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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MPIF opens registration for introductory PM short course

July 18, 2016

Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has opened registration for its Basic Powder Metallurgy (PM) Short Course, which will be held Aug. 15 – 17, 2016, at Penn State Conference Center Hotel, State College, Pa. The program will feature nearly three full days of programming focusing on an...

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Domestic aluminum extrusion consumption grows 4.6 percent in 2015

July 18, 2016

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., and the Aluminum Association, Arlington, Va., have released industry estimates of aluminum extrusion shipments in North America by major market for 2015. Among key findings, domestic consumption of aluminum extrusions in the U.S. and Canada,...

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AEC joins coalition of manufacturers opposed to automatically granting China market economy status

July 8, 2016

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., has joined Manufacturers for Trade Enforcement, a coalition of U.S. industry trade groups opposed to the automatic granting of market economy status for China at the end of 2016. AEC joins The Aluminum Association, American Iron & Steel...

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Constellium to open manufacturing facility in Mexico

July 7, 2016

Amsterdam-based Constellium N.V. has announced plans to open a new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, to produce aluminum automotive structural components. The automotive industry expects that nearly 5 million vehicles will be produced annually in Mexico by 2019, making it one...

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Alro Steel opens facility in Oklahoma

July 6, 2016

Metals and industrial supplies distributor Alro Steel has announced the opening of an 80,000-sq.-ft. facility in Tulsa, Okla. It replaces the company’s former 9,000-sq.-ft. Tulsa facility. The larger footprint allows the company to process additional grades and sizes of metals, including...

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Steel Dynamics to acquire Vulcan Threaded Products

July 5, 2016

Steel producer and metal recycler Steel Dynamics Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Vulcan Threaded Products Inc., a Pelham, Ala.-based manufacturer and supplier of threaded steel rod, cold-drawn bar, and heat-treated bar. The transaction is expected to be completed in...

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U. S. Steel president/CEO comments on ITC decision in core trade case

June 27, 2016

U.S. Steel Corp. President/CEO Mario Longhi has issued the following statement in response to the International Trade Commission's (ITC) affirmative decision regarding corrosion-resistant steel imports: "United States Steel Corporation is pleased with the International Trade Commission's...

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Patrick Industries acquires Mishawaka Sheet Metal LLC

June 21, 2016

Patrick Industries Inc., Elkhart, Ind., has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Mishawaka Sheet Metal LLC (MSM), also of Elkhart. MSM is a distributor and fabricator of aluminum and steel products serving the RV and industrial markets. Patrick, a manufacturer of...

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Lightweight materials collaboration to launch in Great Lakes region

June 21, 2016

LIFT - Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow and the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) have announced an agreement to collaborate on introducing advanced lightweight material solutions to the Great Lakes region’s aerospace manufacturing industry. As part of this...

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Specialty Strip & Oscillating renews ISO 9001:2008 certification

June 17, 2016

Masury, Ohio-based Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc. has announced the renewal of its ISO 9001:2008 certification for the processing and slitting of steel. The company supplies conventional slit and oscillate coils in cold-rolled low-carbon, high-carbon, alloy, and stainless steel. It provides...

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Direct Metals marks 20th anniversary

June 15, 2016

Direct Metals, an international steel service center with locations in Kennesaw, Ga., and Waukegan, Ill., marks its 20th year in business in 2016. Founded in 1996, Direct Metals is an ISO 9001:2008-certified company offering perforated metal, bar grating, expanded metal, safety grating,...

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MPIF announces PM Design Excellence Award winners

June 14, 2016

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has announced the winners of its 2016 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards competition. The grand prize in the automotive-transmission category was awarded to GKN Sinter Metals, Auburn Hills, Mich., for five components—a side gear, two...

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Nucor, JFE Steel form joint venture to supply automotive market in Mexico

June 9, 2016

Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C., has announced the formation of a 50-50 joint venture with JFE Steel Corp. of Japan to build and operate a plant in central Mexico to supply that country's automotive market. The plant is expected to cost $270 million and have a capacity of 400,000 tons per year of...

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JMC Steel Group changes name to Zekelman Industries

June 7, 2016

JMC Steel Group, Chicago, has announced that it has changed its corporate name and identity to Zekelman Industries Inc. Zekelman Industries, a value-added metal processor, is the parent company of Atlas Tube, Wheatland Tube, Sharon Tube, Picoma, and Energex Tube. Each of these business units...

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