Gestamp’s New Hot Stamping Plant Inaugurates in India (US)

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Serial production of the new plant will begin by May 2017

Construction of the new Gestamp facility has been completed which will begin serial production by May 201

With an investment of Rs 260 crore, Gestamp has set up its first hot stamping plant in Pune which would supply parts to FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Ford and Tata Motors. An investment of approximately Rs 260 crore has been done and the company claims to reduce the overall weight of a vehicle by 30 percent using this method. Gestamp has over 70 hot stamping lines globally and the 1,200-tonne hot stamping press incorporates automatic Read more

Eramet Revives Indonesia Nickel Project with Tsingshan Partnership (US)

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On 23 February 2017, the ERAMET Board approved the terms of the Memorandum Of Understanding signed with the Chinese steel producer group Tsingshan, the leading world steel producer. The Memorandum Of Understanding establishes the conditions for a partnership to develop this asset. The partnership would entail producing a nickel ferroalloy from Weda Bay ore in Indonesia based on a pyrometallurgical process, for a nameplate capacity of 30,000 tonnes of nickel per year. This partnership would be reflected by the entry of Tsingshan group in Strand Minerals Pte Ltd. ERAMET would hold 43% of the shares and Tsingshan group 57%.

France’s Eramet (ERMT.PA) announced a preliminary agreement with Chinese steelmaker Tsingshan Group to revive a nickel mining project in Indonesia that Eramet had frozen during a downturn in nickel markets. According to a memorandum of understanding signed by the two groups, Tsingshan would become the controlling partner by acquiring 57 percent of Strand Minerals Pte Ltd., the entity currently wholly owned by Eramet and which in turnRead more

Sidenor Considering Selling Reinosa forging Facility (US)

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Sidenor asegura que negocia ya la venta de la gran forja de Reinosa

La dirección de la compañía se reunió ayer con el comité de empresa e informó de que hay varios interesados, entre ellos fábricas del sector y fondos de inversión. No es una novedad, pero ayer quedó fijado como la estrategia definitiva de Sidenor para la fábrica de Reinosa: se está negociando ya con varios grupos interesados la venta de la Read more

Steelmaker Voestalpine Establishes Trump-Monitoring Taskforce (US)

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Voestalpine’s total exports to the United States are about 300 million euros a year. It also sends about a third of the sponge iron it produces in Texas back to Austria as raw material for its high-end steel products.

FRANKFURT, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine has set up a “Taskforce USA” to monitor the effects of President Donald Trump’s decisions on its business, which includes a new $1 billion sponge-iron plant in Texas. The plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, is the largest investment in the United States by an Austrian company. Voestalpine picked the United States mainly for its access to cheap energy. The team consists of eight members Read more

India Steel minister asks industry to meet entire domestic demand for high-grade auto steel (US)

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The Indian market has huge potential for auto-shredding. As per reports, there are more than 700,000 cars and over 400,000 trucks and buses which have reached end-of-life stage. By 2025, around 2.8 million cars and 1.2 million trucks and buses will reach their end-of-life stage.

Speaking at the ‘Make In Steel’ conference in New Delhi today, Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said the government is working on a comprehensive strategy to generate steel demand in the country.

He called upon steel manufacturers to work towards meeting the entire domestic demand for high-grade automotive steel, electrical steel and special steels from domestic production. These products constitute a major portion of the steel imports in India, he said. The steel industry has one of the highest economic linkages in overall GDP. Steel hasRead more

Christel Bories to succeed Patrick Buffet as Eramet CEO (US)

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ERAMET’s Board of Directors appointed Mrs Christel Bories Deputy CEO on February 23rd, 2017. She will then be proposed as the successor to Mr Patrick Buffet as ERAMET’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at the conclusion of the General Meeting on May 23rd, 2017. (Credit Photo @ Les Echos)

Patrick Buffet has led ERAMET for more than 10 years, successively going through a strong development phase then, more recently, the very serious crisis in the raw materials sector. Starting 2017, as 2016 results demonstrate the Group’s recovery , the Board of Directors decided to open a new chapter in the Group’s development with Christel Bories’ appointment. Her mission is to start a new growth cycle for ERAMET. Christelle Bories has a recognised on the ground experience in industryRead more

Tata workers vote for pension cut to rescue steel-making in Britain (US)

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Tata staff have voted in favour of changes to their pension scheme that will mean less generous retirement payouts but guarantee jobs and secure investment in the UK steel-making business. Unions balloted members working at Tata over proposals that would move them from a final-salary scheme to a defined-contribution system. In return, the company pledged no compulsory redundancies, £1bn of investment over 10 years, and a commitment to keepRead more

Kobe Steel has begun to produce steel by hot-stamping Process (US)

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Quest for lighter vehicles behind move

TOKYO – Kobe Steel has begun to produce steel used in a process called hot-stamping in response to growing demand from automakers for lighter and stronger components. The Japanese steelmaker hopes that the steel will offer carmakers an alternative to high-tensile steel, aluminum and carbon fiber when they seek to save weight in their vehicles. Kobe Steel has started making hot-stamping steel at its works inRead more

Arconic a livré un million d’aubes de turbine à Safran Helicopter Engines (Fr)

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Arconic vient de fournir sa millionième aube de turbine à Safran Helicopter Engines depuis son site de Dives-sur-Mer (Normandie, France). Les aubes de turbine en superalliage d’Arconic sont montées sur différents turbomoteurs de Safran Helicopter Engines, parmi lesquels figurent les moteurs de nouvelle génération Arrano et Ardiden, ainsi que l’Arriel, vendu à plus de 11 000 exemplaires à ce jour. L’usine Arconic de Dives-sur-Mer st spécialisée dans la fonderie de précision. Elle produit des aubes et des segments de turbines eRead more

Lisi announces disposal of Precimetal Fonderie De Precision (US)

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Further to its press release of July 6, 2016, LISI AEROSPACE today announces that it has completed the disposal of PRECIMETAL FONDERIE DE PRECISION to the CICLAD Capital Investment Fund, alongside the management of PRECIMETAL. With the acquisition of PRECIMETAL, CICLAD is continuing its strategy of growing its portfolio of industrial assets, especially in the aerospace market. LISI Read more

Manoir Pîtres is now the first French foundry that has been granted all existing nuclear certifications (US)

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MANOIR INDUSTRIES: NUCLEAR ASME III CERTIFICATION – FEBRUARY 2017

Following the RCCM and HAF604 certifications, the organisation and the quality system of Manoir Pîtres’ plant has been successfully awarded Section III (Material Organisation) by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This certification defines the rules for equipment construction that is subject to the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code in nuclear plants worldwide. This success is recognitionRead more

EPMA looks to map Powder Metallurgy R&D activities across Europe (US)

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The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA), with assistance from its PM RADNET (Academic Network) working group, has reported that it has embarked on a Europe-wide mapping exercise of Powder Metallurgy research and development centres. The EPMA PM R&D Centres Mapping Project is aimed at highlighting the number of R&D centres in Europe that are working on various PM related Read more

Le Creusot future capitale de la «Métallurgie des Poudres» (Fr)

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Creusot : naissance d’« Excalibure », nouveau pôle d’excellence en métallurgie. Une association d’entreprises et d’organismes publics a été créée ce lundi 20 février au Creusot dans le domaine de la métallurgie des poudres, une spécialité qui va permettre de forger des pièces avec plus de précision et de qualité. Déjà 8 entreprises de plusieurs régions françaises ont intégré le cluster, dont Areva, Arcelor Mittal, Solcera (une entreprise de céramique) ou encore Lisi Aérospace qui travaille dans l’aérospatiale. Elles travailleront avec des organismes publics comme l’Université de Bourgogne, le Pôle de l’Industrie Nucléaire en Bourgogne, l’agence de développement Ecosphère.

C’est fait ! Ce lundi 20 Février à 14h52 a officiellement été créée l’association Excalibure qui portera l’avènement de la métallurgie des poudres dans le berceau de la révolution industrielle. Un clin d’œil à l’histoire, autant qu’une projection dans l’avenir.

C’était en décembre 1785. Avec une première coulée de fonte au coke en Europe continentale, Le Creusot était devenu le berceau de la révolution industrielle. Depuis plus de deux siècles, la production métallurgique a toujours été le fruit de coulée de métal en fusion, ce qui aRead more

Steel & Alloy Processing Ltd, to invest £27 million in a new facility (US)

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The first stage of a major new £27m manufacturing facility got under way in Oldbury with a ceremony to mark the start of construction.

Representatives from Sandwell Council and Steel & Alloy Processing Limited were joined by colleagues working on the Popes Lane project to launch the construction phase. Previously owned by Sandwell Council, the Popes Lane site has been brought forward by leading Midlands commercial developer, Trebor Developments to create a scheme specifically designed for Steel & Alloy’s operations as a key Read more

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos relies on Nuclear Reactor to Explore Mars (US)

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Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, inspects New Shepard’s West Texas launch facility before the rocket’s maiden voyage. (Photo courtesy of Blue Origin)

It’s become increasingly clear that Jeffrey P. Bezos, who in the last several months has been talking much more openly about his once secretive space company, has some really big ambitions in space. As Blue Origin moves toward its goal of having “millions of people living and working in space,” the company has launched and landed the sameRead more

Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientists are Working on Advanced Materials For Nuclear Reactors to Explore Mars (US)

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A key objective of the affordable strategy is that the nuclear components can be fabricated to the exacting tolerances demanded by the designers. This includes not only the physical dimensions, but also density and crystalline phase of the alloys. The materials’ characteristics determine thermal and mechanical performance of the core, which in turn affects its nuclear performance. After several joint efforts, an exact replica of the kiloPower core was fabricated at Y-12 with depleted uranium (Credit Photo @ LANL)

For the past five decades – from the Apollo-era lunar science experiments to the Mars Curiosity and the New Horizons missions – Pu-238 Radioisotope Thermal Generators (RTG) have served as a power source. While some of the NASA’s forays will continue to rely on these RTGs, others will require larger power sources to enable human Read more

AWI ready for growth as demand for ‘stainless’ increases in 2017 (US)

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Natalie Baker, sales executive at AWI, said: “Stainless Steel is very special to us. “We produce an extensive range of grades (from St/St 302 to Duplex stainless steel) and our expansive stock levels mean we can provide it in any quantity from 1/4kg to 50kg in just two weeks.

ONE of the world’s leading manufacturers of round, flat, shaped and profile wire is reporting a major increase in demand for high quality European or DFARS compliant stainless steel. Alloy Wire International (AWI) has seen new orders come in from clients in aerospace, nuclear, marine, petrochemical and spring makers, with many citing theRead more

MMK celebrates 85 years of steelmaking (US)

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Russian steelmaker OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works today celebrates the 85th anniversary of the launch of its Magnitogorsk mill.

On 1 February 1932 the mill’s first blast-furnace produced its first batch of pig iron and the date has come to be celebrated as marking the launch of MMK – one of Russia’s and the world’s largest metal facilities. Over the past 85 years, MMK has mined more than 430Mt of ore, produced more than 700Mt of sinter, 614Mt of pig iron, 791Mt ofRead more

Greenpeace Links Beijing’s Air Pollution Surge to Steel Factories (US)

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Steam and smoke rising from a pile of waste coal near a steel factory in Inner Mongolia. The greatest increases in steel capacity were in the provinces of Shanxi and Hebei, near Beijing. (Credit Photo @ Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Despite promises to cut steel overcapacity, China actually brought more steel production online last year, resulting in a surge in air pollution in northern China, especially around Beijing, according to a report released this week by Greenpeace East Asia. The growth in operating capacity was more than twice the total steel making capacity of Britain, the report said. The increase in steel production, which is powered by the burning of coal, also means that levels of greenhouse gas emissions from that sector almost certainly grew last year, compared withRead more

Acciaierie Di Verona to Invest €100 million in the next five years (Italian)

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Il Gruppo Pittini, leader per la produzione da forno elettrico di acciai lunghi, ha annunciato oggi un piano di investimenti da 100 milioni di euro sul sito di Verona (l’ex Riva, ora Acciaierie di Verona), stabilimento operante fin dagli inizi del secolo scorso, costituito da un’acciaieria, due laminatoi e un reparto di lavorazioni a freddo. Il piano prevede un impatto sull’economia del territorio con 600 persone di indotto e Read more

Areva investit 22 millions d’euros pour remplacer le laminoir à chaud de son usine de Rugles (FR)

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Eric Prudhon, nouveau directeur de l’usine Areva de Rugles depuis novembre 2016

Après les craintes de 2015, les dernières nouvelles sont rassurantes pour le site d’Areva à Rugles qui voit son activité confortée. Détails avec Eric Prudhon, le directeur

Le nuage d’inquiétudes qui flottait au dessus l’usine Areva à Rugles semble s’être dissipé. Comme vous avez pu le lire dans notre édition du mercredi 1er février, trois bonnes nouvelles ont été dévoilées lors de la cérémonie de remises de médailles du travail. Des embauches, uneRead more

A quoi ressemblera l’acier demain ?

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(Le futur toit en métal photovoltaïque – ( Credit Photo @ Eric Destiné – RTBF)

Aujourd’hui un enjeu majeur pour les entreprises sidérurgiques, c’est développer des aciers à haute valeur ajoutée plus résistant, plus léger, avec un coût sous contrôle mais aussi des aciers dits “intelligents” ou “connectés”. Créer ce métal de demain, c’est notamment la mission du CRM Group à Liège. Un groupe de recherche qui développe ces technologies pour le compte de ses partenaires industriels comme, par Read more

Taiyuan Steel Cracks the secret of Special Steel Manufacturing for the Ball-Point Pen (US)

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As the world’s biggest ball-point pen maker, China’s more than 3,000 pen manufacturers have been producing more than 40 billion pens annually, according to the Shanxi province-based steelmaker. Taiyuan Steel, one of the country’s largest stainless-steel makers, said after close to 100 experiments, it had made “major breakthroughs” on seven technical challenges. They include the steel’s performance stability, corrosion resistance and “free-cutting” property that allows it to be machined easily. Among other challenges are coming up with the right process for blending different metals in the alloy and harmless treatment of impurities. Taiyuan Steel said its product was subject to 1,000 tests in a laboratory of a major domestic pen producer, and a pen made of the material was demonstrated to be able to write for 800 metres at different angles without a break. On photo A worker checks newly produced steel components for pen tips at Taiyuan Steel. (Credit Photo: Xinhua)

Shanxi-based Taiyuan Iron & SteelCo Ltd, or Tisco, one of China’s major stainless steel producers, has independently developed the special steel needed to make the feedstock for ballpoint pens tips. It is hoped this will replace the annual import of 1,000 metric tons of special steelRead more

Universal Stainless Expands Dunkrik Facility (US)

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DUNKIRK — A leading U.S. manufacturer of semi-finished and finished specialty steel products, Dunkirk Specialty Steel LLC, has invested millions of dollars in its Dunkirk facility since 2002. In 2016, the company invested over $2 million in new equipment installation and upgrades to increase steel production at its Dunkirk facility. The investment created the opportunity for more full-time jobs and retained all current full-time positions. Christopher Zimmer, executive vice president and chief commercial officer stated, “The installation of newRead more

Terni Special Steels ended th year with net profit of €15 million (Italian)

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Hiesinger: “Abbiamo ottenuto il migliore utile dall’inizio dell’attuazione della Strategic WayForward” (Credit Photo @stahlseite)

TERNI -Un utile netto di 15 milioni di euro, rispetto ai 54 di perdita dell’anno precedente. C’è anche l’Acciai speciali Terni a dare il suo contributo al buon andamento del primo trimestre del nuovo anno fiscale 2016-2017 della Thyssenkrupp. Il quadro emerge dal reportRead more

Doncaster steel castings company set to close after 36 years (US)

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Falling oil prices in 2014 and 2015 led to reduced orders from Noel Village’s largest customers and a drop in turnover from £10.9m in 2014 to £4.3m in 2016. – Left to right, Richard Edwards, Managing Director Noel Village; Paul Gower, Finance Yorkshire; David Fletcher, Chairman of Noel Village; Anthony Village, Executive Director Noel Village

A Doncaster steel company has ceased trading after more than 35 years with the loss of 30 jobs.

Noel Village Foundry, of Balby, was placed in administration on December 15 and the decision to cease trading was taken four days later. Efforts to find a buyer for the business, which has supplied steel castings to the oil and gas industry since 1980, had proved unsuccessful. Joint Administrator Howard Smith said: “A lackRead more

Ellwood Texas Forge Houston wins multi-year contract to produce Titanium forgings for GE Aviation (US)

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Ellwood Texas Forge Houston (ETFH) wins additional “rotating” parts supply for GE Aviation’s new Leap engine. This significantly expands ETFH’s scope of supply on this new expanding program, adding to the existing Nickel based forgings ETFH had previously contracted with GE.

Deliveries of the new parts will begin in Q3 2017, and run through December of 2020, concurrent with the initial parts won. The scope of work includes; Forging, Heat Treatment, Machining, CMM Inspection, Destructive, and Non-Destructive Testing. Richard Allender, President of the Ellwood Closed Die Group, stated ”GE’s willingness to place additional Leap business with ETFH is a testament to GE’s Read more

North Star BlueScope Steel Mill Gains Insight, Makes Better Decisions Through Business Intelligence (US)

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When you think of a steel mill, crucibles of glowing molten metal, giant molds and rollers probably come to mind, not complex financial analysis. But like every other industry nowadays, steel mills – especially ones that specialize in scrap metal recycling – have to keep reviewing their material and production costs and the ever-changing demand for their products, so that they can perform efficiently in a competitive global market. That was the case for North Star BlueScope Steel in Delta, Ohio, which produces hot-rolled steel coils, mostly for the automotive and construction industries. Founded in 1997, the company is the largest scrap steel recycler in Ohio, processing nearly 1.5 Read more