parmi les lauréats des trophées 2017 de la simulation numérique (FR)

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Transvalor a été récompensée pour le projet DIGIMU (Développement d’un cadre innovant et global pour la modélisation des évolutions de microstructures intervenant lors des procédés de mise en forme des métaux), mené en collaboration avec MINES ParisTech et sept grands groupes industriels: ArcelorMittal , AREVA, ASCOMETAL, AUBERT&DUVAL, CEA, SAFRAN et TIMET. Ce logiciel de simulation Read more

Singapore researchers use nanoparticles to improve strength of 3D printed Inconel 625 superalloy (US)

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Superalloys are the wonder materials of metallurgy. By fine-tuning their composition, scientists can increase mechanical strength and improve resistance to corrosion and high-temperature shape changes. A*STAR researchers have shown that adding nanoparticles can make these materials even stronger. Inconel 625 is a superalloy that is 55-70 per cent nickel with added chromium, molybdenum, iron, niobium-tantalum, plus trace amounts of numerous other metals. Inconel 625 is used in industrial marine applications because of its high corrosion-fatigue strengthtensile strengthand resistance to chloride-ion stress-corrosion cracking. Guijun Bi and co-workers from A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Institute of Materials Research and Engineering have reinforced Inconel Read more

New alloy sensors for jet engines can handle high heat (US)

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The technological future of everything from cars and jet engines to oil rigs, along with the gadgets, appliances and public utilities comprising the Internet of Things will depend on microscopic sensors. Trouble is these sensors are mostly made of the material silicon, which has its limits. Johns Hopkins University materials scientist and mechanical engineer Kevin J. Hemker has led a team that is now reporting success in developing a new material that promises to help ensure that these sensors, also known as microelectromechanical systems [MEMS], can continue to meet the demands of the next technological frontier. “For a number of years we’ve been trying to make Read more

GERDAU : How California’s last big steel mill plans to go green (US)

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Vice President and General Manager Mark Olsen, center, holds a piece of rebar produced at the mill as he gets ready for a photo with furnace operator Sergio Martinez, left, and Assemblyman Marc Steinorth as the Gerdau Steel Mill celebrates its 60th anniversary during a ceremony at the mill in Rancho Cucamonga Wednesday.  Credit Photo @ JENNIFER CAPPUCCIO MAHER — STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga, the last full-production steel mill in California, aims to turn a traditionally dirty business into being nearly emission-free. The company on Wednesday celebrated the groundbreaking for an emissions-cleaning building, which also coincided with the plant’s 60th anniversary. It opened in 1957 as the Etiwanda Steel Producers company. “I think she looks pretty good for being 60 years old,” Mark Olsen, vice president and general manager of the Gerdau Steel Mill, said in his opening remarks to guests. “But don’t tell anybody. She’s going to be getting some work done.” The $22 million facility, which is expectedRead more

Vallourec inaugurates new cutting-edge tube-piercing equipment in Germany (US)

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Vallourec inaugurates new cutting-edge tube-piercing equipment in GermanyBoulogne-Billancourt, 21 June 2017 – Vallourec, world leader in premium tubular solutions, puts a new high-performance piercer into operation at its Düsseldorf-Rath tube plant. This cutting-edge equipment is considered among the most modern in the world and guarantees increased productivity and reduced energy consumption. The piercing of solid steel billets and their hot rolling on a mandrel are two key stages in the production of seamless steel tubes. Controlling these processes is crucial to the dimensional and metallurgical quality of the products. With this new tool, VallourecRead more

How Just 14 People Make 500,000 Tons of Steel a Year in Austria (US)

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The Austrian village of Donawitz has been an iron-smelting center since the 1400s, when ore was dug from mines carved out of the snow-capped peaks nearby. Over the centuries, Donawitz developed into the Hapsburg Empire’s steel-production hub, and by the early 1900s it was home to Europe’s largest mill. With the opening of Voestalpine AG’s new rolling mill this year, the industry appears secure. What’s less certain are the jobs. The plant, a two-hour drive southwest of Vienna, will need just 14 employees to make 500,000 tons of robust steel wire a year—vs. as many as 1,000 in a mill with similar capacity built in the 1960s. Inside the facility, red-hot metal snakes its way Read more

Universal Stainless announces rejection of unsolicited offer from Synalloy (US)

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BRIDGEVILLE, Pa., June 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc.(Nasdaq:USAP) announced today that its Board of Directors, after deliberation and careful consultation with its independent financial and legal advisors, unanimously rejected an unsolicited offer by Synalloy Corporation (Nasdaq:SYNL) for a proposed business combination. The Universal Read more

Aubert & Duval Pamiers : le berceau des pièces mythiques (FR)

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Nous avons consacré de nombreux articles à l’histoire de l’Usine qui fête ses 200 ans. et tout particulièrement aujourd’hui et demain. Dernier volet aujourd’hui les productions qui ont marqué son histoire depuis 1945. Qui sait que le train d atterrissage de Concorde a été conçu et réalisé à Pamiers entre les murs de l’Usine ? Une pièce mythique, parmi tant d’autres qui ont marqué l’histoire industrielle depuis 1945, nouveau départ pour l’Usine après la guerre. En 1946 démarre l’activité d’une presse dont la puissance atteint la valeur, exceptionnelle en Europe, de 20 000 tonnes ! Elle était destinée au départ à la fabrication de pales d’hélices pour les avions qui Read more

Carpenter, Desktop Metal Partner for 3D Printing (US)

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Carpenter Technology Corp. has entered into a supply relationship with Burlington, MA-based Desktop Metal, Inc., utilizing more than 20 CarTech alloy grades to be used in Desktop Metal’s end-to-end metal 3D printing systems. The powders will be used in premium materials cartridges. The new partnership reinforces Carpenter’s position as a leading global producer of specialty wire and powder metals forRead more