SIDENOR to modernize its bar mill in Basauri (US)

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The Spanish company SIDENOR ACEROS ESPECIALES, S.L. has placed an order with SMS group for the modernization of its bar mill in Basauri. The goals of the modernization are to achieve a more effective rolling process and an improvement in material properties. The SMS group scope of supply includes all the mechanical, thermal and electrical components, the automation system and complete erection and commissioning, which is scheduled for September 2017. The existing reversing three-high stand in today’s semi-continuous mill will be Read more

Forgemasters improves performance to tune of £6m (US)

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Sheffield Forgemasters has improved its performance by more than £6m just 12 months after reporting pre-tax losses exceeding a million more. Year-end figures for 2016 show the engineering specialist recorded a 0.9 million GBP pre-tax loss compared to a £7.6m pre-tax loss in 2015. Aspects of the business plan are cited for the company’s change in fortunes include site-wide efficiency measures through continued investment and an aggressive drive towards new markets. Tony Pedder, chairman at Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, said: “TheRead more

Doosan Heavy installs 17,000-ton steel forging press (US)

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Export-Import Bank of Korea CEO Choi Jong-ku (fourth from the left), Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Vice Chairman Jung Ji-taek (fifth from the left) and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction President Kim Myeong-wu (sixth from the left) are posing for a photo at an event celebrating the installation of 17,000 ton forging press in Doosan’s Changwon plant on Friday. [Photo provided by Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co.]

  • Company steps up efforts to develop supersized forged products by installing world’s largest forging press
  • Forging plant expanded by 34% leading to greater production capacity

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction held a ceremony to celebrate the installation of a new 17,000-ton forging press – the world’s largest to date – at the forging plant of its manufacturing complex in Changwon, South Gyeongsang province in South Korea. The forging plant is where steel ingot made up of molten metal gets heated up to be forged into certain shapes with a large-scale press.  The new 17,000-ton forging press is 29 meters tall and 9 meters wide, and it can forge steel ingot with the strength equivalent to 240,000 men pressing onRead more

Book Review: Aluminum-Lithium Alloys (US)

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Written by three Russian metallurgists, with a trove of experience in Al-Li alloy development and processing spanning many decades, Aluminum-Lithium Alloys (part of the Advances in Metallic Alloys series edited by D.G. Eskin) provides the theoretical foundations for melting, casting, forming, heat treatment, and welding of Al-Li alloys, so critical in the design of lightweight, high performance structural elements used primarily in civilian and military aircraft and aerospace in general. The book reviews the work done on Al-Li alloys since the 1960s until today, showing how the development of older Al-Mg-Li and Al-Cu-Li alloys has improved in terms of mechanical properties through selective changes in alloying and processing. The book was written for an audience of engineers and scientists involved in the Read more

India Govt approves New Steel Policy, local products get priority (US)

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New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) A new policy that aims to achieve steel making capacity of 300 million tonnes by 2030 with an additional investment of Rs 10 lakh crore got the Cabinet green light today. The Cabinet also approved a policy for use of domestic steel products in government organisations. “The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the National Steel Policy (NSP) 2017,” the steel ministry said in a statement. “The Cabinet… has approved the policy for providing preference to domestically manufactured iron and steel products on government procurement,” the ministry said in another statement. The policy makes it mandatory to give preference to domestically manufactured iron and steel products (DMI&SP) in government procurement. The policy is Read more

Arconic installs Stretcher technology to produce aerospace grade plates (US)

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Arconic completed the installation of its new manufacturing technology — the Very Thick Plate Stretcher. Located at the company’s facility in Davenport, Iowa, the stretcher improves the performance of thick aluminum and aluminum-lithium plate in aerospace and industrial applications. The stretching process reduces stress introduced into the plate as part of the manufacturing process, resulting in a part that is more easily machined and processed by customers.

Arconic officials on Tuesday announced the company has completed the installation of its new manufacturing technology, the Very Thick Plate Stretcher, at its Davenport facility. The Stretcher produces highly-differentiated aerospace and industrial plate. The investment in the Read more

How does the Stretcher work ? (US)

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Sheet metal forming processes are widely used to manufacture industrial components. They are typically employed to produce parts for aeronautic and automotive industries. The final shapes have to respond to multiple criteria, such as weight, stiffness, dimensions, Read more

Stratégie gagnante pour Industeel Belgium (FR)

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La nouvelle coulée continue de l’usine Industeel Belgium à Charleroi a permis à l’entreprise de prendre quelque 20.000 tonnes de commandes supplémentaires en 2016, a indiqué mercredi dans un communiqué Luc Libersens, directeur d’Industeel Belgium.

En 2015, Industeel Belgique a décidé de moderniser sa coulée continue. Cet investissement de 18 millions d’euros devrait s’achever fin de cette année.  Il permet à l’usine carolo, qui fait partie du groupe ArcelorMittal, d’augmenter le volume de production (20 000 tonnes de Read more

ERAMET group: Sales up sharply in first-quarter 2017 (US)

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  • ERAMET group: Sales up sharply in first-quarter 2017
  • Sales in first-quarter 2017 at €854 million, up sharply (+28%) compared with first-quarter 2016.
  • Nickel prices and manganese ore prices in first-quarter 2017 came out at substantially higher levels compared with their levels in early 2016, +21% and +180% respectively.
  • ERAMET Nickel first-quarter 2017 sales were up by 32% compared with the same period in 2016. ERAMET Manganese sales were up by 41% and ERAMET Alloys sales were up by 12%.
  • Completion of asset disposals program through the closing on 3 April 2017 of the sale of Eurotungstene to Umicore.
  • Group markets globally remain on a positive trend for 2017, without, however, being able to extrapolate the level of growth of the first quarter

 

Sales1
(€ million)
Q1 2017 Q1 2016 Change
ERAMET Nickel 156 118 32%
ERAMET Alloys 280 250 12%
ERAMET Manganese 418 297 41%
Holding company & eliminations
ERAMET Group 854 666 28%

1 Adjusted data from Group reporting in which the joint ventures are accounted for under the proportional consolidation method.

At comparable scope of activity (particularly restated for disposals completed at end-2016), the change in first-quarter Group sales will be estimated at +37% compared with first-quarter 2016).

 

ERAMET Nickel: sales up 32% in first-quarter 2017 compared with first-quarter 2016.

Global stainless steel production, the main outlet for nickel, was up sharply (+10%) over the first three months of 2017 compared with the Read more

Braidy Industries Inc. to Invest $1.3 billion to Build Auto Body Sheet and Aerospace Plate Aluminum Rolling Mill in the United States (US)

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The mill will open with capacity of 370,000 tons per annum, producing series 5000, 6000, and 7000 aluminum sheet and plate products. Braidy is also exploring new scientific nano-crystaline technical advances capable of improving molten metal-based manufacturing.

Wurtland, KY – April 26, 2017 — The transformation in material sciences and advanced manufacturing was evidenced today during a joint announcement by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Craig Bouchard, Chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries, Inc. (“Braidy”).  The Governor and Mr. Bouchard announced that Braidy, in partnership with the State of Kentucky and the Ashland Alliance, will construct the Read more

APERAM : ” We want to become the standard for innovative Stainless and Specialty Steels”

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Aperam is a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel, with customers in over 40 countries. In 2016, Aperam had sales of USD 4.3 billion and steel shipments of 1.92 million tonnes.

Luxembourg April 21, 2017 – Aperam, a leading global producer of stainless and specialty steel, today publishes its ‘made for life’ report, which constitutes Aperam’s sustainability performance report for 2016. Built on stakeholder inclusiveness and materiality, this report follows the GRI 4 sustainability guidelines. It has been reviewed by an external audit firm to confirm its compliance with the GRI protocol, including the reporting of material sustainability performance data such as safety results (LTIFR and Severity rates), CO2 intensity, energy intensity and air emissions.

“We want to become the standard for innovative Stainless and Specialty Steels. To achieve this, we remain committed to listening to our customers and stakeholders in order to innovate the industry’s best solutions.”

Timoteo Di Maulo, CEO of Aperam, commented.

“I am very proud of all of our accomplishments – since our creation in 2011 – as part of journey to reach sustainable excellence and I trust weRead more

Lucchini RS Acquiers Tool Steel Distributor Euras (Italian)

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Luucchini Rs rafforza il suo posizionamento nel settore degli acciai per utensili, integrandosi a valle nel settore delle vendita e della distribuzione e si avvia a chiudere il 2016 con un risultato netto positivo, che conferma le ottime Read more

North Rhine-Westphalia Minister Visits Friedr. Lohmann GmbH (German)

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Nach Ministerpräsidentin Kraft (SPD) hat nun auch ihre Stellvertreterin Witten besucht. Am Freitag besichtigte Schulministerin Sylvia Löhrmann aber keine Uni oder Schule – sondern einen Stahlhersteller. Eine Grüne in der Read more

President Donald Trump ordered to investigate whether steel imports harm the defense of the United States (US)

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President Donald Trump hands United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard the pen he used to sign an executive memorandum on investigation of steel imports. (Credit Photo @ Susan Walsh, Associated Press)

“Steel is critical to both our economy and our military,”

Donald Trump, USA President

“Arcelor-Mittal USA is a proud supplier of American-made steel for defense applications, from nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers to missiles and tanks.”

John Brett, president and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump today ordered the Commerce Department to investigate whether steel imports harm the defense of the United States, moving the ongoing complaints from the steel industry to a new plane — one that could lead to new sanctions and trade actions between this country and its steelmaking Read more

Euskalforging breaks a world record supplying a 10.000mm and 80t input weight ring for the world’s most powerful and quiet hammer (US)

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Euskalforging, a world leading manufacturer of seamless rolled rings, with  turning, drilling and gear cutting capabilities and three manufacturing plants in the North of Spain, has successfully supplied in a record time all the seamless rolled rings involved in the manufacturing of the Blue 25M hammer from Fistuca. All the rings were DNV-GL inspected and approved. The hammer will be able to drive the largest offshore wind monopiles in the industry. With manufacturing roots dating back to the early 1970s, euskalforging first entered into the field of renewables

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SiC fibers see increasing use in high-temperature applications (US)

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GE replaces nickel alloys with SiC fiber-based composites for jetliner engine parts, SiC fibers weigh one-third that of nickel-based superalloys.

TOKYO — Silicon carbide (SiC) fibers are emerging as an alternative to traditional, nickel-based superalloys for components requiring high heat resistance, such as aircraft engine parts. Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) made with SiC fibers are twice as strong and 20% more heat resistant than the alloys despite being two-thirds lighter. General Electric has already adopted SiC fiber-based CMCs for its new-generation jetliner engines in order to improve fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, the compact new Airbus A320neo, which went into service last year, owes itsRead more

COBLENCE & ASSOCIES conseille LEBRONZE ALLOYS dans son ouverture de capital à 3 investisseurs (FR)

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Le groupe Lebronze alloys (anciennement Le Bronze Industriel et ses filiales) accueille à son capital trois partenaires investisseurs reconnus dans l’accompagnement des ETI à fort potentiel : Société Générale Capital Partenaires (SGCP), BNP Paribas Développement et Bpifrance. Cette opération a pour objectif d’accompagner la Read more

Michelin et Aubert & Duval soutiennent la politique de réserve militaire (FR)

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Aubert & Duval, filiale de la branche alliages du groupe FRAMET, était représentée par Christian Levivier, son directeur des ressources humaines. « Ce n’est pas un fait nouveau pour Aubert et Duval de participer à l’effort de défense en facilitant le départ de nos collègues qui se mettent à disposition de nos armées. Cette convention est la prolongation de l’engagement citoyen que nous avons toujours soutenu. Par exemple, ici aux Ancizes, où nous avons une usine qui fabrique des aciers sophistiqués, nous pratiquons actuellement un investissement important qui permettra de fabriquer les avions Rafales. »

La manufacture Michelin et Aubert & Duval ont signé une convention dans le cadre d’un soutien à la politique de réserve militaire. La situation sécuritaire depuis janvier 2015, imposant le renforcement dans la durée des missionsRead more

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Accelerate Materials Discovery (US)

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Artificial intelligence is helping to accelerate the identification of promising new materials, said Dario Gil, vice president of science and solutions at IBM Research, at the EmTech Digital conference in San Francisco on Monday. Machine learning software on a laptop can extract the critical information from scientific papers in seconds, enabling the creation of vast knowledge graphs across wide bodies of research in weeks rather than decades, Gil said. It means scientists can apply algorithms and simulations to extract insights from a far Read more

Toyota invests $35M in Artificial Intelligence (AI) , materials science research (US)

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March 30, 2017 – Palo Alto, Calif., March 30, 2017 — The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will collaborate with research entities, universities and companies on materials science research, investing approximately $35 million over the next four years in research that uses artificial intelligence to help accelerate the design and discovery of advanced materials.  Initially, the program will aim to help revolutionize materials Read more

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Helps to see the microstructure of Alloys (US)

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Ayman Salem, founder of Materials Resources LLC, holds examples of metals carefully crafted with 3-D printing processes in his lab. His patents can help clients better understand the “micro-structures” of metals. (Credit Photo @THOMAS GNAU)

Ayman Salem, founder of Materials Resources LLC, sees atoms. Not literally, of course. But he and his company have two granted patents and one patent pending in the areas of artificial intelligence and manufacturing. His technology, including a scanning electron microscope, uses artificial intelligence — also called “AI” — and “machine learning” to find the “internal structural features” in metal alloys, features thatRead more

Artificial Intelligence (AI) : First “Smart” Steel Mill Opening In Arkansas (US)

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NEW YORK — Noodle.ai, a California enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) company, said it has provided technology to Big River Steel LLC, calling it the “world’s first smart steel production facility.” The new Big River mill in Osceola, Ark., is equipped with AI systems to optimize maintenance planning, line scheduling, logistics operations and environmental protection, Noodle.ai said in a March 20 press release. BigRead more

Norsk Titanium to Deliver the World’s First FAA-Approved, 3D-Printed, Structural Titanium Components to Boeing (US)

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Oslo, Norway – April 10, 2017 – Norsk Titanium AS, the world’s pioneering supplier of additive-manufactured, structural titanium components today announced it has received a production purchase order for 3D-printed structural titanium components from Boeing (NYSE: BA) that are being produced by Norsk’s proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) process. “We are proud to take this Read more

Arconic C.E.O. Ousted After Sending Unauthorized Letter to Hedge Fund (US)

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Arconic said he had been replaced as chairman and chief executive, an abrupt departure following heavy pressure from activist investor Elliott Management. Arconic said Mr Kleinfeld’s exit came after he sent an unauthorised letter to Elliott that Arconic’s board of directors said showed poor judgment. The company said Mr Kleinfeld stepping down was by mutual agreement.

As chief executive of Alcoa, Klaus Kleinfeld oversaw an effort to split the company in two. Last year, he won board approval to spin off what was supposed to be a fast-growing subsidiary, Arconic, and became the new company’s C.E.O. Yet just months later, Mr. Kleinfeld is out at Arconic, after mounting pressure from the big hedge fund Elliott Management and a letter he sent in response without his board’s Read more

Dual-phase nanostructuring makes high-strength magnesium alloy (US)

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Fabricating materials with strengths that approach theoretically predicted values is no easy task, and most techniques to make stronger materials rely on controlling defects so that dislocations can no longer move as freely. Industrial single-phase nanocrystalline alloys and single-phase metallic glasses, for example, can be very strong, but they usually soften at relatively low strains of less than 2%. A team ofRead more

Kobe Steel acquires Swedish isostatic press manufacturer Quintus Technologies (US)

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TOKYO (April 13, 2017) — Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that it acquired Swedish company Quintus Technologies AB, the world leader in isostatic presses, from private shareholders led by U.S. private equity firm Milestone Partners on April 5. The purchase price was US$115 million (about 13 billion yen). Quintus is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobe Steel. Isostatic presses (IP) apply high pressure from allRead more

VDM METALS to Invest €21 M in a new Bright Annealing Line in Werdohl (German)

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50 meters high, 73 meters long and 14 meters wide is to be the hall that VDM wants to erect in order to accommodate a new bright annealing line. The figure shows the planned building from direction Vorthbrücke. (Credit Photo© Stoppacher Engineering company)

Werdohl – The Group VDM Metals plans to invest approximately 21 million euros in Werdohl. “This project is extremely important for Werdohl. It is a clear sign that you are planning with this location at least for the next 20 years, “explained graduate engineer Hansjörg Rau, authorized officer and head of operations at VDM’s Unna location. Rau presented the large-scale project – planned for the construction of aRead more

Voestalpine plans to invest €30 M in its Swedish subsidiary Uddeholms AB (US)

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On  2 March 2017 |Today Prime Minister Stefan Löfven visited voestalpine company Uddeholms AB at its headquarters in Hagfors, in southern Sweden. Uddeholms AB, part of the Special Steel Division of the voestalpine Group, is specialized in the production of tool steels used in the automotive, mechanical engineering, consumer goods and packaging industries. During his visit to Hagfors, Prime Minister Read more

Constellium boosts recycling capabilities with new furnace at its Muscle Shoals facility (US)

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AMSTERDAM, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Constellium N.V. (NYSE and Euronext Paris: CSTM) today announced that it has installed a new recycling furnace at its Muscle Shoals, Ala. facility in an effort to expand recycling capabilities in North America. The now fully operational furnace is expected to increase the total recycling output by 170 million pounds, or about 5.2 billion additional used beverageRead more

Shandong Iraeta to receive world’s biggest ring rolling machine from SMS group (US)

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Shandong Iraeta Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (SIHI), China, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a newly developed ring rolling machine for the production of seamlessly rolled rings. With this radial-axial ring rolling machine, SMS group is entering entirely new dimensions. The “RAW 2500/1250-16000/3000” allows rings with a diameter of up to 16 meters to be seamlessly rolled for the first time. The maximum rollable ring height is three meters. From the end of the 2017, SIHI will be the only company worldwide to be able to roll Read more