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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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Real-Time Data Analysis, Control of Thermal Imaging

Software can live-monitor and replay data for easy-to-use thermal-imaging processing
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West Point Foundry Now a Mechanical Engineering Landmark

Site of New York ironworks commemorated as part of the American Industrial Revolution and the evolution of mechanical engineering
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GF Casting Sells Last EU Iron Foundry

Group continues to refocus on aluminum and magnesium casting, AM for automotive and aerospace markets
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Patent-Pending Abrasive Cupwheel

An alternative to Type 6 and Type 11, for use on the same tools and in the same applications as non-reinforced cupwheels
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Continuous-Duty Industrial Vacuum Cleaner

New model doubles the suction power and vacuums up to 10,000 lbs/hr of foundry sand
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IR Vision Keeps Diecasting Performance On Point

An aluminum automotive parts supplier adopts a new, advanced surface-temperature monitoring system to keep molds reliable and effective
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OSHA Flags Liberty Casting for Silica, Safety Violations

Ohio ferrous foundry faces $270K in fines for a total of 21 citations involving air quality, PEL, PPE, and machine safety
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Eck Joins Study of Mag Extrusion for Autos, Defense

LIFT launches project with Michigan startup to reduce weight for automotive, defense parts
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Ask Questions That Enhance Strategic Thinking

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We Need a Name for This

Why did being known as a “foundry” became less appealing to some metalcasters, even as it became advantageous to other types of businesses?
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Real-Time Data Acquisition for High-Accuracy Diecasting

Hydraulic machine builder’s choice of control technology is accurate, accessible, and highly customizable
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Cobots Expand Process and Performance Potential

Nine collaborative robots deployed at thyssenkrupp Bilstein are improving and optimizing the work environment by automating hard-to-staff tasks.
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Selecting and Applying Risers to Optimize Casting Performance and Results

The combination of shape and formation affects risers’ efficiency in pouring, and some products can further enhance casting finishing costs and overall productivity.
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Lasers Improve Coating for Brake Discs

“Extreme high-speed laser material deposition” is reliable, efficient, and effective for sealing gray iron castings
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Solvent-Based, High Pressure Cleaning

Spray processes and injection flood washing can be performed at adjustable pressures between 10 and 16 bar.
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Powerful Demolition Machine

A three-arm system includes a heat-protected hydraulic breaker to work with hot ladles, runners and furnaces.
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Toyota, Aisin Investing $791M in Texas Projects

An updated pickup truck assembly plant, a new transmission plant, and $500,000 pledge to worker education and training
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American Axle Sells 10 U.S. Iron Foundries

$245 million proceeds will accelerate debt reduction, improve margin, according to AAM’s chairman
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Mobile Hybrid Machining for Tooling, Dies

The accuracy of a machine tool, the flexibility of a robot and the mobility of a drilling machine.
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Furnaces for High-Volume Thermal Processing

Precision gas nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburizing for pistons, ring gears, ball studs, ball sleeves, valve springs, piston rings, and other high-value parts
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Four Critical Elements of Effective Leadership

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More Flexibility for Green-Sand Molding Operations

Top and bottom sand-blowing system extends the Hunter expertise with a new option for foundries’ mold-filling needs.
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Carbide-Tipped Band Saw Blades

Triple-chip tooth geometry and a positive rake angle, for precision cutting and finishing
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Researchers are Defining Melting Furnace 4.0

In the Enoptal R&D project, sensors and progressive automation are adapted by developers for "future-proof" aluminum melting at up to 900°C.
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You Cannot Afford Complacency

A legacy ERP keeps your enterprise from accessing the flexibility, immediacy, and accuracy that are the current state of technology
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Universalizing Everything

The world seeks fast, simple explanations to complex problems through technology, data analysis, automation, and simulation. But explanations are not answers.
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Simulating Sand Blowing and Gassing to Locate Core Defects

“True physics” modeling is the best way to gain an accurate, reliable picture of the complex flows that
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Sigma Electric Mfg. Buys Avalon

Investment caster acquired by global casting/precision machining group
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New Industrial 3D Sand Printer

S-MAX Pro offers speed, reliability, and precision for prototyping and industrial series production
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Longer-Lasting Crucibles for Aluminum

High density, clay-bonded, iso-statically pressed crucibles have a high graphite and silicon carbide content.
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Pyrotek Builds Aluminum Manufacturing Plant in Dubai

Pyrotek Inc. is scheduled to complete construction of a new manufacturing facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in November to serve and supply the rapidly growing aluminum smelting operations of the region. The first phase of construction will provide 66,000 square feet of floor space, and there is enough land at the site to allow for an eventual doubling of the plant footprint. Spokane, Wash.-based Pyrotek is scheduled to occupy the facility in January 2020.


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European Extruder Orders Melting Furnace

Hertwich Engineering received an order from Exlabesa, an independent extruder based in Europe, for a multi-chamber melting furnace that will increase the capacity of its casthouse in Padrón (Spain) to 60,000 tons per year. The furnace, which has a capacity of 130 tons per day, will be designed to process a relatively wide range of scrap. To remelt the loose and moderately contaminated scrap, an Ecomelt-PR furnace with preheat ramp, melting chamber and main chamber will be installed. Commissioning of the furnace is scheduled for mid-2020.


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Liberty Steel to Install EAF at South Carolina Mill

Liberty Steel USA will invest up to $25 million in its liquid steel production facilities at Georgetown, S.C., to substantially boost output and secure the long-term future of the mill, which reopened just over a year ago. The company will install a modern electric-arc furnace (EAF) and extensively improve the infrastructure of the facility’s melt shop to increase wire-rod output to over 400,000 tons a year. Liberty Steel has already increased the versatility of its rolling mill at Georgetown in an effort to serve key markets for wire rod in the southeastern U.S.


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Novelis Receives European Commission Approval for Aleris Acquisition

Novelis Inc. announced that the European Commission has approved its proposed acquisition of Aleris Corp. The approval is conditioned upon the sale of Aleris' plant in Duffel, Belgium, which produces aluminum for the automotive and specialties markets. Novelis is working to market the plant to potential buyers. With this conditional approval in the European Union, as well as a clear path forward for approval in the U.S., the Atlanta-based company continues to work closely with the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) to receive its approval. According to Novelis, the transaction will strengthen its ability to compete against steel in the automotive market, meet growing customer demand for aluminum and achieve its recycling goals.


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Ampco-Pittsburgh Sells Canadian Specialty Steel Operations, U.S. Cast-Roll Operations

Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp. completed the sale of its Canadian specialty steel subsidiary, ASW Steel Inc. (ASW), to Valbruna Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of Acciaierie Valbruna S.p.A., of Vicenza, Italy. With production facilities in Fort Wayne, Ind., and in Italy, Valbruna produces stainless steels, nickel alloys and titanium long products. It has an annual output of approximately 200,000 tons of specialty steels.


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U.S. Steel Acquires Interest in Big River Steel

United States Steel Corp. announced a joint-venture partnership agreement under which it has taken the first step toward acquiring Big River Steel through the purchase of a 49.9% ownership interest for approximately $700 million in cash, with a call option to acquire the remaining 50.1% within the next four years. U.S. Steel has committed financing to execute the transaction. Big River Steel operates an LEED-certified, Flex Mill in northeast Arkansas that is, according to the company, the most advanced EAF-based flat-rolled mill in North America. Big River Steel produces advanced automotive steels and electrical steels and provides services to customers in the automotive, energy, construction and agricultural industries. The company’s recently announced Phase II-A expansion is expected to double the mill’s hot-rolled steel production capacity to 3.3 million tons annually.


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AAM Sells U.S. Casting Operations

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. (AAM) entered into a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. iron casting operations (Grede) to funds managed by Gamut Capital Management for $245 million. Across 10 manufacturing facilities, Grede develops, manufactures, assembles and supplies ductile, gray and specialty iron castings and machined components for the automotive, commercial vehicle and industrial markets. AAM will retain its El Carmen, Mexico, iron casting operations.


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Kobe Steel U.S. Subsidiary to Add Melting Furnace, Extrusion Press

Kobe Steel Ltd.’s U.S. subsidiary, Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. (KPEX), held an opening ceremony Sept. 18 in Bowling Green, Ky., for an expansion project. KPEX, which manufactures and sells aluminum extrusions and fabricated products, will add an additional melting furnace and extrusion press. After the expansion is complete, KPEX will have two melting furnaces and two extrusion presses. Production capacity will increase to 1,000 tons per month from the current 500 tons per month. Plans call for mass production using the new equipment to begin in 2021.


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Nucor Mill Adds Quenching Process

Nucor Steel has chosen Danieli to supply a new quenching and self-tempering system to be installed at its mill in Marion, Ohio. The quenching and self-tempering process improves the mechanical properties of deformed bars, particularly yield strength, using billets with lower alloy content. The result is a product with final technological characteristics equal to or better than those obtained by low-alloyed/micro-alloyed steels.


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Honeycomb-Seal Brazing

A Q&A about honeycomb-seal brazing with Dan Kay.


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Crucibles Used in Aluminum Casting

VAluStar crucibles offer more than a 50% increase in the life span of crucibles used in the aluminum casting process. Highly


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How to Weld Heat-Resistant Alloys

As a metallurgist, I am frequently asked for assistance on metallurgical issues relating to alloy products and selection. Here are the most frequently asked questions and a guide to answering these questions.


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Novelis Committed to Acquiring Aleris

Novelis Inc. reaffirmed its full commitment to closing its proposed acquisition of Aleris Corp., a global supplier of rolled aluminum products, notwithstanding the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit to block the transaction. Atlanta, Ga.-based Novelis intends to vigorously defend against the DOJ's challenge, which it believes is without merit. Novelis announced in July 2018 that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cleveland, Ohio-based Aleris for approximately $2.6 billion. 


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Chinese Steel Producer Orders Aluminum Hot-Rolling Mill

Primetals Technologies will supply BaoWu Aluminium Technology Ltd. (BaoWu) an aluminum hot-rolling mill for the production of heavy plate and strip. The mill will have an annual production capacity of 300,000 metric tons and will be capable of processing all aluminum alloys in groups 1xxx to 8xxx, including aluminum alloys for aerospace and automotive applications. Commissioning id scheduled for the second half of 2020.


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Australian Steelmaker to Expand in Ohio

BlueScope, an Australian steel producer, has approved the expansion of its North Star facility in Delta, Ohio. The company will add an additional 850,000 metric tons per year of steelmaking capacity. The $700 million project is expected to begin in mid-2022 with full ramp-up scheduled for approximately 18 months later. In addition, the expansion has potential future growth of a further 500,000 metric tons per year. According to BlueScope, the expansion offers long-term sustainable earnings growth from a high-quality asset.


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Foundry for Brass Components Coming to Illinois

Mueller Water Products Inc. plans to build a new, state-of-the-art foundry in Decatur, Ill. The facility will be one of the largest finished-goods brass foundries in the world. It will increase Mueller’s production capacity to meet current and future demands. Construction of the foundry, which is expected to employ up to 250, will begin in fall 2019. According to Mueller, the Decatur foundry is part of a multi-year project that will provide operational efficiencies that will directly benefit its customers, employees and the local community.


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Perfecting Diffusion Bonding

Specialized furnaces with integrated presses provide superior control of pressure and temperature to create better diffusion bonds when joining similar or dissimilar metals.


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Arkansas Chosen as Site of Continuous ERW Tube Mill

Zekelman Industries will build what it says will be the world’s largest continuous electric-resistance-welded (ERW) tube mill in Blytheville, Ark., on property adjacent to its existing Atlas Tube mill. The $150 million facility will be capable of producing sections as large as 28-inch OD x 1-inch wall. The company projects an additional 75 new employees will be hired to work in the mill, with start-up scheduled for September 2021. The mill will be capable of producing hollow structural sections (HSS) in square, rectangular and round shapes and in sizes ranging from 8 inches square x 0.750-inch wall to 22 inches square x 1-inch wall.


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Focus on Induction Technology

In our industry, many resources are available to find information on a variety of technologies. IHEA is one of those resources, and this induction article was graciously contributed by them.


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AK Steel Receives DOE Award

AK Steel accepted an award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program. Researchers from AK Steel plan to work in collaboration with DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop microstructure-based transformation models to predict austenite stability in high-strength steels in a project titled “Thermo-Mechanical Forming Process Development to Produce Tailored Strength Automotive Structural Components.” The collaboration will develop mathematical models that could enable the production of automotive components with properties tailored to meet the demanding performance requirements of the future, according to AK Steel.


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SDI Picks Texas as Site of EAF Steel Mill, Orders Equipment

Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI selected Sinton, Texas, as the site for its state-of-the-art, electric-arc-furnace (EAF) flat-roll steel mill. The planned facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of approximately 3 million tons, with the capability to produce the latest generation of advanced high-strength steel grades. The project will include value-added finishing lines, including a galvanizing line with an annual capacity of 550,000 tons. SDI, which will invest approximately $1.9 billion in the project, expects to begin construction in early 2020. The company expects to create approximately 600 well-paying jobs.


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Air Liquide to Deliver Hydrogen for Lower-Carbon Steel Production

Air Liquide and thyssenkrupp will partner for a project to develop lower-carbon steel production. For the first time, hydrogen will be injected to partially replace pulverized coal at a large scale in the blast furnace during steel production. Air Liquide will ensure a stable supply of hydrogen from its 200-km network in the Rhine-Ruhr area. This will be implemented at one of the blast furnaces in thyssenkrupp ́s integrated steel mills in Duisburg, Germany. Thyssenkrupp aims at reducing CO2 emissions in the production process by up to 20%.


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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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