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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U. S. Steel president/CEO applauds U.S. DOC decision on OCTG trade case

July 14, 2014

Pittsburgh-based U. S. Steel Corp. president and CEO Mario Longhi issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce's final determination in a trade case on OCTG against nine countries including South Korea. The company — the largest integrated producer of tubular products...

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Timken to invest $22 million in new selling support infrastructure

July 9, 2014

The Timken Co., North Canton, Ohio, is investing $22 million in new customer and sales management tools. Part of the company's previously announced DeltaX Initiative, the new XSell platform leverages the SAP infrastructure Timken deployed enterprisewide over the past several years. It will...

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Lincoln Electric licenses NanoSteel’s weld overlay, thermal spray technologies

July 9, 2014

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has been granted an exclusive worldwide license to The NanoSteel® Co.’s proprietary steel coatings technology for weld overlay and thermal spray applications. “These unique products provide a level of hardness and abrasion resistance that is superior to chrome...

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Four executives honored by Best Practice Institute for key roles in Novelis turnaround

July 8, 2014

Best Practice Institute has honored four senior leaders at Novelis, Atlanta, for the pivotal roles they have played in the turnaround of the aluminum products manufacturer and recycler. The 2014 BPI C-Suite Award is presented to Steve Fisher, senior vice president and CFO, and Nick Madden,...

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Texas Iron and Metal marks 75 years in business

July 8, 2014

Steel and pipe provider Texas Iron and Metal, Houston, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014. Established during World War II, the company began supplying stainless steel products to aid the country’s war effort. Today the firm has two offices: its headquarters in Houston and a second...

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Ashland Aluminum updates Michigan facility

July 2, 2014

Ashland Aluminum has updated its facility in Fowlerville, Mich., with new electronics, gauge controls, and environmental upgrades to the mill. A new furnace also has been commissioned with new electronics for tighter temperature control for energy efficiency. Processing equipment includes a...

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Braner/Loopco ships slitting line to Goldin Metals

July 1, 2014

Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, Ill., has shipped and commissioned a precision shape-correction slitting line to Goldin Metals in Gulfport, Miss. The line can process 60,000 lb. by 72-in.-dia. surface-critical coated carbon steel and stainless coil in gauges from 0.008 to 0.135 in. It features a...

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Main Steel to install Herr-Voss leveling machine

June 30, 2014

Herr-Voss Stamco®, Callery, Pa., has received an order from Main Steel, Harmony, Pa., for a new precision leveler®. The machine will be added to an existing cut-to-length line, allowing the company to expand its gauge...

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O’Neal Steel, Leeco Steel prevail in RICO/fraud lawsuit

June 27, 2014

In January 2011, O’Neal Steel Inc. and Leeco Steel LLC instituted a lawsuit to recover damages sustained as a result of having been sold steel on the basis of fraudulent representations of its quality. The defendants were David Chatkin, Lance Chatkin, Bruce Adelstein, Ryan Chatkin, Von Argyle,...

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ET Foundation awards $20,000 in the 2014 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

June 27, 2014

The Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation (ET Foundation) of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., has awarded $20,000 to professional designers and students in the 2014 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. Ninety-five entries were received for the...

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Vista Metals Corp. recognized as Champion of Manufacturing by CMTA

June 26, 2014

Vista Metals Corp., Fontana, Calif., is one of seven manufacturing companies to receive recognition for being a Champion of Manufacturing from the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA). The honorees were recognized “for their commitment to California, to their workers, and...

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Alcoa to acquire Firth Rixson

June 26, 2014

Alcoa, New York, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Firth Rixson, a provider of aerospace jet engine components based in Sheffield, U.K., from Oak Hill Capital Partners, for $2.85 billion in cash and stock. The acquisition is expected to increase Alcoa’s annual aerospace revenues by...

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Phillips Metals signs sales rep agreement with Century Tube

June 23, 2014

Phillips Metals Inc. (PMI), Plainfield, Ill., has signed an exclusive sales representation agreement with Century Tube LLC for mechanical and coated steel tubing. PMI will promote the Century Tube product and brand in the mechanical and galvanized industries throughout North America. Century...

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North American demand for lightweight automotive materials to reach 22.3 billion lbs.

June 20, 2014

Demand for lightweight automotive materials in the North American light-vehicle market is anticipated to rise 5.2 percent annually to 22.3 billion lbs. in 2018. Regulatory pressure will be the major force propelling growth, as the current race to lighten the automobile is largely being driven by...

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Whirlwind Steel to manufacture Gallery Furniture’s largest store

June 19, 2014

Houston metal building manufacturer Whirlwind Steel Buildings is manufacturing steel for the newest Gallery Furniture store in Richmond, Texas. Whirlwind will work with the furniture retailer to make the steel for its new store. Construction of the 165,000-sq.-ft. building is expected to be...

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