Voestalpine plans to invest €30 M in its Swedish subsidiary Uddeholms AB (US)

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On  2 March 2017 |Today Prime Minister Stefan Löfven visited voestalpine company Uddeholms AB at its headquarters in Hagfors, in southern Sweden. Uddeholms AB, part of the Special Steel Division of the voestalpine Group, is specialized in the production of tool steels used in the automotive, mechanical engineering, consumer goods and packaging industries. During his visit to Hagfors, Prime Minister Read more

Constellium boosts recycling capabilities with new furnace at its Muscle Shoals facility (US)

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AMSTERDAM, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Constellium N.V. (NYSE and Euronext Paris: CSTM) today announced that it has installed a new recycling furnace at its Muscle Shoals, Ala. facility in an effort to expand recycling capabilities in North America. The now fully operational furnace is expected to increase the total recycling output by 170 million pounds, or about 5.2 billion additional used beverageRead more

Shandong Iraeta to receive world’s biggest ring rolling machine from SMS group (US)

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Shandong Iraeta Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (SIHI), China, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a newly developed ring rolling machine for the production of seamlessly rolled rings. With this radial-axial ring rolling machine, SMS group is entering entirely new dimensions. The “RAW 2500/1250-16000/3000” allows rings with a diameter of up to 16 meters to be seamlessly rolled for the first time. The maximum rollable ring height is three meters. From the end of the 2017, SIHI will be the only company worldwide to be able to roll Read more

Saarstahl Continues to Invest Despite a Global Sluggish Steel Market (German)

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Die Saarstahl AG hat ein schweres Geschäftsjahr hinter sich (die SZ berichtete bereits). Dennoch hat sie 2016 einiges getan, um ihren Standort Völklingen voranzubringen – mit millionenschweren Investitionen. Trotz großer Probleme auf dem weltweiten Markt für Stahl Read more

China’s Dongbei Steel says faces ‘uncertainties’ paying interest on some debt (US)

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State-owned Dongbei Special Steel Group Co Ltd said it faces “uncertainties” about paying interest on medium-term notes, underlining the challenges for Chinese authorities as they pledge to crack down on “zombie” companies while containing the risks from a mountain of debt. Owned by the Liaoning provincial government in the country’s “rustbelt” northeast, Dongbei formally entered into a bankruptcy restructuring process in October aimed at recovering a reported $10 billion in debt. The company has been at the heart of troubles inRead more

Aeromet expands relationship with Boeing with record-breaking set of orders (US)

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Aeromet International, supplier of airframe and aero engine components, has expanded its relationship with airplane manufacturer Boeing by securing the biggest set of orders in the company’s 40 year history. The 777X contract award is the latest example of Aeromet’s unique capabilities. In this case new parts will be made using A20X®, Aeromet’s proprietary aluminium alloy.  A20X®, which was developed and patented by Aeromet, is the strongest aluminium casting alloy on the market.

Aeromet has been awarded an extension to its existing long-term agreements covering the supply of parts for the Boeing 737, 767 and 777 airplanes. In addition to the extension of existing contracts, Aeromet has secured a new contract to supply parts for the 777X, Boeing’s next generation airplane which is due to enter service in 2020. Aeromet specialises in aluminium and magnesium cast parts, employing 260Read more

CEFIVAL, le N°1 de la transformation des aciers spéciaux (FR)

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Implantée sur la commune de Persan (Val d’Oise) l’entreprise CEFIVAL est spécialisée dans la fabrication de profilés. Ces barres métalliques sont notamment utilisées dans la structure des avions commerciaux. La société est actuellement l’un des leaders dans son domaine grâce à un procédé inédit.  Ces lopins d’acier et de titane sont lubrifiés puis chauffés dans cette presse à filer à une température de Read more

Areva investit 22 millions d’euros dans son usine de Rugles (FR)

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L’établissement de Rugles est spécialisé dans le laminage de tôles et de feuillards en alliage de zirconium, Rugles, qui exporte près de 75 % de sa production, est mondialement reconnue pour son excellence dans la fabrication des produits plats. Les largets en zirconium fournis par le site d’Ugine sont la principale matière première de l’usine de Rugles. Les largets y sont laminés en feuillards et tôles suivant des procédés de laminage à chaud et à froid. Sa capacité de production annuelle est de 500 tonnes de tôles et de feuillards de zirconium.

Le site fabrique des aciers en zirconium pour l’assemblage du combustible des centrales nucléaires.

Areva va investir 22 millions d’euros pour remplacer le laminoir à chaud de son usine de Rugles dans l’Eure qui transforme, pour l’industrie nucléaire, des aciers plats formés à partir de zirconium, un métal très résistant à la corrosion. L’opération, qui s’accompagne d’une vaste réorganisation de ce site, devrait commencer fin 2017 et s’achever au premier semestre 2019 après qualification de l’installation par les principaux clients de l’usine. L’usine de Rugles reçoit chaque année autour de 700 tonnes d’aciers plats en provenance de la fonderie Areva d’Ugine en Savoie. D’une épaisseur de 12 à 15 cm, ces aciers sont ensuite réduits après passage dans les laminoirs à chaud et à froid. « A Read more

U.S. imposes duties after finding seven producers dumped steel plate (US)

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Commerce made a final finding that seven foreign producers dumped certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate in the U.S. market, allowing it to impose duties ranging from 3.62 percent to 148 percent, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday. The determinations of dumping, or selling a product below its fair price, apply to imports of CTL plate from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, Ross said. In addition, there was a final finding that South Korean imports were subsidized, leading to a countervailing duty of 4.31 percent being slapped on those products, he said at aRead more

PyroGenesis Begins Production of 3D Printing Titanium Powders (US)

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc.  a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, announces today that, further to its press releases of January 23, 2017 and March 14, 2017, it has completed the assembly of its first powder production system (the “System”), with the first powder run  exceeding expectations and ramp-up already underway. The ramp-up is to take place linearly over approximately four (4) months. “The first production run not only exceeded our expectations in terms of powder quality and production rate”, said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Read more

Swiss Steelmaker Stahl Gerlafingen in survival mode (US)

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The steelworks in Gerlafingen is the oldest representative of the heavy industry in Switzerland. But the colossus has to fight with the strong franc and high energy and transport costs. The basic industry has a particularly difficult situation at the Swiss factory: its bulk goods are too expensive, not competitive with foreign countries and unprofitable. The Solothurn region can sing a song of this. With the closures of the cellulose factory in Luterbach and the paper factory in Biberist within a few years, two of the three colossi have disappeared. The steelworksRead more

Gerdau kicks off wind power JV with Japan’s Sumitomo, JSW (US)

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Gerdau Summit, as the new venture is called, will manufacture and sell forged wind power generation products. Gerdau has a 59% stake in the project, with Sumitomo and JSW holding 39% and 2%, respectively. The companies are planning to invest 280mn reais (US$68.9mn) on new equipment for installed production capacity of up to 50,000t/y. The JV is based at Gerdau’s Pindamonhangaba mill in São Paulo and will supply parts for wind turbine towers starting in 2018, Gerdau said in a statement. Meanwhile, the mill is already producing forgedRead more

Metalysis to invest £10M to expand its research and development capabilities (US)

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‘Pioneering’ metal and alloys company Metalysis has committed £10m site at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. The company, which has a site in Wath upon Dearne in South Yorkshire, is launching its Materials Discovery Centre at the Park to expand its research and development capabilities. Metalysis produces titanium, tantalum, metal and alloy powders using greener electrolysis process. At its new site, it will carry out projects to produce exotic metal powders for high performance allows in the aerospace and Read more

French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Works on ElectroMagnetic Levitator that Melts Alloys without Gravity (US)

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“Working on ESA’s electromagnetic furnace in Columbus while wearing Skinsuit. I wrote about Skinsuit before – it is a suit that compresses our spine together to recreate the effects of gravity – but the electromagnetic levitator deserves more explanation. It is, simply put, an automated furnace that melts and cools metal alloys as they float weightless. On Earth when metals melt they are always in contact with a container, and the container will influence the heating process and interact with the sample, not to mention gravity pulling on the metal ions. The levitator here on the International Space Station allows researchers to analyse the metals without gravity or the containers influencing results: it helps them create better materials on Earth for transport, industry, electronics etc. It is similar to the Japanese Electrostatic Furnace that I have mentioned before, but the European version uses magnets instead of static forces.”

Thomas Pesquet – February 17th, 2017

Thomas will use the Electromagnetic Levitator in ESA’s Columbus laboratory. This furnace can heat metals to 2000°C without contact and then let them cool rapidly. Blacksmiths have been using this technique for centuries to create steel tools and weapons by heating, Read more

Charles A. Keller et la fonte synthétique : une contribution déterminante à l’effort de guerre 1914-1918 (FR)

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Charles Albert Keller, industriel électrométallurgiste installé à Livet (isère), prit en 1908 un brevet sur la « Fonte Synthétique ». Si son savoir-faire en matière de fours adaptés à la fusion des métaux fut d’un grand secours, cette fonte de moulage au silicium, fabriquée grâce à la collecte et au recyclage de tournures d’acier en provenance de l’industrie, et notamment de l’industrie de guerre, fut extrêmement précieuse. Utilisée pour la fabrication des obus de gros calibre (220 et 400 mm) qui alimentaient le front, elle contribua ainsi à la victoireRead more

Aubert et Duval Pamiers au cœur de la semaine de l’industrie (FR)

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Dans le cadre de la semaine de l’industrie, l’usine Aubert a ouvert ses portes à de nombreux publics et notamment au monde scolaire, comme cette classe de Pyrène. La semaine de l’industrie battait son plein du 20 au 25 mars dans toute la France avec visites d’entreprises, forums des métiers, ateliers pédagogiques et conférences. À Pamiers, c’est l’usine Aubert et Duval qui tenait le haut du pavé avec l’objectif de faire découvrir l’industrie et ses métiers.

Des visites de découverte de l’usine et de ses métiers ont donc été programmées à cette occasion avec les publics de la mission locale et des lycéens en classe de première bac pro de Pyrène, site Irénée-Cros avec la participation de l’UIMM Midi-Pyrénées. «Fidèle à ses engagements, à savoir défendre les intérêts des industries technologiques et développer l’attractivité des métiers de l’industrie auprès de Read more

La fonderie Manoir Saint-Brieuc est à vendre (FR)

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Cette fonderie, ancien fleuron de l’industrie de Saint-Brieuc (Côtes d’Armor) perd de l’argent depuis des années. Le groupe chinois Taihai Yantai, propriétaire depuis 2012, décide de vendre l’usine (150 salariés). L’actionnaire chinois de ManoirSaint-Brieuc, ex-Manoir Industries, étudie la cession de la fonderie située à Saint-Brieuc (Côtes d’Armor). L’information est tombée le 7 mars, lors d’une convocation extraordinaire du comité d’entreprise. La veille, les commissaires aux comptes ont actionné une procédure d’alerte. 

« Les niveaux actuels de chiffre d’affaires et des marges ne permettent pas de couvrir les charges d’exploitation et l’activité génère chaque mois une consommation importante de trésorerie », préviennent-ils. C’est Patrick Ducatillon, directeur des opérations, qui va étudier laRead more

R&D 100 Award Winner: Computationally Optimized Homogenization Heat Treatment Process (US)

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Conventional homogenization processes require much experimentation. This usually entails numerous samples, substantial furnace time and associated energy, and additional lab time to physically evaluate the extent of homogenization. The novel method utilizes thermodynamic simulation to determine the specific distribution/arrangement (i.e., the microsegregation) of alloying elements in the cast alloy. This is accomplished using the Scheil module of Thermo-Calc software. The determined microsegregation profiles are read into DICTRA kinetic modeling software to simulate elemental diffusion during homogenization heat treatment. 

Alloys are combinations of two or more elements. During solidification of any alloy, the elements segregate unevenly. This chemical segregation is unavoidable and results in non-uniform regions that negatively impact an alloy’s mechanical and physical properties. Redistribution of the alloying elements is necessary to achieve optimal performance for the desired application of an alloy. The computational approach to homogenization uses basic diffusion kinetics based on the chemical diffusion coefficient of each element toRead more

De terre et d’acier, l’archéologie pour comprendre la Grande Guerre (FR)

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Avez-vous déjà retrouvé un casque de soldat dans votre jardin? Au Musée de la Grande Guerre (à 30 minutes de Paris), les familles et amoureux de fouilles archéologiques ont rendez-vous pour des découvertes fascinantes, quelques fois glaçantes, faites par les équipes d’archéologues menés par Alain Jacques et Yves Desfossés. Dans cette exposition visible du 1er avril au 18 septembre 2017, plus de 300 objets de la Grande Guerre sont exposés avec leur histoire : les boîtes de conserves qui alimentaient les soldats, les jeux de dominos pour les nuits de garde, les journaux qui maintenaient le contact avec la ville et les papiers d’identité de soldats retrouvés par les archéologues sont autant de témoignages puissants et cinglants qui témoignent de la Guerre.Read more

Avec MetalValue et Manoir, Pîtres devient capitale de l’acier (FR)

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D’ici 2018, la fonderie centenaire Manoir industries va accueillir sur son site de Pîtres (Eure) MetalValue Powder, qui transformera l’acier liquide en poudre pour des pièces de haute qualité. La fonderie Manoir industries fabrique des matériaux spéciaux, comme ces tubes de quelques centimètres de diamètre et de trois, quatre ou six mètres de long destinés aux fours de la pétrochimie (vapocraquage et vapoformage), qui sont soumis à des températures de 900 à 1 500 °C avec une pression de 30 bars.

« Dans ces conditions extrêmes, l’acier standard ne tiendrait pas », explique Benjamin Fournier, jeune directeur général adjoint de Manoirs industries, la fonderie des matériaux spéciaux à Pîtres, dans l’Eure. « Dans les années 70, Manoir a mis au point des matériaux spécifiques, Read more

Ecotitanium : un site inédit en Europe (FR)

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Ecotitanium, entreprise de recyclage de titane dont est co-actionnaire Aubert-et-Duval, a bénéficié, mardi, d’un prêt de 20 millions d’euros, afin de poursuivre son développement. L’usine Ecotitanium est en cours de mise en service. Il y a deux ans, Manuel Valls, alors Premier ministre, visitait les installations d’Eramet (dont Aubert-et-Duval est une filiale) à Saint-Georges-de-Mons. Désormais, le groupe compte, dans ce même secteur, une entreprise unique en son Read more

JFE Steel to produce high-tech powder for car parts in China (US)

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Japanese producer eyes growth, offers steel know-how in deal with local giant

TOKYO — JFE Steel will partner with China’s largest steelmaker to manufacture and sell steel powder used to create car parts, hoping to boost the Japanese company’s competitiveness in the Chinese automobile market. The JFE Holdings unit is the first Japanese steelmaker to bring know-how on production of high-value-added iron powder to China.  The Japanese company recently formed a 50-50 venture with Read more

Self-driving cars that do not crash could reduce the need for steel products (US)

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TOKYO — Constant technological innovation is shaking up traditional markets and forcing established manufacturers to adapt or die. Two big names caught in such turbulence are Japan’s Kobe Steel and Hitachi Metals, whose growth engines are at risk of becoming outdated.  Kobe Steel will close the blast furnace at its Kobe Works in Hyogo Prefecture in October, leaving the company with only two blast furnaces — at its Kakogawa Works, also in Hyogo. Blast furnaces make iron by burning iron ore and coal. Kobe Steel Chairman and President Hiroya Kawasaki has been gazing into the crystal ball, and what he sees does not bode well for his mainline business. In 10 years, for example, the emergence of self-driving cars that do not crash could change the industry landscape by reducing the need for steel products. After all, if cars do not crash, softer, lighter materials would suffice where steel was once needed.

“I’m not sure if iron made at blast furnaces will still be used 100 years from now,”

Hiroya  Kawasaki –  Kobe Steel Chairman and President

The executive has been busy sowing the seeds of growth in the nonferrous sector, such as aluminum and titanium Read more

AMRC Casting’s large titanium casting facility seeks to improve fly-to-buy ratio and displace forging (US)

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The furnace has three interchangeable crucibles with the capacity for melting 250kg, 500kg and 1000kg of metal, which give it the versatility to produce components with a finished weight ranging upwards from 60kg. A molten mass in excess of 1000kg is required to make a 500kg titanium casting and only a handful of furnaces exist globally that are capable of casting near net shape aerospace components of this size.

A castings facility capable of producing some of the biggest titanium aerospace components in the world is now operational at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). Construction of the furnace for the AMRC Castings Group was completed last year and in the past few weeks the first tests or ‘hot commissioning’ as it is known, have been completed successfully. The furnace has three interchangeable crucibles Read more

Dillinger Hütte Lost €80 million in 2016 (German)

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Das Stahlunternehmen will angesichts schwieriger Marktbedingungen 400 der rund 5100 Stellen abbauen.

Die Dillinger Hütte hat trotz guter Auslastung im vergangenen Jahr vor Zinsen und Steuern einen Verlust von 80 Millionen Euro eingefahren. Das gab Vorstandssprecher Fred Metzken gestern bekannt. 2015 hatte in der Bilanz noch ein kleines Plus von zehn Millionen Euro gestanden. Das Unternehmen konnte 2016 zwar den Absatz derRead more

Algérie – Le gisement de fer de Gara-Djebilet soumis à l’étude du chinois Sinosteel (FR)

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La Société nationale de fer et de l’acier (Feraal) et l’entreprise chinoise Sinosteel equipment & engineering ont signé lundi à Alger un protocole d’accord de réalisation des études de préfaisabilité et de faisabilité des investissements de développement du gisement de fer de Gara-Djebilet (Tindouf).

Le document a été paraphé par le directeur général de Feraal, Ahmed Benabbas, et celui de Sinosteel, Wang Jian, en présence du ministre de l’Industrie et des mines, Abdessalem Bouchouareb, et de l’ambassadeur de Chine à Alger, Yang Guangyu. Déjà présente à Bellara (Jijel) et à Oran, Sinosteel est une entreprise étatique chinoise fondée en Read more

Aerospace may have something to teach medtech about materials (US)

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QuesTek Innovations has used advanced computer modeling to produce innovative materials in the aerospace sector. Now it’s looking to recreate the same magic in the medical device space.

Medical device developers typically turn to off-the-shelf materials and then design based on the properties of the materials. But does it have to be this way? What if it was possible to simply design and then choose and validate Read more

L’Observatoire de la métallurgie publie une analyse prospective sur le domaine de l’élaboration et la transformation des métaux (FR)

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Le secteur de la métallurgie connait des mutations technologiques. Ses besoins en compétences vont donc évoluer. L’Observatoire de la métallurgie publie une analyse prospective sur le domaine de l’élaboration et la transformation des métaux. Des recrutements seront nécessaires à tous les niveaux de qualification et dans de nombreuses spécialités telles que le traitement de surface et la fonderie.

Tous secteurs confondus, 17 métiers sont d’ores et déjà considérés « en tension », à l’exemple de la production et la maintenance. Seulement 335 jeunes diplômés entrent sur le marché du travail chaque année dans les domaines de Read more

Brown Europe inaugure une nouvelle unité de production pour 9 millions d’euros (FR)

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La nouvelle unité de la filiale du groupe français Eramet, Brown Europe, a été inaugurée, le 17 mars, par Denis Hugelmann, président d’Aubert et Duval Groupe Eramet et Patrice Echalier, directeur général de Brown Europe. L’usine de 4 000 mètres carrés basée à Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze) sur une emprise de cinq hectares carrés a été mise en service fin 2015 avec dix créations d’emplois. La nouvelle infrastructure a nécessité un investissement de 9 millions d’euros.

Depuis 1985, à Laval-de-Cère, l’entreprise Brown Europe transforme des métaux (aciers alliés et inoxydables, superalliages)  pour les secteurs de l’aéronautique, de l’automobile de compétition, du médical et du nucléaire, qui les utilisent pour des applications nécessitant desRead more

China New J-20 Stealth Fighter Shows Chinese Progress in High Performance Alloys (US)

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“For instance, we are able to develop the two most important components in an advanced engine — the single crystal superalloy turbine blades and powder metallurgy superalloy turbine disks — but in mass production, the products’ quality is not very satisfactory,” he said. “The road to success is filled with setbacks and failures. Each of the world’s engine powers has walked this road.”

China’s answer to the American F-22 Raptor has purportedly entered operational service with the Chinese Air Force.

 The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has reportedly inducted an unknown number of Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter aircraft, according to the military channel of China Central Television (CCTV) on March 9. The March 9 CCTV video footage showed a number of J-20 fighter jets flying alongside H-6K long-range bombers, a derivative of the Soviet-era Tupolov Tu-16 twin-engine jet strategic bomber, and Read more