Electric cars prompt consultants CRU to explore cobalt sulphate (US)

LONDON (Reuters) – Metals consultancy CRU Group wants to create a price mechanism for cobalt sulphate, in response to increasing demand for the compound used in making rechargeable batteries that power electric cars. Prices for cobalt sulphate are often based on those for refined metal published by Metal Bulletin. The London Metal Exchange’s cobalt contract is also for refined metal. But demand for cobalt sulphate is expected to outpaceContinue reading

Hindalco eyes Aleris Corp. to tap growing aluminium demand (US)

Aluminium major Hindalco through its US-based subsidiary Novelis is weighing a bid to acquire Cleveland, Ohio-based Aleris Corporation from its private equity owners.

Aluminium major Hindalco, through its US-based subsidiary Novelis, is weighing a bid to acquire Cleveland, Ohio-based Aleris Corporation from its private equity owners, reports the Economic Times. Other players gained entry into the race after the exclusive talk between China Zhongwang Holdings and Aleris Corp hit a roadblock due to heightened US national security concerns. The Chinese company extended talk with Aleris twice but failed to Continue reading

Arconic Names Former GE Executive Chip Blankenship as CEO (US)

Aerospace parts specialist Arconic Inc. named former General Electric Co. executive Chip Blankenship as its new chief executive, seeking to bring an end to a year of management turmoil that included a bitter fight with an activist investor and the sudden resignation of its former chief. Blankenship, 51, brings 20 years of aerospace experience to Arconic, having worked across GE’s aviation businesses, including aero engines, industrial gas turbines andContinue reading

New-York Governor Visits Norsk Titanium Plant (US)

Norsk Titanium is the only company that manufactures FAA-approved structural titanium components for the aerospace industry using a patented rapid plasma 3D printing technique.  Based in Norway, its global manufacturing facility is located in Plattsburgh.  On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the plant and officiallydedicated the facility. New York State and SUNY Polytechnic invested $125 million to bring the company toContinue reading

Welding trials of new Aubert & Duval nickel alloy, AD730® (US)


Aubert & Duval designed the new nickel alloy AD730® in response to the need for metals that can function at high temperatures in fields such as aerospace, energy, and the automotive industry.

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The need to enhance the efficiency of aero engines has been the driving force for the development of new materials that combine high tensile strength, resistance to fatigue and creep with the capability to operate in the 700°C/750°C (1292°F/1382°F) temperature range. In the same way, new power generation concepts, aiming at higher

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FAA prepares guidance for wave of 3D-printed aerospace parts (US)

Brian O’Connor, vice president of production operations for Lockheed Martin Space Systems, explaining how the company wants to use new manufacturing techniques including 3D printing and robotics to halve the time needed to build a satellite. (Credit  photo@SpaceNews)

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is drafting a comprehensive plan for grappling with the aerospace industry’s rapid adoption of additive manufacturing. “Three to four years ago, none of my peers believed we would see additive manufacturing of safety-critical parts,” Michael Gorelik, Federal AviationAdministration chief scientific and technical adviser for fatigue and damage tolerance, said Oct. 19 at the Additive Aerospace conferenceContinue reading

Indian Steelmaker SAIL supplies defence grade steel plates for anti-submarine warship INS Kiltan (US)

Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has supplied defence grade ‘DMR 249A’ steel plates for the indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette INS – Kiltan which was commissioned on  October 16 into Indian Navy, a BSP press release informed. It is the third of the four indigenously built AWS stealth corvettes under project 28 (Kamorta class) to join Indian Navy after sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt, it informed. SAIL’s integrated functioning across all its Plants has again successfully supplied the required quantity of steel for this significant project. SAIL has also supplied 80 per cent steel required for construction of the Sardar SarovarContinue reading

European Union aviation safety agency recommends companies suspend purchases of Kobe Steel products (US)

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) advised manufacturers in a statement Wednesday to suspend their use of Kobe Steel (KBSTY) products after the Japanese firm admitted to falsifying data.  The regulator recommended that aircraft makers find alternative suppliers and conduct a “thorough review of their supply chain.” It’s the first such advisory to be issued by a major regulator since Kobe Steel came clean last week over faking strength andContinue reading

VW moves to secure cobalt supplies in shift to electric cars (US)

LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is moving to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a vital component of rechargeable batteries, as the group accelerates its ambitious shift to electric cars. Cobalt industry sources told Reuters that VW, the world’s largest automaker, has asked producers to submit proposals on supplying Continue reading

Specitubes : une usine propre pour les superalliages en nickel (FR)

Des tubes de précision, en inox et nickel, en superalliage de nickel (inconel), et en titane. La société Specitubes, leader européen de l’usinage haut de gamme, est un maillon essentiel de l’industrie aéronautique. 

L’Américain Leggett&Platt possède 138 usines dans le monde. L’une de ses filiales, l’entreprise française Specitubes a pu investir 12 millions d’euros pour sa transformation. L’usine, qui se trouve à Samer, dans la région de Boulogne sur Continue reading