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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Materion awarded two patents for alloy fabrication process

January 18, 2017

Mayfield Heights, Ohio-based Materion Performance Alloys has received two patents for processes that improve the fabrication of BrushForm® 158 (BF 158), the strip form of the company’s high-strength, copper-nickel-tin ToughMet® alloy. The patents cover new manufacturing technologies that...

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Chicago Tube and Iron names process engineering manager

January 18, 2017

Chicago Tube and Iron Co., Romeoville, Ill., has promoted Elidia Vazquez to process engineering manager. In this role, she provides leadership and direction to the Fabrication Division to ensure the efficient processing and delivery of products. She also coordinates the estimating and processing of...

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AEC applauds USTR decision to help protect U.S. aluminum industry

January 13, 2017

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., has announced its strong support for the new trade enforcement action against the People’s Republic of China announced by the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The action seeks to have the World Trade Organization (WTO) address U.S....

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Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit explores forming, joining challenges

January 13, 2017

The 4th Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit 2017 returns to Detroit Feb. 22-23, 2017, to showcase and explore resolutions to forming, joining, and surface treatment challenges inherent in lightweighting manufacturing efforts.Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, FCA, Deere & Co., and Volvo are among the...

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SMDI recognizes steel advocates with awards

January 11, 2017

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) in Detroit, has presented its third annual Men and Women of Steel Awards to two honorees who are championing the use of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS).The Industry Innovator Award was...

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Commercial Metals subsidiary acquires OmniSource Corp. recycling facilities

January 11, 2017

Irving, Texas-based Commercial Metals Co. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Owen Steel Co. of South Carolina, has signed a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire certain assets from OmniSource Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Steel Dynamics Inc.The agreement covers seven...

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Magna develops ultralight door module

January 10, 2017

Detroit-based automotive supplier Magna Intl. Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. DOE and partners FCA US and Grupo Antolin, has developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves the project objective of 42.5 percent mass savings compared to an average current production door. The door was...

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One Equity Partners acquires Anvil Intl.

January 9, 2017

Middle-market private equity firm One Equity Partners, with offices in New York and Chicago, has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Anvil Intl., an Exeter, N.H.-based manufacturer of pipe fittings and system components, from Mueller Water Products. Anvil sells Anvil, Beck,...

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Gatto Industrial Platers adds zinc-nickel plating line

January 9, 2017

Chicago-based Gatto Industrial Platers Inc., a provider of zinc and zinc-nickel plating and aluminum chromating for the automotive, agricultural, electrical, and railroad industries, has installed a new, larger zinc-nickel plating line. The line enables the company to plate both large parts and...

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United Performance Metals launches new website

January 6, 2017

Specialty metals distributor United Performance Metals (UPM), Cincinnati, has launched a newly redesigned website at www.upmet.com. The site incorporates many new materials, new processing capabilities, and additional geographic locations. These updates are the result of the company's recent...

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MSCI applauds Trump’s trade team

January 4, 2017

M. Robert Weidner III, president/CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Rolling Meadows, Ill., has issued the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of Robert Lighthizer to be U.S. Trade Representative, Peter Navarro to direct the National Trade Council,...

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Bulldog Steel Fabrication names operations manager

December 21, 2016

Bulldog Steel Fabrication (BSF), a supplier of steel fabricated parts and components in Madison, Ga., has promoted Loni Johnson to operations and finance manager. Johnson joined the company in 2012, holding several positions that helped to govern the administrative and financial...

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BuildSteel launches educational website for users of cold-formed steel framing

December 21, 2016

Pittsburgh-based BuildSteel, a new collaboration of steel and construction industry organizations formed to educate building professionals on the uses and benefits of cold-formed steel framing, has launched a website at www.buildsteel.org. The website serves as an educational center, continuously...

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Ratner Steel to expand in Indiana

December 20, 2016

Roseville, Minn.-based Ratner Steel Supply Co. has announced plans to double the size of its plant in Portage, Ind., adding 100,000 sq. ft. and hiring up to 37 more employees by 2019.The firm, which makes carbon sheet for service centers and manufacturers, has been operating at capacity in Portage...

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O’Neal Industries merges four affiliates to form United Performance Metals

December 19, 2016

O’Neal Industries (ONI), Birmingham, Ala., a family-owned group of metals service centers, has announced the merger and operations integration of four affiliates: Aerodyne Alloys, Plus Ten Stainless, United Performance Metals, and Vulcanium Metals Intl. to form United Performance Metals (UPM).As...

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