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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LIFT technology partnership focuses on aluminum-lithium alloys

February 29, 2016

LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) has launched a technology project focused on predicting the performance of aluminum-lithium alloys for use in jet engine and other aerospace applications. Lead partners on the project, United Technologies Research Center and the University of Michigan,...

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ABC Coating building fabrication plant in Illinois

February 29, 2016

ABC Coating Co. Inc. has announced plans to relocate its Peotone, Ill., operations to a new, 80,000-sq.-ft. metal fabrication facility in Manteno, Ill. The company fabricates and coats steel for use in the construction industry. The project, to be completed in Q4 2016, provides the company with...

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AP&C adds three powder reactors

February 25, 2016

Montreal-based AP&C, a powder manufacturing subsidiary of Arcam AB, has added capacity by building three new atomizing reactors. The new capacity increase follows a surge in demand for the company’s titanium powders, used in additive manufacturing. According to the company, its plasma...

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Superior Tube, Fine Tubes awarded contracts by Airbus

February 24, 2016

Collegeville, Pa.-based Superior Tube and Plymouth, U.K.-based Fine Tubes, manufacturers and global suppliers of precision tubes for critical applications, have both been awarded contracts by airframe manufacturer Airbus, Toulouse, France. This contract is Superior Tube’s first opportunity to...

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TimkenSteel develops new manufacturing process for high-pressure tubing

February 23, 2016

TimkenSteel, Canton, Ohio, a provider of customized alloy steel products and services, has developed a new process to manufacture high-pressure tubing (HPT) for use in the production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE). The process begins at the Canton facility with the forge-rolling and...

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DSTN to close in Nova Scotia after $56 million investment

February 22, 2016

A steel manufacturing facility in Trenton, N.S., that received $56.3 million in provincial money is shutting down, ending a plan to create hundreds of jobs in the wind energy sector. According to Business Minister Mark Furey, the board of directors for DSME Trenton, known as DSTN, has informed...

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L&R Industries expanding in Missouri

February 22, 2016

L&R Industries, based in Cabool, Mo., is expanding operations with a new steel tube manufacturing and distribution facility in Dunn, Mo. The multimillion-dollar expansion is creating 10 new jobs and being made possible by community efforts to improve infrastructure. Through a Community...

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Hitachi Metals Ltd. completes acquisition of three entities

February 22, 2016

Hitachi Metals Ltd., Manchester, N.H., through its wholly owned subsidiary Hitachi Metals America LLC, has acquired HTP-Meds LLC and Hi-Tech Machine & Fabrication LLC (HTMF). HTP-Meds is a supplier of custom extrusions and braided tubing for the medical device industry. HTMF is a supplier of...

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STI-SPFA announces 2015 Steel Fabricated Product of the Year Awards

February 19, 2016

Lake Zurich, Ill.-based STI-SPFA, a nonprofit trade association representing fabricators of steel storage tanks, water pipe, and pressure vessels, has recognized member companies in 14 product categories with its Steel Fabricated Product of the Year Awards for 2015. Member companies submitted...

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Hayes installs corrugated curver for the U.S. market

February 18, 2016

New Zealand-based Hayes Intl., with a U.S. location in Moundridge, Kan., has installed a corrugated curver at Bridger Steel in Montana. The fully automated machine will allow the company to smooth-curve 2.67- by 7/8-in.-deep corrugated sheets for such applications as radius roof curves, liquid...

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Steel Dynamics announces management appointments

February 17, 2016

Steel producer and metal recycler Steel Dynamics Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., has created three new leadership positions to coincide with the March 31, 2016, retirement of company co-founder Richard P. Teets Jr., executive vice president of steelmaking and president/COO of steel operations. Teets will...

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Rolled Alloys Canada launches e-commerce website

February 17, 2016

Rolled Alloys Canada, a provider of stainless steels, nickel, cobalt, and titanium alloys and value-added processing in Mississauga, Ont., has launched an e-commerce website at www.rolledalloys.ca. The site offers comprehensive information along with e-commerce quoting and purchasing. Features...

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Rolled Alloys announces expanded processing capabilities

February 16, 2016

Houston-based Rolled Alloys has announced the addition of a Kasto BBS automated plate saw at its 80,000-sq.-ft. service center. The saw can process all stocked thicknesses up to 279 in. long automatically with no HAZ and improved lead times, the company reports. Other processing capabilities at the...

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U.S. stainless steel sheet/strip producers file antidumping petitions against Chinese imports

February 15, 2016

AK Steel Corp., ATI Flat Rolled Products, North American Stainless, and Outokumpu Stainless USA LLC, all U.S.-based producers of stainless steel sheet and strip, have filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions charging that unfairly traded imports of stainless steel sheet and strip from...

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Commercial Metals Co. closes fence post operations in Arkansas

February 12, 2016

Commercial Metals Co. (CMC) has announced the closure of its fence post operations in Magnolia, Ark. Production will be relocated to the San Marcos, Texas, fence post production facility as operations in Magnolia wind down and cease entirely by the end of Q3 2016. In addition, CMC Steel...

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