Materion Testifies on Stategic Materials Committee at the United States Senate (US)

Materion’s Greg Gregory testifies before U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 18, 2018–Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) yesterday testified before the Committee on Energy & Natural Resources of the United States Senate about the importance of critical minerals to the U.S. military and the U.S. economy. Responding to an invitation from Chairman Murkowski of Alaska, Materion Natural Resources President Greg Gregory testified to the need for a whole-of-government approach to critical minerals.   “We appreciate the opportunity that Chairman Murkowski offered us to explainContinue reading

U.S. Commerce launches national security probe into uranium imports (US)


U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday that he has launched a new national security investigation into uranium imports that could lead to tariffs or quotas to limit them.

WASHINGTON (AFP) –  The United States on Wednesday began investigating whether uranium imports threaten national security, launching a process that could see yet more tariffs imposed on exports from allied countries. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the probe would cover the entire uranium sector, including mining and enrichment, and both defense and industrial uses. “Our production of uranium necessary for military and electric power has dropped from 49 percent of our consumption to five percent,” Ross said in a statement.  He pledged a thorough, fair and transparent investigation of the matter. Ross formally notified Defense Secretary JimContinue reading

Arconic Unveils Advanced Titanium Alloy for Higher Temperature Aerospace Applications (US)

“ARCONIC-THOR is a breakthrough aerospace material that goes where conventional titanium alloys cannot,” said Jeremy Halford, President, Arconic Engineered Structures.  Within Arconic’s patented alloy ranges, ARCONIC-THOR’s specific proprietary formulation demonstrates three times improved oxidation resistance compared to existing high temperature titanium alloys. This improved oxidation resistance protects against deterioration at elevated temperatures and enables ARCONIC-THOR to operate at service temperatures higher than any other conventional titanium alloy available on the market.

As next generation aero engines run hotter, ARCONIC-THOR™ delivers a lighter, more cost-effective titanium alternative to incumbent nickel-based superalloys

  • Patented ARCONIC-THOR is nearly 50 percent lighter than incumbent nickel-based superalloys for higher temperature applications in aero engines and adjacent structures—driving cost savings and fuel efficiency for customers
  • ARCONIC-THOR offers three times improved oxidation resistance which enables it to operate at service temperatures higher than any other conventional titanium alloy available on the market
  • Company has completed successful development projects with commercial aerospace and defense customers, including a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory project with partners Boeing and Honeywell

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) today announced the commercial availability of an advanced titanium alloy— called ARCONIC-THOR— that is designed for higher temperature applications in next Continue reading

VSMPO & Boeing will launch aircraft components from a new plant in Russia (US)

Amidst current Washington-Moscow tensions, Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM), a joint venture between Russian VSMPO-AVISMA and Boeing will launch production of aircraft components from its new plant in the Titanium Valley Special Economic Zone, Sverdlovsk Region of Russia. The UBM facility will perform rough and final machining of titanium blanks, airplane fuselage components, wing and pylon structural elements, chassis parts forContinue reading

More than two years after acquiring PCC Warren Buffett has no regrets (US)

More than two years after acquiring Precision Castparts Corp. at a cost of $37.2 billion, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s leadership has no regrets — about the acquisition, or the man in charge of the company. At the conglomerate’s annual meeting in Omaha this past weekend, a questioner suggested Portland-based Precision was losing “pre-eminence” as an aerospace industries supplier and performing weakly, and asked about its long-term outlook. “Longer term, and in the shorter term, it’s a very, very good business,” Berkshire Chairman WarrenContinue reading

Titane et Zircon : Eramet se renforce avec son partenaire australien MDL (US)

Le groupe minier et métallurgique français Eramet améliore ses positions dans les matières premières. Il a pris le contrôle de son partenaire australien MDL. Les sables riches en titane et en zircon sont exploités à Grande Côte au Sénégal, puis transformés en Norvège. 

Le conseil d’administration du groupe australien MDL a fini par recommander à ses actionnaires l’offre de rachat revalorisée. “L’opération, réalisée intégralement en numéraire au prix de 1,75 dollar australien par action, valorise les capitaux propres de MDL à environ 350 millions de dollars australiens, soit environ 220 millions d’euros”, a précisé Eramet. La banque australienne Macquarie, acteur majeur du secteur des matières premières a participé à l’opération.

“Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer la prise de contrôle de MDL. Pour Eramet, il s’agit d’un mouvement logique, en ligne avec sa stratégie, qui permet de consolider Tizir au sein de son portefeuille au moment où le groupe renoue avec des projets de développement”, a réagi Christel Bories, PDG d’Eramet. “En prenant le contrôle le Tizir, nous nous donnons les moyens de poursuivre efficacement son développement au sein du secteur prometteur des sables minéralisés.”

Tizir, la coentreprise d’Eramet et de MDL, avait été créée en 2011 pour exploiter les sables minéralisés riches Continue reading

Constellium Debuts New R&D Capabilities At Brunel University (US)

Amsterdam rolled and extruded aluminium leader Constellium N.V. revealed yesterday the opening of an expansion to the University Technology Center (UTC) at London’s Brunel University as well as the debut of a new on-campus research and development center, the Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC). Per Constellium, the AMPC’s newest capabilities include freeform 3D bending, electromagnetic pulse forming, and sawing. In addition, the UTC now boasts new joining techniques such as welding, flow drill screw and self-piercing rivets. The new additions are the latest step in the evolution of the UTC, which is a joint effort between Constellium and Brunel University to accelerate the pace of aluminium alloy development and usage in the automotive industry. Initially tasked withContinue reading

China’s top steelmaking city set to deepen output curbs over summer (US)

BEIJING (Reuters) – The top Chinese steelmaking city of Tangshan has ordered steel mills, coke producers and utilities to cut output further this summer, according to a document from the city government, the latest step to curb smog in one of the country’s most polluted areas. The move to deepen cuts in emissions will last for six weeks from July 20 until Aug. 31, according to the document, which was reviewed by Reuters. That will be in addition to 10-15 percent capacity cuts imposed from March to November. The document did not instruct factories to cut output by aContinue reading

Lockheed Martin Prints Titanium Satellite Fuel Tank (US)

The new fuel tank for Lockheed Martin’s largest satellites host 3-D printed domes that cap off the cylinder. Using this manufacturing method, tank delivery time went down from two years to three months. Here the tank is seen in a test fixture, with a 3-D printed dome seamlessly integrated into the body of the tank.

July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has embraced a 3-D printed titanium dome for satellite fuel tanks so big you can’t even put your arms around it. The 46-inch- (1.16-meter-) diameter vessel completed final rounds of quality testing this month, ending a multi-year development program to create giant, high-pressure tanks that carry fuel on board satellites. The titanium tank consists of three parts welded together: two 3-D printed domes that serve as caps, plus a variable-length, traditionally-manufactured titaniumcylinder that forms theContinue reading

Microstructural changes tracked in real time during Alloy 709 thermomechanical tests (US)

Microstructural changes in a promising material for nuclear reactors can be tracked in real time during thermomechanical tests, thanks to a new microscopy technique. Afsaneh Rabiei is pictured here with the device she developed that can capture scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images in real time at temperatures up to 1,000 degrees Celsius while applying stresses as high as two gigapascal.

A new microscopy technique allows researchers to track microstructural changes in real time, even when a material is exposed to extreme heat and stress. Recently, researchers show that a stainless steel alloy called alloy 709 has potential for elevated temperature applications such as nuclear reactor structures. “Alloy 709 is exceptionally strong and resistant to damage when exposed to high temperatures for long periods of time,” says Afsaneh Rabiei, corresponding author of a paper on the new findings and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering atContinue reading