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

European Commission approves General Electric/ATI titanium alloy joint venture (US)

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The European Commission has approved under European Union merger regulations the acquisition of joint control over a newly created joint venture by General Electric and ATI, both of the US, the EC said Tuesday.  The joint venture will develop novel titanium alloy production processes. General Electric is a global, diversified manufacturing, technology and services company. ATI is a worldwideRead more

Hindalco plans to set up high-end aluminium plant for defence sector (US)

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Hindalco Industries Ltd, India’s biggest aluminium producer, hopes to set up a high-end alloy plate manufacturing unit for the country’s defence sector, managing director Satish Pai said in an interview on Tuesday. The project would need an overall investment of Rs2,000 crore and Hindalco is in talks with the government to evaluate if it can start it as a public-private partnership (PPP), Pai said. “We are talking to the ministry of defence for setting up more high-end alloy plate manufacturing in India… We are hoping for a pick-up in the defence sector,” Pai said. TheRead more

Gulfco Forge Company will be a division of Ellwood Group (US)

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Gulfco Forge Company — a manufacturer of open die forgings and rolled rings will be a division of Ellwood Group, Inc (EGI). EGI is a vertically integrated family-owned business founded in 1910 with 26 manufacturing locations all dedicated to producing and marketing high quality, engineered, heavy metal sections. The acquisition of Gulf Coast Machine & Supply Company’s assets will bring key synergies toRead more

WPI Launches New Center for Materials Processing Data (US)

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WPI partners with university and industry leaders to create better data and modeling techniques to support the automotive and aerospace industries

June 5, 2017 – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has launched a new center that aims to dramatically improve data gathering and computer modeling techniques that will lead to the development of better equipment and materials used by the automotive and aerospace industries. Known as the Center for Materials Processing Data (CMPD), its members generate and manage time- and temperature-dependent material property data—formally called “transient data”— used in process modeling and simulation. Precise data is critical in theRead more

The first nanometrically-sized superelastic alloy (US)

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UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country’s researchers have explored superelasticity properties on a nanometric scale based on shearing an alloy’s pillars down to nanometric size

UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country’s researchers have explored superelasticity properties on a nanometric scale based on shearing an alloy’s pillars down to nanometric size. In the article published by the prestigious scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers have found that below one micron in diameter the material behaves differently and requires much higher stress for it to be Read more

GKN Aerospace partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory for large-scale additive manufacturing (US)

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GKN Aerospace, a British multinational aircraft and engine company, is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop an additive manufacturing process for the production of large-scale titanium aerospace parts. Through the partnership, which comes in the form of a five-year research agreement, GKN Aerospace and ORNL are aiming toRead more

Eck Industries exclusively licenses cerium-aluminum alloy co-developed by ORNL (US)

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June 7, 2017 – OAK RIDGE, Tenn., and MANITOWOC, Wis., June 7, 2017—Wisconsin’s Eck Industries has signed an exclusive license for the commercialization of a cerium-aluminum (Ce-Al) alloy co-developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that is ideal for creating lightweight, strong components for advanced vehicles and airplanes. The patent-pending alloy was developed as part of DOE’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) and makes use of cerium, the most abundant rare earth element. Cerium makes up as muchRead more

UK steel giant’s Liberty House investment could help to support 1,800 jobs (US)

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STEEL giant Liberty House has predicted that it will help to create around 1,800 jobs in the supply chain and regional economy as a result of investments in its Yorkshire operations. Jon Bolton, chief executive of Liberty Speciality Steels, said the business could start to work with more local suppliers who want to support the steel industry. Last month, Liberty formally completed a £100m deal to acquire the SpecialityRead more

AK Steel gets $1.8M award to develop next generation electrical steels (US)

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The new world-class AK Steel Research and Innovation Center opened in Middletown Friday, Apr. 7, 2017. (Credit Photo @ GREG LYNCH/STAFF – Journal News) 

AK Steel has accepted an award of up to $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Next Generation Electric Machines program to develop the next generation of advanced, non-oriented electrical steels (NOES) for motors used in a wide variety of industrial and automotive applications, including hybrid electric vehicles. The three-year project will be conducted inRead more

Châteauneuf: Industeel, le savoir-faire français à l’export (FR)

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Les partenaires commerciaux du monde entier ont pu suivre la fabrication complète d’une pièce dans les locaux d’Industeel, à Châteauneuf ( Credit Photo @ Sacha MARTINEZ –  Le Progrés)

En marge d’un séminaire organisé avec ses partenaires commerciaux, Industeel ouvrait les portes de son site de Châteauneuf, ce jeudi. À l’honneur : les blocs en acier. Un produit qui séduit au-delà de nos frontières et fait la renommée de l’entreprise. « Ce segment représente Read more

High pressure key to lighter, stronger metal alloys, Stanford scientists find (US)

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Simple alloys like the molten steel in this factory are usually composed of just one or two dominant metals. But a new Stanford study shows that high pressure could be used to control the final properties of advanced, high-entropy alloys that have five or more mixed metals. ( credit Photo@Shutterstock)

Subjecting complex metal mixtures called high-entropy alloys to extremely high pressures could lead to finer control over the arrangement of their atoms, which in turn can result in more desirable properties.

High pressure could be the key to making advanced metal mixtures that are lighter, stronger and more heat-resistant than conventional alloys, a new study by Stanford researchers suggests. Humans have been blending metals togetherRead more