Metals/Materials

The metals/materials technology area has information on the most commonly used materials in metal fabrication ̶ carbon steels; stainless steels; high-strength, low-alloy steels (HSLAs); and the 6000 series aluminum ̶ and those that aren't as common, such as the red metals, refractory metals, titanium, and magnesium.

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Braner/Loopco delivers triple-turret slitter to Majestic Steel

May 4, 2016

Braner/Loopco has provided a Hi-Performance triple-turret slitting and automatic slit coil pack line for Majestic Steel’s Houston coil processing and distribution center. The slitting line can process 60,000-lb. by 72-in. coils in gauges from 0.010 to 0.250 in. at speeds to 1,000 FPM....

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Metallic Building Co. recognizes Cary & Associates Builders with 2015 Building of the Year Award

May 3, 2016

Houston-based Metallic Building Co., a custom-engineered metal building systems provider, has named Cary & Associates Builders Inc. of Sebastopol, Calif., as the 2015 Building of the Year Award winner for Balleto Vineyards and Winery. Located in the Sonoma wine country region, the building is...

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SMS group supplies tandem cold mill to Alcoa Tennessee

May 3, 2016

Germany-based SMS group has delivered and commissioned a twin-stand aluminum tandem cold mill at Alcoa Inc. near Knoxville, Tenn. The new cold rolling mill is part of Alcoa’s automotive growth project. The expansion focuses on the production of wide and durable aluminum sheets for lightweight...

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Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge moves to Washington

May 2, 2016

Specialty metals manufacturing distributor Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge Inc. has moved its corporate headquarters and production facility from Orange County, Calif., to a 23,000-sq.-ft. facility in Kalama, Wash. The company distributes bar, forgings, plate, sheet, and tube to OEMs and steel...

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Commercial Metals Co. begins construction on Oklahoma micromill

May 2, 2016

Commercial Metals Co. has announced the start of construction of its second micromill, to be located in Durant, Okla. The micromill technology uses a continuous-continuous manufacturing process that melts, casts, and rolls steel from a single, uninterrupted strand, producing higher yields and lower...

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U. S. Steel files ITC complaint

April 27, 2016

United States Steel Corp. has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to initiate an investigation under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 against the largest Chinese steel producers and their distributors. The 337 complaint alleges illegal, unfair methods of...

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SSAB Americas launches EcoSmart to show commitment to sustainability

April 25, 2016

To demonstrate its commitment to the environment, SSAB Americas has launched an EcoSmart awareness program. EcoSmart is an environmentally friendly, sustainable steel made from 97 percent recycled materials, from discarded appliances to old car parts. The steel is 100 percent recyclable as well....

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United Performance Metals installs slitter

April 25, 2016

United Performance Metals' West Coast facility in La Mirada, Calif., has installed a 12-in.-wide slitter that can process coils from 0.015 to 0.125 in. thick. The slitter allows the facility to keep lead times short and to deliver heavier-gauge slit stainless steel and nickel alloys within a...

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Ford recycles enough aluminum to build 30,000 F-150 bodies every month

April 25, 2016

Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., has announced it recycles as much as 20 million lbs. of aluminum stamping scrap per month using a closed-loop system at Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the F-150®. That is the equivalent of more than 30,000 F-150 bodies in the largest configuration. Recycled...

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NanoSteel delivers advanced high-strength automotive steel to General Motors

April 22, 2016

NanoSteel®, a producer of nanostructured steel materials in Providence, R.I., has delivered its first AHSS to General Motors for initial testing. The sheet steel is expected to accelerate vehicle lightweighting initiatives focused on meeting rising global fuel economy regulations. Production of...

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AHSS remains fastest-growing automotive material, says SMDI

April 21, 2016

Over the past three years, the amount of AHSS used each year in automotive applications has been 10 percent higher than forecast by Ducker Worldwide, says the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). According to “Metallic...

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Economic impact study shows continued strength of domestic aluminum industry

April 20, 2016

A new study shows the continued importance of the U.S. aluminum industry to the national economy. Research conducted by economic research firm John Dunham & Associates found that the domestic aluminum industry directly employs nearly 161,000 workers and contributes more than $75 billion to the...

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Report focuses on challenges, market opportunities in U.S. steel sector

April 20, 2016

Global law firm White & Case and global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG), in collaboration with Debtwire, a fixed income intelligence service, have released “Losing strength: US steel industry analysis,” a publication that captures the latest developments and market...

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Posco establishes operations in Indiana

April 20, 2016

Posco, a multinational steel producer based in Pohang, South Korea, has announced plans to build a wire rod processing center at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, Ind., creating up to 60 high-wage jobs by 2018. The $19 million project includes a 136,000-sq.-ft. facility, which will be the...

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SAF installs cut-to-length aluminum coil processing line

April 19, 2016

SAF (Southern Aluminum Finishing Co.) has installed a cut-to-length aluminum coil processing line in its SAF-West, Redding, Calif., plant. The heart of the line is a Herr-Voss 6-high corrective leveler to enhance processing of nonferrous coil for surface-critical sheet with the flatness important...

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