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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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SSAB to establish R&D facility in China

October 25, 2010

SSAB, Stockholm, Sweden, will build a research and development facility in Kunshan, China, as part of a strategy to establish a strong footprint in Asia. The center will focus on workshop expertise and application development of high-strength steels. Chinese customers will receive training on how...

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Timken to increase prices on special bar quality products

October 25, 2010

The Timken Co. has announced it is increasing base prices on all special bar quality (SBQ) products by $30 per ton. These price increases are effective with shipments beginning on Dec. 1, 2010, and apply only to non-contract pricing. Raw material surcharges will remain in effect....

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USW applauds final ITC vote for duties on seamless pipe China imports

October 18, 2010

The United Steelworkers (USW) applauded the 6-0 affirmative vote October 15 by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on a joint petition with U.S. pipe makers against China imports of seamless carbon and alloy steel line and pressure pipe. "This is the sixth successful trade case against...

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Mississippi Steel Processing adds heavy-duty slitting capability

October 18, 2010

Mississippi Steel Processing LLC has announced an expansion of its new facility located on the campus of the Severstal Steel Mill in Columbus, Miss. Although the facility is under construction, plans have been modified to begin the second-phase processing bay, which will add 72,000 sq. ft. to the...

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Study finds China's extensive government intervention reason for unprecedented steel production growth

October 14, 2010

A new study released Oct. 14 concludes that the unprecedented growth of the Chinese steel industry is inconsistent with commercial considerations and has been facilitated by massive government intervention. The report entitled The Reform Myth: How China is Using State Power to Create the World's...

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HRB prices mixed — U.S. and World Export down; China and Western Europe up

October 14, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for Oct. 11 fell 3.4 percent to $631 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the second consecutive decline. The World export HRB price declined 1.8 percent to $612 per ton, FOB the port of export, after five consecutive increases. The...

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M&M Mfg. acquires Wilkins Corp.

October 11, 2010

M&M Mfg. LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, a portfolio company of TGF Management Corp., has announced its acquisition of The Wilkins Corp., Little Rock, Ark. Wilkins is a family-owned and -operated manufacturer of steel duct pipe and fittings for the HVAC industry. Operating out of a 50,000-sq.-ft....

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RathGibson supplies tubing to power generation industry in China

October 11, 2010

RathGibson, Lincolnshire, Ill., a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has supplied Nanjing Turbine & Electric Machinery Group Co. Ltd. (NTC), located in China, with 40 tons of light-walled titanium tubing. The Chinese...

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Titanium foam developed for bone implants

October 11, 2010

A new material for bone implants could replace current solid-metal titanium implants to help improve flexibility and bone regrowth. Peter Quadbeck of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials Research in Dresden, Germany, and his colleagues have created a...

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HRB prices stumble — World up 1.3 percent; Western Europe flat; U.S. down 1.1 percent; China down 2.2 percent

September 29, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for September 27 rose 1.3 percent to $623 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fifth consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price stayed flat at $692 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 4.5 percent), exworks, after rising two weeks...

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Steel Dynamics to buy joist-making assets from Commercial Metals Co.

September 28, 2010

Steel Dynamics Inc. announced Sept. 27 that it has agreed to acquire from affiliates of Commercial Metals Company (CMC), certain facilities and assets of CMC's former steel-joist manufacturing operations. These assets will become a part of SDI's wholly owned subsidiary, New Millennium Building...

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Heidtman Steel expands service capabilities

September 21, 2010

Heidtman Steel, a supplier of steel products and services in Toledo, Ohio, has expanded processing capabilities at two of its facilities. The company has improved the pickle line at its Erie, Mich., location and has commissioned a new SMS Demag multiblanking line at its Butler, Ind., sheet...

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HRB prices up 1.3 to 5.8 percent

September 15, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese hot-rolled band (HRB) ex-works price for Sept. 13 surged 5.8 percent to $551 per ton, after declining three weeks ago. The U.S. HRB spot price rose 3.1 percent to $660 per metric ton, FOB the mill for the second consecutive rise. The world export HRB price...

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Direct Metals Co. achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification

September 7, 2010

Direct Metals Co. LLC has become an ISO 9001:2008-certified organization at both locations in Kennesaw, Ga., and Park City, Ill. Its ISO conformance extends to warehousing, sales, fabrication, and distribution of all its industrial metals and fiberglass products. The company also is...

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HRB prices rudderless; World and U.S. prices up, Western Europe and China prices down

August 27, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ world export HRB price for August 23 rose 1.5 percent to $604 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the third consecutive time. The U.S. HRB spot price rose 0,9 percent to $640 per metric ton, FOB the mill after six consecutive declines. The Western European HRB...

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