Supply Chain

  • New-breed auto steels offset costs: SMDI Sep 09, 2014

    Advanced high-strength steels such as ArcelorMittal SA’s recently unveiled Fortiform will allow automakers to avoid costly powertrain technology and still boost fuel economy, according to the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI).

  • Pennex resumes output after fire Sep 08, 2014

    Pennex Aluminum Co. briefly suspended production at its remelt plant in Greenville, Pa., Sept. 7 after local fire crews responded to reports of smoke at the facility.

  • IAM sees union membership growing Sep 08, 2014

    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has added new members at some smaller companies in the Pacific Northwest even as it confronts strong concessionary pressures from Boeing Co., the largest employer of IAM members.

  • Tesla plans $5B battery ‘Gigafactory’ in Nev. Sep 08, 2014

    Tesla Motors Inc. has announced plans to build a $5-billion advanced battery "Gigafactory" in Nevada.

  • Banker Wire sued for alleged design theft Sep 08, 2014

    Wire mesh maker C.I. Banker Wire & Iron Works Inc. has been accused of stealing trade secrets from Holland LP.

  • Nadca selects winners of die casting design awards Sep 08, 2014

    The North American Die Casting Association (Nadca) has announced the winners of its 2014 International Die Casting Design Competition.

  • 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.

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