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NanoSteel appoints Lemke powder metallurgy manager

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NEW YORK — NanoSteel Co. has named Harald Lemke vice president and general manager of powder metallurgy, the company said Feb. 13.

Lemke will oversee commercialization of the company’s nano-structured alloys into the powder metallurgy industry, with a focus on high hardness, wear and yield strength applications, NanoSteel said. It already produces and sells powder alloys, primarily targeting consumers in the oil and gas, power generation and mining sectors.

Alloys produced through the powder metallurgy process are better able to withstand high-stress applications and offer possible cost savings to traditional near-net shape manufacturing, according to Lemke, who joined the company last month.

"(Powder metallurgy) provides a value (both) in extending the performance of the metallurgy ... (and) provides lower-cost solutions through the metal-making process," he told AMM.

Lemke previously worked in a number of manufacturing industries, including metals, ceramics, plastics and composites. He most recently was global vice president of materials marketing at coating solutions provider Sulzer Metco.

NanoSteel’s push to expand its powder metallurgy team comes as it works toward commercial output of its new advanced high-strength nano-structured steel sheet product for the auto industry. The Providence, R.I., company expects results on its own internal cost and process tests by the next quarter, and will then begin shipping test coils to General Motors Corp. for trials in the first or second quarter of this year, chief marketing officer Ellen Bossert told AMM.

While steel made via powder metallurgy is distinct from the company’s sheet steel production process, powder alloy components could eventually have some auto applications as well, she said.

"Sheet steel is clearly the big player in automotive. (But) if there are PM (powder metallurgy) parts as part of the overall (auto) construction, we would pursue that," Bossert said.

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