Carbon2chem: German’s Project to Convert Steel Mill Gases into Chemicals (US)

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Johanna Wanka, German Minister of Education and Research, announced funding of more than 60 million euros for the Carbon2Chem

 Germany’s Minister of Education and Research has announced to fund Carbon2Chem with more than 60 million Euros. The aim of this unique project, intiated by steel and engineering behemoth Thyssen Krupp is to convert process gases from steel production – including the CO2 they contain – into base chemicals. The greenhouse gas CO2 would then no longer be discharged into the atmosphere. The energy required for the Read more

Erasteel Champagnole ouvre ses portes au public à l’occasion de son 100ème anniversaire (Fr)

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La machine à forger de l’entreprise Erasteel.

La société Erasteel Champagnole, filiale du groupe ERAMET, descendante directe des activités des Aciéries de Champagnole, fête cette année ses 100 ans d’existence. À cette occasion, l’entreprise ouvre ses portes au grand public.

Depuis le XVIème siècle, les Maîtres de forges de Franche-Comté ont formé des forgerons aux métiers du métal. C’est d’ailleurs ce qui a déterminé le choix de Paul Faber en 1916, d’implanter dans le Jura, au cœur de la Franche-Comté, les Aciéries de Champagnole. Le fondateur des Aciéries de Champagnole, se trouvant être également l’administrateur-directeur de l’entreprise voisine, Mécano, celle-ci allait tout naturellement se procurer les aciers spéciaux aux Aciéries de Champagnole. Un siècle plus tard, la société Erasteel Champagnole est devenue filiale du Read more

HY-100 steel grade gives America’s Seawolf-Class Submarines strategic advantage (US)

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The Seawolf submarines were designed with HY-100 steel alloy hulls two inches thick, the better to withstand the pressures of deep diving. HY-100 steel is roughly 20 percent stronger than the HY-80 used in the Los Angeles class. As a result, the submarines are capable of diving to depths of up to two thousand feet, and crush depth estimates run from 2,400 to 3,000 feet.

The Seawolf-class submarines were envisioned as the best submarines ever built. Designed to succeed the Los Angeles–class attack submarines and maintain America’s edge in the underwater domain, the class suffered from cost overruns and the collapse of the Soviet Union. While still some of the best submarines ever built, they were builtRead more

Maroc: Maghreb Steel cherche un partenaire à l’international

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Maghreb Steel, l’aciérie de la famille Sekkat, sort du rouge ! En tant que société anonyme, elle vient de publier ses résultats semestriels 2016 qui montrent un dynamisme de son activité avec un équilibre d’exploitation. Après moins d’une année de redressement, les volumes de ses ventes au premier semestre 2016 ont augmenté de 37 % par rapport à fin 2015, passant de 143 000 à 196 000 tonnes d’acier vendues. Son EBITDA, résultat comptable hors charges Read more

MKAD inaugurated by Aubert & Duval and Mecachrome (US)

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On Friday, October 14th, 2016 in Varilhes, Ariège, France, Aubert & Duval and Mecachrome inaugurated their joint venture MKAD in the presence of customers, partners and colleagues.

Key dates

  • June 15th, 2015: joint venture, MKAD, created by Mecachrome and Aubert & Duval
  • January 4th, 2016: start of construction work on building
  • June 2016: start of machining activity, first trimmings
  • February 2017: start of finishing activities
  • June 2017: surface treatment chain comes on stream

Extending ERAMET group’s subsidiary Aubert & Duval’s current titanium channel, MKAD has machining and surface treatment resources. On a single site, it integrates all end-of-flow operations through to shipment of finished parts. With MKAD, Mecachrome and Aubert & Duval are completing the business combination of Aubert & Duval, UKTMP, UKAD and EcoTitanium to form a fully integrated channel for Read more

Sheffield Forgemasters hopes to be at birth of £71 billion of tidal power industry (US)

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Sheffield manufacturers are in pole position at the “birth of a new industry” – worth an estimated £71bn. Forgemasters hosted a summit to discover how tidal power stations could be built around the UK.

It was attended by 14 firms including locals DavyMarkham and Tata Steel and was chaired by former energy minister Charles Hendry, tasked by Government to investigate the potential. There are no tidal power stations in the UK, but it could have a big future as a limitless source of renewable energy supplying a sizeable chunk of the nation’s energy needs. But for it to have any impact the projects will have to beRead more

Mexico’s AHMSA to build new $680 million facility to produce 400,000T/year of special steels (US)

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El presidente del consejo de AHMSA, Alonso Ancira Elizondo, informó que la ampliación de los aranceles que autorizó el Gobierno Federal para proteger la industria nacional, permitirá mejorar la economía con la generación de nuevos empleos.

Monclova, Coahuila.- La empresa Altos Hornos de México invertirá en los próximos 18 meses cerca de 680 millones de dólares paraRead more

European Commission eliminates the option to impose anti-dumping sanctions on Tiongang International (US)

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In a preliminary ruling made by the European Commission earlier this month, anti-dumping duties will be imposed on imports of hot-rolled steel from China for six months, with the exclusion of tool steel and high-speed steel products.

The Chinese government will continue to support domestic companies to positively respond to anti-dumping investigations overseas and defend themselves, Shen Danyang, the Ministry of Commerce spokesman, said at a regular press conference on Tuesday. The European  Commission (EC) called for an anti-dumping probe into steel products such as hot-rolled flats at the beginning of this year, according to aRead more

Constellium invests €180 million in a new aluminium sheet finishing line in Neuf-Brisach, France (US)

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Amsterdam, October 18, 2016 – Constellium N.V. (NYSE and Euronext: CSTM) announced today the official opening of a new state-of-the-art finishing line at its plant in Neuf-Brisach, France, for a total €180 million investment. The new line is designed to meet the growing demand for aluminium automotive body sheet. With a production capacity of 100,000 tons, the new 240m (787-foot) longRead more

Aubert & Duval et Mecachrome inaugurent : MKAD, une usine de pièces en titane pour l’aéronautique (Fr)

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Mecachrome et Aubert & Duval viennent d’inaugurer une nouvelle usine à Varilhes (Ariège). Baptisée MKAD, cette joint-venture servira à développer une nouvelle activité d’usinage de pièces titane de grandes dimensions pour l’aéronautique. Le site représente un investissement de 20 millions d’euros.

La société Aubert et Duval, filiale du groupe minier Eramet, et le groupe Mecachrome, partenaires dans la co-entreprise MKAD, ont inauguré vendredi une nouvelle unité dédiée à la finition de pièces en titane pour l’aéronautique, un investissement de plus de 20 millions d’euros.

L’usine MKAD, dont la construction a débuté en janvier 2016, est implantée à Varilhes (Ariège), à 10 km de l’usine Aubert et Duval de Pamiers. Un premier bâtiment, de plus de 7.000 m2, notamment pour les opérations d’usinage, est opérationnel. Un second lot, de 9.600 m2, est en construction et abritera en 2017 les activités de traitement de surface. Le secteur aéronautique “se tourne de plus en plus vers le titane” et “le besoin en pièces Read more

Consolidated Industries Inc invests $10.5 million in new hydraulic hammer operation (US)

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Crews continue setting up a new multi-million dollar hydraulic hammer operation in a new assembly room at Consolidated Industries in Cheshire, Wednesday, October 12, 2016. (Credit Photo@Dave Zajac, Record-Journal).

A Cheshire company that lists Sikorsky Aircraft on its customer list recently invested $10.5 million in its forging operation and plans to add 30 new jobs over the next few years. Consolidated Industries Inc.’s investment bucked conventional sentiment from state business leaders and lawmakers that the state’s tax and regulatory policies areRead more

Les maîtres de forge – 1914 (US)

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This Dechenaud’s painting is installed in a corridor of the Union of employers in metallurgy in Paris. This fresco depicts the members of the most powerful industrial “Club” in France before the great conflict of 14-18. They were known under the name “Masters of forges” .  “Created in 1864, the Committee forge gathered together the main masters of French foundries, allowing them to expand their sphere of influence in the world of business, finance and politics.”

Loi Travail : la métallurgie va expérimenter une modulation du temps de travail sur trois ans (Fr)

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La métallurgie est la première grande branche à mettre en oeuvre cette disposition de la loi El Khomri.

La métallurgie n’a pas attendu longtemps pour mettre en application une disposition de la Loi Travail, votée en juillet dernier. L’Union des industries et des métiers de la métallurgie (UIMM), l’organisme patronal du secteur, a proposé un accord sur l’emploi qui permettra notamment d’organiser le temps de travail sur une période pouvant aller jusqu’à trois ans, comme prévu par la loi Travail. Cet accord a reçu l’aval d’une majorité de syndicats de laRead more

Abu Dhabi’s steel maker doubles output (US)

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Al Ghurair Iron and Steel markets 40 per cent of its products locally, while another 40 per cent is exported to KSA and Qatar, where massive surge is seen in the constructions

Abu Dhabi’s Al Ghurair Iron and Steel went into trial productions of its newly installed continuous galvanised line with an annual output of 200,000 metric tonnes. The Dubai-based Al Ghuairar Group, which has stakes in the manufacturing of aluminium, packaging solutions, real estate, shopping malls and investments, has spent Dh200Read more

Gerdau Ameristeel, operating at half speed (US)

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The steel industry’s woes haven’t just hammered Minnesota’s Iron Range. At the state’s only steel mill, Gerdau Ameristeel in St. Paul, the situation is so dire that Xcel Energy has agreed to effectively lower its electricity bill.

Gerdau, which is based in Brazil, came to Xcel for relief because like so many steelmakers, it has been battered by a low-growth economy and a global glut of steel. Minneapolis-based Xcel, the state’s largest utility, recently agreed toRead more

Shocking ! De l’acier français pour les futurs sous-marins nucléaires lanceurs d’engins (SNLE) britanniques (Fr)

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La construction des nouveaux sous-marins nucléaires lanceurs d’engins (SNLE) britanniques, les Successor, entre dans sa phase active. Michael Fallon, le ministre de la Défense britannique, préside la cérémonie de découpe de la première tôle ce mercredi 5 octobre au chantier naval BAE Systems de Barrow-in-Furness (nord-ouest de l’Angleterre). BAE Systems est chargé de construire les quatre sous-marins qui succéderont aux actuels Vanguard. Le ministre de la Défense britannique souligne que plusieurs centaines de fournisseurs sont impliqués dans le programme, « dont près de 85 % basés à travers le Royaume-Uni ». Mais l’acier destiné à la coque épaisse devrait être fabriqué par la société Industeel en France, au grand dam des syndicats britanniques. L’information est donnée par le journal Read more

UK MoD : ‘there will be British steel’ in new submarines (US)

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At a ceremonial event at the BAE Systems yard – the home of British submarine construction – Mr Fallon began the work with a ‘steel cut’. Several hundreds of suppliers are expected to be involved in the programme at its peak, almost 95 per cent of those based across the UK – securing jobs from Scotland to the South of England.

The reassurance comes as a union boss claimed that French steel would be used for the new fleet of nuclear submarines.

It is now understood that this is due to a specific type of specialised steel needed for this specific stage of the build not being produced in the UK. French firm Industeel reportedly won a contract to an amount of steel for the new fleet, it is not currently known what percentage of the submarines will be made of French steel but it is not expected to be the majority.  The MoD responded by saying: “The Successor programme represents billions of pounds of investment in thousands of British jobs across hundreds of firms from Scotland to the South East. We source BritishRead more

UK LPW Technology Invests £20m to produce high quality metal powders for 3D printing (US)

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Its powders are used to create everything from aerospace turbine components, engine parts for Formula 1 cars, to implants such as artificial hips. The company invests significantly in research and development on site and has links with universities.

A GROUNDBREAKING Runcorn company is creating 120 new jobs as part of a pioneering £20m investment. The announcement was made as LPW Technology Ltd celebrated gaining its prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The award was given in recognition of the firm’s exceptional overseas expansion, which has seen exports leap by over 300 per cent during the last three years. Entrepreneur Dr Phil Carroll, a metallurgist and Read more

UK AHT invests £500,000 to handle aerospace work (US)

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From left, AHT’s sales director Ian Perks, Wade Overton and production director Dave Bryant

THE UK’s only specialist in heat treating aluminium alloys, Dudley-based Alloy Heat Treatment (AHT) has revealed a £500,000 investment that will help produce parts for a new series of passenger jets. The company’s new Oven 30 allows it to solution treat larger products and is the largest oven the company have ever owned. More than two Read more

Stahlwerk Bous Invests €15 million in a Dust Collection System (German)

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Trotz einer schwierigen Marktsituation schlägt sich das Stahlwerk Bous derzeit recht gut. Geschäftsführer Schu warnt jedoch vor zusätzlichen Belastungen wegen strengerer Umweltschutz-Auflagen.

Das Stahlwerk Bous investiert trotz schwieriger Lage am Stahlmarkt rund 15Millionen Euro in den Umweltschutz. „Das ist für uns viel Geld, aber auch ein Zeichen, dass wir an unser Werk glauben und es zukunftssicher machenRead more

Researchers developing new steel for better electric motors (US)

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Jun Cui works with a metal spinner, which rapidly solidifies metal into thin ribbons, and other equipment in his lab. Credit: Christopher Gannon 

Within a few years, the U.S. Department of Energy wants plug-in electric vehicles to be just as affordable and convenient as the internal-combustion machines most of us drive today. But we’re not there yet. When President Obama and the Department of Energy (DOE) launched the EV (plug-in electric vehicles) Everywhere initiative in Read more

Indian SFIL has developed Alpha titanium alloy hemispherical forgings for cryogenic stage (US)

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The Steel and Industrial Forgings Limited, a public sector company owned by the State government, has developed Alpha titanium alloy hemispherical forgings for cryogenic stage (C25) of GSLV –MK 3 (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – Mark III) for the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Challenging task

“Alpha Titanium Alloy is one of the difficult to forge materials due to its high flow stress coupled with tendency of cracking. With modified processing parameters and design innovation, the problem was eliminated. Due to thisRead more

Frank Supplisson quitte Ascométal (Fr)

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Franck Supplisson quitte l’entreprise. Il va porter un nouveau projet dans la production d’hydrogène.

C’est une vraie surprise. Deux ans et demi après avoir repris Ascometal à la barre du tribunal de commerce, Franck Supplisson quitte la direction du spécialiste français des aciers spéciaux. Il est remplacé par Alex Nick, directeur d’ArcelorMittal Luxembourg, comme l’a révélé « Le Républicain Lorrain ». Franck Supplisson et son entourage assurent que le départ est naturel. « Je souhaitais passer à autre chose. Nous avons plusieurs opérations structurantes pour l’avenir d’Ascometal, il est bien qu’un nouveau management se mette en place, d’autant que j’ai un projet personnel » dit-il aux « Echos ». Le dirigeant indique avoir déposé les statuts d’une nouvelle société, H2V, Read more

China develops new TiAl+Nb alloy for aeroengines (US)

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The team is led by Professor Liu Chain-tsuan, University Distinguished Professor at CityU, and Professor Chen Guang from NJUST.

An advanced material developed by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST) holds great promise for the aerospace industry. The new material’s chief quality is its enhanced capacity for heat resistance, its high tensile strength, and its low density. The new material can withstand temperatures of up to 900°C. It could replace the use of Ni-based superalloys. The team is led by Professor Liu Read more

Cyril Bath is a heavy-duty player in the aerospace arena (US)

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For over 95 years, Cyril Bath has established itself as the world leader in forming technologies for the commercial and military Aerospace industry. Cyril Bath continues to develop innovative stretch forming technologies through active research and development programs. These investments allow us to offer state-of-the-art aluminum, titanium, and nickel based alloy forming solutions for our worldwide customers. 

For nearly 100 years, Cyril Bath has been a leader in the commercial and military aerospace industry. Part of the French-based Aries Alliance, which also includes ACB and Dufieux, the company fabricates large, titanium structural components for companies like Boeing. The company also makes big, heavy-duty machines that stretch and form large sheets of metal such as titanium and aluminum to form the outer shell and fuselage parts for aircraft like the Boeing 737 and 787.  Cyril Bath established operations in Monroe in 1979 and has expanded Read more

Industeel Le Creusot Investit 2,5 millions d’euros dans un nouveau four au laminoir (Fr)

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Le nouveau four, qui monte à 1300 degrés, entrera en service en octobre. Il est d’une capacité de 100 tonnes et d’une puissance de 10,4 mégawatts. Il est doté d’une cheminée de 25 mètres qui en fonction affichera des fumées à 300 degrés à son extrémité. (Credit Photo @ Alain BOLLERY – Creusot-Infos)

Les travaux de génie civil terminés, c’est le 7 août qu’a été lancé l’assemblage et la construction d’un nouveau four au laminoir, point névralgique de la tôlerie d’Industeel groupe ArcelorMittal. Un four fabriqué par l’italien Bendotti. «Ce four est d’une capacité de 100 tonnes. Chauffé au gaz, il monte à 1300 degrés pour les 1280 degrés requis en mode de production», souligne Almar Rodriguez qui a suivi tout leRead more

POSCO faces market with growth strategies (US)

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Kwon Oh-joon, President of Posco Group, left, shakes hands with Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Thailand’s deputy prime minister, right, at the completion ceremony for Posco’s CGL factory in Thailand. (Credit Photo @ POSCO)

Posco has plans to overcome the difficulties the heavy industry market is facing from oversupply, industry recession and the reinforcement of import and export regulations. In the second half of this year, the company will continue to carry out structural adjustments on its subsidiaries and non-core assets, cut down operational costs and expand its sales of its high-profit World Premium (WP) products. WPRead more

Taiwan future’s submarine will use HSLA-80 instead of HY-80 steels grade (US)

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Hung Shen Propeller Co president Cheng Cheng-i displays some of the firm’s propellers at its factory in Pingtung County’s Sinyuan Township on Thursday. (Credit Photo @ Photo: Chang Chung-i, Taipei Times)

Taiwan’s largest shipbuilding company called on the nation’s three major shipbuilders to set aside their differences and band together to achieve the goal set by the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of building submarines. The Tsai administration has Read more

British Steel back in profit 100 days after Tata sale (US)

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British Steel’s Roland Junck outside its Scunthorpe steelworks. He said Tata ‘lost interest’ in the plant. –  (Credit Photo @ Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images).

Executive chairman Roland Junck says the business is back in profit at an underlying level and is targeting a 10% profit margin.

The boss of the revived British Steel has claimed that Tata Steel “lost interest” in the Scunthorpe steelworks, one of only two left in Britain, and that the site is back in profit just three months after it was sold by the Indian company. Roland Junck, executive chairman of BritishRead more