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

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

Cogne Acciai Speciali to hire 30 high skilled workers in 2017 (Italian)

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«Oggi buona volontà e disponibilità, peraltro essenziali, non bastano più: sono necessarie competenze logiche, conoscenze informatiche, attitudine al problem solving e flessibilità». Per correggere il tiro in un mondo del lavoro profondamente cambiato e dove la realtà regionale Read 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