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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Antimicrobial copper displaces stainless steel, germs for medical applications

June 20, 2011

Stainless steel is favored for many uses because it doesn’t rust and it’s easy to clean. However, for medical environments, copper is making inroads. Copper has been shown to kill six varieties of bacteria, and the EPA has registered more than 350 alloys to have antimicrobial properties.

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HRB downward price trend slowing

June 15, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for June 13 rose 1.4 percent to $738 per ton, FOB the port of export, after falling three weeks ago. The Western European HRB price slipped 0.1 percent to $814 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 3.6 percent), ex-works, for the second...

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Atlas Tube to reopen Arkansas facility

June 14, 2011

Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, has announced that it will reopen its hollow structural section (HSS) manufacturing facility in Blytheville, Ark. Starting in September, the facility will begin regularly scheduled mill rollings, producing round, square, and rectangle products for...

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International Metallographic Society to appoint honorary CFO - TheFabricator.com

International Metallographic Society to appoint honorary CFO

May 31, 2011

The International Metallographic Society (IMS), an affiliate society of ASM International, will appoint David Rollings as honorary CFO in August. In the position, Rollings will be responsible for developing IMS's annual budget, making financial projections, and managing its corporate support...

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Macsteel renamed by Brazilian owner

May 31, 2011

Gerdau S.A., Brazilian owner of Macsteel, Jackson, Mich., has changed the company's official name from Gerdau Macsteel to Gerdau Special Steel North America. The new name coincides with the 110th anniversary of Gerdau's founding and an accompanying companywide rebranding. "We saw this anniversary...

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HRB prices down worldwide

May 26, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for May 23 slipped 0.3 percent to $634 per ton after rising four consecutive times. The World export HRB price slipped 0.5 percent to $728 per ton, FOB the port of export, after rising two weeks ago. The Western European HRB price fell...

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Marmon/Keystone adds new equipment to Fort Worth facility

May 16, 2011

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., has completed installation of a model 6S modern automatic cutoff system at its Forth Worth, Texas, branch. The lathe system can process materials from 1 to 7 in. OD and handles jobs requiring high-speed, close-tolerance cutting. A second Amada PC saw 300 also has been...

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HRB prices down in U.S., up elsewhere

May 11, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for May 9 rose 0.5 percent to $636 per ton for the fourth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 0.2 percent to $832 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 1.1 percent), ex-works, after falling two consecutive times. The...

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AGA announces 2011 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Award winners

May 9, 2011

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA), Centennial, Colo., has announced the winners of the 2011 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards competition. Eighty applicants submitted projects completed in 2010 to be independently judged by a panel of architects and engineers. Seventeen submissions...

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HRB prices up slightly in China, down elsewhere

April 28, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 25 rose 0.8 percent to $633 per ton for the third consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price fell 1.2 percent to $830 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive decline. The...

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Michael Gold

April 25, 2011

ASTM Intl. Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Alloys, W. Conshohocken, Pa., has presented consultant Michael Gold of Gold Metallurgical Services LLC, North Benton, Ohio, with the ASTM Award of Merit. The Award of Merit, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM's highest...

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Timken to increase capacity across steel plants

April 19, 2011

The Timken Company will increase its annual steelmaking capacity by 120,000 tons across its steel manufacturing facilities in Canton, Ohio. The company is achieving this boost through a series of improvements at its Harrison Steel Plant that build upon and further leverage the $60 million...

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HRB pricing momentum stalls; China up, U.S., World, & Western Europe down

April 13, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 11 rose 3.6 percent to $628 per ton for the second consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot price slipped 0.1 percent to $969 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after rising nine consecutive times. The World export HRB price...

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Macsteel Service Centers expands with Florida facility

April 12, 2011

Macsteel Service Centers USA, Newport Beach, Calif., has expanded its business operations in the Southeast with the opening of a new, 60,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Lakeland, Fla. The facility, which will service the state of Florida, stocks ERW pipe in Grades A, B, and seamless. Future...

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Bushwick Metals promotes three executives

April 12, 2011

Bushwick Metals LLC, Bridgeport, Conn., a distributor of carbon steel, HSLA steel, stainless steel, and specialty products, has announced the promotion of three executives. Gary Magnotti has been promoted to vice president of finance/controller. In this position, he oversees accounting, human...

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