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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UHSS alloy serves as alternative to many cobalt-containing, precipitation hardenable alloys

March 21, 2011

Carpenter Technology Corp. has developed a new ultrahigh-strength steel (UHSS) alloy that serves as an alternative to many cobalt-containing, precipitation hardenable alloys. Temper Tough™ alloy is an air-melted, cobalt-free, quench-and-tempered alloy that combines high strength and toughness...

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HRB prices rise in U.S. and Western Europe, fall elsewhere

March 16, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for March 14 rose 2.8 percent to $958 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eighth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 2.8 percent to $838 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the seventh...

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Ryerson acquires Singer Steel

March 15, 2011

Ryerson Inc., a distributor and processor of metals in North America and China, has announced that it has acquired Singer Steel Company, a value-added flat rolled steel processor based in Streetsboro, Ohio. Terms of the transaction were not announced. "This acquisition represents another step in...

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Steel Market Update reports on Japanese steel mills & manufacturing affected by earthquake

March 14, 2011

Steel Market Update has researched the status of various steel mills and manufacturing facilities in Japan that have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11. A report by John Packard posted on steelmarketupdate.com said that "according to a Saturday news report...

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R&D Update: Hot-stamping boron-alloyed steels for automotive parts

March 10, 2011 | By Taylan Altan, Ph.D.

CPF has conducted experiments using finite element simulation of the hot stamping process. The process can help manufacturers predict such final part properties as thickness, temperature, and hardness distribution.

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TMK IPSCO upgrades facility in Wilder, Ky.

March 9, 2011

Pipe producer TMK IPSCO is making a number of investments at its facility in Wilder, Ky., intended to improve operational efficiency and add value for its oil and gas industry customers. The company's most significant investment in Wilder will be the installation of a thread shop, for which the...

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Kennametal raises more than half-million dollars for United Way

March 8, 2011

Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal Inc. has announced that it raised more than $570,000 in support of the United Way and its agencies during the company's 2010 United Way Campaign. Of the total, $328,488 was pledged by more than 900 employees throughout Kennametal facilities nationwide. More than...

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Nucor announces ground breaking in St. James Parish project; names facility general manager

March 7, 2011

Nucor Corp. announced today that it has broken ground on its direct reduced iron (DRI) making facility that will be located in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dan DiMicco, spoke at the event, alongside Governor Bobby Jindal and Economic Development...

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Marmon/Keystone opens hot-rolled seamless tubing depot on West Coast

March 7, 2011

Marmon/Keystone LLC, Butler, Pa., has added a hot-rolled seamless tubing depot at its Los Angeles branch. This new inventory supplies customers in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Utah. The new depot stocks the sizes of hot-rolled seamless tubing that previously had been shipping out...

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HRB spot prices up in U.S., Western Europe, down elsewhere

March 2, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for February 28 surged 3.9 percent to $932 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the seventh consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 1.6 percent to $815 per ton (on a Euro basis, it slipped 0.5 percent), ex-works, for the...

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Shale-Inland acquires Main Steel Polishing Company Inc.

March 1, 2011

Shale-Inland Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Craig T. Bouchard, has announced Shale-Inland's acquisition of 100 percent of the stock of Main Steel Polishing Company Inc., which is based in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. The debt-free transaction provides Shale-Inland with a national...

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Macsteel Service Centers USA acquires Steel Coil Services from U.S. Steel

March 1, 2011

Macsteel Service Centers USA has announced the acquisition of the assets and business of Steel Coil Services in Catoosa, Oklahoma, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corp. Michael Hoffman, President & CEO, Macsteel Service Centers USA said, "We are excited at the prospect of adding to our...

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Samuel, Son & Co. closes Kentucky plant

February 28, 2011

Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd., parent company of Associated Tube Group, has announced plans to close its only remaining U.S. stainless steel tube manufacturing facility, located in Elizabethtown, Ky., by June 30. The closing will eliminate 48 jobs. The company maintains facilities in Markham, Ont.,...

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Merfish Pipe & Supply hires general manager/vice president

February 28, 2011

Merfish Pipe & Supply, Houston, has announced the appointment of Robert Setzekorn as general manager/vice president. In this position, he provides leadership for several key functional areas of the company, reporting to the owners. Setzekorn has more than 28 years of experience in the building...

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Nanshan America to build aluminum extrusion plant in Indiana

February 28, 2011

Nanshan America Co. Ltd., Chicago, has announced plans to construct an aluminum extrusion plant in Lafayette, Ind. The new plant, to be named Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum Technologies, is expected to create more than 200 new jobs in the next two to three years. It represents a $100 million...

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