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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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São Carlos Center of Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV): The first four years

The São Carlos Center of Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV) conducts state-of-the art research, develops technology, and supports education and outreach efforts focused on glass and glass-ceramics. What has the center done in its first four years?
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High Performance Computing for Materials Program brings government, industry together to improve energy technologies

The High Performance Computing for Materials Program (HPC4Mtls) brings together U.S. government research laboratories and industry to spur development of materials used in severe environments. Its goal is to quickly bring advanced energy research to market.
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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Spain's Institute of Ceramic Technology to further research on ceramic 3-D printing, steel debt load weighs on refractory industry, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for September 22, 2017.
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Markets of magnitude: International profile of the ceramic industry in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, plus more inside October/November ACerS Bulletin

The October/November 2017 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an international ceramic industry report on Southeast Asia, the truth about silicon carbide for modern ceramic armor, and a midpoint update on the activities of an active Brazilian glass research center—is now available online.
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Video: Silica layer enables tuning of structural colors for biocompatible pigments that don’t fade in tattoos, paints, foods, and more

Researchers report a simple method to manufacture biocompatible structural colors using only melanin and silica. The silica shell provides a buffer layer of tunable thickness that allows customization of the particular color, offering the potential to fabricate a new breed of long-lasting pigments that don’t fade.
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Other materials stories that may be of interest

Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads toward next-gen fuel cells, supercharging silicon batteries, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 20, 2017.
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Reviving the coal industry—One product at a time

Environmental concerns and decreased demand have contributed to the decline of coal as a fuel source. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing value-added products that may eventually revive the coal industry.
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Water assists flash sintering to densify ceramic to 98% theoretical density in just 30 seconds

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a method called water-assisted flash sintering that can densify powders to 98% of theoretical density in just 30 seconds. Their method takes place at room temperature and requires no external heating.
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‘An iPhone formed from glass’—New slate of Apple smartphones feature glass front and back faces

By now, you’ve probably heard that the rumors are true—Apple’s newest iPhones have shed their aluminum skins for an “all-glass design” instead, complete with front and back glass surfaces.
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Medical device tax impacts medical device manufacturers

The two-year moratorium on the 2.3% medical device excise tax expires on December 31, 2017. If lawmakers repeal the tax in the next few months, it could spur research and development plus job growth in the medical device industry.
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GF Linamar Draws $300M Order for Lightweight Structures

New joint-venture HPDC plant will produce magnesium cross-beams for pickup trucks
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Pressure Blasting for Large-Part Cleaning

Ransohoff’s Mega Jet Pressure Blast has a 48x24-in work envelope.
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Following the Trends to Better Designs, Better Castings

CAD meets casting simulation, and then 3D printing, as a specialty manufacturer effectively converts another complex assembly to a more efficient, lightweight casting.
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Virtual Reality

Can commercial activity and self-promotion drive a return of public virtue and individual character?
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Indirect Heat-Exchange Technology for Sand Conditioning

Plate bank-style system with closed-loop water-temperature control module maintains sand temperature to +/-1° prior to blending
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Next Phase for Industrial Dust-Explosion Protection

NFPA 652 requires sampling and analysis to identify potential risks, prompting new interest in mitigation equipment
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OSHA-Compliant Industrial Vacuums for Silica Dust

Devices for safe job-site cleaning, especially for operations with fine, irritating dust and powders, including hazardous silica dust.
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Magna Launches HPDC in Alabama

$60-million Kamtek high-pressure diecasting plant will produce automotive structures
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Motor/Gear Manufacturer Installing In-House Sealing

Godfrey & Wing supplying its HVLV vacuum impregnation system to seal diecast aluminum motor and gear components at SEW-Eurodrive’s plant in Forbach, France.
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Alcast Co. Expands with Fairfield Foundry Purchase

FALCO rebranded as Alcast Co. Midwest Works LLC; capital investments, training to follow
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Knife-Gate Valves Control Bulk Material Flow

StopTight devices are available in various sizes, for open hopper discharge or in-line use
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Pattern Labeling Package for Better Cast Impressions

Marking press imparts tracking info in one stroke, rather than one character at a time
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CGI Output Rebounds on Diesel Engine Expansion

SinterCast’s 2Q series production is back to record pace as Ford, Caterpillar, other programs ramp up
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GF Buying Two HPDC Plants in Romania

Eucasting Ro SLR produces aluminum diecastings and finish-machined parts to automotive manufacturers and other consumer industrial markets.
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Navistar Penalized $30.8M for Engine Defects

A jury awarded actual and punitive damages to a commercial-vehicle fleet operator that purchased Class 8 trucks with MaxxStar engines
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Dual-Transport, Lift-Pour Melting and Pouring

High-powered electric-resistance melting furnace that can be transported and tilted to pour molten aluminum
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Financing Expansion Cost-Effectively, While Adapting to Technology Shifts

Smart technologies and dynamic changes in demand call for foundries to find new approaches to capital investment
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High Productivity for Handheld Scanning

A field-of-view width up to 120 mm and a point resolution up to 35 μm, for fast data collection over a large area and no compromise on detail.
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Iowa Foundry Has New Owners, Capital Assistance

Faircast Inc. is the new name for Fairfield Casting LLC, which has begun rehiring workers laid off in June
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Understand the Common Causes of Refractory Failure

It is not uncommon for furnace lining material to fail, resulting in loss of thermal energy, reduced performance, or even a complete outage. Informed collaboration with refractory material suppliers can minimize risk and improve furnace reliability.
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Continuing Advances in Vacuum Impregnation Systems

Advances in design have increased productivity, quality, and throughput, and reduces operating costs. Along with improved operator safety, these developments have driven a revival to in-house vacuum impregnation.
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Two Views of the World

People working in manufacturing should appreciate that they operate in an atmosphere of accountability and reliability. The give the rest of us reasons for hope.
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Trying a Little Gentleness in Surface Treatment

An automotive aluminum diecaster has adopted a new concept in continuous shot-blasting.
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Combining Casting with 3DP to Customize "Damage Tolerant" Parts

Researchers infiltrate a stainless steel skeleton with molten aluminum
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Environmental Effects on Core and Mold Productivity

Plant air and the humidity levels in the work environment affect the quality of cores, molds, and corresponding scrap rates
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High-Intensity, Dual-Light LED UV Lamp for NDT

Portable lamp designed for nondestructive testing pros, improves visibility and versatility, minimizing time to inspect parts
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Shiloh Casts 40% Lighter Aluminum Housing

The automotive diecaster uses a "cutting edge" process to cut 24 lb. from solid, rear-beam axle housing for a new light-duty pickup truck design
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New Iron Foundry Picks Indiana Site

Kimura Foundry America Inc. plans to start up late in 2018, with 3D printing for patterns, molds
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Sand Core Drying Ovens

Natural gas-fired chambers dry water and resin from 6,000 lb of sand cores within two hours
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EJ Breaks Ground for New Iron Foundry

$125-million project will keep Michigan operation "competitive" for global supplier of municipal and infrastructure castings
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Vacuum Diffusion Bonding for Joining Titanium Alloys

As a result of having minimal impurity content, even in the case of highly reactive metals, diffusion bonding has found significant application for the fabrication of complex titanium-alloy components.


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Mainstream Engineering Installs CAB System

Mainstream Engineering of Rockledge, Fla., installed a controlled-atmosphere aluminum brazing (CAB) system designed and built by SECO/WARWICK.


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Flash Ironmaking Process

Recently, efforts have been undertaken to improve the ironmaking process. This project summary offers a look into one such effort.


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Rimfire Firing-Pin Indent Copper Crusher (part 2)

Learn how an order for SAAMI rimfire firing-pin indent copper crushers resulted in the development of a new material and process specification document.


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Automotive Battery Supplier Orders Melting Furnaces

Lindberg/MPH shipped two gas-fired, immersion-tube lead melting and holding furnaces to a supplier of the battery industry.


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Aluminum Scrap Recycling with Twin-Chamber Melting Furnace

Scrap recycling with the twin-chamber melting furnace (TCF®) has become state-of-the-art worldwide. The latest installations show that the TCF fulfills the complex requirements of scrap processing regarding environment, safety and metal yield.


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2016 Feature Article Bibliography

This is a complete list of all the feature articles – by topic – that appeared in Industrial Heating in 2016. The month each article appeared in is included with page number. All articles are hyperlinked for your convenience.


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State of the Thermal-Processing Industry 2016

For the second year in a row, we asked readers about the state of the thermal-processing industry.


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Air Force Orders Overhaul of Heat Exchangers

Wall Colmonoy’s Aerobraze Engineered Technologies won a full and open competition conducted by the United States Air Force for a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for the overhaul of the F-16 primary and secondary heat exchangers.


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Uniformity Surveys: Make Your Data an Investment in Profitability

As the focus on quality processing has evolved, new innovations have come to the aid of thermal processors. However, one area that has not seen improvement in technology is the temperature uniformity survey (TUS).


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Flux Cored Wire

Formula 5551 flux cored wire withstands high-heat conditions for extreme welding applications by maintaining superior hardness retention in temperatures as high as 1200°F (650°C).


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Using Induction Brazing in Manufacturing Operations (Part 2)

This article will examine the six variables that need to be controlled for effective induction brazing.


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Using Induction Brazing in Manufacturing Operations (Part 1)

Induction brazing is an excellent way to quickly heat up a localized area of a large assembly in order to permanently join them together.


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85 Years of Industrial Heating

In the early 20th century, Industrial Heating came on the scene. In this historical overview (decade by decade), we take a look at metallurgy and how the steel industry was becoming big business.


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Tritech-Wrexham Orders Vacuum Induction Melting System

Retech Systems LLC received an order from Tritech-Wrexham for a new 50-kg (110-pound) vacuum induction melting (VIM) system.


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Ultra-Low-NOx Burner Retrofits for Aluminum Furnaces

Upgrading burners is often an effective way to achieve process improvements such as increasing productivity, decreasing fuel use and/or minimizing NOx and CO2 formation.


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Brazing-Filler-Metal Identification Tool

The PI ID Tool is an online brazing-filler-metal identifier that allows the user to select the base metals to be joined, apply filters and search for brazing alloys that are suitable for the joining process.


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Kiln Furniture, Thermocouple Protection Tubes

A range of kiln furniture is made from a new high-performance, nitrite-bonded silicon-carbide material suitable for use at temperatures of up to 2732°F (1500°C).


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2015 Feature Article Bibliography

This is a complete list of all the feature articles – by topic – that appeared in Industrial Heating in 2015. The month each article appeared in is included with page number. All articles are hyperlinked for your convenience.


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Monitoring Aluminum-Log Temperatures in a Walking-Beam Furnace

Using hot-box temperature-profiling systems to monitor product temperatures in furnaces has become accepted in many areas of the heat-treatment and allied industries.


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A Closer Look: Jumbo Bloom Vertical Caster at TimkenSteel

On Oct. 21, 2014, TimkenSteel ran the first heat of metal through its jumbo bloom vertical caster (JBVC) at its Faircrest Steel Plant in Ohio.


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Georg Fischer Orders Melting Furnace

Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group, received an order from Austria’s Georg Fischer for a multi-chamber melting furnace for melting and holding aluminum. 


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Crucible

The Syncarb Z2 e2 crucible was designed specifically to provide strong chemical resistance against fluxes and excellent thermal conductivity in aluminum melting and holding applications.


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Gas-Fired Crucible Melting Improvements Highlight Cooperation Between Suppliers, Energy Providers

A case study at Eck Industries in Manitowoc, Wis., shows the fuel savings realized by the addition of a self-recuperative burner to crucible melting furnaces.


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Producing the Highest Quality Stainless Steel Cutlery

Troubleshooting furnace heat-treatment quality issues, such as oxidation and discoloration, can sometimes be challenging. At times, normal, conventional troubleshooting steps and techniques may not always work.


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Audi Commissions Melting Furnaces

Automobile manufacturer Audi commissioned two Ecomelt melting furnaces from Austria’s Hertwich Engineering.


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The Latest Aluminum Scrap Recycling Plant Technology

The twin-chamber melting furnace process offers an efficient and economical way to melt aluminum scrap. 


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Cross-Wedge Rolling Theory, Technology and Equipment

In large-scale and mass production, the technology of cross-wedge rolling (CWR) of axisymmetric parts made of ductile metals and alloys is virtually unequaled in its economic efficiency.


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Applications for Specialty Casting Equipment

Some ESR furnaces can produce ingots in excess of 100 tons. On the other end of the scale, there is an equally interesting suite of applications in the form of various small to medium casting furnaces. 


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High-Tech Melting Processes Improve Aerospace Materials

High-performance metals are those metals that are exposed to some combination of high stresses, high and/or fluctuating temperatures, and corrosive conditions where high reliability is essential. 

 


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