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 […]

Apollo to invest $500 million in Welspun (US)

(Credit Photo @ Welspun) Welspun to use funds from PE firm to expand through acquisitions and to invest in thermal and solar power plants In the largest private equity (PE) investment in India this year, Apollo Global Management Llc, a US-based PE firm with $70 billion under management globally, announced on Wednesday that it will invest […]

Parte la sfida di Aib per l’ambiente (Italian)

Un momento della conferenza stampa in Aib-Foto Reporter Paletti © mercoledì, 29 giugno 2011 -Il vicepresidente dell’Associazione industriale bresciana, Alberto Volpi, ha presentato il piano predisposto dal Consorzio Ramet per la riduzione delle emissioni inquinanti da parte delle fabbriche sidermetallurgiche. Ventidue imprese bresciane dei settori acciaio, cupro-leghe, alluminio e ghisa (tra cui Alfa Acciai, […]

Steelworkers, ATI working on new contract (US)

(Credit Photo @ United Steel Workers) With their current contract set to expire June 30, the United Steelworkers of America and Allegheny Technologies Inc. will begin bargaining early next month, a union official said. Tom Conway, a Steelworkers’ international vice president, said negotiations should begin in earnest June 7.The locals in the Alle-Kiski Valley, which […]

Tata Steel Scunthorpe : Bloom and Billet Mill set to close (US)

TATA Steel bosses have revealed that 1,200 jobs are at risk at the Scunthorpe steel works.Tata Steel officials have today proposed a restructuring of its long products business that could see parts of the works mothballed. They say this strategy will be supported by a five-year investment plan totalling £400 million.This turnaround strategy puts at […]

Metalcam : One-Stop Shop (US)

(Credit Photo @ MetalCam) Metalcam SpA operates in Breno in the Italian province of Brescia, an area with a centuries-old tradition of ironworking. The current manufacturing company was officially founded in 1986 under the name Metalcam but its origins go back in time. Massimo Cocchi, Sales Manager, takes up the story. “Metalcam is a company […]

Il fondo Apollo vuole Ascometal (Italian)

Offerti 300 milioni sul piatto di un negoziato da concludere in 6 settimane PIOMBINO. Trecento milioni più il debito. Questa è l’offerta contenuta in una richiesta di trattativa in esclusiva presentata dal fondo americano Apollo per l’Ascometal, la consociata francese del gruppo Lucchini. La notizia, riferita dal settimanale economico “Il Mondo” e confermata da fonti […]

Saarstahl hat Walzwerk gründlich modernisiert (German)

Grund zur Freude bei Saarstahl: Die Walzwerks-Modernisierung, 160 Millionen Euro teuer, ist abgeschlossen. Und das Unternehmen verdient wieder. Auf dem Umweg über die Gewerbesteuer kommt das auch der Stadt Völklingen zugute. (Credit Photo @Saarbruck Zeitung) Grund zur Freude bei Saarstahl: Die Walzwerks-Modernisierung, 160 Millionen Euro teuer, ist abgeschlossen. Und das Unternehmen verdient wieder. Auf dem […]

ArcelorMittal : Forging a common culture (US)

Under scrutiny: steel rolls at an ArcelorMittal steel plant in Bremen, Germany (Credit Photo @ Bloomberg) When Brian Callaghan joined Mittal Steel in 2006, he could not have predicted the rollercoaster ride he would face. Just two months in, Mittal launched a hostile takeover bid for steelmaker Arcelor. When the bid succeeded, he was appointed […]

Global auto parts makers to tap Chinese market (US)

April 21, 2011 saw the opening of the 14th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition.  Many famed auto parts manufacturers, including Bosch, Jonson Controls, Continental Corporation, ThyssenKrupp, ZF, Delphi Corporation, Honeywell, Faurecia, BorgWarner, Eaton Corp, Dana Holding Corp, TRW, ArvinMeritor, DENSO, Aisin, and Visteon, have all brought their latest technologies to the exhibition. Seeking “Chinese Opportunities” […]

BHEL’s Power Struggle (US)

PREMIUM ON DELIVERY Li Qi of Dongfang says the only advantage that the Chinese enjoy is prompt delivery (Credit Photo @ Amit Verma) The senior managers of a three-year-old thermal power plant in North India say that the Chinese equipment they installed has been giving them trouble due to low quality. They are not alone. […]

Weldability of pipeline steels (US)

Chris Jones, Senior Metallurgist, BlueScope Steel (Credit Photo @ Pipeliner) There are three important elements to address when using welding as a construction technique: the steel’s ability to be welded, the fabrication conditions under which it will be welded, and achieving satisfactory performance in service. This article discusses these points and gives a broad appreciation […]