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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New Star Metals changes name to Material Sciences Corp.

November 3, 2015

New Star Metals has changed its name to Material Sciences Corp., a company New Star acquired in 2014. Based in Detroit, the company is a global provider of material-based systems for lightweighting, acoustic treatment, coating applications, metal processing, laminated products, and supply...

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Alcoa to curtail smelting, refining capacity to drive upstream competitiveness

November 3, 2015

Lightweight metals producer Alcoa has announced it is curtailing uncompetitive smelting and refining capacity to ensure continued competitiveness amid prevailing market conditions. The company will reduce aluminum smelting capacity by 503,000 metric tons and alumina refining capacity by 1.2 million...

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SAF names general manager for California operations

November 2, 2015

SAF (Southern Aluminum Finishing Co.), a distributor of aluminum coil and extrusions and a fabricator for aluminum composite panel manufacturers, has hired Sam Heier as SAF West general manager to manage the company’s Redding, Calif., operations. In this position, he oversees aluminum extrusion...

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Sandmeyer Steel hires district sales manager for Southwest territory

October 29, 2015

Sandmeyer Steel Co., a producer of stainless steel and nickel alloy plate products in Philadelphia, has hired Marcus A. Howard as district sales manager for the Southwest territory. He serves customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Howard has inside and outside sales experience in...

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Mississippi Silicon opens $200 million manufacturing facility

October 29, 2015

Mississippi Silicon has opened the first silicon metal manufacturing facility to be built in the U.S. in more than 40 years. The $200 million, 170,000-sq.-ft. plant, located in Burnsville, Miss., will produce about 36,000 metric tons of silicon metal each year for products from computer chips to...

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AK Steel announces retirement of president/CEO

October 27, 2015

AK Steel, a producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless, and electrical steel products in West Chester, Ohio, has announced that James L. Wainscott, who has served as president/CEO since October 2003 and chairman of the board since January 2006, will retire Jan. 1, 2016. He will continue to serve as...

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Cambridge Architectural mesh featured on Georgia BioScience Training Center

October 27, 2015

Cambridge Architectural, Cambridge, Md., has announced that its metal mesh is featured in the exterior and interior design of the new $14 million Georgia BioScience Training Center, which opened in September 2015. The majority of the building’s exterior is clad with Lanier, a new...

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Lindberg/MPH refurbishes aluminum immersion holding furnace

October 26, 2015

Lindberg/MPH has refurbished an electric immersion aluminum holding furnace for an automotive parts manufacturer, increasing the furnace’s aluminum holding capacity. The furnace is used to maintain aluminum at the required temperature for die casting. Aftermarket services and maintenance are...

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Lightweighting, downgauging bumpers without buckling

October 26, 2015

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The advantages of ultrahigh-strength steels are that they can absorb energy at thinner gauges than mild steels, so metal formers can reduce mass by up to 20 percent by using them. This article, converted from a presentation from the Great Designs in Steel 2015 conference, evaluates optimizing geometries for three different forming processes--hot-forming, hot-stamping, roll forming--to solve challenges to forming thin-gauge materials to achieve light-weighting.

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United Performance Metals names supply chain manager

October 22, 2015

Hamilton, Ohio-based United Performance Metals, a supplier of stainless steel, duplex stainless steel, nickel alloys, and cobalt alloys, has named Richard Vanatsky as director of supply chain. He is responsible for all facets of procuring metal, services, and ancillary materials for the company....

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Modumetal wins New Horizons Idea Award

October 22, 2015

Modumetal, a manufacturer of a new class of nanolaminated metals and materials, is a winner of the 2015 World Oil Awards in the New Horizons Idea category. The award recognizes the company’s nanolayering technology, which enables oil and gas companies to reduce corrosion. According to the...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum announces new director

October 21, 2015

Los Angeles-based Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has appointed Robert A. McEvoy to serve as an independent director. McEvoy retired as a managing director of Goldman Sachs in April 2014 after nine years with the firm. From 1989 to 2001, he served in a variety of roles with the investment banking...

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Braner/Loopco receives order from Viking Materials for slitting line

October 19, 2015

Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, Ill., has received an order from Viking Materials for a Hi-Performance Turret Head™ slitting/shape-correction line to be installed at Viking Materials’ Minneapolis coil processing and distribution facility. The line will have the capacity to precision-slit and...

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AMI Metals awarded multiyear contract by Lockheed Martin

October 19, 2015

AMI Metals Inc., Brentwood, Tenn., a subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Los Angeles, has been awarded a multiyear contract by Lockheed Martin to provide aluminum flat-rolled material for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The five-year contract, with an estimated value of $300 million, runs...

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MCA announces 2015 Chairman’s Award winners

October 19, 2015

Selected by a panel of professional architects, eight outstanding building projects from across the country have been recognized by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) with its 2015 Chairman’s Awards. The awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA...

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