Global steel companies reduce output as demand ebbs (US)

  (Credit Photo @ Innovative Steel & Alloys)   Global steel producers are now starting to slam on the brakes in response to dimming short-term prospects for demand. Annualised global steel output slumped to 1,405 million tonne in November, the lowest level this year, according to the World Steel Association. Year-on-year growth slowed sharply to […]

Natural gas demand pumps up vessel-maker’s fortunes (US)

Two workers at CP Industries in McKeesport finish a large seamless pressure vessel that the company produces. The business in the former U.S. Steel Christy Park Works plant makes seamless pressurized vessels to hold compressed natural gas. Equitable Gas used CP tanks when it built its CNG filling station in the Strip District. (Credit Photo […]

Firth Rixson Schlosser Forging ahead to make aerospace-ready steel (US)

  Aaron Johnson is the general manager of the Firth Rixson Schlosser Forge Company in Rancho He says the aerospace industry is “completely on the upswing” after tough economic times. (Credit Photo @PAUL ALVAREZ/FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER) Aaron Johnson Title: General manager Company: Firth Rixson Schlosser Forge Location: Rancho Cucamonga Employees: 365 Founded: Schlosser Forge started in […]

Guide to Gun Metal (US)

1- Rifle receivers, which have to be very strong, also require a great deal of machining. It’s not easy to pick a steel that will serve as a receiver but not wear out cutting tools too quickly. 2-  Something like a trigger guard doesn’t have to be made of high-strength alloy steel. Mild steel, easy […]

Chinese export limits increasingly affecting Japanese makers of high-tech products (US)

  (Credit Photo @ Yomiuri Shimbun) China’s curbs on exports of rare earths, which are essential for manufacturing high-tech products, are being felt more and more by Japanese manufacturers. China has a near monopoly in the global production of rare earths, and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China produces most of the country’s rare […]

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to develop Titanium electron beam manufacturing (US)

Electron beam manufacturing has been identified by the Department of Defense as a “game changer” for aerospace industry production. “While the early focus is going to be F-35, we ultimately plan to implement Electron Beam Direct Manufacturing technology across the breadth of our aircraft product lines to improve affordability and lead-time for titanium structures,” FORT […]

Defense Cuts May Affect RTI Projects (US)

CEO Dawne Hickton. “We are the contracted supplier for the titanium for the Joint Strike Fighter program. So that’s certainly one of the programs we are watching.” Whatever the decision the Super Committee makes, it will affect contractors large and small around the country, including RTI’s plant in Niles (Credit Photo @ CNBC) There are […]

Energy Alloys CEO’s Philosophy (US)

Dave Warren co-founder, president and CEO of Energy Alloys LLC said “We want to continue to develop and grow the business, and the only way to do that is to listen to our customers and react and respond to the things we hear from them, So if there are certain things that come up, if […]

Une quille en titane pour Safran

Le choix du matériaux  s’est porté sur le titane. Simple hasard ou coïncidence, une des filiale du groupe français possédait justement un bloc dudit alliage. La matière trouvée, il a fallu «la pétrir comme de la pâte à modeler» après l’avoir fait chauffer à une température de 800°C, explique Jean-Michel de Monicault, expert en titane […]

Sandvik to slash Swedish workforce in cost-savings drive (US)

Sandvik i Hallstahammar. (Credit Photo @ Linnéa Pettersson/SR.) (Swedish) Verkstadskoncernen Sandvik varslar 65 av sina anställda i Hallstahammar om uppsägning. 20 tjänstemän och 45 kollektivanställda berörs av varslet. Totalt varslas 295 personer i Sverige. Förutom de 65 i Hallstahammar varslas 230 personer i Sandviken. Där berör varslet enbart tjänstemän. Varslen gäller anställda vid Sandvik Materials Technology […]

Saarstahl to build a EUR 150 million secondary metallurgy plant (US)

Filling the BOF Converter.  – SAARSTAHL, VÖLKLINGEN (Credit Photo @ STAHLSEITE) (German) Mit einer neuen Anlage zur Stahlveredelung, die in Völklingen entsteht, will der Saarstahl-Konzern der gestiegenen Nachfrage nach hochwertigen Stahl- und Schmiedeprodukten gerecht werden. Völklingen. Bei dem 150 Millionen Euro teuren Bau der neuen Sekundärmetallurgie ist der Saarstahl-Konzern voll im Plan. Das sagte Patrick […]

Tata Steel’s chief of R&D : India Steel Industry Have to focus on R&D rather than playing catch-up (US)

Innovation edge: Mark Bernard Denys,  chief of R&D and scientific services  at Tata Steel says being a follower will soon become more risky for companies than trying to lead as the global steel industry gets more and more savvy about intellectual property. (Credit Photo @ LiveMint) At a time when companies are facing calls for […]

ATI’s income soars on specialty demands (US)

Open Die Forging Process  (Credit Photo @ ATI) Allegheny Technologies Inc.’s third-quarter net income soared to $62.3 million on the strength of increased shipments and higher average prices of many of its specialty metals products. The Pittsburgh-based company said sales surged to $1.35 billion during the July-September period, up 28 percent from $1.05 billion a […]

Arcelor Liège: fermeture de la phase à chaud

ArcelorMittal à Liège: le chaud, c’est fini (Credit Photo @ Michel Krakowski (Belga) C’est une véritable catastrophe sociale en région liégeoise: ce mercredi en début d’après midi, le groupe ArcelorMittal a convoqué un comité d’entreprise européen, à Luxembourg. La direction a ensuite annoncé aux délégations syndicales en réunion que la fermeture de la phase à […]

French steel assoc sees caution but no demand hit (US)

Philippe Darmayan (Credit Photo @ LogSped) Sees some consumer caution due to economic uncertainty Says lower stock levels vs 2008 mean steel less vulnerable (Adds detail, background) Oct 12 (Reuters) – The steel sector in France is not seeing signs of a significant decrease in demand, despite some caution created by an uncertain economic environment, […]

EXOVA Metallurgist (US)

Liam Overend (Credit Photo  @ Engineering Capacity) Metallurgist Liam Overend has joined the team at Exova’s Teesside laboratory where he will investigate metals to determine the mode and reason for failure. In his previous role as a failure metallurgist at BAE Systems, he worked on a variety of production and research products including military aircraft […]

Mazda First Automaker to use 1,800 MPa Ultra-High Tensile Steel

On picture Volkswagen  Jetta  Body Structure Hiroshima, Oct 04, 2011 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) — – Super strongest steel to debut in all-new CX-5 crossover SUV – Mazda Motor Corporation, in collaboration with Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. and Aisin Takaoka Co., Ltd., has become the first automaker to successfully develop vehicle components using 1,800 MPa […]

$1.1M for Fundamental Studies of the Role of Grain Boundaries on Uniform Corrosion of Advanced Reactor Materials (US)

Motta also is co-principal investigator on “Fundamental Studies of the Role of Grain Boundaries on Uniform Corrosion of Advanced Reactor Materials,” which received $1.1 million. This project will use state-of-the-art experimental techniques to understand the fundamentals of corrosion protectiveness of alloys used for nuclear fuel cladding, with the aim of designing improved alloys for extended […]

Japan’s search for nuclear export deals (US)

For now, a key factor in Japan’s favor is that Japan Steel Works (JSW) is one of the world’s few companies capable of producing large forgings for new nuclear reactor pressure vessels.  However, the multi-year backlog of orders has made the work an attractive target.Mitsubishi plans to build its own large forgings plant so that […]

Indian Forging industry to grow by 25% (US)

(Credit Photo @ AIFI) Mumbai/ Pune August 24, 2011,-Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI) said it predicts an impressive growth for the forging industry in India and released figures of overall production of forgings which increased to about 2.3 million tonne in the current year from 1.8 million tonne in 2009-2010, registering a strong growth […]

Incendio all’Alfa Acciai di Brescia (Italian)

La densa nuvola di fumo nero durante le prime fasi dell’incendio (Credit Photo @ San Polino Live) Brescia. La riapertura dell’Alfa Acciai non dovrebbe slittare. Nonostante il principio di incendio che l’altro ieri ha daneggiato la torre di raffreddamento del forno due la fabbrica, chiusa per ferie, dovrebbe riavviare la linea il 29 agosto, come […]

Rio Tinto Alcan to increase production of Constellium AIRWARE alloys ‎(US)

Le vice-président régional de Rio Tinto Alcan, Étienne Jacques, était accompagné du vice-président aux produits et technologies de Constellium, Simon Laddychuk, du directeur général du projet AIRWARE de la firme française, Olivier Leducq. En compagnie de la directrice de l’usine Dubuc, France Tremblay et de travailleurs, ils ont immortalisé le partenariat dans le cadre du […]