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

ArcelorMittal engineer helps steel mills see problems, solutions (US)

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ArcelorMittal Global R&D Senior Research Engineer Liwei Zhang at work at the steel company’s research facility in East Chicago

A researcher at ArcelorMittal Global R&D in East Chicago has helped the company develop a machine vision system and deploy it in the steelmaking process. Machine vision is where robot cameras are used to automatically inspect quality on the assembly line to ensure the finished product meets all the customer’s specifications. Senior Research Engineer Liwei Zhang, who joined ArcelorMittal in 2006, initiated the machine vision project, and has led it from start to finish. She provides technical support to major vendors installing the Read more

BAE, Babcock and Rolls-Royce, come to aid of Sheffield Forgemasters (US)

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BAE Systems, Babcock International and Rolls-Royce Holdings have extended a multimillion pound support package for Sheffield Forgemasters, Britain’s oldest steel-maker. Sky News has learnt that the trio of UK industrial giants agreed in recent weeks to continue to underwrite bank loans to the company for at least another 12 months. The commitment comes a year after the guarantee was put in place amid concerns about the financial health of Sheffield Forgemasters, which has a vital role in the supply chain for the Trident nuclear submarine programme. A source close to one of the FTSE 100 companies said the Ministry of Defence had requested the extension to the Read more

Industeel Invests €5.2 million for Descaling Process (US)

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Industeel will launch an investment of 5.2 million euros for the improvement of its descaling equipment. The investment consists of the replacement of the pumping station, high pressure pipes and primary and secondary descaling ramps. The secondary descaling will thusRead more

Sail contributed in the success of Isro satellite launch by supplying special steel (US)

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There’s a little bit of SAIL behind launch of a record 104 satellites in a single rocket by ISRO from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. In line with once popular baseline of Steel Authority of India (SAIL) that “There’s a little bit of SAIL in everybody’s life”, the state-owned PSU has Read more

Création d’une chaire sur la métallurgie numérique à MinesParisTech (FR)

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Dotée d’un budget de 1,23 million d’euros sur 4 ans et pilotée par le Centre de mise en forme des matériaux- MINES ParisTech, la Chaire DIGIMU vise à développer un cadre numérique permettant de modéliser la matière et les modifications de ses propriétés lors des opérations de mise en forme, pour développer, à terme, une « métallurgie numérique » adaptée aux entreprises innovantes. La Chaire DIGIMU regroupe 8 partenaires, dont 6 industriels du secteur de la métallurgie : ArcelorMittal, Areva,  Ascometal, Aubert & Duval, le CEA et Safran. C’est l’une des 5 Chaires industrielles issues de « l’appel à projet » ANR 2016. (Credit Photo @ Mines ParisTech)

La Chaire DIGIMU en bref : 
  • Durée : 4 ans (2016-2020)
  • Budget : 1,23 million d’euros
  • Financement : 50% par l’ANR, 50% par les partenaires industriels
  • 6 partenaires industriels : ArcelorMittal, Areva, Ascometal, Aubert & Duval, le CEA, Safran.
  • 1 partenaire technologique : Transvalor, éditeur du logiciel DIGIMUâ
  • 1 directeur et titulaire de Chaire : Marc Bernacki, enseignant-chercheur, Centre de mise en forme des matériaux (CEMEF-MINES ParisTech).
  • Equipe : 5 thèses, 2 postdocs, 3 stages

MINES ParisTech, première école en France par son volume de recherche contractuelle et l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) annoncent le lancement de la Chaire 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 ».Read more

Special Steel Inspired by Bone is More Resistant to Cracking (US)

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Load cycling of metal components leads to fatigue and ultimately failure through the propagation of cracks. Koyama et al. took inspiration from bone to develop a steel with a laminated substructure that arrests cracks. The resulting hierarchical material has much better fatigue resistance properties than other iron alloys. The strategy need not be limited to steel; other metal alloys should also benefit from this type of microstructural engineering.

Getting close to the bone is sometimes exactly the right strategy. Mimicking the crack-resistant properties of bone has delivered two new types of steel, which could improve safety in construction and transport applications. Steel is ubiquitous: we use it in everything from cars and aircraft to power plants and bridges. It’s affordable and its alloys can be easily tailored for specific applications. But it is also vulnerable Read more

Digital Alloys Raises $5M for Innovative Metal 3D Printer (US)

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The CEO adds that Digital Alloys’ 3D printer has three particular advantages so, “customers will be able to print parts at 5-10% the cost of competing systems.” The advantages are, “a much lower machine cost, more than 10x increase in print speeds and the use of commodity input materials (wire).” (Credit Photo @ NVLabs metal research)

There’s a new 3D printing company in town, but it’ll feel familiar to those who follow the Boston-area 3D printing sector. New Valence Robotics, which goes by NVBots, has spun out the metal-making 3D printer technology it was developing into a new company called Digital Alloys. The new firm was formed in January, and today it announced it has raised a $5 million Series A funding round led byRead more

TimkenSteel will invest $9M in Eaton facility (US)

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EATON, OHIO — A steel corporation plans to reinvest in its Preble County factory later this year, with hopes that the efforts will add 12-14 new jobs at the facility. TimkenSteel, 401 Industrial Drive, recently announced plans to put $9 million into the Eaton facility, allowing it to increase capacity and accommodate operations that previously had been outsourced. “This is really a good way for us to continue to give back to the Eaton and Preble County communities,” plant manager Jeremy Linder said Wednesday. “We really pride ourselves on what we do here, and I think this is Read more

TiZir : Ambition of Becoming One of the Biggest Mineral Sand Entities In The World (US)

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TiZir, a Mineral Deposits Limited and Eramet joint venture, the mine’s efficiencies, capacities and – ultimately – its prospective profitability have all been improved upon to affirm the site’s realistic ambitions of becoming one of the biggest mineral sand entities in the world. (Credit Photo @ Africa Outlook)

Grande Côte Operation’s ramp-up phase has benefited from a blend of experience, operational excellence and national backing, with its steward, TiZir now targeting long-term profitability and even more long-term benefits for Senegal 

For the best part of three years, the Grande Côte Operation project in Senegal has veered ever-closer to a potential laid out more than 60 years previously. In the hands of TiZir, a Mineral Deposits Limited and Eramet joint venture, the mine’s efficiencies, capacities and – ultimately – its prospective profitability have all been improved upon to affirm the site’s realistic ambitions of becoming one of the biggest mineral sand entities in the world. Located 50 kilometres from Dakar, and stretching for more than 100 kilometres along Senegal’s west coast, the ongoing production of zircon, rutile, leucoxene and ilmenite continues to be supported strongly by the country’s governing bodies, and equally essential to the country’s overall economic growth vision. In regards to TiZir’s influence on achieving this, however, you Read more

Pratt & Whitney to invest in a New Isothermal Forging Press (US)

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  •  Investment to expand engine maintenance capability for revolutionary PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines, which are transforming aviation
  •  Advanced manufacturing equipment upgrades and new infrastructure to be added
  • More than 500 new employees to be hired
  • Robust training program with Columbus Technical College established for employees

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), announced today that it will invest approximately $386 million in its Columbus, Georgia, facility to increase the production of parts and maintenance services and to reduce costs for new and existing engine programs. The investments will go toward the purchase of automated machinery and equipment upgrades and construction of two newRead more

New Forging/Ring Rolling Line For Titanium Alloys At VSMPO-AVISMA (US)

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RAW 400/200 DM radial-axial ring rolling machine for rolling rings made of superalloys, titanium and aluminium alloys as well as stainless steel. (Credit Photo @ SMS)

VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation from Yekaterinburg (Russia) has granted SMS group the final acceptance certificate (FAC) for the supplied ring rolling plant. The new plant produces jet engine rings made of titanium alloys. With the new ring rolling plant, consisting of a PL 8000-V3 ring blank press, RAW 400/200-3500/800 DM radial-axial ring rolling machine and two RKP 500 and RKP 1350 ring expanders, the Russian company is extending its product portfolio for the aerospace industry, at the same time increasing its Read more

Keystone XL pipeline won’t buy US steel, despite Trump’s order (US)

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Keystone builder TransCanada will be allowed to skirt an executive order calling for US steel to be used in new pipelines, repairs, or retrofits. Does the move herald a broader evolution for Trump’s ‘America First’ stance?

From the start of President Trump’s election campaign, two aspects of his political identity – the businessman and the populist – have dueled for dominance. At least in the case of the Keystone XL pipeline, the businessman appears to be winning out. Speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One on Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the pipeline,

“The value of a pipeline is that we have a pipeline that can be used. Which steel it is made from is an entirely subsidiary question,  and if American steel is best to use then use that, if not American is better then use that instead. What we want is the pipeline that can be used at the least overall cost ”

Tim Worstall, Senior fellow at the Adam Smith Institute.

which has been in the works for a decade, will be exempt from an executive order Mr. Trump signed in January requiring new pipelines, repairs, or retrofits to use US steel “to the maximum extent possible.” The justification for that decision: The pipeline is already under Read more

Rosswag Receives Award for Hybrid Combination of Forging and 3D Printing to Reduce Weight and Enable The Construction of Complex Structures (German)

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Rosswag GmbH takes advantage of the benefits of forging and 3D printing in order to enable the efficient and low-cost manufacture of solid components with complex inward structures such as this metal turbine wheel
(German)

Die Firma “Rosswag GmbH” aus dem Pfinztal erhielt in der vergangenen Woche den Deutschen Rohstoffeffizienz-Preis 2016. Das Unternehmen aus Pfinztal bei Karlsruhe stellt geschmiedete und additiv gefertigte Bauteile aus Stahl und anderen Metallen her.

Beworben hatte sich Rosswag mit der Optimierung eines Fertigungsprozesses, der das Schmieden massiver Bauteile mit dem Metall-3D-Druck (Selektives Laserschmelzen, SLM) verbindet. Für die “hybriden” Schmiede-SLM-Bauteile ist Metallpulver aus bestimmten Legierungen für den additiven Aufbau notwendig. Im Schmiedebereich Edelstahl Rosswag wiederum fallen jährlich mehrere TonnenRead more

South Africa in Talks with Airbus, Boeing to Print 3D Titanium Parts (US)

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South African researchers developing the world’s largest machine for producing aircraft parts using lasers to melt powdered titanium are in talks with Airbus and Boeing, with the first commercial application expected in 2019. Officially launched in 2011 and backed by government, the Aeroswift research project last year produced itsRead more

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

Sterling Bay completes deal for massive Finkl Steel site (US)

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Real estate developer Sterling Bay has wrapped up its long-expected purchase of the former A. Finkl & Sons steel property, taking a major step toward what could be one of the largest North Side real estate developments in generations. Chicago-based Sterling Bay and its investment partner in the deal, Dallas-based private equity firmRead 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