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Plate prices poised to rise, sentiment mixed

Plate prices appear poised to move upward after three major domestic producers recently announced increases of $30 to $40 per ton ($1.50 to $2 per hundredweight).
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Outokumpu's Calvert mill will meet commitments

Outokumpu Stainless USA LLC’s Calvert, Ala., mill will meet “all fourth-quarter customer commitments,” a company spokeswoman told AMM, despite persistent rumors that maintenance issues have affected production and raw materials consumption at the site.
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Energy plants lift construction index in July

Energy-related plant construction helped push a key domestic building index up 6 percent in July.
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Takeover could strengthen PSL North America

PSL North America LLC’s pending sale to India’s Jindal SAW Ltd. could make the mill a more viable competitor in the large-diameter spiral-welded pipe market due to its new parent’s deeper pockets, industry participants told AMM this past week.
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China rod/bar import confusion fades

U.S. imports of Chinese hot-rolled bar have plummeted from year-ago levels, mirroring a decline in Chinese wire rod imports, and market sources said the issue of misclassified material has become less of a problem this year.
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W. Coast tubing prices stabilize after declines

Structural steel tubing prices remain flat on the West Coast and show little sign of rising after falling earlier this summer.
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Mercedes swaps aluminum pistons for steel

German automaker Mercedes-Benz will replace aluminum pistons with high-tech steel pistons in one of its diesel passenger vehicles starting in September.
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NAS boosting stainless steel prices in Oct.

North American Stainless Inc. (NAS) will increase stainless steel prices across a variety of grades and products effective Oct. 1.
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Ex-PSL North America chief Vaill joins Trinity Industries

Former PSL North America LLC chief executive officer Brian Vaill is now a vice president at Trinity Industries Inc., according to his LinkedIn profile.
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No politics in trade rulings: Commerce

The U.S. Commerce Department has reiterated that politics are not relevant in the conduct of trade investigations, even as lobbying from lawmakers and interest groups escalates amid a string of steel trade cases this year.
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ITC vote puts duties on OCTG from six nations

Imports of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from India, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam are harming the domestic industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled unanimously Aug. 22.
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ArcelorMittal, SSAB boost plate prices

ArcelorMittal USA LLC and SSAB Americas have followed an earlir move by Nucor Corp. and raised plate prices.
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Canadian rail car builder hiring workers

National Steel Car Ltd., Canada’s only rail car builder, is boosting employment, spurred by its recent entry into tank cars and rising demand for its traditional lines of freight cars.
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Essar Steel’s Ch. 15 petition approved

Essar Steel Algoma Inc.’s petition for protection under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code has been approved.
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Cargill offering cold-rolled coil

Cargill Inc. is offering "immediate shipment" of cold-rolled coil for $38 to $39 per hundredweight ($760 to $780 per ton) from two Midwest sites, the company told customers.
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Steel sheet tags mixed, price direction divided

Hot-rolled band prices held their ground while cold-rolled coil tags edged down this week, due perhaps to import pressure.
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Metinvest subsidiary backs ITC ruling

A subsidiary of Ukrainian steelmaker Metinvest is intervening in a dispute over a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decision allowing anti-dumping duties on Ukrainian wire rod to expire, which U.S. producers have argued will result in Ukrainian exporters dumping wire rod into the domestic market.
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US pushes case vs. Turkish rebar at meeting

The U.S. steel industry continues efforts to step up pressure in a trade case against Turkish reinforcing bar products, with several domestic producers and their legal counsel meeting with Commerce Department officials.
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USS lifts coating extras; others seen following

Domestic steelmakers are continuing their push to raise zinc coating extras in an effort to offset higher costs.
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Nucor facility adds automated fence post system

Arnold Machine Inc. has built an automated system to cut, paint and bundle fence posts at Nucor Corp.’s mill in Plymouth, Utah.
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USS boosts zinc coating extras

U.S. Steel Corp. has increased prices for coating-weight extras for hot-dipped galvanized and galvannealed products.
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Beam trade case threat could impact imports

Reports that U.S. steel beam mills are contemplating trade action against imports could put an initial damper on some traders’ willingness to quote material, but it also could spur others to move beams here as soon as possible, market sources said this week.
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Corsa completes buy of PBS Coals

Canadian coal miner Corsa Coal Corp. has completed its $60-million acquisition of PBS Coals Inc., the North American coal assets of OAO Severstal.
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ITC’s India steel rod ruling faces challenge

U.S. producers of steel threaded rod will appeal a recent U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decision that Indian rod imports are not injuring or threatening to injure the domestic industry, mirroring a similar appeal in a trade case against Thailand.
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US, India appealing parts of WTO steel decision

The United States and India have separately appealed parts of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on steel trade between the two countries, with both governments faulting "issues of law and legal interpretation" in the July report.
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PSL North America sold to India's Jindal SAW

Bankrupt large-diameter spiral-weld pipe maker PSL North America LLC has been sold to India’s Jindal SAW Ltd. for $100 million.
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Scrap price sentiment said improving for Sept.

Strengthening steel mill order books, finished steel prices and ferrous scrap export prices, combined with tighter scrap supply and transportation issues, have boosted market sentiment for domestic scrap prices in September.
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Plymouth Tube to close Wisconsin facility

Plymouth Tube Co. is planning to permanently shutter a plant in East Troy, Wis., starting in mid-October.
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China, US boost global steel output

Global crude steel output rose 1.7 percent last month to more than 136.8 million tonnes, led by Asia, North America and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
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Severstal Columbus to pay $135,000 penalty

Severstal North America Inc. has agreed to pay a $135,000 penalty to settle alleged operating permit violations at its electric-arc furnace operation in Columbus, Miss., according to Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality documents.
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USS Gary Works fire extinguished

The coke plant at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Gary Works in northwest Indiana suffered a fire Aug. 19, a company spokeswoman said.
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US structural steel mills weighing trade action

U.S. structural steel producers, concerned that imports are biting into an improving market, are weighing a possible trade action against foreign mills on beams.
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Stainless scrap prices continue to slide

Stainless steel scrap prices continued to slide this week in step with lower nickel prices, and industry sources said there is "little sign of an upside."
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Trade verdict fails to deter S. Korea OCTG

U.S. imports of oil country tubular goods from South Korea show no sign of slowing one month after the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration imposed anti-dumping duty margins ranging from 9.89 to 15.75 percent on Korean products.
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Legislation aims to lift domestic pipe use

A Pennsylvania senator has introduced three bills that could boost domestic pipe consumption in oil and gas exploration.
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First Colombia Gold plans pipe threading plant

First Colombia Gold Corp. is planning to open a pipe threading facility at its oil offices in Albany, Ky.
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US raw steel production increases 1.2%

U.S. raw steel output totaled an estimated 1,919,000 net tons last week, up 1.2 percent from 1,896,000 tons the previous week, as mills operated at an average capacity utilization rate of 79.8 percent.
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US, Canadian stainless shipments rise again

North American stainless steel shipments continued to show strength in July, according to the latest Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) data, although distributor sources told AMM there have been some signs of softening end-market demand.
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Plate mart awaits next move after Nucor hike

The steel plate market could be poised to move higher after one domestic producer raised prices.
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Strong demand boosts rebar prices

Several rebar producers have announced price increases amid strong demand and lean inventories, market sources said.
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Essar Steel Algoma credit rating cut again

Essar Steel Algoma Inc.’s long-term corporate credit rating has been downgraded to "selective default" from "CCC-" by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P).
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Nucor outlines appeal of ITC decision on Ukraine wire rod

Nucor Corp. has outlined its case against a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decision to allow anti-dumping duties on wire rod imports from Ukraine to expire.
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Insteel completes purchase of ASW’s PC strand business

Insteel Industries Inc. has completed its acquisition of American Spring Wire Corp.’s pre-stressed concrete (PC) strand business.
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ArcelorMittal, Quebec union ink labor deal

ArcelorMittal SA has reached a new six-year labor deal with unionized workers at its Contrecoeur-Ouest long products plant in Contrecoeur, Quebec, ending a nine-day lockout.
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‘Red October’ in hunt for USS' former Serbia ops

"Red October" has joined the hunt for Železara Smederevo d.o.o., U.S. Steel Corp.’s former operations in Serbia.
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Drilling improves in US, Canada

The number of drill rigs running in the United States increased by five last week.
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Nucor increases steel plate product prices

Nucor Corp.’s plate mill group has increased transaction prices on all new orders for carbon, alloy and heat-treated plate effective immediately.
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Panama Canal project will use 121,200 tonnes of steel

Expansion of the Panama Canal has entered its final stages after the Panama Canal Authority and the Grupos Unidos por el Canal signed an agreement for the completion of the “third set of locks project.”
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Wire rod, rebar may face price bump

U.S. wire rod and rebar market participants are expecting further price increases in the coming weeks even as tags held steady this past week, although views were mixed on how the hikes would be met.
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Sheet prices steady despite strong demand

Sheet steel prices held steady this past week amid what sources described as surprisingly robust demand during the typically slower summer months.
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Commerce hikes dumping margin on Vietnam OCTG

The final dumping rate on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) imports from Vietnam’s SeAH Steel Vina Corp., a subsidiary of South Korea’s SeAH Steel Corp., has been raised to 25.18 percent from 24.22 percent due to a calculation error by the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA), although the Vietnam-wide rate will remain at 111.47 percent.
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ArcelorMittal workers in Canada to vote on deal

Unionized workers at ArcelorMittal SA’s Contrecoeur-Ouest long products plant in Contrecoeur, Quebec, are set to vote on a new labor agreement negotiated by a government-appointed conciliator, sources familiar with the matter said.
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Cliffs director resigns, cites leadership issues

Iron ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has seen tumultuous executive turnover in the wake of hedge fund Casablanca Capital LP’s proxy victory, including the resignation of one director and the departure of several executives.
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ITC delays OCTG vote after Commerce error

A vote in a trade case on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from nine countries has been postponed by the International Trade Commission (ITC) after the Commerce Department amended its final decision on imports from Saudi Arabia due to a ministerial error.
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SSAB plate mill lead times extend to early Nov.

Lead times at SSAB Americas’ steel plate facilities in Montpelier, Iowa, and Mobile, Ala., are out until Nov. 3 and Oct. 13, respectively, according to a company memo.
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Friedman logs loss as tubular prices, sales fall

Friedman Industries Inc. swung to a net loss in its fiscal first quarter, with higher selling prices for steel coil products offset by lower tubular sales volumes and prices, as well as higher substrate costs.
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West Coast mills lift flat-rolled steel prices

West Coast flat-rolled steel producers are looking to boost prices as buyers gauge the possible impact that a trade case by domestic mills would have on the region.
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Nucor raising steel wire rod products

Nucor Corp.’s Connecticut division is raising prices for all wire rod products by $10 per ton (50 cents per hundredweight) effective with shipments Sept. 1, the company said in an Aug. 13 letter to customers.
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CMC sees construction jobs returning

Commercial Metals Co. (CMC) is seeing more-profitable private construction business returning and displacing low-margin public construction jobs.
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Electralloy names Paparone financial chief

Electralloy has named Joseph C. Paparone II as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. He replaces Bill Warren, who has retired from the posts.
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AK Steel sees no antitrust issues in mill buy

AK Steel Corp. expects to win U.S. Justice Department approval for its proposed $700-million acquisition of OAO Severstal’s integrated mill in Dearborn, Mich.
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Canada rules rebar imports causing injury

In a preliminary decision, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has determined that allegedly dumped rebar imports from China, Korea and Turkey are injuring that country’s industry.
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US steel beam market holding steady

The structural steel market appears to be "in balance," with buyers of wide-flange beams seeing little reason for pricing to move one way or the other.
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ArcelorMittal plant lockout continues

A lockout of unionized workers continues at ArcelorMittal SA’s Contrecoeur-Ouest long products plant in Contrecoeur, Quebec, but meetings between the two parties are taking place, according to a source close to the situation.
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Insteel sees growth in rebar substitutes

Insteel Industries Inc. sees significant growth opportunities in the construction markets for its rebar-replacing engineered structural mesh (ESM) product.
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Steel mill shipments falter in June vs. May

U.S. steel mill shipments were mixed in June, falling month on month but rising compared with the same month last year, according to data from the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
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US raw steel production slips 0.3 percent

U.S. raw steel output totaled an estimated 1,896,000 net tons last week, down 0.3 percent from 1,901,000 tons the previous week, as mills operated at an average capacity utilization rate of 78.8 percent.
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TimkenSteel hiking SBQ products

TimkenSteel Corp. is raising base prices on special bar quality (SBQ) products by $40 per ton and on quench and temper bar products above 9 inches by $60 per ton effective with shipments Sept. 1.
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AK Steel to save $100M in pension costs

AK Steel Corp. expects to save $100 million over the next two years in reduced pension fund obligations due to legislative tweaks within the recently passed federal Highway and Transportation Funding Act.
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Uncertainty in Turkey as geopolitics roils marts

Uncertainty prevails in the Turkish steel and scrap markets as geopolitical events in the region could send prices for finished products and raw materials in any direction.
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Gallatin shutting down for maintenance in Sept.

Gallatin Steel Co.’s production facility in Ghent, Ky., will shut down for maintenance next month, AMM has learned.
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Cold-rolled case may be filed soon: analysts

A rumored trade case against cold-rolled and galvanized steel imports could be filed as early as Labor Day weekend, according to an Aug. 11 research note by analysts at New York-based Morgan Stanley Research America.
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Nucor files suit vs. Big River Steel project

Nucor Corp. is making another attempt to halt Big River Steel LLC’s $1.3-billion steel mill project near Osceola, Ark.
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Nucor lifts mesh products $40/T

Nucor Corp. has increased prices for all mesh products by $40 per ton ($2 per hundredweight) effective with new orders Aug. 11.
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Insteel to buy ASW’s PC strand assets for $36M

Insteel Industries Inc. has reached a deal to purchase the assets of American Spring Wire Corp.’s (ASW’s) prestressed concrete (PC) strand business for $36 million.
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Evraz not mulling N. America asset sale: Winkler

Evraz Group SA is not mulling a sale of its North American facilities, a top company executive said.
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US drilling climbs, Canada falls

The number of oil rigs running in the United States increased by 19 last week.
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Food sanctions threaten Russia steel deal: AIIS

An agreement suspending U.S. anti-dumping duties on some Russian flat-rolled steel shipments could be "in more significant jeopardy" after Russia announced agricultural sanctions, according to the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS).
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Haynes eyes upturn as volumes strengthen

Haynes International Inc. is "starting to see signs of an upturn in the marketplace" amid strengthening volumes and longer lead times.
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US steel mill product exports mixed

U.S. steel exports were mixed in June, rising from the previous month on the back of higher hot-rolled sheet, line pipe and stainless steel shipments but falling from a year earlier.
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ArcelorMittal locks out workers at Canada plant

Some 285 unionized workers have been locked out of ArcelorMittal SA’s Contrecoeur-Ouest long products plant in Contrecoeur, Quebec, after they rejected a final contract offer Aug. 6.
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Sheet steel prices increase in busy summer

Sheet steel prices edged up this past week as domestic mills continued to drive for higher prices and some buyers reported stronger-than-usual summer activity.
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Nucor to lift coating extras due to zinc costs

Nucor Corp. plans to increase galvanizing coating weight extras effective with orders acknowledged to ship the week ending Oct. 11, the Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker said according to an Aug. 7 letter to customers, citing zinc costs.
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Market sees SBQ price hike sticking

Participants in the special bar quality (SBQ) market largely expect a $40-per-ton price increase for September deliveries, which was followed by most domestic mills, to stick. However, there was some grumbling about mills raising prices when supply has been curtailed by operational issues at some producers.
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Steel beam imports set to hit year high in July

Steel beam imports are poised to hit their highest monthly total for the year in July after declining in June.
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Indiana, Chicago follow national scrap trends

Steel mills in Indiana and the Chicago area have completed a majority of their scrap buying programs for August at similar trends to those in most regional markets this month.
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NLMK upbeat on steel demand, prices

Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK) expects U.S. steel demand to remain strong and prices to be “relatively stable” in the third quarter, it said in commentary released with earnings data
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Warren restarts steelmaking operations

Warren Steel Holdings LLC has restarted operations after receiving approval for a lower power rate last month from Ohio regulators.
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OCTG adding heat-treat facility

Energy tubular finisher OCTG LLP is adding a heat-treatment facility at its Houston location, according to a company statement.
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CMC worker dies after accident

An employee who was injured during a ladle spill at Commercial Metals Co.’s (CMC’s) Seguin, Texas, steel mill earlier this week has died, the company said Aug. 6.
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NLMK said unaffected by Western sanctions

Russian steelmaker Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK) has seen no direct impact to date from sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe in response to political tensions over the Ukraine and does not intend to divest its international assets, a company executive said.
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US steel imports poised to rise for July

U.S. steel imports appear to be on course to rise 5.2 percent for July, driven by strong gains in inflows of plate in coil and stainless steel.
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Goncalves leads Cliffs after proxy fight

Lourenco Goncalves has been appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. following a lengthy proxy battle between the iron ore mining company and hedge fund Casablanca Capital LP.
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US OCTG case may spur Canada imports: CBSA

Canada could see a spike in oil country tubular goods (OCTG) imports from countries hit by U.S. dumping margins and the industry might find itself in peril as a result, according to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
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Republic Steel lifts SBQ product prices

Republic Steel Co. has raised base prices for special bar quality (SBQ) hot-rolled and semifinished products by $40 per ton ($2 per hundredweight) for September shipments.
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Scrap trends sideways as marts follow Detroit

Steel mills in several pockets of the United States wrapped up their monthly scrap bookings Aug. 6 as markets continued to trend at levels established early this week by Detroit-area mills.
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ArcelorMittal bullish on US steel demand

ArcelorMittal SA sees the United States as one of its more promising markets, citing encouraging economic indicators for jobs and manufacturing, as Europe recovers more slowly and China faces an economic slowdown.
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ITC rejects duties for Indian steel threaded rod

Imports of steel threaded rod from India are not injuring or threatening to injure U.S. industry, the International Trade Commission (ITC) decided Aug. 6, so no anti-dumping or countervailing duties will be imposed.
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USS’ Edgar Thomson outage said delayed

U.S. Steel Corp. has reportedly delayed a planned maintenance outage at its Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa., according to sources familiar with the matter.
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Superior Tube adds cutoff machining capacity

Superior Tube Co. Inc. has added electrochemical machining capacity at its Collegeville, Pa., facility.
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ACerS Lifetime Member gets considerable ROI from involvement in Society

ACerS Fellow S.K. Sundaram has accomplished a lot in his 20+ year career. In this recent interview, he reflects on his career, how being involved in ACerS resulted in recognition and several awards, and benefits of membership.
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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

HPC4Mfg National Laboratory to host webinars for Manufacturing Day, ZEISS introduces new lens, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for September 28, 2018.
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Coming soon: New easily-navigable ACerS website

ACerS website is getting a makeover! Make sure you visit our new and improved website on Monday, October 1, 2018, where you'll see a fresh look and an easier navigation experience.
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Video: Silver nanoparticles can keep you from smelling bad

Does your clothing sometimes stink after a good workout? Today's video shows how an element in the periodic table—silver—can kill the bacteria that causes body odor. Watch the video to learn more about silver's stink-slaying superpowers.
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Other materials stories that may be of interest

Nanoparticle super structures from pyramid-shaped building blocks, recycling EV batteries in Japan, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 26, 2018.
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Report: Nuclear has potential to play bigger role in meeting global energy demand

A new report from MIT Energy Initiative says that nuclear energy has the potential to be used as an alternative energy source as long as cost and policy issues are addressed. Read the report and watch the video to learn more.
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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Alfred University hosts energy symposium, rare earths off tariff list, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for September 21, 2018.
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Israel progressing in ceramic innovation, plus much more inside October/November ACerS Bulletin

The October/November issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online. You’ll find stories about Israel, the new Navrotsky Award, meeting updates, and much more.
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Video: Watch this professor break world record for assembling periodic table in under nine minutes

Without looking, do you know where each element lies on the periodic table? A chemical engineering professor just set a Guinness World Record for placing each element in its proper spot on the periodic table. Watch this time-lapse video to see how he did it.
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Other materials stories that may be of interest

The world's first hydrogen fuel-cell train enters into service, sodium-ion replacing lithium-ion in batteries, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 19, 2018.
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High-Performance, High-Productivity cBN Grinding Wheels

A vitrified bond specifically designed for external grinding of cam and crankshafts, and internal grinding for automotive and bearings
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The Smart Set

Are we guided by knowledge or by faith? Some have a sense of self and their place in history and in the universe. Others are committed to visions of the future in which they define time, space, and more.
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An Integrated Induction Power Supply Controller

The I-EZ control board promotes network diagnostics, improves predictive maintenance, and enhances IoT data-sharing capabilities.
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Four Strategies for Managing Self-Doubt

An inventory of positive habits will insulate you from the inevitability of external and internal resistance.
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GIFA Results Please Organizers, Exhibitors

An estimated 72,500 visitors attended the 14th International Foundry Trade Fair and three parallel events
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Tupy Adopts Tracking for Cores, Molds, Castings

Mexican iron foundry implements a system-wide product-tracking capability developed by SinterCast
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Managing Maintenance to Boost Performance, Productivity

Staying ahead of the repair cycle can be challenging – and that’s where maintenance tracking and management software can help.
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0.01-Micron Filter for Compressed Air

Four-stage filtration system with flow ranges of 50, 75, or 100 SCFM can handle pressure up to 250 PSI.
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More User Interface Improvement for ERP

Odyssey 6.1 Maintenance Release 4 continues to advance “the look and feel" for metalcasting-specific enterprise platform.
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Vibratory Machine or Barrel Tumbling?

There are two finish-machining processes for handling high volumes of metal parts. What’s the difference, and what are the decisive factors for an operator choosing between them?
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Digital Diecasting Reconceives the Whole Process

Adopting new information gathering and reporting technologies offers potential for significant increases in productivity and OEE
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Availability, Reliability Make the Case for 3DP

Sourcing hard-to-replace parts creates a new case for casting alternatives
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3D Printing Enhances Filtration Possibilities and Casting Results

3D filter manufacturing opens new possibilities for customizable filter pores, sizes, shapes, and performance. Increased flow rates and reduced ceramic inclusions are some of the realized benefits.
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Equity Group Adds Two More Ferrous Foundries

Speyside acquires Hazleton Casting, and Weatherly Casting and Machine — a "one-stop, full-service cast-iron foundry"
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LIFT Supplying Casting System for Michigan Tech

Industrial research center furnishes tilt-pour machine to university foundry
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Next-Gen Brinell Hardness Testing Machine

Closed-loop benchtop system, with simple, icon-based controls
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Recirculating Convection Ovens for Small Parts Heat-Treating

Temperature uniformity is achieved thanks to a rear-mounted, heavy-duty fan directing air alongside wall-heating elements, then through the working zone.
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Visions from the Very Near Future

Metalcasters from around the world will have a chance to see various ideas and applications to optimize foundry and diecasting production.
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New Lead-Free Brass Alloy Research Moving Toward the Market

Two teams are claiming metallurgical and mechanical success with new formulations for castings to be used in water handling and plumbing systems
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Abrasion-Resistant Polyurethane Board

An alternative to liquid systems and high-priced metals for core box and pattern plate modeling
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ASK Introducing Organic, Inorganic 3DP Sand Binders

New formulations for faster, more productive powder binder jetting systems
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Automated HPDC Expansion at Mercury Marine

$9-million capital program adds a second 4,500-ton diecasting machine for engine blocks, driveshafts, and gearcases
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ATI Sells Ti Investment Caster to CPP

Consolidated Precision Products will gain its 18th foundry, and a second foundry in Albany, OR, producing titanium aerospace parts
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What Do We Have to Lose?

The work that we do is as impermanent as we are, but our understanding of work has to be reincorporated with our understanding of human nature.
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7 Steps for Turning Employees’ Potential into Performance

It’s all about putting the right people in the right positions
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A How-To Guide to Reverse Engineering

3D scanning and CT scanning have extended the science of metrology into the realm of design by converting an object into a CAD model.
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Laser Alignment Device for Refractory Installation

Three-part system promotes longer brick life, minimized downtime, and reduced mechanical stress
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Portable Equipment Solves Production Capacity Crisis

Operating a vacuum impregnation process as a flexible asset, ready for use anywhere there is a needs to increase throughput
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Plant Air and Atmosphere Influence Core and Mold Production

Environmental conditions in the foundry affect the quality of cores, molds, and corresponding scrap rates
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Reshoring Resulted in 145,000 Jobs During 2018

Relocated manufacturing plus new foreign direct investment rose 38% and involved 1,389 companies last year, the highest level to date.
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Primetals Technologies, MHI to Acquire ABP Induction Systems

Primetals Technologies and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will acquire ABP Induction Systems (ABP), a global manufacturer and servicer of induction furnaces and heating systems. ABP provides state-of-the-art equipment for ferrous and nonferrous metal casting, forging and steelmaking. Its main products are induction melting, holding and pouring furnaces as well as induction heaters. MHI and Primetals Technologies will jointly take ABP’s shares, and future business activities will be conducted in close cooperation with and under the leadership of Primetals Technologies.


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Canadian Aluminum Producer Receives Funding, Maintains Jobs

Aluminerie Alouette, a Quebec-based aluminum producer, received a $15 million investment by the Government of Canada for development projects at its aluminum smelter. The investment will help Alouette, which has an annual production capacity of 600,000 metric tons of primary aluminum, maintain at least 830 jobs and modernize its facilities. Upgrades will include a pot change-out program, converting anode baking furnaces to natural gas, use of automated production vehicles and integration of Industry 4.0 concepts.


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Liberty Steel Completes Acquisition of ArcelorMittal Assets

Liberty Steel, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s global GFG Alliance, completed the acquisition of seven major steelworks and five service centers across seven European countries from ArcelorMittal. The seven sites employ over 14,000 people and include the major integrated steelworks at Ostrava in the Czech Republic and Galati in Romania as well as rolling mills at Skopje (North Macedonia), Piombino (Italy), Dudelange (Luxembourg) and two plants near Liege in Belgium. The service centers are based in France and Italy.


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Alcoa to Restart Quebec Smelter

Alcoa Corp. announced that the Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc. (ABI) smelter plans to restart curtailed smelting capacity after members of the United Steelworkers union in Quebec approved a six-year labor agreement. The smelter, which is owned by Alcoa (74.95%) and Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. (25.05%), has total capacity of 413,000 metric tons per year. The restart will begin on July 26 and is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2020.


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Aluminum Wheel Manufacturer Expanding, Adding Jobs in Kentucky

Central Motor Wheel of America Inc. (CMWA) will invest nearly $112 million to expand its aluminum wheel manufacturing facility in Paris, Ky. The project will create 145 full-time jobs and increase the company’s production by 50%. CMWA plans to expand onto an additional 40 acres and add 270,000 square feet onto its existing 330,000-square-foot plant. The 145 new jobs will include production, maintenance and engineering. Work on the expansion will this summer, and company executives expect production to begin in July 2021.


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Automotive Aluminum Producer Orders Annealing Lines

Andritz received an order from China’s Qinghai Zhuofeng New Material Co. Ltd. to supply two continuous annealing and processing lines, each with an annual capacity of 110,000 tons. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2021 (line 1) and the second quarter of 2022 (line 2). The lines will produce high-quality, flat aluminum product for the automotive industry. Andritz’s scope of supply also includes automation technology and commissioning.


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Partnership Uses AI to Advance Learning Mill for Big River Steel

Noodle.ai and SMS group announced a partnership to further optimize the world’s first learning steel mill for Arkansas-based Big River Steel. The joint solution was created by implementing Noodle.ai’s learning algorithms into SMS group’s X-Pact MES 4.0. Noodle.ai was able to leverage the existing integration of SMS group’s X-Pact MES 4.0 in the steel mill‘s IT environment and in their SaaS (Software as a Service) applications. The new end solutions digitize applications throughout every stage of the steelmaking process, from the liquid phase all the way to strip finishing.


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Mercury Marine Invests $9 Million in Die-Casting Facility

Mercury Marine opened the 23,500-square-foot expansion to its die-casting facility in Fond du Lac, Wis. The $9 million investment provides space for capacity increases, allowing the company to make complex blocks, driveshafts and gear cases for Mercury outboards. The addition will be filled with large-tonnage die-casting equipment, including a 4,500-ton machine, that will drive higher quality and better throughput to keep up with increased engine demand.


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Brazing Aluminum to Stainless Steel in Vacuum (part 2)

The second precaution necessary when brazing aluminum to stainless is...


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IHEA Fall Seminar Series Returns to Cleveland

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) heads to Cleveland, Ohio, for its 2019 Fall Seminars and Fall Business Conference. The event will be held at the Intercontinental Cleveland Sept. 24-26. The technical seminar series will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by the IHEA Fall Business Conference on Thursday.


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Liberty Steel Acquires Johnstown Wire Technologies

Liberty Steel, part of the global GFG Alliance, acquired Johnstown Wire Technologies (JWT) of Johnstown, Pa., the largest producer of value-added carbon and alloy wire in North America. The acquisition gives Liberty valuable capacity to manufacture a range of high-value carbon and alloy wire products for multiple end markets, including the automotive industry. The 638,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility in Johnstown will complement Liberty’s melting and rolling operations in Georgetown, S.C., and Peoria, Ill.


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CMC Expands Steel Recycling Plant in Arizona

Commercial Metals Company opened a 63,000-square-foot addition to its facility in Mesa, Ariz. The expansion will allow the company to produce hot-rolled, spooled steel rebar from mostly recycled scrap metal. The electric-arc furnace (EAF) micro-mill, which opened in 2009, uses a continuous technology and is the first of its type to be successfully operated in the U.S., according to CMC. More than 450,000 tons of scrap metal are recycled each year into steel bar products at CMC Steel Arizona for use in construction and fabrication. The facility produces straight and spooled rebar in a range of sizes and lengths. 


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Minnesota Company Adds Extrusion Press, Manufacturing Space

Alexandria Industries invested in a new aluminum extrusion press that will allow the company to increase its aluminum extrusion capabilities, extrude more complex product features and hold tighter tolerances while utilizing a variety of alloys. The company, which will gain an extra 30% in extrusion capacity, will add 19,000 square feet of space to its manufacturing facility in Alexandria, Minn., to accommodate the equipment. Construction is scheduled to begin soon.


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Aluminum Manufacturer Opening Plant, Creating Jobs in Kentucky

Dajcor Aluminum Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of extruded and fabricated aluminum products, will invest approximately $19.6 million to locate its first U.S, operation in Perry County, Ky. The project will create up to 265 full-time jobs. The operation will provide Dajcor additional capacity for aluminum extrusion and fabrication to serve a variety of North American industries. Operations are scheduled to begin by the end of 2019.


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HarbisonWalker International Investing to Increase Capacity

HarbisonWalker International (HWI) is investing to increase capacity by 25% at key steel refractory facilities. Most of the investment will be at its facility in White Cloud, Mich., which manufactures refractory products primarily for steelmakers. According to the company, approximately half of its capital investment dollars will have a direct positive impact on its steel industry customers. The investment will include expansion to accommodate new warehouse and shipping space, which is being constructed with American-made steel. Additional manufacturing space will house new technologies that improve production efficiency and worker safety.


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U.S. Steel to Invest $1 Billion in Steelmaking Technology

United States Steel Corp. will invest more than $1 billion to construct a sustainable endless casting and rolling facility at its Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa., and a cogeneration facility at its Clairton Plant in Clairton, Pa., both part of the company’s Mon Valley Works. The endless casting and rolling technology combines thin-slab casting and hot-rolled band production into one continuous process and will make Mon Valley Works the first facility of this type in the U.S., according to the company.


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Chinese Steelmaker Orders EAF, Ladle Furnace

Primetals Technologies received an order from Chinese steelmaker Wuzhou Yongda Special Steel Co. to supply an electric-arc furnace (EAF) and a ladle furnace for a greenfield project. The EAF is designed to handle scrap steel of varied composition and quality. The electrical energy requirement of the EAF is extremely low because the scrap is preheated. This reduces both the operating costs and CO2 emissions. The furnaces are scheduled to be commissioned in early 2020. Primetals Technologies will also supply the complete mechanical and electrical process equipment and the automation technology.


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JSW Steel to Increase Capacity in India

JSW Steel plans invest approximately $1 billion to ramp up the production capacity at its Vijayanagar plant in Karnataka, India, to 18 million metric tons per year from the current 12 million metric tons per year. A current expansion project, which will raise production at the plant from 12 to 13 million metric tons per year, includes the revamp and capacity upgrade of blast furnace-3 to improve hot metal availability. The company will also modify and enhance the capacity of its melt shop, its flat and long products mills and allied facilities to utilize the additional hot metal output. This project will be complete by March 2020.


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Hydro Expands Production for Automotive Aluminum Forging Market

Hydro will upgrade casting operations at its Husnes (Norway) facility with new technology to produce more advanced products for the growing automotive aluminum forging market. Newly developed in-house casting technology, low-pressure casting (LPC), will enable Hydro to provide materials with enhanced properties for various extrusion markets in which it is already a major material supplier. After the upgrade, Hydro Husnes will also be able to offer materials for forging. The Hydro-developed technology enables a shift from traditional extruded forge stock to cast forge stock, eliminating costly steps in the production process while improving quality. The as-cast surface is ready for forging, and homogenizing is not required. The upgraded facility will commence operations in 2020.


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Liberty House Acquiring ArcelorMittal Plants

ArcelorMittal received European Commission (EC) approval for the sale of several steelmaking assets to Liberty House Group. Assets included within the divestment package are ArcelorMittal Ostrava (Czech Republic), ArcelorMittal Galati (Romania), ArcelorMittal Skopje (Macedonia), ArcelorMittal Piombino (Italy), ArcelorMittal Dudelange (Luxembourg) and several finishing lines at ArcelorMittal Liège (Belgium). According to Liberty House, the acquisition will make the company Europe’s third-largest steel producer. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first half of 2019.


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Partnership to Create First Low-Carbon Aluminum Mill

Braidy Industries Inc. and En+ Group plc announced the execution of a Letter of Intent specifying basic terms for a potential $200 million lead investment for its Braidy Atlas mill in Ashland, Ky., by En+ Group subsidiary United Company RUSAL plc (Rusal). The strategic partnership aims to create the first low-carbon-impact industrial aluminum rolling-mill operation in the world. Braidy will be the first North American company to contract Rusal’s premier ALLOW-branded (certified low-carbon) aluminum slabs and P1020 as its exclusive primary inputs. According to Braidy, no U.S. domestic smelter currently delivers low-carbon primary aluminum slabs.


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The Ups and Downs of the Worldwide Graphite Electrode Market

It is widely known that graphite is used in the automobile and steel industries. Besides the classical markets, there are new and ever-growing markets, such as lithium-ion batteries, being driven by the megatrends of digitalization and the Internet of Things. Of global graphite production, 70% is being accumulated by China.


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Tenova, Salzgitter Partner for Steelmaking Based on Hydrogen

Tenova and Salzgitter AG signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on SALCOS (Salzgitter low-CO2 steelmaking). SALCOS is a concept for a significantly CO2-reduced steel production. The aim is to undergo a transformation process of the integrated steelmaking route, moving from carbon-intensive steel production based on blast furnaces toward a direct reduction and electric-arc furnace route, including the flexible incremental utilization of hydrogen. This concept is capable of reducing CO2 emissions up to 95% with respect to the entire steel production route.


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Nucor Picks Kentucky for $1.35 Billion Steel Plate Mill

Nucor Corp. will build its new state-of-the-art steel plate mill in Brandenburg, Ky., located along the Ohio River southwest of Louisville. The company will invest approximately $1.35 billion to build the mill, which will be capable of producing 1.2 million tons per year of steel plate products. The project, which was originally announced in January, will create more than 400 full-time jobs at an average annual salary of $72,000. The plate mill, which is expected to be fully operational in 2022, will give Nucor the ability to produce 97% of the products demanded in the domestic plate market, including specialty higher-margin products. The facility will produce cut-to-length, coiled, heat-treated and discrete plate ranging from 60 to 160 inches wide and in gauges from 3/16 of an inch to 14 inches.


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Auto Manufacturer Orders CAB Furnace

SECO/WARWICK delivered and commissioned what it says is the first-ever vacuum-purging semi-continuous controlled-atmosphere brazing (CAB) furnace for a North American automotive aftermarket manufacturer. It is the company’s first furnace of any type and also its largest capital equipment investment. The furnace, equipped with vacuum purging in the loading and unloading chamber, allows for reduction of nitrogen consumption and cost. It also provides exceptional control of brazing atmosphere quality, which applies particularly to heat exchangers with joints brazed in a closed space. Vacuum purging allows for the removal of oxygen from these spaces before brazing, which cannot be achieved by traditional purging.


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Big River Steel Expanding Arkansas Plant

Big River Steel (BRS) commissioned SMS group with the expansion of its steel plant in Osceola, Ark. SMS group will supply BRS with mechanical equipment and electrical and automation systems. The expansion will increase the plant’s annual output to approximately 3 million tons of steel. After completion, the facility will have two electric-arc furnaces (EAFs) and two twin-ladle furnaces. Installation of an additional gas cleaning system will ensure compliance with environmental regulations.


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Tenaris to Acquire IPSCO Tubulars

Tenaris S.A. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire from PAO TMK, a Russian manufacturer of steel pipe, 100% of the shares of its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary IPSCO Tubulars Inc. for $1.2 billion. IPSCO Tubulars is a U.S. domestic producer of seamless and welded OCTG and line pipe products with an annual production capacity of 450,000 metric tons of steel bars, 400,000 metric tons of seamless pipe and 1,000,000 metric tons of welded pipe. The acquisition will add a first U.S. steel bar production facility at Koppel, Pa.; complement Tenaris’ seamless production in Bay City, Texas, with a second facility in Ambridge, Pa.; and bring additional heat-treatment, welding and finishing facilities to better serve customers.


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Metal Component Manufacturer Opens Plant in Mexico

Gestamp, which designs, develops and manufactures highly engineered metal components for the automotive industry, opened a new plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The $86 million facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art machinery for hot stamping and hydroforming for the manufacture of chassis parts. Hot-stamping technology is focused on producing parts that are both lighter and safer, therefore improving energy consumption. Hydroforming technology allows the forming of complex shaped steel using the force of water so they can be integrated into the vehicle’s structural components.


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Danieli Building Steel Plant in Morocco

Danieli will build a new steel plant in Morocco that will produce 800,000 tons per year of billets measuring 5 x 5 inches (130 x 130 mm) to 7.9 x 7.9 inches (200 x 200 mm). The melt shop will include a 100-ton electric-arc furnace (EAF) with the most advanced technological packages: an off-gas laser system, electrode regulation system and an automatic EAF de-slagging door. Danieli Automation will supply a Level 2 process-control system. Plant start-up is scheduled for mid-2020.


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Award to Enhance U.S. Steel’s AHSS Manufacturing Capabilities

U.S. Steel accepted an award from the High-Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) Special Call: Steel and Aluminum, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, to expand its manufacturing capabilities for advanced high-strength steel (AHSS). The goal of the winning project is to enhance the company’s hot-strip mill model used in creating AHSS. This type of steel is used by automakers to manufacture economically lightweight vehicles to meet increasing fuel-efficiency requirements.


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