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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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New Specialty Inoculant for Gray Iron

High-aluminum foundry additive maximizes chill reduction, reduces casting porosity, and increases the tensile strength of gray-iron castings
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Investment Casting to Start for Satellite Parts

New Beralcast application passes first-article qualification for IBC
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Henkel Investing in Environmentally Friendly Impregnation

Five-step, vacuum-based porosity-sealing process also delivers water conservation results
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New-Model Dry Ice Blaster

Patented technology shapes particles for optimal effect in different surface-cleaning applications
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Predicting Binder Decomposition and Core Gases

Joint development for validated data on quantitative prediction of process-relevant effects
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Continuous Shot-Blasting for Delicate Castings

Compact system developed for high volumes of small workpieces, with the small footprint of batch machines and continuous feed operation to help streamline and speed up blast cleaning
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Digitalizing Castings, from Design to Performance

A producer of specialized shapes is introducing a concept of customization that extends from how a part is to be used to how it functions once it’s in place
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Overall Simplicity and Overhead Functionality

Kimura Foundry America is pioneering the "5S" manufacturing concept for metalcasting: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain
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Modernizing to Handle the Pressure

Aluminum diecasting operation adopts a redesigned riser system to improve the availability and reliability of pouring
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Preventing Flaky Graphite Formation in CGI Castings

Compacted graphite iron is gaining importance for ferrous foundries, and requiring its own core and mold coating solutions to ensure the finished parts solidify according to the processing requirements.
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The New Model for Investment Casting

Steady progress with additive manufacturing technologies keeps one foundry’s design capabilities on target and its service ahead of the game
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Let Us Commence

What are the common ideas and principles that shape us and guide us, and inspire our efforts to advance and prosper?
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What Comes After Industry 4.0?

Artificial intelligence is the next big step for manufacturers, and it’s happening now.
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Flexible, Deep Part-Marking Capability

New series performs dot-peen marking and CNC marking for 2D-square dot-matrix codes
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Waupaca Foundry Opens Machine Shop for Brake Parts

50,000-sq.ft., automated operation in Wisconsin for gray iron castings up to 80 lb.
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Portable, Rapid 3D Inspection and Reverse Engineering

Complete hardware/software package delivers automated ‘in-process’ inspection on the shop floor
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Brembo Starts Expanded Chinese Operation

€100-million production hub produces aluminum brake calipers and knuckles for automakers in China
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Success Factors for ERP Implementation

Survey of manufacturers and distributors identifies how enterprise technologies perform in terms of implementation schedule, cost, and ROI — and why.
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Improving the Day-to Day ERP Experience

Odyssey 6.1 Maintenance Release 3 is “a stability and performance update,” addressing users’ ability to engage and apply the enterprise software
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Webinar: Improve Performance, Extend Service Life for Hydraulic or Pneumatic Cylinders in Demanding Applications

An On-Demand Foundry Management & Technology-hosted webinar, sponsored by Peninsular Cylinder Co.
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OSHA Cites Nemak for Employees’ Chemical Exposure

Three cases of occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a lung disease, related to finishing aluminum parts
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The Truth About Employee Disengagement

Engagement will improve when managers’ actions align with employees’ human-psychological needs.
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Reviewing the Figures

Reason is a virtue that we cannot defer or assign. Our decisions have to be informed by more — including the sort of understanding that experience provides — as well as a commitment to accepting the consequences that follow.
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Diecaster Opts for Industry-Standard ERP

Odyssey is coordinating information for everything from tooling and construction to process development, while also tracking and managing orders and maintenance.
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Forming the Future of Moldmaking

Diecasting technology is fully established but design and material trends are influencing the shape and quality of tools and molds
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Hard Truths About Controlling Resin Balls

Identifying the causes and remedies for the soft spots that form in insufficiently blended, PUCB-bonded sand
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High-Res Thermal Imaging for Slag Detection

A continuous thermal monitoring system accurately detects of slag carryover in steelmaking by tracking the transition from steel to slag during tapping
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Reusing CAD Data for Customized Casting Analysis

Fast, easy-to-use software offers flexible visualization and inspection of part designs
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Tracking Trends for Metalcasting

What shapes the future for foundries and diecasters? Follow these five areas of development to know what’s important to the technologies and the businesses.
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New Peak for SinterCast CGI Output

Series production for licensees reached a rate of 150,000 mt/year during February
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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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Evraz Investing in Canadian Steelmaking Plants

Evraz North America will receive approximately $29.7 million from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) steel and aluminum program, which was created last year to help bolster the competitiveness of the industry in Canada. The contribution is part of the company’s planned $83 million investment over the next three years into equipment upgrades and expansion at mills in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Red Deer, Alberta. The upgrades include a new heat-treat line in Red Deer that will greatly increase the capability to provide premium-alloy-grade quality in the OCTG product range.


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U.S. Aluminum Manufacturer Orders Furnace System

SECO/WARWICK received an order from a U.S. manufacturer of flat-rolled aluminum sheet for a sow and T-bar preheat furnace system to achieve maximum product quality, energy savings and melt safety. The furnace offers optimum airflow management and a heating system that promotes efficient heat transfer throughout the work. It includes a patented movable baffle system and fixed base airflow spacers for maximum heat transfer to varying height loads. The system is PLC-controlled with remote I/O and dual operator-interface control stations.


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Nucor Steel Marion Commissions Walking-Beam Furnace

Nucor Steel Marion Inc. of Marion, Ohio, granted SMS group the final acceptance certificate for the supplied walking-beam furnace after successful commissioning. The furnace, which went into service in the existing bar mill, is capable of delivering 120 short tons per hour of hot billets at 2255°F (1235°C). The NOx content of this furnace is close to 25 parts per million, making it the most energy-efficient furnace with the lowest emission values within Nucor.


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Italian Aluminum Processor Orders Twin-Chamber Melting Furnace

Tenova LOI Thermprocess received an order from Fonderie Pandolfo for the delivery and installation of a twin-chamber melting furnace (TCF). This order will double the Italian company’s production rate. The TCF, with a capacity of 65,000 tons/year, is designed for aluminum scrap recycling. In order to cover a broad range of scrap, it combines pre-treatment and melting in one furnace.


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Six-Way Power Console

International heat-treatment codes and standards require welders to conform to heating parameters for the target workpiece, including heat-up time, temperature uniformity, soak time and cool-down time.


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Arconic Investing $100 Million, Creating Jobs in Tennessee

Arconic Inc. will invest approximately $100 million to expand its hot-mill capability and add downstream equipment capabilities to manufacture industrial and automotive aluminum products in its Tennessee Operations facility near Knoxville, Tenn. The project, which is expected to create 70 new jobs, is already under way and should be complete by the fourth quarter of 2020.


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U.S. Steel Restarts Construction of EAF

U.S. Steel announced the restart of construction on a technologically advanced electric-arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking facility at its Tubular Operations in Fairfield, Ala. The company previously initiated construction of the EAF in March 2015 and suspended construction in December 2015 due to unfavorable market conditions. The project is expected to create approximately 150 full-time jobs.


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Registration Open for IHEA Online Learning Course

Registration is open for IHEA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating online learning course, which begins on April 15. The course is ideal for students who wish to further their studies at home or work in a flexible web-based, distance-learning format. It’s an affordable alternative to campus-based classes and allows students to go at their own pace.


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12 Helpful Tips for Thermprocess 2019

Here are 12 tips that you will find extremely helpful when attending Thermprocess, GIFA, METEC and NEWCAST 2019 June 25-29 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.


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U.S. Steel Restarting Texas Mill, Adding Jobs

U.S. Steel will restart the No. 1 electric-weld pipe mill at Lone Star Tubular Operations in Lone Star, Texas. The company anticipates hiring 140 new employees. The No. 1 mill, which was permanently idled in 2016 due to challenging market conditions for tubular products, has an annual capacity of approximately 400,000 tons. It will provide full-body normalized electric-welded pipe in a size range of 7-16 inches outside diameter for customers across the U.S. The restart process will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019.


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Noncontact Temperature Measurement Advances for Aluminum Extrusions

The amount of aluminum extruded has increased considerably in recent years due to the metal’s wide availability and relatively low cost.


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Top Industrial Gases & Atmospheres Articles of 2018

To continue a trend we started in 2017, Industrial Heating will highlight a topic on our website and list the most-popular articles under that topic according to page views.


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