Supply Chain

  • Copper wire thefts driving change at utilities Sep 08, 2014

    Ontario’s Hydro One Inc. plans to replace copper wire in its power substations with a steel-copper combination in an effort to deter copper wire thefts.

  • Great Lakes iron ore shipments surge in Aug. Sep 08, 2014

    Great Lakes iron ore shipments jumped last month as higher water levels allowed vessels to carry heavier loads.

  • Ford's F-150 raw material costs may double Sep 08, 2014

    The cost of raw materials for Ford Motor Co.’s new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup could more than double from its existing steel-heavy model, according to one analyst’s estimate.

  • Charter Steel bolstering coil processing Sep 08, 2014

    Charter Steel plans to boost wire rod and coil processing capabilities at its facilities in Saukville, Wis., and Fostoria, Ohio, the company said Sept. 8.

  • Claims of suspect titanium spur US probe Sep 05, 2014

    The discovery of "suspect" titanium supplied for U.S. military aircraft engines, which has already resulted in a lawsuit by United Technologies Corp. (UTC), has also spawned a federal investigation.

  • US auto sales expected to top 17.4M vehicles Sep 04, 2014

    Several major automakers posted record U.S. sales in August, with Chrysler Group LLC projecting total industry sales of 17.4 million vehicles for the full year.

  • ASTM proposes standard for zinc-coated rebar Sep 04, 2014

    A new technical standard for zinc-coated rebar could lead to lower costs and better anti-corrosion features for the niche product, according to ASTM International.

  • Schuff’s board to decide on buyout tender Sep 04, 2014

    Steel fabricator Schuff International Inc.’s board of directors is expected to consider this week a planned takeover by investment firm HC2 Holdings Inc.

  • Synalloy exits piping fabrication business Sep 04, 2014

    Synalloy Corp. has sold its Ram-Fab LLC subsidiary in Crossett, Ark., to Primoris Services Corp., marking its exit from the custom piping systems fabrication business.

  • Dynacast to acquire Kinetics Climax Sep 04, 2014

    Dynacast LLC, a subsidiary of zinc and aluminum die caster Dynacast International Inc., has entered a deal to acquire metal injection molding company Kinetics Climax Inc.

  • ASA International looks to dismiss suit Sep 03, 2014

    ASA International Ltd. is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit that alleges its executives defrauded Lawrence Holdings Inc. and violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (Rico) Act when it sold enterprise resource planning software to the titanium distributor.

  • Kia building $1B auto plant in Mexico Sep 03, 2014

    Kia Motors Corp. has called a $1-billion agreement to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico, “pivotal” to its plans in the U.S. market.

  • Mitsui, Arcelor start up Brazil joint venture Sep 03, 2014

    Mag Aliança Automóveis do Brasil SSC SA, a service center joint venture between Mitsui & Co. USA Inc. and ArcelorMittal Gonvarri Brasil SA created to serve the Brazilian auto market, began operations in late August.

  • $5B Atlantic Coast pipeline proposed Sep 03, 2014

    Four energy companies are planning to build a $4.5-billion to $5-billion natural gas pipeline through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

  • UTC lawsuit questions origin of titanium Sep 03, 2014

    A&P Alloys Inc. and owner John J. Palie Jr. are being sued for allegedly misrepresenting the origin of titanium sold for use in U.S. military aircraft engines built by United Technologies Corp.’s (UTC’s) Pratt & Whitney Corp. (P&W) division.

  • Steel processor fined in worker death Sep 03, 2014

    High Strength Plates & Profiles Inc. has been fined Canadian $110,000 ($101,210) for the death of a worker at its plant in Lively, Ontario.

  • Sandvik divests distribution assets Sep 02, 2014

    Sandvik Materials Technology is divesting its distribution business in Australia and New Zealand to Vulcan Steel Ltd. with the deal expected to close in October.

  • Aluminum die caster plans $17M expansion Sep 02, 2014

    Spartan Light Metal Products will begin a $17-million expansion of its aluminum and magnesium die casting operations in Missouri aimed at boosting its automotive component production.

  • Jindal Tubular finalizes PSL North America buy Sep 02, 2014

    Jindal Tubular USA LLC, a subsidiary of India’s Jindal SAW Ltd., has completed its $104-million acquisition of bankrupt large-diameter spiral-weld pipe maker PSL North America LLC.

  • ProtoService adds system to make Ti parts Aug 28, 2014

    Italy’s ProtoService Srl has ordered a second additive manufacturing system from Sweden’s Arcam AB for the production of titanium parts.

  • Toyota gets incentives for Mich. expansion Aug 28, 2014

    Toyota Motor Corp. is moving forward with plans to build a $32.5-million facility on the campus of its Toyota Technical Center in York Township, Mich., after receiving approval for state and local business development incentives.

  • Japanese brass maker files counterclaim in patent suit Aug 28, 2014

    Mitsubishi Shindoh Co. Ltd. has filed a counterclaim against brass valves maker Conbraco Industries Inc., alleging that the company is using a patent lawsuit in an effort to exhaust inventories of the products in question.

  • Labor Day holiday notice Aug 28, 2014

    AMM’s offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day, and there will be no issue dated Tuesday, Sept. 2.

  • Power provider applauds Noranda rate ruling Aug 28, 2014

    The power provider for Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp.’s smelter in New Madrid, Mo., praised a ruling that rejected the company’s request for a lower power rate.

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