Algeria’s Richest Man To Build Steel Plant In Brazil (US)

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The Brazil-Arab news agency has reported that Cevital Group, the industrial conglomerate wholly owned by Algeria’s richest man, Issad Rebrab, is looking to build a steel plant in Marabá, Pará, Brazil. Rebrab made this known during a meeting with Brazilian president Michel Temer in Brasilia on Tuesday. “We have decided to build a steel complex with an initial capacity for 300,500 tons of steel,” Rebrab said to Read more

Maghreb Steel ambitionne de se positionner sur le marché de l’automobile

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Maghreb Steel redonne du souffle à sa trésorerie et se prépare à l’un de ses premiers gros investissements depuis le lancement du plan de redressement. Ce sera sur un segment d’avenir: l’automobile

Une année et demie après le démarrage de son plan de transformation, Maghreb Steel revient un peu plus vite que prévu dans les radars de la compétitivité. L’entreprise tient  le bon bout cette fois-ci. L’unique producteur d’acier plat au Maroc devrait boucler 2016 avec un Ebitda (Résultat comptable hors amortissements, provisions, impôts et taxes) largement dans le vert, attendu à quelque 200 millions de DH. DeRead more

Apple new iPhone to use forging process for stainless steel frame (US)

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The next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminum back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time.

Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to adopt a stainless steel forging process for its new chassis frame instead of traditional CNC machining. Component orders are expected to be shared between Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and US-basedRead more

UK new titanium forging process to cut metal cost (US)

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A process to make titanium from rutile sand promises to cut the cost of the lightweight metal and cement the UK’s position in the aerospace supply chain

A consortium including the Advanced Forming Research Centre at Strathclyde University is investigating a method that could reduce the price of titanium for aerospace components to less than a third of the current cost. Producing the metal from a readily-available mineral, Read more

German Steel Castings Foundry GROSSMAN under Bankruptcy (German)

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Das gesamte Inventar der traditionsreichen Walder Stahlgießerei Grossmann wurde jetzt von einem Düsseldorfer Unternehmen bei einer Auktion zum Verkauf angeboten. Viele Teile wechselten den Besitzer. (Credit Photo @ Martin Kempne)

Solingen. Die insolvente Walder Stahlgießerei bietet Glühöfen, Kräne und unter anderem Maschinen im Internet an. Von Uwe Vetter

Für das Härteprüfgerät gibt es drei Interessenten. Das höchste Gebot liegt bei 300 Euro – und wird bei der Auktion zu diesem Preis wohl auch weggehen. Für eine Werkbank mit Doppelschleifbock wurden 60 Euro geboten, aber auch Maschinen und Anlagen zu deutlich Read more

German Steel Castings Foundry STAHLGUSS to close in 2017 (German)

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Die Stahlgießerei in St- Ingbert-Rohrbach soll zum 31. August nächsten Jahres geschlossen werden – Credit Photo @picture-alliance/ dpa/dpawe)

Saarstahl schließt Stahlguss Saar

Die Saarstahl-Gruppe macht ihre Tochter Stahlguss Saar dicht. Das Werk in St. Ingbert solle Ende August 2017 schließen, teilte das Unternehmen mit. Grund seien fehlende Aufträge und die billige Konkurrenz aus Asien. Die Beschäftigten hatten die Botschaft bereits vergangene Woche auf einer Betriebsversammlung erfahren. Die 78 Mitarbeiter können demnach zu Saarstahl oder zur Dillinger Hütte Read more

Italian Steel industry Profits dropped by 95 % (US)

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IMPORTS OF STEEL IN ITALY  period from January to May 2016. In thousands of tons, and var. % On the same period of 2015. (Source: Federacciai; Platts  (Credit Photo @ ilsole24ore)

The negative cycle of the Italian steel industry continues amid falling revenues, with earnings dropping on average by 95%.  One year after celebrating, after years of losses, the return to profitability (€150 million in 2014), the Italian steel sector has come to a halt, according to Read more

Sidenor to invest €35 M in 2017 after 5 years Agreement with Unions (Spanish)

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BILBAO – El grupo siderúrgico vasco Sidenor ha dado un paso notable para asegurar su futuro al cerrar un preacuerdo de convenio colectivo con la gran mayoría sindical de la empresa que permitirá, según la dirección, “recuperar la competitividad perdida”, y favorecer las nuevas inversiones que el equipo liderado por José Antonio Jainaga tiene previsto efectuar, en especial en la joya de la corona, la planta vizcaina deRead more

BGH Edelstahl invests in a new wire facility (German)

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Geschäftsführer Udo Bialke vor der noch im Aufbau befindlichen Drahtvorbehandlungsanlage. Im ersten Quartal des kommenden Jahres soll der Probebetrieb starten. Für die neue Technik wurde extra eine 2500 Quadratmeter große Halle gebaut. (Credit Photo @ Jens Uhlig)

Demnächst nimmt das Lugauer Unternehmen eine moderne Drahtvorbehandlungsanlage in Betrieb. Das ist nicht die einzige Maßnahme, mit der die Firma fit für die Zukunft gemacht wird.

 30.12.2016 – Lugau. Im Lugauer Unternehmen BGH Edelstahl soll im ersten Quartal 2017 eine neue Drahtvorbehandlungsanlage in den Probebetrieb gehen. Geschäftsführer Udo Bialke spricht von einer Investition im zweistelligen Millionenbereich. Sie sei notwendig geworden, weil der Reparaturaufwand der alten Anlage nicht ohne eine mehrmonatige Stillstandszeit realisierbar wäre. Da diese Anlage fürRead more

NASA gives $500,000 to Pittsburgh’s superalloy 718 Powder R&D project (US)

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PITTSBURGH (December 12, 2016) … Additive manufacturing (AM) researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and simulation software company ANSYS, Inc. are among 13 university-led proposals to capture an Early Stage Innovations (ESI) grant from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program. ESI grants promote innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs of America’s spaceRead more

Moteurs d’avion: résistance record pour un nouvel alliage (Fr)

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Propriété et microstructure de l’alliage Ti-Al48-W2-B0,08 densifié par SPS. (a) courbe de fluage à 700°C et 300 MPa qui montre une durée de vie de 4 000 heures. La vitesse minimale de fluage qui correspond à la pente de la courbe est de 3,7 10-9 s-1. (b) microstructure de l’alliage observée par microscopie électronique à balayage. On remarque la présence de liserés en périphérie des grains lamellaires (Credit Photo @ CEMES)

L’alliage développé par des métallurgistes du CEMES permet la réalisation de pièces complexes de moteurs d’avion offrant une résistance inégalée aux hautes températures. Une équipe du Centre d’élaboration de matériaux et d’études structurales, le CEMES (Toulouse), vient de prendre une sérieuse option dans la définition de la prochaine génération de procédés permettant de réaliser des pièces complexes et résistantes à des températures élevées pour Read more

New Chinese 6,400 Tons Open Die forging Press for Western Superconducting Technologies Co. Ltd (US)

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Western Superconducting Technologies Co. Ltd., a titanium alloy and high-tech materials manufacturer in China’s Shaanxi Province, ordered a high-speed open-die forging press from SMS Group, to process titanium alloys and other materials to form superconducting magnets for aerospace applications. Established in 2003 in the city of Xian, Read more

Japan’s steelmakers target Middle East, North Africa (US)

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JFE Steel has invested in Egypt’s Kandil Steel with the intention of boosting exports to the company. (Credit Photo @ Nikkei)

TOKYO — Faced with slumping exports and rising protectionism, Japan’s major steelmakers have set their sights on the Middle East and North Africa. The undeveloped markets in these regions have potential to increase their demand but they also have a choice — high quality Japanese products or cheap Chinese alternatives. For the Japanese Read more

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH and TSINGSHAN to form Joint Venture in China (US)

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  • Joint Venture for stainless long steel in China
  • Focus on production of drawn bright bars
  • Addressing market segments with excellent growth potential

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, and TSINGSHAN GROUP (“TSINGSHAN”), a world leader in stainless steel, today announced the formation of a Joint Venture (“JV”) in China. The JV company is 60 percent owned by SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH and 40 percent by TSINGSHAN and will operate under the name Shanghai Xinzhen Precision Bar Co. Ltd. out of Shanghai (China).

By creating the JV, SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH and TSINGSHAN share the common ambition of further growth in the Chinese stainless long steel market. The combination of SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH’s technical know-how with TSINGSHAN’s strong market position in China creates a world-class supplier of special bright bars that is able toRead more

Russian Scientists Study Materials for Future Fusion Reactors (US)

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MEPhI researchers intend to deal with this problem with the help of nanotechnologies. Ferrite-martensite steels on the basis of Fe-Cr alloys and oxide dispersion-strengthened steels are regarded as the most promising materials for future energy installations.

Scientists from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI have clarified how changing the nanostructure of materials for future energy fusion reactors influences their plasticity, heat resistance, and other important properties. Developing new fast-neutron reactors and an efficient fusion reactor is one of the most promising nuclear power engineering projects. The former will make it possible to close the nuclear fuel cycle and make the nuclear power industry more environment-friendly. The latter will enable the creation of a fundamentally new method Read more

Iron and Steel Industry Continues to Dominate the Global Refractory Materials Market (US)

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global refractory materials market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 4% during the forecast period. Global refractory materials market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 4% during the period 2016-2020. Based on application, the report categorizes the global refractory materials market into the Read more

Gabon : le budget de l’Ecole des mines et de la métallurgie de Moanda est fixé à 1 milliards de FCFA pour 2017 (Fr)

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L’information a été révélée à l’occasion du Conseil d’administration de cet établissement spécialisé tenu il y a quelques jours. Cette séance de travail, qui avait pour but de fixer son budget de fonctionnement pour l’année à venir, a également été l’occasion de faire le bilan à mi-parcours de la première rentrée académique de cet établissement qui a eu lieu au mois de septembre dernier. Selon le Président du Conseil Read more

High Entropy Alloys : the next generation radiation tolerant structural alloys (US)

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Images from an electron microscope show the radiation-induced cavities created in pure nickel as compared to the newly tested alloys. (a) Cross-sectional TEM images of nickel, NiCo, NiFe and NiCoFeCr irradiated with 1.5 MeV Ni+ ions to 3 × 1015 cm−2 at 773 K, scale bars in the zoomed images are 50 nm. (b) Cross-sectional TEM images of nickel, NiFe, NiCoFe and NiCoFeCrMn irradiated with 3 MeV Ni+ ions to 5 × 1016 cm−2 at 773 K. The ions enter the specimen from the top of the images. (Credit Photo @ Wang Group/University of Michigan)

Radiation undermines metallic structures. When a radiation particle collides with metal, atoms are knocked from the material’s crystal structures. The displaced atom is reabsorbed elsewhere. The phenomenon encourages swelling, as well as the formation of cavities. Expelled atoms leave behind empty spaces that can coalesce and create structural vulnerabilities. Until now, materials scientists have worked to build in microstructures that organize cavities in way that limits their ability to undermine the metal’s structuralRead more

Big River Steel Commissions First US Steel Making Mill in 5 Years (US)

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OSCEOLA, Ark., Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Big River Steel, the world’s first Flex Mill™, has begun operations in its melt shop and hot mill. These are the third and fourth areas of the mill to be commissioned following the batch anneal facility and temper mill. The first hot rolled coil was purchased by Zekelman Industries and will be sent to Atlas Tube, one of the company’s structural tube mills in Blytheville, Arkansas. Zekelman Industries purchased the coil for $100,000 with the entire amount jointly contributed by Big River and Zekelman Read more

ThyssenKrupp secrets stolen in ‘massive’ cyber attack (US)

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Technical trade secrets were stolen from the steel production and manufacturing plant design divisions of ThyssenKrupp AG (TKAG.DE) in cyber attacks earlier this year, the German company said on Thursday. ThyssenKrupp, one of the world’s largest steel makers, said it had been targeted by attackers located in southeast Asia engaged in what it said were “organized, highly professional hacker activities”. In breaches discovered by the company’s internal security team in April and traced back to February, hackers stole project data from ThyssenKrupp’s plant engineering division and from other areas yet to be determined. “ThyssenKrupp has become the target of a massiveRead more

Outstanding Metallurgist Easo George named 15th Governor’s Chair at ORNL (US)

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Easo George becomes the 15th Governor’s Chair (Credit Photo@Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 13, 2016 – Easo George, one of the world’s foremost authorities on advanced alloy development and theory, has been named the 15thGovernor’s Chair at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee. George comes from the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany where he has been Professor of Materials Design and Director of the Center for Interface Dominated High Performance Materials since November 2014. Prior to that he had a nearly three decades long Read more

Ames Laboratory Awarded $5 Million to Improve Metal Powders for Advanced Manufacturing (US)

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Iver Anderson, senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and adjunct professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Iowa State University

Newswise — Ames Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) to improve the production and composition of metal alloy powders used in additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has reached a widespread measure of success in manufacturing processes using polymers, or plastics. But the use of metal alloys for additive manufacturing has lagged due to lack of both materials andRead more

MHI replaces Alloy 600 nickel material with high chrome content Alloy 690 nickel material at the Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden (US)

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) said Tuesday it had completed replacement work on a pressurized water reactor (PWR) pressurizer nozzle spool piece for Unit 3 at the Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden. The work completed involved over 100 engineers working in shifts day and night for 45 days, said MHI in a statement. The work at the Unit-3 reactor has improved reliability by replacing the nozzle welds with an alloy of higher corrosion resistance. The project was MHI’s first large-scale on-site replacement work for nuclear powerRead more

Haynes International, Inc. announces the development of HAYNES® 233™ alloy (US)

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KOKOMO, Ind., Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAYN), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of technologically advanced high performance alloys, is pleased to announce the development of HAYNES® 233™ alloy.  This alloy is expected to have excellent oxidation resistance coupled with superior creep strength at temperatures up to 2100°F (or higher) – a combination of properties never before achieved in a readily fabricated alloy.  The alloy achieves its exceptional oxidation resistanceRead more

Dongbei Special Steel faces $10 bln debt claim at first creditor meeting (US)

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Dec 1 State-owned Dongbei Special Steel Group Co held its first creditor meeting on Thursday as part of a bankruptcy restructuring process aimed at recovering a reported $10 billion in debt, official news agency Xinhua said. Dongbei has been at the heart of troubles in China’s debt market this year, defaulting on nine separate bonds since March even as Beijing has vowed to crack down on “zombie” firms with perennial losses and too much debt. Owned by the Liaoning provincial government in the country’s “rustbelt” northeast, the group formallyRead more

Constellium presents its portfolio of innovative aluminium solutions at ALUMINIUM 2016 (US)

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Amsterdam, November 29, 2016 – Constellium N.V. (NYSE and Euronext: CSTM) will exhibit its latest portfolio of advanced innovative aluminium solutions for the aerospace, automotive and packaging industries at ALUMINIUM 2016 World Trade Fair and Conference. Constellium will also offer a new virtual reality experience allowing visitors to explore its aluminium automotive products through VR-glasses. Visitors will enter a virtual vehicle and experience 3D first-hand Constellium’s broad range of products for the automotive industry.

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