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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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Accurate, Safe Molten-Metal Temp Reading Delivers ROI

Simple, point-and-measure non-contact thermometer reliable measures in the 1000o-2000 °C range, reducing reliance on consumable DIP thermocouples.
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Nucor Purchase Adds Precision Casting Capability

Mexican foundry expands steelmaker’s portfolio, accesses new customer markets
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Five Special Ops Skills to Motivate Digital Business Innovation

Tactics and practices that should be recognized, learned from, and capitalized upon
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Award-Winning Parts Make Good Designs Better

The ICI’s best designs for 2018 exhibit the efficiency and integrity of parts designed (or redesigned) as investment castings.
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Aluminum Preshredder Saves Time and Space

A specially developed system has made scrap collection and handling safer and more efficient for BMW’s aluminum foundry
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Working on its Swing, Callaway Offers a Sound Redesign

Reevaluated putter head is the first result of new additive manufacturing approach
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Let’s Try This Again

Why do we give so much of ourselves over to ‘time,’ its demands on us and its indifference to our expectations? Why do we feel so defeated by our failure to master ‘time’?
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Evaluating Cored-Wire Practice to Automate Iron Treatment, Inoculation

Selecting the right alloy and inputting accurate values can make alloy addition more effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly
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First Industrial Touchscreen with Force Detection

New feature prevents false inputs, increases operating reliability, and allows additional input levels
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New Pilot Plant for Casting Heat-Treatment

Tenova, Audi launch modular system for developing solution annealing, aging, and quenching for lightweight parts
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Flexible Robotic Finishing Systems

Integrated packages of robots and related technology for grinding, polishing, deburring, and brushing.
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Denison Industries Adopts 3DP for Sand Molds

Aluminum foundry adds ExOne S-Max for faster prototyping and tooling
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Re-Engineered Hanger-Type Blast Machines

Economical abrasive surface-treatment in flexible overhead monorail layout
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On-Demand Manufacturing Site Will Quote Diecasting

Xometry adding qualified diecasting, stamping, and extrusion suppliers to its network of +2,500 shops offering RFQ service
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GF Drawing Orders for EV Castings, Especially in China

The Swiss foundry group estimated 2018 contracts worth $366.3 million from electric and hybrid vehicle programs
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Fast Refractory Repair for Steel, Aluminum Furnaces

Precast refractory shapes for quick lining replacement in recurring high-wear zones
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Fluorine-Free Material for Feeder Systems

Chemex produces shrinkage-free casting with increased casting productivity, including for complex designs.
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The Foundry is Going Digital. Will You Keep Up?

The Digital Foundry will capitalize on digital design processes, along with significantly improved technologies and materials
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Metal Stirring in Coreless Furnaces

Induction melting offers options for stirring, and the equipment should be selected according to furnace size, type, optimal frequency, and power.
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Planning for a Breakout is Now Part of the Plan

New EJ foundry will include four emergency collection pits, to ensure molten iron and water are kept in their proper places.
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The Indelible Mark of High-Tech Customer Service

For high-volume metalcasters, a patent-pending laser-marking process will solidify product traceability without disrupting manufacturing processes or productivity.
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Why We Fight

We have power over ourselves that is not fully defined in law but is impossible to restrain. And nothing compels us to learn or to discern.
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Linamar in Deal to Manufacture Electric Drives

Partnership with Protean Electric, to produce in-wheel electric drive systems for North American passenger car and commercial vehicle OEMs
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Level Switches for Dust Collectors

Designed for application to high- or low-point level detection of bulk solids, in particular abrasive materials.
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Siemens, Chromalloy Open New IGT Parts Venture

$139-million joint venture produces investment-castings exclusively for Siemens industrial gas turbines
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Clean Tooling Improves Core and Mold Processes, Productivity

Fast and efficient metal cleaners help to remove residual binder/release agent build-up
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Boeing Opens New Parts Plant in UK

OEM’s first manufacturing site in Europe produces actuation system components for 737 and 767
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Magellan to Cast A20X Parts Under License

The Canadian foundry and aerospace parts business is set to pour the "world's strongest commercially available aluminum casting alloy"
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Flexible, Digital Robot Control

OmniCore devices can turn any connected industrial robot into a collaborative robot.
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Boeing Taps Aeromet to Supply New UK Plant

British foundry providing “high-strength, complex, and multi-core aluminum cast parts” for gear systems and flight controls
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GFG Alliance Acquires Keystone Consolidated Industries

GFG Alliance (GFG) of the U.K. signed a binding agreement to purchase all of the outstanding stock in Keystone Consolidated Industries Inc. (KCI) from Contran Corp. Under terms of the deal, GFG Alliance company Liberty Steel USA will acquire KCI, including all of its subsidiaries, for $320 million. The deal includes Keystone Steel and Wire, a division of KCI that has been in the steel and steel products business for over 100 years. Liberty Steel USA will also add a wire-rod facility with a 1.1-million-ton-capacity electric-arc furnace (EAF), an MBQ/SBQ bar mill, three welded-wire reinforcement-mesh facilities and a PC strand facility.


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Reader-Rated Melting/Forming/Joining Articles

Once again, our readers weigh in on the best articles in 2018. This time it is in the melting/forming/joining category. Interested in what they have to say? Check out the list that follows.


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Helium Leak Testing of Vacuum Brazing Furnaces: Tips and Techniques to Minimize Downtime

When large industrial vacuum brazing furnaces begin to produce customer parts that show discoloration instead of a pristine stainless steel finish or joints where the brazing material has refused to flow properly, production is quickly halted. Easy-to-find-and-fix leaks can take the furnace down for a half of a day, and more downtime is likely.


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Specialized C/C Fixtures for Today’s Brazing Needs

Brazing furnaces today often contain a lot of very heavy fixturing materials in their brazing chambers. This “fixturing” includes all the heavy-metal structures in the furnace hot zone (e.g., grates, trays, racks, baskets, etc.).


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voestalpine Orders Melting Equipment for Steel Plant

SMS group received an order from voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl to supply an electric-arc furnace (EAF), an AOD converter and secondary metallurgical facilities for the construction of a stainless steel plant in Kapfenberg, Austria. The facility, scheduled to start up in 2021, will produce 205,000 tons of high-performance steels per year for application in the aerospace and automotive industries. The 55-ton EAF will be able to melt high-purity scrap and alloys into liquid steel. The exhaust heat generated during the process will be used to dry the ultra-pure scrap in a separate plant before it is fed to the EAF.


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Combustion Technologies Improve Melting-Furnace Productivity

This article discusses how the unique capabilities of two new burners helped SDI La Farga increase productivity, decrease specific fuel consumption and significantly reduce burner maintenance time in its secondary copper-melting furnace.
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Infographic: The Wide World of Welding

In this visual guide created by Tulsa Welding School, you'll discover the history of welding, its rise as an industry and its contributions to society and the economy as a whole.
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Vanadium-Tungsten Carbide Hardfacing Welding Alloy from Postle Industries

A vanadium-tungsten carbide hardfacing alloy for extreme abrasion is available as an open-arc welding wire.
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Playing with Fire: Blacksmithing a Hot Topic

Almost weekly, we run across another interesting blacksmithing story about someone who seems an unlikely blacksmith or who is making wonderful creations from lumps of metal or common items.
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Process Thermal Imaging in the Modern Hot-Rolling Mill

Single-point radiation thermometers, also referred to as infrared pyrometers, have been widely used in steel hot-rolling mills for more than 60 years. They offer many advantages compared to contact sensors such as thermocouples.
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Torch Brazing by Hand

Effective brazing requires heat, cleanliness of the parts being joined and, in the case of torch brazing by hand, special operator skills are needed.
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The Impact of Thermal Oxidizer Sizing on Melt-System Capacity

Understanding the true rate-limiting factors when configuring and sizing a metals-recovery system is critical to realizing the full potential of the system. Additionally, managing energy within the system will have a large impact on the operating costs and uptime/maintainability of the system.
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Top 5 Most Popular Articles of 2017

Here’s a look at the five most viewed articles on Industrial Heating’s website in 2017 (based on page views from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31). Enjoy!


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Perryman Increases Titanium Melting Capacity

Perryman Company will more than double its current titanium melting capacity through the addition of two new furnaces, one electron beam (EB) and one vacuum arc remelt (VAR). They will both be installed at Perryman’s existing melting facilities on its California, Pa., campus. Installation will begin in late 2018, and the furnaces are expected to be fully operational by mid-2019. Once complete, the company’s total melt capacity will exceed 26 million pounds.


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Metal AM Update: Growth, Processes and Barriers

Additive-manufacturing (AM) technologies have drawn a lot of attention and investment from the manufacturing community in recent years. This article presents an overview of AM processes, including their economic and operational advantages and constraints.
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Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Capability for Steel Manufacturing

Scientists with high-performance computing (HPC) modeling, simulation and visualization capabilities at the Department of Energy's national laboratories are partnering with U.S. industries to optimize blast furnaces in order to reduce emissions and energy use.
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Advanced Metal Manufacturing: Precision Heating and Cooling (part 2)

Manufacturers of automotive and aerospace parts, medical devices, robots and machine components depend on advances in metals processing to address a range of challenges, often simultaneously. This includes the need for lighter-weight and higher-strength components, performance at temperature extremes, rapid prototyping and manufacturing, superior surface quality and durability and, of course, controlling production costs.


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Advanced Metal Manufacturing: Precision Heating and Cooling (part 1)

This article reviews industrial-gas technologies that the metals industry can use to respond, improve and even help transform advanced metal-parts manufacturing and processing.


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State of the Thermal-Processing Industry 2017

In what is becoming an annual tradition, Industrial Heating, with assistance from BNP Media Market Research, polled qualified subscribers on a variety of industry- and job-related issues. Our goal is simple. We want to find out more about the current state of employment in the thermal-processing industry. 


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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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