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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HRB prices: 'Never-ending bottom'

April 29, 2009

In its latest release of hot-rolled band prices, SteelBenchmarker™'s headline read "never-ending bottom."The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarkerWestern European HRB price for April 27 plummeted 6.0...

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Is cast iron just cast iron?

April 28, 2009


Cast iron comes in many different types with different properties. Not all can be welded, cut, or machined in the same way, and some types are better suited for specific applications than others. This article discusses the most common types and how to use them.

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World steel demand set for sharpest decline since WWII

April 27, 2009

Reuters has reported that the world's steel industry is bracing for the steepest fall in demand since World War II, "as global economic downturn rips through the sector, chopping demand by almost 15...

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TMK IPSCO Kentucky plant ratifies new labor agreement

April 23, 2009

TMK IPSCO was notified yesterday by the United Steelworkers and its Local 1870 that union members at the company's Wilder, Ky., plant have ratified the tentative labor agreement reached last week. The...

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AK Steel announces stainless steel price increase

April 20, 2009

AK Steel said today that it is increasing base prices for all 200, 300, and 400 series flat rolled stainless steel products by 6 percent to 9 percent, depending upon the grade and product form,...

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HRB prices continue to drop

April 15, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarkerU.S. HRB price for April 13 plummeted 8.0 percent to $474 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the 17th consecutive drop. The Chinese HRB ex-works price dropped 5.3 percent...

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AHSS materials added to die design, forming software database

April 14, 2009

AutoForm now includes material data for a number of SSAB advanced high-strength steels (AHSSs) in its software systems for die design and sheet metal forming simulation.SSAB is the first carbon steel...

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MCA initiates research with ORNL on next-generation wall and roof assemblies

April 14, 2009

The Metal Construction Association (MCA), Glenview, Ill., and the Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have agreed on a multiyear research project aimed at evaluating the future...

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TMK IPSCO opens Baytown heat treat facility

April 13, 2009

Construction of a new heat treat facility has been completed at TMK IPSCO's Baytown Works in Baytown, Texas. The facility is designed to heat treat and finish mainly seamless tubing and casing sizes...

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USW joins oil tubular trade case against China imports

April 9, 2009

Seven U.S. oil country tubular goods (OCTG) producers and the United Steelworkers (USW) have filed an antidumping and countervailing duty trade case against China imports with the U.S. Department of...

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Hydro to close precision tubing plant in Michigan

March 31, 2009

Norway-based Hydro, a supplier of aluminum and aluminum products, has announced that it is consolidating its aluminum precision tubing operation in North America and closing it plant in Adrian, Mich....

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HRB prices: 'Bottom unfathomable'

March 25, 2009

In its latest release of hot-rolled band prices, SteelBenchmarker™'s headline read "bottom unfathomable."The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB price for March 23 fell 1.0 percent to...

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Gallatin Steel Co announces organizational changes

March 23, 2009

Gallatin Steel, Ghent, Ky., has announced that Tobin Pospisil, current chief financial officer and general manager of Administration and Finance, has been promoted to the position of president of...

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USW celebrates 'Buy American' wins

March 18, 2009

March 17, the United Steelworkers (USW) celebrated a milestone in its economic renewal campaign—the passage of a "Buy American" resolution in more than 100 states and municipalities across the...

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Two AK Steel coke plants receive industry's highest safety award

March 18, 2009

AK Steel said today that, for the first time in history, the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI) bestowed its highest award for safety on two cokemaking plants in the same year, both of...

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