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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Novelis opens world’s largest aluminum recycling facility

October 1, 2014

Novelis has opened what it says is the world’s largest aluminum recycling center, located adjacent to its rolling mill in Nachterstedt, Germany. The $258 million recycling center will process up to 400,000 metric tons of aluminum scrap annually, turning it back into high-value aluminum ingots to...

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Diehl Steel receives trophy in Tri-State Family and Private Business of the Year Awards

September 26, 2014

Cincinnati-based Diehl Steel collected the runner-up trophy at the Tri-State Family and Private Business of the Year Awards for privately held companies that have been in business 50 years or more. The company has been supplying tool steel, alloy steel, CPM® powder metal, mold steel, carbon steel,...

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Aleris to add aluminum automotive body sheet capabilities in Kentucky

September 25, 2014

Cleveland-based Aleris will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Ky. Heat treatment and finishing capabilities will be added, including a new wide cold mill, two continuous annealing lines, and an automotive innovation center. The investment is...

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NanoSteel develops high-hardness alloy for crack-free additive manufacturing

September 24, 2014

The NanoSteel® Co., Providence, R.I., has announced the expansion of its engineered powders business into additive manufacturing. By leveraging its uniform metal matrix microstructures in the laser-sintering process, the company has built a crack-free, fully dense bulk sample. The firm’s...

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Big River Steel breaks ground on Arkansas mill

September 24, 2014

Big River Steel has broken ground in Osceola, Ark., on a $1.3 billion steel mill. Scheduled for completion in summer 2016, the plant is expected to employ more than 500 people. Nucor Steel has filed a federal lawsuit to block the project. Nucor operates two steel mills in the same county where...

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Direct Metals hires inside sales rep

September 22, 2014

Direct Metals, an international steel service center based in Kennesaw, Ga., has hired Bryce Vartenisian as inside sales representative. His responsibilities include developing sales quotes and maintaining the company’s inventory level. Vartenisian has a degree in business administration from...

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U.S. EPA requires cleanup, fines Sims Metal Management for polluting San Francisco Bay

September 19, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice have fined Sims Metal Management $189,500 for polluting San Francisco Bay with scrap metal debris in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Since at least the early 1990s, Sims operated a conveyor belt without adequate...

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AK Steel completes acquisition of Severstal Dearborn

September 17, 2014

AK Steel, West Chester, Ohio, has completed its acquisition of Severstal North America's integrated steelmaking assets located in Dearborn, Mich. The transaction also included a cokemaking facility and interests in three joint ventures that process flat-rolled steel products. Dearborn Works...

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RTI Intl. Metals to supply TiAl for jet engine program

September 17, 2014

RTI Intl. Metals Inc., Pittsburgh, and Snecma, based in Courcouronnes, France, have signed a long-term agreement under which RTI will provide titanium aluminide alloy (TiAl) material for the new CFM International LEAP (leading edge aviation propulsion) engine. The engine was launched by CFM in 2008...

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U.S. Steel announces strategic actions to cut capital investments

September 17, 2014

United States Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, has announced it will not pursue an expansion of its iron ore pellet operations at Keetac in Keewatin, Minn. The expansion would have increased the facility's production by 3.6 million tons annually to a total of 9.6 million tons, and included upgrading and...

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Nucor buys Gallatin Steel

September 16, 2014

Steel company Nucor, Charlotte, N.C., has purchased Gallatin Steel Co., expanding its footprint in the Midwest. Nucor purchased ArcelorMittal’s and Gerdau's respective 50 percent stakes in Gallatin Steel. Gallatin's flat-rolled products mill in Ghent, Ky., has an annual capacity of about 1.8...

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The Material Works enters into agreement allowing SMS Siemag to provide EPS pickling lines

September 12, 2014

The Material Works Ltd. (TMW), Red Bud, Ill., and SMS Siemag AG (SMS), Düsseldorf, Germany, have entered into an agreement whereby SMS may offer, design, build, and install processing lines incorporating eco pickled surface (EPS) cells for descaling carbon and stainless coiled strip steel....

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NSF award funds new manufacturing method for producing metal-ceramic composites

September 12, 2014

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass., has announced that Diana Lados, associate professor of mechanical engineering and founding director of the university's Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc), has received a three-year, $424,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF)...

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Alcoa named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

September 12, 2014

For the 13th year in a row, Alcoa, New York, has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). The firm also was again recognized as the aluminum industry leader on the Dow Jones World Index. Earlier this year Alcoa announced that 2013 was its safest, most environmentally efficient...

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Texas Iron and Metal receives an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau

September 11, 2014

Houston-based steel distributor Texas Iron and Metal has received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), which evaluates and rates businesses based on consumer experiences and marketplace trust. The BBB bases its ratings on a company’s length of time in business, its clear...

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