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December 2021

Traxtion looks for growth in South African freight rail sector

New investment opportunities are opening up in the African rail sector, and as the continent’s largest private freight operator Traxtion wants to lead the charge. With a commitment from President Cyril Ramaphosa to open South Africa’s rail network to third-party freight operators, Africa’s largest private rail freight operator Traxtion is poised to lead the way.

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Rustenburg Engineers & Foundry’s holding company ESG achieves recognition as a Level 2 contributor

Invicta Holdings Limited’s Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) – distributors of engineering consumables, automotive components, technical services and related solutions – has achieved recognition as a Level 2 contributor to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). ESG has been formally assessed by Ingkwazi, an accredited B-BBEE verification agency.

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Scrap dealer jailed after Hawks pick up signal of stolen cellphone tower batteries

A KwaZulu-Natal scrap metal dealer has been jailed for six months after the Hawks recovered stolen cellphone tower batteries in his shop. Scottburgh regional court convicted Albert Ngcameni, 33, of receiving suspected stolen property on Thursday. Hawks spokesperson Capt Simphiwe Mhlongo said Ngcameni was bust in 2020.

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Stainless steel castings essential for global infrastructure

Cast stainless steel is gaining rapid traction in infrastructure development and other applications, given its inherent advantages, including high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, longer life, and low maintenance costs. This is according to Snehal Jadhav of Global Market Insights.

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European industry associations warn against catastrophic impact of Chinese magnesium supply shortage

Europe’s industry associations European Aluminium, Eurofer, ACEA, Eurometaux, industriAll Europe, ECCA, ESTAL, IMA, EUWA, EuroAlliages, CLEPA and Metals Packaging Europe have issued an urgent call for action against the imminent risk of Europe-wide production shutdowns as a consequence of a critical shortage in the supply of magnesium from China.

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Fraunhofer IGCV opens new casting technology laboratory

Exactly two years after the foundation stone was laid, the new Casting Technology Laboratory of Fraunhofer IGCV in Garching, Germany was inaugurated on 13 October 2021. Referred to as place for research and cooperation and thus strengthening Germany as a production location, much praise and recognition were expressed during the numerous greetings and celebratory speeches.

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Daimler Buses develops mobile 3D printing centre for spare parts

German multinational automotive corporation Daimler AG and its service brand Omniplus have created a mobile 3D printing centre for the decentralised production of spare parts. The mobile container will be in operation at the BusWorld Home (BWH) service centre in Hamburg, and can be transported by truck to any location requiring only electricity and an internet connection to operate.

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Desktop Metal completes acquisition of ExOne

Desktop Metal has announced it has successfully completed its acquisition of The ExOne Company following approval by a majority of ExOne’s shareholders. The acquisition reinforces Desktop Metal’s leadership in additive manufacturing (AM) for mass production. ExOne extends Desktop Metal’s product platforms with complementary solutions to create an unparalleled AM portfolio that offers industry-leading technology.

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Emirates starts dismantling A380s with specialist recruited for recycling

Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is to recycle a large proportion of parts from its first Airbus A380 following the aircraft’s retirement, just 13 years after delivery. The aircraft (A6-EDA) was delivered to the carrier in July 2008, during a ceremony attended by FlightGlobal. It flew its last commercial service from Singapore to Dubai in March 2020, just as the pandemic began to cripple global air transport.

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Metallurgist admits submitting false test results for US Navy subs

The retired director of metallurgy at a Tacoma, Washington-based steel foundry that produced steel casting for Navy subs pleaded guilty to fraud after admitting to faking steel strength test results for decades. A metallurgist in the US state of Washington has pleaded guilty to fraud after she spent decades faking the results of strength tests on steel that was being used to make Navy submarines.

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Sculpture plan to mark historic foundry

A sculpture will honour 300 years of industry at a foundry and incorporate real used equipment, if plans are approved. The Coalbrookdale Foundry in Ironbridge closed in 2017 after centuries of metal casting, and the Coke Hearth Improvements Group is proposing to place an anvil, recovered from the site, on the nearby green.

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October 2021

ExOne and Fraunhofer IFAM deepen partnership on metal binder development

The ExOne Company and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (Fraunhofer IFAM) have announced that they are deepening their partnership on binder and materials development projects following the success of CleanFuse metal binder.

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Magnesium storm throws up another roadblock for automakers

Widespread closures of magnesium smelters in top producer China due to a clampdown on emissions and shortages of energy have propelled prices of the metal to their highest since 2008, posing another headache for automakers. Magnesium, also widely used in the aerospace industry, is needed to make aluminium alloys for the auto sector, which is already reeling from chip shortages.

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3D printing and titanium: A life-changing combination

Additive manufacturing and titanium powder will disrupt medical implant production. 3D printing’s customisation strengths enable the creation of almost any shape using additive manufacturing (AM) technology – even replicating our own skulls. Sandvik’s AM and metal powder specialists are exploring AM’s medical applications potential and preparing for the future of surgical implants.

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Smart ring: Installation of sensors during laser-based powder bed fusion holds great potential

A full handbag or bulging trouser pockets – who doesn’t know what it’s like when keys, wallet, and more have to be lugged around. Fraunhofer IGCV has a simple and stylish solution: A smart finger ring with an integrated microchip. This technology, in which the electronics are integrated directly within the 3D printing process, can be used in various ways and offers great potential.

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Elon Musk life-size bronze statue in Manhattan mocked online

Social media is a place where beautiful things happen, such as sharing information with family and friends, keeping in touch with loved ones, and posting photos of our daily lives. However, it can also be a scary place because of online bashing and mocking. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no beginner when it comes to online parody, but he usually posts funny memes and quirky remarks on his infamous Twitter account.

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3D printing turns 40 – but which process is best suited to your requirements?

In 1981, Japanese inventor Hideo Kodama created a first-of-its-kind rapid-prototyping device that used UV lights to harden polymers and create three-dimensional forms reports Jennifer Johnson. Kodama’s technology was never properly commercialised, although the US inventor Chuck Hull used similar principles in a process he called “stereolithography”.

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Researchers explore laser beam shaping to improve metal 3D printing

While laser-based 3D printing techniques have revolutionised the production of metal parts by greatly expanding design complexity, the laser beams traditionally used in metal printing have drawbacks that can lead to defects and poor mechanical performance.

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GE Renewable Energy, Fraunhofer IGCV and voxeljet AG plan to develop world’s largest sand binder jetting 3D printer for offshore wind turbines

Project to accelerate and optimise the production of a key casting components of the GE Haliade-X offshore turbine. Highly complex components are installed in the nacelles of offshore wind turbines. A suitable production method is the additive manufacturing of sand moulds for metal casting.

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New alloying process benefits aluminium casting – and more

The manufacturing value of tungsten alloys is found in their corrosion resistance against molten metal and high thermal conductivity for chill mould casting processing of aluminium. Yet, because it is a heavy metal, with a density comparable to gold, tungsten is highly valued for tool manufacturing and for shielding from alpha and gamma radiation.

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August 2021

Newly patented manufacturing process of a tungsten alloy enables additive manufacturing of complex components

Tungsten alloys (WNiFe / WNiCu) are used because of their corrosion resistance against molten metal and high thermal conductivity for chill-mould casting processing of aluminium. Yet, also in tool manufacture and for shielding from alpha and gamma radiation, the heavy metal with its density comparable to gold is indispensable. However, at around 3 400°C, tungsten has the highest melting point of all chemical elements and is therefore very difficult to work with.

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ASK Chemicals launches ASK Online Academy

ASK Chemicals, a foundry chemicals and materials supplier, has launched its ASK Online Academy programme on 30 June 30 2021. With ASK Online Academy, ASK Chemicals offers the foundry industry an additional channel to gain in-depth expert knowledge and the latest insights into its solutions in foundry chemistry, feeding technology and metallurgy. ASK Online Academy can be seen as a virtual spin-off of ASK Casting Academy, an in-person event.

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Lowering the pressure on die-casting development

Diecasting has earned considerable attention from industrial designers in recent years, regarding finished products and consequently production systems. This is mainly the outgrowth of those designers’ efforts to develop lighter versions of standard products, in automotive manufacturing most obviously. Those efforts led to the development of structural castings and drivetrain parts designed in aluminium alloys, for volume production.

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Toyota Industries Corporation and Siemens cooperate on digital transformation for die-casting

AI predicts abnormalities in aluminium die-casting products. To support their goal of manufacturing quality parts, Toyota Industries Corporation and Siemens have cooperated to develop artificial intelligence (AI) that can predict product abnormalities in aluminium die-casting, a key process in automotive air conditioning compressor production. The development is one of the world’s first to use defect prediction AI for die-casting.

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LK Group introduces the world’s first 9 000T giant die-casting machine

Two years after the world’s first 6 000T die-casting machine was launched by the LK Group the company has achieved another remarkable milestone this year by building the world’s first 9 000T machine. The new model is named Dreampress and the clamping force is 9 000 tons, which is the largest die-casting machine in the world. In December 2019, LK Group launched the world’s largest 6 000T ultra-large intelligent die-casting unit to the market.

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Tesla’s superior engineering cuts costs, giving company new option to stoke demand

The company also continues to produce at capacity, amid persisting global challenges and record demand for electric cars. Tesla reported $1.14 billion in (GAAP) net income for Q2 – the first time it has surpassed $1 billion. This is among a revenue of $11.96 billion, mostly made by selling cars. Overall automotive revenues amounted to $10.21 billion, of which only $354 million came from sales of regulatory credits – less than in any other year.

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Fast and cost-effective: Process-safe additive manufacturing of titanium components in the aerospace industry

With the project “EasyTitan”, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden has launched a project for the rapid and process-reliable manufacturing of light-metal components in aerospace. Together with the space management of the German Aerospace Center e.V. (DLR), filament-based metal printing processes are to be optimised under reduced gravity conditions.

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Lubricants for large-scale die-casting

“The expanding scope of automotive emissions regulations is pressuring automakers and their suppliers, one result of which is designers and manufacturers’ focus on ‘light-weighting’ new vehicles. Their goal is to reduce overall vehicle weight to improve fuel economy and range by introducing a growing number of hybrid and electric vehicles,” says Mark Cross, the global business development director for die-casting at Quaker Houghton.

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Two German firms have developed a process that allows a casting or other component to be secured ready for machining, while at the same time checking it for accuracy of form and position before machining starts

Two German firms, 5-axis vertical machining center manufacturer Wenzler (Heller group) and workholding equipment specialist Roemheld, have developed a process that allows a casting or other component to be secured ready for machining, while at the same time checking it for accuracy of form and position before machining starts.

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AGC Ceramics and voxeljet develop 3D printing ceramics for investment casting shells and cores

In a joint tailoring project, Japanese ceramics expert AGC Ceramics Co. and voxeljet AG have qualified the high-performance ceramic material Brightorb for 3D printing. In addition to potential applications in the production of structural components and works of art, the material is particularly suitable for 3D printing of highly complex moulds and cores for metal casting. Brightorb was developed on a VX1000 with a build volume of 1 000mm x 600mm x 500mm.

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June 2021

Big Ben bell foundry plan approved by government

Plans to redevelop the foundry where Big Ben was cast have been given the green light by the government. Decision has drawn wave of criticism from culture and heritage professionals, accusing government of ‘money-grabbing philistinism’. The plans for a boutique hotel had already been approved by Tower Hamlets Council, but the communities secretary decided to call them in, taking the decision out of the council’s hands.

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Castings Technology International casts large titanium pump casting

Castings Technology International (Cti) said it recently produced the largest single component ever cast by the company in commercially pure titanium and probably the largest titanium part poured into a ceramic mould. With an envelope of 1 000mm square by 600mm high and requiring over 1.2 tons of metal to be melted, the casting showcases several novel casting techniques developed in-house at Cti.

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Sheffield Forgemasters adopts pioneering Cobot

Sheffield Forgemasters has adopted pioneering collaborative robotic (Cobot) assistance for Foundry operatives. The firm is are one of the first foundries in the world to employ the 6A10 Grinding Cobot, from French firm RB3D, which works with operators of heavy grinders to stabilise and take the weight of the grinder, amplify its operational pressure and dramatically reduce the level of vibrations for the operator.

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ExOne acquires 3DP Tooling Technology

The binder-jet printing specialist acquired Freshmade 3D, developers of a method for creating moulds and tooling from 3D printed sand forms infiltrated and coated using a patented technology. ExOne, a developer and supplier of binder-jet additive manufacturing technology, acquired the assets of Freshmade 3D, an Ohio, USA business with a patented method for creating tooling from sand forms 3D printed on ExOne machines.

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Enable Manufacturing unveils new vacuum additive casting process for cheaper metal parts

UK-based metal 3D printing service Enable Manufacturing has announced the launch of its new Vacuum Additive Casting process which it claims can manufacture metal parts at a fraction of the cost of direct 3D metal printing. Like the other additive casting processes offered by Enable Manufacturing, the process is based on a hybrid approach to 3D printing moulds and patterns for casting parts, but also uses a vacuum casting technique to draw the metal into fine structures.

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Iron ore rebounds as China mills churn out steel at record pace

Iron ore futures climbed back above $200 a ton as soaring steel production in China showed there’s no sign of the industry cooling despite government attempts to rein in output from last year’s record of over one billion tons, as reported by Reuters. Crude steel output in April rose to 97.9 million tons to hit monthly and daily run rate records. The robust pace of production also lifted the year-to-date tally to 375 million tons, a 16% jump compared to same period last year.

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China puts Australia on notice with push to diversify iron ore

Beijing threw the spotlight on trade tensions with its top commodities supplier, Australia, after the government’s economic planning agency said it’s looking to diversify China’s supply of iron ore. Chinese firms should boost domestic exploration for the steel-making input, widen their sources of imports, and explore overseas ore resources, the National Development and Reform Commission said at its monthly briefing.

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Surge in prices of raw materials casts shadow

The prices of raw materials used to make almost everything are skyrocketing, and the upward trajectory looks set to continue as the world economy roars back to life. From steel and copper to corn and lumber, commodities started 2021 with a bang, surging to levels not seen for years. The rally threatens to raise the cost of goods from the lunchtime sandwich to gleaming skyscrapers. It’s also lit the fuse on the massive reflation trade that’s gripped markets this year and pushed up inflation expectations.

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April 2021

O.M.LER srl offers innovative decoring solutions

During the last few years O.M.LER’s management, technical and sales staff, felt it was essential to offer something new to their clients. So, then, during the past year of COVID-19 lockdown, O.M.LER personnel have worked hard and diligently to launch into new markets, and with this develop new and innovative decoring solutions.

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Zimbabwe says Tsingshan of China plans iron ore mine, steel plant to begin from May

A fluorite and limestone production plant will also soon be set up, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said. Tsingshan Holdings Group Co., the world’s top producer of nickel and stainless steel, will start construction on an iron ore mine and a carbon steel plant in Zimbabwe in May, according to a senior government official.

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Ford and ExOne seek to patent high-speed 3DP for aluminium

The automaker and additive manufacturing specialist have co-developed a binder-jet and sintering process for aluminium 6061, pointing the way to high-speed production of light-weight, complex parts with densities greater than 99%. Ford Motor Co. and The ExOne Co. are seeking to patent a 3D printing process for automotive aluminium alloy 6061 they co-developed, involving a binder-jet process and sintering which they claim, “delivers properties comparable to die-casting.”

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International Aluminium Institute releases global aluminium industry 2050 climate pathways

Aluminium industry aims to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has today published the most comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions reductions pathways available to the aluminium sector over the next three decades. The pathways are based on the IAI’s unrivalled data and leading analysis of the global aluminium industry.

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IDRA secures first order for an 8 000 ton die-casting cell

The machine with the unbelievable clamping force of 8 000 ton is to be delivered for the manufacture of large structural parts. The die-cast parts will be chassis parts for larger vehicles such as pick-ups, small trucks and SUVs. Tesla has placed an order for the world’s first 8 000 ton casting machine, which is expected to be key to produce the Cybertruck pick-up truck.

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Voxeljet shipped 131 000 3D printed parts in 2020, that’s 750 tons!

Sand (and plastic) binder jetting 3D printer vendor voxeljet also operates as a major service provider. In 2020, its service activities have delivered an impressive 131 000 3D printed parts, which if stacked would measure 604 metres in height (based on the average build platform of all 3D printers operated in the company’s European Service Centre). That’s not all. The total machine runtime to produce these parts was 32 000 hours, which is 1 333 days or 3.7 years of printing.

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Wohlers Report 2021 finds 7.5% growth in additive manufacturing industry despite pandemic

Wohlers Associates, Inc. has announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2021. This marks the 26th year of publishing the industry-leading annual report on additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing. The study provides trends, perspectives, and forecasts as a tool for decision making, education, and knowledge acceleration. The report gives readers new to AM a comprehensive understanding of the technology and industry.

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Viking Analytics and pour-tech AB sign contract to provide AI operators to iron foundries

Viking Analytics, a Swedish startup in advanced analytics solutions for predictive operations, and pour-tech AB, a specialist in automatic pouring systems, announced a partnership to offer AI operators to iron foundries. Viking Analytics notes that its solution, named EASYpour, uses data analytics and machine learning algorithms developed to automatically adjust the pouring process. This improves product quality, enables faster production, and reduces costs.

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Heinz Nelissen announces his retirement

On 30 June 2021, Heinz Nelissen will retire after 31 years of successful service to the Foseco and Vesuvius group of companies. Heinz Nelissen was instrumental in the development and expansion of Foseco and Vesuvius, first as product manager for non-ferrous products, then for Foseco as sales manager of the foundry non-ferrous business unit. ““In my 31 years in the foundry industry, I have met many great people, faced many challenges and implemented many ideas together with colleagues and customers.”

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Larger die-casting machines revolutionise body-in-white production

Bühler is expanding its portfolio with the launch of Carat 560 and Carat 610, and the recently announced Carat 840 to meet the trends for larger and more complex parts. “Structural components have clearly gained in importance in the automotive industry over the last years, with a trend towards even larger parts. This presents a clear opportunity for the die-casting industry,” says Cornel Mendler, Managing Director Die Casting.

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Foundry-Skills launches free video wiki for prospective foundrymen

Trainees, students, onboarding newcomers and career changers, casting buyers, design engineers and lecturers in foundry technology will find a modern access to expert knowledge in addition to literature. Foundry-Skills is a new, free video wiki with thousands of foundry-specific short videos spread across more than 45 categories. From sand casting to investment casting, from hand moulding to quality assurance, from aluminium to zinc.

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Elkem’s long term goal is to achieve carbon-neutral metal production

Currently, Elkem is conducting a feasibility study for the establishment of carbon capture at the Norwegian smelters. Elkem, one of the world’s leading suppliers of silicon-based advanced materials, has a broad and comprehensive approach to the work of reducing emissions and contributing to a sustainable future. Recently, the company was rated among the world’s leading on climate transparency and action by CDP.

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Malaysia sets ferrous scrap tariff at 15 per cent

Nation’s steelmakers had been urging an export ban or restriction. The Malaysian government reportedly has finalised its system to impose a 15 per cent duty on ferrous scrap exports, enacting a policy favoured by that nation’s steel industry. A March 19 online news report by S&P Global Platts says a Malaysian government gazette entry on that day points to the March 25 enactment of the 15 per cent duty on outbound shipments for scrap with the Harmonised System.

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Plansee Group becomes majority shareholder in Ceratizit Group

Austria’s Plansee Group has reported that as of March 1, 2021, it holds the majority interest in the carbide tool production company Ceratizit SA, headquartered in Mamer, Luxembourg. Formed in 2002 as the result of a merger between Plansee Tizit and Cerametal, Plansee Group’s share in Ceratizit initially accounted for 50%. The parties have agreed to keep the extent of the acquired interest and any financial details confidential.

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Audi and EOS expand range of metal 3D printing applications

Audi and EOS development partnership has reached a new milestone: Audi has moved entirely to additive manufacturing for selected tool segments for hot forming at its Metal 3D Printing Centre – conventional production methods are no longer used in these cases. The premium manufacturer leverages the EOS M 400 system for 3D printing.

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Rio Tinto and Amaero collaborate on aluminium-scandium alloy for AM

Under the agreement, Rio Tinto will deliver alloy billets made of responsibly-produced, low-carbon aluminium from its hydro-powered Canadian smelters and high-purity scandium oxide from its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada. The billets will be processed by Amaero into powder for additive manufacturing (AM) and offered to the market for high temperature applications.

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VW accelerates move away from internal combustion engines

Germany’s Volkswagen has announced that it is accelerating its move away from the internal combustion engine, expecting fully-electric vehicles to make up more than 70% of its European sales by 2030, a marked difference to the previously-anticipated target of 35%. By the same year, VW is hoping for electric to make up over half of its sales in the United States and China.

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Novelis debuts new aluminium solution category for automaker

Novelis Inc. has unveiled its strongest automotive aluminium product to date, Novelis AdvanzTM 7UHS-s701. The technologically advanced, ultra-high-strength material is now available commercially to the global automotive industry. The product offers lightweighting potential of up to 40% over existing ultra-high strength, hot-formed steel solutions. It is designed for safety-critical structural applications in passenger vehicles that require high in-service strengths.

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Volvo to be fully electric by 2030 and carbon neutral by 2040

The Volvo Group, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, reports that it is accelerating its electrification movement and plans to be fully electric by 2030. The car manufacturer reports that it was the first established car maker to commit to all-out electrification back in 2017 and that demand would decide when exactly the group would leave the internal combustion engine behind altogether. Volvo now sees demand for its electrified cars increasing rapidly.

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February 2021

Assmang declares force majeure on ferro-manganese production in South Africa

Mining and metals producer Assmang has declared force majeure on its medium-carbon ferro-manganese production in South Africa, a source told Fastmarkets recently. Assmang produces refined ferro-manganese at its Cato Ridge Alloys plant in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal and halted production last week. The force majeure declaration was made in the first week of 2021.

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Ford Mustang won’t be discontinued even though SUVs, trucks sell much better

A few years ago, the Ford Motor Company in the USA made a rather controversial decision. The Blue Oval decided to pull the plug on passenger cars in favour of sport utility vehicles and trucks. Thanks to hindsight, now we can all agree that Ford did the right thing by discontinuing the Fiesta, Focus, Taurus, and the Fusion, although the latter will come back as a fancy wagon inspired by the Subaru Outback.

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From foundry to stovetop: Le Creuset cast iron pots

The coveted heavy-duty, Skittles-coloured enamelled pots, pans, and kettles evoke ambitious Sunday feasts and an iconic French timelessness. Produced in a tiny working-class town far from the lights of Paris since 1925, Le Creuset products have gone global, making their way to kitchens around the world, from Japan to the United States.

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Why is cast iron the best material for casserole dishes – and what about stainless steel, copper and aluminium?

Stainless steel is a non-reactive material which can go into the dishwasher, and which is lighter than traditional cast iron. “The problem with stainless steel is that it has terrible heat conductivity. It heats up slowly and unevenly compared to other materials,” says Justin Kowbel, co-founder of Borough Kitchen. “If the flame hits a certain point, you get hot patches.”

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New economic forecast from AFS projects strong growth in 2021

The US metalcasting industry is projected to grow at a rate of 19.7% in 2021, according to a new report published by the American Foundry Society (AFS). This and other vital business intelligence was released in the biannual AFS Metalcasting Forecast & Trends, which provides a targeted economic outlook to foundries, industry suppliers, and others who must understand analysts’ projections for the short- and long-term future of the metalcasting industry.

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Rio Tinto’s new aluminium alloys to support recycling by die-casters

Rio Tinto is introducing a new family of unique aluminium alloys designed to allow diecasters to increase their use of recycled content in the production of automotive parts, delivering improvements on both environmental footprint and production costs. The company’s new high-quality alloy series has been developed for high pressure vacuum diecasters to mix with their own scrap and recycled cleaned crushed wheels.

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Tesla trying to make real cars with unibody casting like toy cars are made

Tesla has not given up on its dream of manufacturing cars by creating the entire body of the vehicle with a single-piece casting. Elon Musk recently tweeted: “With our giant casting machines, we are literally trying to make full-size cars in the same way that toy cars are made.” Just like toy cars are manufactured using a complete body diecast, Tesla is trying to bring the same concept to real-world car manufacturing.

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Management buyout of Castings Technology International

The management team of Castings Technology International (CTI) and the University of Sheffield have agreed a management buyout of the company. Taking effect from 19 January 2021, ownership of CTI has transferred to the company’s existing management team, which will take sole ownership of the company and operate it as a privately-run business.

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Trimet Aluminium SE develops a new aluminium alloy for crash-relevant components

Trimet Aluminium SE has developed a new aluminium alloy for crash-relevant components. The wrought alloy trimal-53 is suitable for structural components with high strength and excellent deformation capacity. The aluminium specialist thus now supplies a material for which there is a growing need, particularly in the vehicle manufacturing sector. The new Trimet alloy meets every major carmaker’s need for light-metal materials to produce safety-related vehicle components.

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Porsche unveils new electric drive housing from 3D printing and additive manufacturing

Porsche has unveiled its first-ever electric drive housing created entirely using 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology. According to the German carmaker, 3D printing and its latest additive laser fusion process are opening new possibilities in creating high-stress components for low-volume series production.

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GM investing $71 Million in two Ohio manufacturing plants

Company allocates $39 million to Toledo transmission plant and $32 million to Defiance casting plant, further strengthening its manufacturing presence in Ohio. Late last year General Motors announced plans to invest $71 million into two Ohio manufacturing facilities, including $39 million at its Toledo transmission plant and $32 million at its Defiance casting plant.

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Attendee registration opens for Virtual Metalcasting Congress 2021

Professionals across the entire metalcasting supply chain can now register for the virtual conference and trade show, Metalcasting Congress 2021. Streaming live online and on demand 12 to 21 April 2021, the first-ever virtual Metalcasting Congress will offer attendees the same quality presentations and business intelligence they’ve come to expect from North America’s premier foundry industry event.

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Ferrous scrap metal traders benefit from high prices

Sustained demand and substantially higher prices for scrap export during the final weeks of 2020 meant a bright New Year for traders. The cost of shipments of HMS 80/20 heavy steel scrap from northern Europe to Turkey soared from around US$293 per ton in November 2020 to US$399 in December and then hit US$432 early in early January 2021 before easing off later in the month.

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Scrapping planes in a pandemic isn’t easy

A ‘double whammy’ of low demand and high prices is hitting the aerospace metals sector, according to experts at a recent webinar on the aviation sector. But, the Argus Media event heard, there are signs of a rebound in demand from China – especially ‘good demand’ for stainless steel, as reported by Recycling International. The global market for recycled aircraft parts is expected to be worth around US$6 billion (EUR4.9 billion) by 2022.

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