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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ET Foundation awards $20,000 in the 2014 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

June 27, 2014

The Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation (ET Foundation) of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., has awarded $20,000 to professional designers and students in the 2014 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. Ninety-five entries were received for the...

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Vista Metals Corp. recognized as Champion of Manufacturing by CMTA

June 26, 2014

Vista Metals Corp., Fontana, Calif., is one of seven manufacturing companies to receive recognition for being a Champion of Manufacturing from the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA). The honorees were recognized “for their commitment to California, to their workers, and...

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Alcoa to acquire Firth Rixson

June 26, 2014

Alcoa, New York, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Firth Rixson, a provider of aerospace jet engine components based in Sheffield, U.K., from Oak Hill Capital Partners, for $2.85 billion in cash and stock. The acquisition is expected to increase Alcoa’s annual aerospace revenues by...

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Phillips Metals signs sales rep agreement with Century Tube

June 23, 2014

Phillips Metals Inc. (PMI), Plainfield, Ill., has signed an exclusive sales representation agreement with Century Tube LLC for mechanical and coated steel tubing. PMI will promote the Century Tube product and brand in the mechanical and galvanized industries throughout North America. Century...

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North American demand for lightweight automotive materials to reach 22.3 billion lbs.

June 20, 2014

Demand for lightweight automotive materials in the North American light-vehicle market is anticipated to rise 5.2 percent annually to 22.3 billion lbs. in 2018. Regulatory pressure will be the major force propelling growth, as the current race to lighten the automobile is largely being driven by...

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Whirlwind Steel to manufacture Gallery Furniture’s largest store

June 19, 2014

Houston metal building manufacturer Whirlwind Steel Buildings is manufacturing steel for the newest Gallery Furniture store in Richmond, Texas. Whirlwind will work with the furniture retailer to make the steel for its new store. Construction of the 165,000-sq.-ft. building is expected to be...

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Arnold Magnetic Technologies launches new division name

June 18, 2014

Magnet manufacturer Arnold Magnetic Technologies, Chicago, has announced the rebranding of its Rolled Products division. The division’s new name, Precision Thin Metals (PTM), better reflects the strategic role its thin and ultrathin specialty alloys play in high-efficiency motors, generators, and...

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Sandvik in strategic cooperation with Zhuzhou Group

June 17, 2014

Sandvik AB, Sandviken, Sweden, has signed a letter of intent with Zhuzhou Cemented Carbide Group Co. Ltd. to form a joint venture for strategic cooperation. The Zhuzhou Group, located in Zhuzhou, China, is a manufacturer of cemented carbide and its compatible tools. It also offers smelting services...

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Metal Supermarkets opens store in Massachusetts

June 17, 2014

Metal Supermarkets®, a supplier of small-quantity metals, has opened its 66th store in Woburn, Mass. The Metal Supermarkets Boston-North franchise, which supplies all sizes and types of metal, is led by Gary Ainsworth. Before opening the franchise, Ainsworth was a senior manager in operations...

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A. M. Castle & Co. signs agreement as preferred supplier with United Technologies

June 13, 2014

A. M. Castle & Co., a global distributor of metal and plastic products in Oak Brook, Ill., has signed a long-term agreement to become a preferred supplier of raw materials and value-added services, including processed and machined parts and supply chain services, to business units of United...

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Timken Co. launches DeltaX Initiative

June 12, 2014

The Timken Co., Canton, Ohio, has redesigned its engineering, product management, and business systems teams to drive development of its product lines and advance its technical capabilities. Timken is committing $60 million to its DeltaX Initiative, a multi-year investment designed to improve...

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Liquidmetal Technologies, USC develop amorphous metal sheet manufacturing process

June 10, 2014

Liquidmetal® Technologies Inc., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., a developer of amorphous alloys and composites, and the University of Southern California’s M.C. Gill Composites Center have joined forces to develop an advanced manufacturing process to produce large-scale amorphous metal and fiber...

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Rolled Alloys expands processing capabilities

June 9, 2014

Rolled Alloys, a supplier of stainless steels, nickel, cobalt, and titanium alloys, has expanded the processing capabilities at its 80,000-sq.-ft. service center in Houston. The addition of a new Behringer HBM-540 complements the existing bar saws, a new racking system, and expanded inventory and...

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Local Motors announces winners of 3D Printed Car Design Challenge

June 6, 2014

Local Motors Inc., Phoenix, has announced the winners of the first 3D Printed Car Design Challenge, launched in April to uncover concepts that will inform and influence the vehicle that will be printed live at IMTS—International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago in September. More...

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Aerodyne Alloys launches guaranteed shipment program nationwide

June 4, 2014

Aerodyne Alloys LLC, South Windsor, Conn., has announced the launch of its Aerodyne Fastrac guaranteed shipment program. The program guarantees that an order placed by 11:00 a.m. will ship by 5:00 p.m. the same day, or the company will credit the invoice $50. The firm supplies and processes...

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