Metals/Materials News

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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Belaz wins Swedish Steel Prize 2014

November 21, 2014

Belaz, located in Zhodino, Belarus, has won SSAB’s Swedish Steel Prize for its new construction for axle suspension and slewing bearings for the world’s largest dump truck. The new construction takes full advantage of the properties of high-strength steel. “Belaz has boldly gone beyond the...

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Alcoa acquires Firth Rixson

November 20, 2014

Lightweight metals provider Alcoa, New York, has completed the acquisition of Firth Rixson, a manufacturer of aerospace jet engine components. The transaction doubles Alcoa’s average revenue content on high-growth engine programs. The acquisition increases the company’s offerings made of...

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Peak Rock Capital affiliate acquires Main Steel Polishing

November 19, 2014

An affiliate of Peak Rock Capital, an Austin, Texas-based private equity firm, has acquired the business of Main Steel Polishing Co., Elk Grove Village, Ill., a processor and polisher of stainless steel, aluminum, and nickel alloys, from Shale‐Inland. Main Steel’s products are used in...

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AMTI announces staff changes

November 19, 2014

Houston-based Alloy Metals and Tubes Intl. (AMTI), a distributor of nickel-alloy and stainless steel tube and bar, has hired Steve Martinez as warehouse operator and has promoted Denna Gatewood to director of quality assurance. Martinez is responsible for creating an ergonomic intervention plan...

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United States Steel establishes new management structure

November 18, 2014

Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. has announced that by Jan. 1, 2015, its reporting segments – North American Flat-Rolled, Tubular, and U. S. Steel Europe – will be realigned. The North American Flat-Rolled realignment will include the creation of enterprisewide commercial entities...

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Timken acquires Revolvo Ltd.

November 18, 2014

North Canton, Ohio-based Timken Co. has reached an agreement with Eriks NV to acquire the assets of Revolvo Ltd., Dudley, U.K. Revolvo makes and markets ball and roller bearings for industrial applications in process and heavy industries. The company's split roller bearing housed units are used by...

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Agricultural trailer wins Swedish Steel Prize University Challenge 2014

November 18, 2014

The winner of the Swedish Steel Prize University Challenge 2014 is a chassis for an agricultural trailer designed for reduced weight and improved safety. The design reduced the chassis weight by more than 20 percent — from 1,150 lbs. to 903 lbs. — and made it safer. The two trailer prototypes...

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Aluminum Association releases environmental product declarations for main aluminum products

November 18, 2014

The Aluminum Association, Arlington, Va., has released environmental product declarations (EPD) for various types of aluminum products. An EPD is a comprehensive, internationally harmonized report that describes the potential environmental impact of a particular product through its life cycle. EPDs...

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American Specialty Alloys to build aluminum mini-mill in Southeast

November 18, 2014

American Specialty Alloys has announced plans to build a $1.2 billion auto-grade aluminum mini-mill in the southeastern U.S. According to the company, the planned 1.4 million-sq.-ft. plant will be the world’s first green mini-mill, featuring more than $200 million in pollution control systems. It...

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SteeloCare aerosol can wins German Packaging Award

November 17, 2014

SteeloCare, the tinplate aerosol can of the technology network Lanico, Schuler Pressen, and ThyssenKrupp Rasselstein, has received the German Packaging Award in the category of cosmetics and hygiene articles. The can is manufactured by deep drawing foil-laminated tinplate. The foil lamination...

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Novelis to convert all of its beverage can sheet to high-recycled-content aluminum

November 14, 2014

Atlanta-based aluminum roller and recycler Novelis has announced a new commitment to convert all of its beverage can body sheet production to its evercan™ sheet, which the company says is the world's first certified high-recycled-content aluminum for beverage cans, by the end of 2017. "The...

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Metal Panels recognized as one of Tulsa’s Fast-40

November 14, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Metal Panels Inc., a manufacturer of metal roofing panels and accessories in Tulsa, Okla., has been named to The Journal Record’s Tulsa’s Fast-40 list in recognition of its record growth. Since opening in 2001, MPI has grown from a two-man company to a...

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Harris Products Group releases mobile app

November 13, 2014

The Harris Products Group, Mason, Ohio, has released its first mobile app to help users find brazing and soldering alloys for their applications. The app’s features include a listing of the company’s brazing and soldering alloys, large icons and graphics, links to how-to videos that...

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UTC Aerospace Systems to provide wheels, carbon brakes to China Airlines

November 12, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems, Charlotte, N.C., a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been selected by China Airlines, Taiwan, to supply the wheels and carbon brakes for its fleet of 14 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The company will provide the equipment through its Landing Systems facility in Troy,...

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Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics acquires MetalSpand Inc.

November 12, 2014

Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics has acquired a second expanded metal manufacturing center at MetalSpand in Waurika, Okla. The location now operates as MetalSpand by Niles. Additional services and products are being integrated into the MetalSpand by Niles daily operations. For instance,...

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