Liberty House restarts 800,000-tpy EAF at UK speciality steels unit (US)

Prince Charles has reignited an electric arc furnace two and a half years after it was mothballed during the steel crisis. The Prince of Wales officially restarted the equipment during a visit to Liberty Steel in Rotherham. The 800,000-tonne-a-year furnace turns scrap metal into specialised steels. Liberty bought the plant in 2017 as part of a £100m buyout of Tata Steel’s speciality steels division.

A former Tata Steel electric arc furnace in northern England taken over by Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty House Group, was set to be re-ignited on Friday, in what the company describes as a “major milestone” in the revival of Britain’s steel industry. The N-Furnace, the larger of two electric arc furnaces, at Liberty Speciality Steels near Rotherham inRead more

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Visits Scot Forge (US)

On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner visited and praised Spring Grove-based Scot Forge, an open die and ring rolling forging company celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Rauner toured the 350,000-square-foot manufacturing plant Friday morning. Scot Forge is an employee-owned business with plants in Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvaniaand Michigan.

“Your success – providing high-quality, high-tech products – enables all the other successes of America’s defense, America’s auto industry, America’s construction industry, America’s agriculture industry,”

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

The company works in numerous markets, including aerospace, infrastructure, mining and defense, according to its website.  State Sen. Pamela Althoff and McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks also attended Friday’s tourRead more

Industeel: Great Success for the 355 mm Continuous Slab Caster ! (US)

Great success for the 355 mm continuous slab caster ! The objectives of this project have been achieved. The 18 million euro investment for a new continuous slab caster, inaugurated last year at Industeel Charleroi, now offers the possibility to produce plates up to a unit weight of 20 tonnes with an increase of the maximum thickness up to 175mm for high strength steel and 150mm for standard stainless steels. Developments driven for stainless, pressureRead more

New building at Ellwood City Forge (US)

Left to Right: Evan Fennell, Engineer and Project Manager, ECF; Ray Santillo, Executive Director, EC Chamber of Commerce; Steve Paxton, Architect, Franus Architectural Associates; Denny Boariu, Product Specialist, Ellwood City Forge/Chamber of Commerce Representative; Tony Court, Mayor, Ellwood City; Anna Barensfeld, Shareholder, Ellwood Group; Bill Nardone, VP of Operations, Ellwood City Forge; Dan Franus, Architect, Franus Architectural Associates; Phil DiMarco, Principal, DiMarco Construction

Ellwood City, PA—Ellwood City Forge (ECF) is pleased to break ground today on a significant renovation and expansion of its office facilities. The Forge has been in continuous operation on its Ellwood City site for 108 years,Read more

GKN To Sell its Powder Metallurgy Activity (US)

The U.K. company will sell its powder metallurgy business and several smaller operations, and has begun to operate its automotive and aerospace parts businesses independently before considering a formal separation “when it makes sense,” GKN said in a statement Wednesday. The revamped management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Anne Stevens, promises to boost profit margins and pay out an average of 50 percent of its free cash flow in dividends over the next three years.

GKN Plc sharpened its argument against a hostile takeover attempt by Melrose Industries Plc, outlining plans to divest businesses representing a quarter of its sales, slash costs and return 2.5 billion pounds ($3.5 billion) in cash to shareholders over the next three years. The U.K. company will sell its powder metallurgy business and several Read more

Russia Retains Titanium and High-Strength Aluminum Alloys to Upgrade Su-30SM Fighter Jets in 2018 (US)

The Russian Defense Ministry (MoD) will begin upgrading its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter jets, classified by the Russian Air Force as 4++ generation fighter aircraft, in 2018, according to Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Yury Borisov. “We plan to kick off modernization this year, complete its first stage in 2019 and then start [deliveries of] upgraded vehicles,” Borisov said on February 8. The retrofitting of the fighter jets will include avionic and weapons systems upgrades. The Su-30SM will be adapted to carry a host of a new weapons systems, includingRead more

US Administration Considering Imposing tariffs or Quotas on imports of aluminum and steel to Preserve National Security (US)

The U.S. Commerce Department revealed its recommendations that the U.S. impose tariffs or quotas on imports of aluminum and steel, in the strongest indication yet the administration intends to see protectionist agenda through. The department “found that the quantities and circumstances of steel and aluminum imports threaten to impair the national security,” Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday. An increase in tariffs could affect consumer prices of everything from beer cans to cars. The recommendations were sent last month to President Donald Trump, whoRead more

Tiangong International to Invest RMB500 in powder metallurgy technology (US)

CAPEX of ~RMB500m is expected to be spent on a new projects related to powder metallurgy technology. The project is expected to start generating revenue in 2H19.

We believe the operating environment for Tiangong is becoming more favorable, given 1) foreseeable ASP and margin expansion in 2018, thanks to tighter supply of die steel and high speed steel (HSS) products as more small players are leaving the industry (Tiangong raised its ASP twice in early January); and 2) further industryRead more

EPMA’s R&D Club Projects (US)

The EPMA is active in many types of project either as a partner or as project manager. These projects are generally either “club” projects which are financed by and restricted to a small number of members or Government funded Read more

Ellwood Crankshaft Group’s new horizontal multidirectional press allows the company to produce crankshafts up to 14 m and 50 tonnes (US)

Ellwood Crankshaft Group’s new horizontal multidirectional press allows the company to produce crankshafts up to 14 m and 50 tonnes

New facility, multidirectional press expands company’s capabilities

Ellwood Crankshaft Group (ECG) is familiar with expansion. Throughout its 107-year history, the crankshaft manufacturer has built a forging empire across the Midwest, but its biggest move yet took place this past year. The company, which has been for more than a decade, has a new 37,000 m2 forging facility situated in Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA. At the center of this spacious structure sits ECG’s crown jewel — a horizontal, multidirectionalpress, which gives the company the ability to double its crankshaft sizes and produce the largest Read more

Fushun Special Steel admits untrue inventory figures (US)

Internal audit reveals shortfall in inventory for listed firm Fushun, raising the spectre of delisting

The listed unit of a Chinese steelmaker touted by a government as a model of debt restructuring has admitted having inaccurate inventory figures – just six months after a private investor sank billions into the parent company. Fushun Special Steel, the Shanghai-listed subsidiary of Dongbei Special Steel, issued three risk warnings via the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Wednesday, saying its books were not accurate, it would report losses for 2017, and it mightRead more

Gerdau upsizes bloom size at Monroe, Michigan plant (US)

Monroe, Michigan – To improve steel cleanliness and surface quality and to increase the reduction ratio of steel produced there, Gerdau’s special bar quality (SBQ) steel mill in Monroe, Michigan is transitioning to a 240mm square bloom in September from the 210mm bloom used today. The project is an expansion of the capabilityRead more

MIDHANI is emerging as a multi-location company (US)

Mishra Dhatu Nigam (MIDHANI), a defence PSU engaged in manufacturing of special materials, alloys and other products for use in high-tech industries and sectors of strategic importance, is taking up a major revamping exercise. Dinesh Kumar Likhi, CMD, talks to Deepthi Nandan Reddy about its expansion plans. 

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There is talk that allocations to defence amount to just 1.58 per cent of the GDP. But, that is not the only way to look at it. In absolute terms, allocation to defence is increasing year-on-year. This will create more opportunities for Read more

Russian Scientists Create New Material for Nuclear Reactors (US)

Researchers from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia) have conducted a study on the use of isotopically modified molybdenum as an alternative to zirconium alloys from which nuclear fuel-element casings are created. They have proved that this can enhance the safety of nuclear reactors. The study is published in the scientific journal Chemical Engineering Research and Design. Today, zirconium alloys are the main material used in the fuel-element casings containing uranium oxide pellets. The material features high erosion and corrosion resistance in Read more

Researchers run first tests of unique system for welding highly irradiated metal alloys (US)

ORNL and EPRI built an enclosed welding system in a hot cell of ORNL’s Radiochemical Engineering Development Center. C. Scott White (ORNL) performs operations with remotely controlled manipulators and cameras. The system combines capabilities for laser welding and frictional stir welding of irradiated stainless steels. 

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 8, 2018—Scientists of the Department of Energy’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program (LWRS) and partners from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have conducted the first weld tests to repair highly irradiated materials at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The welding system, designed and installed in a hot cell at ORNL’s Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, safely encloses equipment for laser and friction-stir welding. It will allow researchers to advance welding technologies for repair of irradiated Read more

India Foundry Sector in a Spot Over Entry of Electric Vehicles (US)

India’s Kolhapur foundry industry is estimated to manufacture seven lakh tonnes of forgings, accounting for about 8 per cent of the country’s production capacity   

EVs need fewer body parts than fuel-based vehicles

MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 8 – As the country is preparing for an automobile revolution with electric vehicles (EVs), the foundry industry is bracing for a disruptive change in business. It fears that the demand for auto components will dry up as EVs use far fewer moving parts in the vehicle body. In Kolhapur and Sangli in western Maharashtra, a hub

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French state injects M€ 5 to help Ascoval steel plant (US)

PARIS, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The French state will provide five million euros ($6.24 million) to support the Ascoval steel plant in Saint-Saulve, northern France for a year, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday, a move that will retain several hundred jobs. The Hauts de France region, Swiss company Schmolz + Bickenbach and French steelRead more

Sandvik to build $25 million titanium and nickel metal powder plant (US)

Sandvik will invest about 200 million SEK in a new plant for manufacturing of titanium and nickel fine metal powders within the business area Sandvik Materials Technology. The investment will complement the existing powder offering and strengthen Sandvik’s position in the rapidly growing markets for metal powder and metal additive manufacturing. Sandvik has an industry leading position already today in the production and sale of fineRead more

Kobe Steel looks set to end hectic year with profit (US)

TOKYO — Kobe Steel said on Thursday it expects a net profit for the year through March, its first in three years, of 45 billion yen ($410 million). There has been concern over how the steelmaker’s data falsification scandal, which came to light last year, could affect its results, but the impact so far appears to be limited.  On the other hand, the financial figures also hint at the widening gap in profitability of the steelmaker compared to stronger rivals amid the upward trend of the market. “Steel demand was robust and we sold more than expected hydraulic excavators in China,” said Read more

A new record of 486 tons of steel ingot was set up in China (US)

In January 4th, the successful casting of 486 tons of ingot from CITIC Heavy Industry was formally entered into the forging process. This is the largest ingot cast by the company, which highlights the ability of CITIC Heavy Industry to produce large cutting-edge forgings. The hydraulic press is coordinated with the manipulator, like the kneading surface, which can easily and repeatedly forge 486 tons of steel ingots. According to the technological requirements, the first stage of the 486 ton steel ingot is successfully completed, which shows theRead more

FOMAS Expands Steel Rolled Rings Plant in York, South Carolina (US)

“We are proud to see that our business development actions have brought not only an increase in customer demand but also in volumes. The expansion of our machining capability will support us even more with delivering turnkey solutions to our clients,” 

FOMAS Group Vice President & CEO Jacopo Guzzoni.

A subsidiary of Italy-headquartered Spa, FOMAS, a custom manufacturer of seamless rolled rings in a variety of steels, will invest $2.5 million to expand its existing manufacturing operations at 500 Wallace Way in York, South Carolina. Based in York County, FOMAS Inc. was formerly known as Ajax Rolled Ring and Machine, Inc. before being acquired in December 2014 by Italy-based FOMAS SpA. The company, which supports the construction, gears Read more

Italian Special Steels Maker to Invest €16 M in a New Forging Line Press (Italian)

Nuovo investimento per il gruppo siderurgico bresciano Aso. L’azienda ha, infatti, ottenuto un finanziamento da 16 milioni di euro per un’innovativa linea di forgiatura per la produzione di barre in acciaio tonde, che saranno destinate a diversi mercati internazionali come USA, Messico, Cina, India, Sud Africa e Unione Europea.  “Questa operazione, quale investimento strategico”, ha dichiarato Paola Artioli, Amministratore DelegatoRead more

Thyssenkrupp Aerospace unit to build production site in Morocco (US)

FRANKFURT, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Germany’s Thyssenkrupp will build a sales and production site to boost its aerospace business in Morocco, it said, adding it has already reached supply agreements with aircraft parts group Figeac Aero and ARM Group. The facility, to be opened in the summer, will be located close to Casablanca and offer material storage and processing services, Thyssenkrupp said in a statement on Thursday, declining to say how much it would invest in the site. Employing more than 1,800 staff in over 20 countries, Thyssenkrupp Aerospace is part ofRead more

ParkOhio Acquires Canton Drop Forge, Inc (US)

February 01, 2018 – CLEVELAND, OHIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ParkOhio (NASDAQ: PKOH) announced today that it has acquired Canton Drop Forge, Inc. (“CDF”), headquartered in Canton, Ohio. Edward F. Crawford, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “ParkOhio is pleased to announce the acquisition of Canton Drop Forge, Canton, Ohio. The addition of CDF to our current Forged and Machined Products Group will enhance the company’s Read more

Explosion at TIMET Henderson plant leaves 2 injured (US)

An exterior photo of the entrance to the Timet plant in Henderson, where an explosion on Jan. 24 2018, rattled windows in the southeast valley and injured two people. The blast was contained to the facility, and there was no fire or release of hazardous materials.

An explosion at a titanium plant inHenderson rattled windows in the southeast valley and injured two people, city and county officials said. The blast was contained to the facility, and there was no fire or release of hazardous materials, according to the Henderson Fire Department. The injuries were minor and did not require medicalRead more

SIFCO Earns NADCAP Metallic Materials Manufacturing Accreditation (US)

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SIFCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE-American: SIF), February 2, 2018. On December 27, 2017 SIFCO’s Cleveland location became the first United States forging manufacturer to obtain NADCAP Metallic Materials Manufacturing certification (“MMM”). The scope of the audit undertaken to obtain this certification included forging equipment and processes to ensure consistency of manufacture. Other processes audited coveredRead more

Inside A Smart Artificial Intelligence Steel Mill (US)

An enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) company recently teamed up with a steel company to create the first smart steel production facility of its kind. San Francisco-based and Big River Steel collaborated to develop a $1.3 billion, 1,300-acre smart steel mill located in Osceola, AR in an effort to help the company meet a growing demand for high-quality steel.

The state-of-the-art facility utilizes predictive AI systems to optimize maintenance planning, line scheduling and logistics operations as well as environmental protection. IMPO recently spoke with CEO Stephen Pratt onRead more

Liberty Speciality Steel installs inline thickness profile measurement system to improve quality of steel strip (US)

A UK-based steel producer has installed a non-contact inline thickness measurement system from Micro-Epsilon directly in its slitting line to accurately measure the thickness profile of narrow steel strip as it is cold rolled from coils. Based on sites in Stocksbridge and Rotherham, Liberty Speciality Steel is a key division of Liberty Steel, a fully integrated steel manufacturer and distributor within the global metal trading and industrials group, Liberty House Group. Liberty Speciality Steel produces high value, precision-engineered alloy and stainless steel products for use inRead more

Global gas turbine orders could be down by 14% in 2018 (US)

In 2018, GE is bracing for its worst year of gas turbine installations in about 15 years. The company is restructuring to prepare for orders that could be as low as 30 GW. In 2017, GE anticipates final orders of gas turbines will come in at less than 35 GW. Profit in the power segment was down 88 percent in the final quarter of 2017, driven by tough market conditions, business execution mistakes and other charges, executives said. GE equipment still produces about a third of the world’s electric power, Flannery noted, and the company holds 50 percent market share in advanced power technology.

Reviewing its fourth-quarter results, the GE leadership, in a conference call for investors, said they expect the overall global market for new gas turbine orders in 2017 to be less than 35 GW. Orders are expected to be down to 30 GW for 2018. The OEM expects to maintain a 50% share in global orders. “In December, we noted that the market was softer than expected, with Mccoy comments indicating that the industry could be heading for the lowest gigawattRead more

Printing Materials in Military Field (US)

Research using titanium enables Greco’s team to study different types of materials and metal alloys, design new alloys or improve the printability and manufacturability of alloys. The team is also creating high-temperature, high-strength alloys that lead to improved outcomes.

What if our military could dramatically reduce the amount of materials and equipment held on the front lines by printing only what they need? Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are aiming to do this with new advances in 3-D printing. Using 3-D printing, scientists can produce virtually anything from plastics, metals or even ceramics. Argonne National Laboratory physicist Tao Sun and his collaborators areRead more