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

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

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

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

Russian Scientists Study Materials for Future Fusion Reactors (US)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FASTForge to deliver cheaper aerospace titanium (US)

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L to R: Titanium powder obtained from rutile sand, Field Assist Sintered double cone preform, then pancake forgingCredit Photo @ FastForge)

A consortium is working on a project aimed at the production of aerospace-grade titanium at an affordable price.

Safran Landing Systems, Metalysis, the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and the University of Sheffield are the partners working on the FASTForge project. Through this project the consortium is aiming to produce novel titanium alloy aerospace components in three steps from rutile sand – a mineral composed primarily of titanium dioxide (TiO2).  Michael Ward, chiefRead more

Québec : construction d’une nouvelle usine de recyclage de métaux de 70 millions de dollars (Fr)

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Total Métal Récupération (TMR) Inc., une entreprise québécoise reconnue pour son expertise dans le domaine de la récupération et du recyclage, a dévoilé aujourd’hui les détails entourant la construction d’une nouvelle usine de recyclage de métaux, située au cœur du nouveau parc industriel 25-440 de Laval. L’annonce a été faite sur le chantier en présence du maire de Laval, M. Marc Demers.   Résolument novatrice sur le plan technologique, cette nouvelle usine de récupération a nécessité un investissement de 70 millions de dollars d’un groupe d’investisseurs privé et entraînera la création de 70 nouveaux emplois. Construite sur un terrain de quelque 777 000Read more

Le recyclage des métaux, c’est la métallurgie de demain (Fr)

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Emballage de médicaments, paquets de chips ou encore barquette de pizza, tout ceci contient de l’aluminium mais rien ou presque n’est revalorisé. Le centre de recherche métallurgie développe actuellement une technique qui permettrait de récupérer cette matière première. La technique devrait s’avérer bien utile d’autant que l’aluminium vaut près de 1500 euros la tonne et qu’on en jette beaucoup. “C’est  effectivement un beau gâchis “commente le directeur général du centre de recherche métallurgique.  “Chaque année, le wallon jette 10 kilos d’aluminium dans ces poubelles: ça nous fait 30.000 tonnes perdues chaque année. Cette filière représente donc un beau défi et il y a bcp d’autres filières qui sont en préparation et en test.”

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Une autre technique est en développement à l’université de Liège, pour trier cette fois les déchets métalliques. Actuellement, on mélangeRead more

Isaad REBRAB Considering Investing in Special Steels for Algerian Automotive Market (Fr)

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« Nous envisageons de nous lancer dans la fabrication de boulons avec les aciers spéciaux que nous produisons dans notre usine sidérurgique à Piombino en Italie. Dans chaque véhicule, il y a au moins 100 euros de boulons. On peut aussi produire des pièces de moteurs avec de la poudre d’acier »

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La vision du patron de Sovac est partagée par Issad Rebrab, le président de Cevital. « Nous pouvons produire des pare-brises et des pièces de verre pour les véhicules dans notre usine de verre plate à Larbaa. Peugeot est d’ailleurs intéressé, mais il faut des volumes de production deRead more

Swiss Steel Invests € 8.5 million in Emmenbrücke facility (US)

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  • 8.5 million Euros invested in wire production
  • Entire coil handling division is now state-of-the-art
  • Swiss Steel AG is further strengthening their position as a technology leader

There is continuing growing trend toward modified custom special steels. To meet future customer demands for wire rod products and greater coil weights, Swiss Steel has invested 8.5 million Euros at their Emmenbrücke site.

Customer orientation, flexibility and safety – these are the key words in focus of sustainable steel production. With the modernization of the steel rolling mill Swiss Steel, a company of the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group, is specifically focusing on the future demands of wire production. Apart from occupational safety, the high degree of automation and more room for maneuver in production and customer Read more

Chengdu Aerospace Superalloy Technology (CAST) to Acquire UK Gardner for £326m (US)

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Chinese aerospace and mining firm Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources (SLMR) announced today it is to buy aerospace parts manufacturer Gardner Aerospace. Derby-headquartered Gardner makes parts which are used by Airbus and is currently one of the high-flying businesses held by City veteran Jon Moulton’s Better Capital. SLMR, along with its subsidiary Chengdu Aerospace Superalloy Read more

Wyman-Gordon Lincoln celebrats its Centenary (US)

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Wyman-Gordon has roots going back to the 1840s in Lincoln.Its located in England, UK, supplies forged products globally to the aerospace and energy markets. It has Europe’s largest counterblow hammer (900KJ)

One of Lincolnshire’s leading engineering firms has celebrated its centenary.

But we reveal the rich history of an operation which has its roots way back in the 1840s when Lincoln’s manufacturing base was still in its infancy and went on to make First World War aircraft before meeting the ever-increasing demands of the 21st century.… Wyman-Gordon Ltd, which is just a five-minute walk from Lincoln city centre, has marked 100 proud years of manufacturing with a party for staff and their families. It mainly supplies forged products globally to the aerospace and energy sector, but many people will be unaware that it actually hadRead more

US Tool-and-Die Makers Warn Against Tool-Steel Import Duties (US)

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The U.S. International Trade Commission is evaluating anti-dumping and countervailing duties on carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey.

The prospect of U.S. tariffs on imports of steel is stirring new concern among manufacturers who rely on critical materials like tool steel. Representatives of the National Tooling and Machining Association and Precision Metalforming Association took those concerns to the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is evaluating anti-dumping and countervailing duties on carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey. In testimony this Read more

Aubert & Duval participates to the applied research program SOFIA for metal additive manufacturing (US)

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SOFIA’s ambition is to contribute to the development of this technology by working on the entire metal additive manufacturing value chain (powders, machines, processes). To that end, SOFIA fosters synergies between the skills provided by its high-level partners: industrial players, centered around the Fives Michelin Additive Solutions joint venture (Aubert & Duval, ESI Group, FUSIA, Michelin, Safran, VOLUM-E, Zodiac Aerospace) and academicRead more

Lisi Aerospace Inaugurates Two new facilities (US)

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The 27th October, LISI AEROSPACE inaugurated the new facility of Villefranche de Rouergue on the Glèbe business park. The first round of work is finished with a total of 108000 sq. ft. In the future the plant will have a total area of 270000 sq. ft. in order to complete the move from the old facility. Le 27 octobre, LISI AEROSPACE inaugurait la Read more

Researchers use ion acceleration to simulate reactor-like conditions in metallic alloys (US)

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Metals travel forward in time at the Ion Accelerator Laboratory, a facility within Texas A&M University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and researchers within the department’s Ion Beam Laboratory group are speeding up the clock on metallic alloys and steels.The researchers are using ions as surrogates for neutron radiation to see in a short amount of time how stable these metals are after they endure conditions from decades of use inside a nuclear reactor.  We’re essentially taking these alloys and irradiating with ions to achieve damage seen in reactor-likeRead more

Le Réseau National de la Métallurgie (Fr)

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Le réseau National de la Métallurgie (RNM) a été conçu sur la base des propositions d’un rapport adressé au Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche (à consulter dans le dossier compte-rendus et rapports) et a été formellement constitué lors de sa réunion de lancement le 17 octobre 2014, pour être pleinement opérationnel le 1er janvier 2015. Il rassemble et structure la communauté académique et industrielle dans le domaine de la métallurgie, afin de mettre en place une série d’actions destinées à promouvoir la formation et la recherche en métallurgie, renforçant ainsi l’attractivité du secteur auprès des jeunes diplômés, ingénieurs et chercheurs. Les Read more

Dessine moi l’industrie de la métallurgie (Fr)

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Il est de notre devoir de promouvoir l’industrie française de la métallurgie auprès des jeunes et auprès des enfants en particulier. Cette responsabilité incombe à toutes les personnes en activité ou en retraite qui ont côtoyé de près ou de loin l’industrie de la métallurgie. NON la métallurgie ce n’est pas ZOLA et ce n’est pas non plus Germinal. Il n’ y aurait pas de smartphones si on n’avait de métaux rares, il n’ y aurait pas de disques durs si on n’avait des matériaux avec des propriétés magnétiques spécifiques, Il n’ y aurait pas d’industrie aéronautique sans matériaux à hautes performances,  il n’ y aurait pas d’industrie de défense ni de souveraineté nationale sans des matériaux àRead more

Roland Bastian, nouveau DG d’ArcelorMittal Luxembourg (Fr)

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À 53 ans, Roland Bastian peut compter sur une expérience au sein du groupe ArcelorMittal longue de 28 ans. (Credit photo@ArcelorMittal)

Le Luxembourgois Roland Bastian, 53 ans, succède à Alex Nick, parti début octobre, à la tête de la division grand-ducale du sidérurgiste.

Roland Bastian occupe cette fonction de directeur général d’ArcelorMittal Luxembourg depuis le 1er novembre. Et reste, en parallèle, directeur de l’usine de Belval. Début octobre, on apprenait le départ du directeur général d’ArcelorMittal Luxembourg, Alex Nick. Une surprise qui n’en était pas vraiment une. En effet, Alex Nick avait prissaRead more

Europe’s biggest aerospace castings facility nears completion (US)

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A new plant capable of producing some of the biggest Titanium aerospace castings in the world is nearing completion at AMRC Castings’ facilities on the outskirts of Sheffield, England.

Two large scale power supply units have been installed to deliver the energy required by the organisation’s new Retech Consumable Electrode Casting Furnace. The furnace is capable of melting the 1000kg of Titanium required to make a 500kg casting and has three interchangeable bodies, which give it the versatility to produce components with a finished weight ranging upwards from 60kg. Closed loop cooling systems that prevent the furnace bodiesRead more

Gardner Aerospace acquired by SLMR for £326m (US)

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It was announced today that Gardner Aerospace is to be acquired by Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources (SLMR) and its subsidiary Chengdu Aerospace Superalloy Technology (CAST), for £326m in cash. SLMR, which is listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange with a market capitalisation of £1.4bn, is being advised by Steen Associates, Herbert Smith Freehills and KPMG in connection with the acquisition. Commenting on the transaction, Lizhi Wang, Vice Read more