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 companys 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
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
NanoSteels 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
While steel made via powder
metallurgy is distinct from the companys 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.