The new 71st World Foundry Congress website is unveiled

The Organising Committee has launched the updated 71st World Foundry Congress website, The site will contain all the information about the programme and the various opportunities for taking part in this premier international technical event to be held in the city of Bilbao, Spain, between 19th and 21st May 2014.
The new website will appeal to companies from the global metal casting and metal mechanical industries among others, as it offers detailed information regarding the main sponsors of the event, sponsorship options and the possibility of booking a stand in the International Foundry Exhibition.
Professionals, technicians and researchers interested in taking part in the Congress will be able to register through the new tool, and authors whose abstracts have been approved will submit their final work through the website.
Users and visitors to will be able to access the provisional at-a-glance programme for the Congress, as well as full details about the technical sessions, committees, public bodies and companies involved as organisers, industrial visits and media partners. There will also be in-depth information on accommodation, the city of Bilbao and the Congress venue.
The page, which includes the new image of the Congress, is available in English, Spanish and Basque, and has been designed to make navigation easy for the user. The website will be continuously updated by the communication department of the event.
The website will make the Congress even more accessible, and will work alongside other communication tools already in place such as Media Partners, Social Media profiles, (Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo and Youtube), and a blog.
Users and visitors to will be able to access the provisional at-a-glance programme for the Congress, as well as full details about the technical sessions, committees, public bodies and companies involved as organisers, industrial visits and media partners. There will also be in-depth information on accommodation, the city of Bilbao and the Congress venue.
The page, which includes the new image of the Congress, is available in English, Spanish and Basque, and has been designed to make navigation easy for the user. The website will be continuously updated by the communication department of the event.
The website will make the Congress even more accessible, and will work alongside other communication tools already in place such as Media Partners, Social Media profiles, (Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo and Youtube), and a blog.

VM Vietnam largest iron ore pellet mill commissioned
    Reportedly, a USD 14.1 million iron ore pellet mill, the largest of its kind located in Vi Xuyen district, the north western province of Ha Giang in Vietnam was commenced operation on October 15th 2013 after more than a year of construction.
The mill is equipped with advanced technology and facilities and is capable of producing 300,000 tonnes of iron ore pellets per year to serve the nationwide iron demand including the Hoa Phat Integrated Steel Complex.
The mill is estimated to generate more than 200 jobs for ethnic minority people with an average income of over VND 4 million per month. It is expected to contribute more than VND 20 billion to the State budget.
Saguenay Foundry to Expand

Saguenay Foundry, head quartered in Chicoutimi, Quebec, has announced that it has invested $1.5 million to expand its foundry in that city. Marc Savard, president of Saguenay Foundry, says construction on the project began Oct. 29, 2013. With the investment, capacity at the plant will increase by 40 percent, according to Philippe Dubuc, Saguenay Foundry general manager. The expansion will add 3,600 square feet of floor space, a new overhead crane, a new sand mixer and additional warehousing space to meet the increasing demand from its customers, the company says. Saguenay Foundry is an iron foundry that specializes in cast parts from 500 to 15,000 pounds in CGI, gray and ductile iron for heavy-duty industries. The company supplies parts for a variety of industries across Canada, the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

GER - Handtmann Metal Casting goes China

New metal casting foundry plant to grow rapidly in the coming years – the construction to starts from November 2013. The Handtman group is ready for the jump to the Far East. End of November the construction of a new metal casting plant will start for gearbox and clutch housings in the Chinese metropolis of Tianjin. Buyer of this part will be the automaker VW, who produces cars for the Chinese market there - the investment costs for this new plant will be around 86 million.
Even today Handtmann is Europe's number three in metal casting production, worldwide at the fifth place. In the medium term, the company plans to increase the development forward. The light-metal-casting section is the largest company in the group Handtmann, where 1,600 people are employed, 1000 of them in Biberach/Germany. Further plants are in Annaberg and in Košice (Slovakia). The annual sales 2012 are amounted to about 340 million.

UK - Alcoa celebrates 125 years, remembers roots
    Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman and CEO of Alcoa, speaks to a second-grade class about Alcoa and answers questions about how aluminum is made during a visit to Manchester Academic Charter School on Monday. Alcoa is marking its 125th anniversary. Alcoa kicked off the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the aluminum producer's founding Monday, with chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld exhorting several hundred employees to carry on the innovative legacy of founders Charles Martin Hall and Alfred Hunt.
"We are standing on the shoulders of giants," Mr. Kleinfeld said during a speech at the company's North Shore offices. "It's our DNA. It's what we should never forget." The celebration came one day shy of the company's actual birth date. The Pittsburgh Reduction Co. was incorporated Oct. 1, 1888, after Hunt and a handful of other steel executives bought the rights to Hall's patent for a low-cost way to smelt aluminum. Hall had made the discovery two years earlier.
With $20,000, Hunt's group built a pilot smelter at 32nd and Smallman streets. The company would not become the Aluminum Company of America until 1907, a name that was later shortened to Alcoa. The anniversary coincides with what is likely to be a shutdown of the federal government because of the failure of Democrats and Republicans in Congress to compromise on a temporary funding measure.
Asked in an interview whether Hall and Hunt would have started the company in the face of the Washington gridlock as well as the regulatory and tax burdens companies face today, Mr. Kleinfeld said he is convinced they would have. "The obstacles at that time were at least as tough as they are today," he said.
Mr. Kleinfeld made his speech before a sea of employees wearing royal blue T-shirts as part of the company's month long community service initiative.
Canadian aluminum - Free trade agreement with Europe

"The free trade agreement with Europe is an unprecedented growth opportunity for the Canadian aluminum industry because it will drive the gradual elimination of tariffs on aluminum imports, such as, 7% on rods, 6% on billets, foundry and slabs, as well as 3% on remelt," said Jean Simard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aluminum Association of Canada, at the signing of the memorandum of understanding for a possible Canada-Europe free trade agreement. "We look forward to the signing of the agreement as it will open the door to a large-scale market for Canadian aluminum production.”
On behalf of Canada's aluminum industry, Mr. Simard applauds the excellent work accomplished by the Canadian and Quebec government negotiators, the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Pierre-Marc Johnson, mandated to represent Quebec.
As Mr. Simard points out, however, this anticipated growth is dependent on a competitive energy offering or, in other words, winning conditions for the industry.
About 70% of the aluminum produced in Canada is value added: rods and alloys could supply, in particular, the European automobile market, as well as other niche markets currently coveted by the Middle East. Over the last five years, the Middle East has tripled its capacity, producing four million tonnes in 2012 and surpassing Quebec's capacity, at an energy cost of two cents per KWH to ensure local growth. Exporting our energy and creating value in Quebec
“Now that the stage is set, we encourage the Government of Quebec once again to use our clean, renewable energy to take advantage of these new markets by exporting our energy through value-added aluminum products manufactured by our plants," says Mr. Simard.

Waupaca Foundry President and CEO, Gary Gigante praised the workforce for helping shape and drive the gray iron and ductile iron maker to success

Workers at Waupaca foundry use a giant furnace to turn scrap metal into liquid metal, which is then poured into multiple machines, turning out a variety of products, including the brake rotors for 75 percent of vehicles made in America.
The name may not be recognizable, but there's a good chance that an iron casting made by Waupaca foundry is on your vehicle or on the John Deere tractor you saw in a nearby field.
As the world's largest iron company, an estimated three quarters of all brake rotors for cars are made at Waupaca foundry. A single John Deere tractor has more than 75 Waupaca foundry-made castings.
“The castings we make here are in thousands of products,” says Gary Gigante, the company's CEO and president. Waupaca foundry – which has three plants in Waupaca, one in Marinette and two out-of-state and employs more than 3,600 – is well known in the communities where it operates because of its large employment base and economic impact.
It may not have the name recognition of another (smaller) regional foundry that stamps its name on manhole covers, but what it lacks in name recognition among consumers, it more than makes up in output.
The foundry traces its history to the 1870s and boasts annual sales upwards of $1 billion, producing more iron castings than entire countries. If Waupaca foundry was a country, it would rank among the top 10 casting producer nations in the world.

United Arab Emirates - Pentair opens new pump facility in Sharjah

Pentair Ltd, global water, fluid, thermal management and equipment protection company, today announced the opening of a new pump and booster system manufacturing facility within its integrated manufacturing campus in Sharjah.
The unit will serve the commercial and residential sectors in the region. The new pump manufacturing facility joins the company's existing valve manufacturing facility and metal casting foundry, providing a well-established foundation from which to introduce new products and services into the local market, the company said. “As one of the world's leading manufacturers of commercial, residential and infrastructure pumps, we are focused on the Middle East,” said Gary Witt, president of Pentair Flow Technologies.
“Pentair has consistently grown its pump business in the region for many years and we are excited about this next phase of development. The ability to manufacture locally will enable us to provide our customers a broader array of value-added solutions while also enhancing our ability to serve them effectively.”
“This investment reaffirms Pentair's commitment to the Middle East region,” added Ramesh Nuggihalli, vice president and managing director, Pentair Middle East. “By combining our regional strengths in engineering, manufacturing, sales and distribution with Pentair's global product design expertise, we can significantly reduce the business development cycle and improve our value proposition for our local customers.”
Pentair has more than 1,200 employees within the Middle East, including manufacturing, services and sales office facilities.

KSPG now has 11 locations in China

KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH, a subsidiary of first-tier auto-component supplier KSPG AG, has in its Large-Bore Piston unit established a new company specifically for the Asian markets. From its newly opened sales and production location in the Shanghai region, KSLP (China) Co. Ltd. will as from now supply large-bore pistons for marine engines, locomotives and stationary generators to customers in China, Japan, and Korea. The new company thus takes into account these markets' dynamic regional growth. Meanwhile some 80 percent of all ocean-going vessels are being built in these countries, followed by Vietnam and India.
The Large-Bore Piston unit of KSPG is thus systematically expanding its global presence. The new facility joins the Group's large-bore piston plants in Neckarsulm, Germany, und Marinette, Wisconsin, USA, and will focus on pistons with diameters of 160 to 350 mm for medium-speed diesel and gas engines. Completing the lineup are the matching cylinder liners for which M. Jürgensen GmbH & Co. KG will have a representative office in the new large-bore piston plant of KSLP China in the Plainvim industrial park in Kunshan.
The new Chinese company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH. The plant has a production space of 8,100 m² and initially a workforce of twenty. Over the years ahead this will rise to around 100.

Chinese ferrous scrap demand 'Grossly Underestimated’

China's foundry sector will boost the country's ferrous scrap consumption over the next decade, according to a new report, 'A strategic five year outlook to the global ferrous scrap industry. The report highlights the size, growth and important role of the foundry sector worldwide, and claims that previous studies have often overlooked this part of the market. One consequence is that Chinese ferrous scrap demand has been 'grossly underestimated', Metal Bulletin Research says.
Its analysis focuses in particular on trends in the obsolete, prompt and revert (home) scrap market, and how this interacts with the pig iron and direct reduced iron/hot briquetted iron sectors. ‘We expect the demand for scrap in China to increase by 7% per year on average out to 2021, at a time when the world's scrap supply will dramatically increase – reaching well over 2 billion tonnes,' the report states. The lion's share of supply will come from obsolete scrap, arising from substantial manufacturing growth over the past decade, it adds.

USA - Ferrous Processing & Trading Offers Innovative Management Strategies and Services

Ferrous Processing & Trading offers visionary and innovative leadership and management to a variety of diverse customers in the steel making, foundry, and automotive industries. At FPT, an expert team of professionals offers responsive planning and reactions to market conditions and the constantly evolving industry technologies. This sets the company apart from others in the scrap metal industry, and provides customers with a higher standard of service than ever before.
“We are dedicated to continued creativity and innovation within the scrap metal recycling industry,” shares an FPT representative. “This commitment applies to the services and products we offer, the level of customer service we provide, and our advanced technologies.”
Additionally, from the largest manufacturing customer to the smallest peddler supplier, FPT shares a constant commitment to doing the right thing.
The scrap metal recycling company has cultivated long-standing relationships with suppliers and buyers built on mutual trust and confidence. This is made possible by providing innovative and reliable services on a continuing basis.
Customers can expect the most advanced services and technology and the highest levels of customer service from Ferrous Processing & Trading. It is what sets the company apart from all others in the industry.

Greenland strikes deal with British firm to build giant iron ore mine

New facility will speed innovation in Machine-to-Machine and Connected Device technology, creating a smarter world
The second AT&T Foundry® facility in Plano, just north of Dallas, officially opened today as the home of cutting-edge development around machine-to-machine solutions and connected devices.
With this new facility, AT&T will develop innovative products and services that improve your life and livelihood in a variety of ways. We'll do this by bringing network connectivity and intelligence to both existing devices and new hardware. Imagine, for example, the ability to track the location of a suitcase and report when it has been opened as a traveler moves from one airport to another. Or think of soil sensors in a corn field that can automatically test the moisture in the dirt, and then signal the irrigation system to turn on when needed.
We will work with our business customers to develop and refine these sorts of innovative ideas, and then take those concepts to this new AT&T Foundry to quickly turn them into working prototypes and platforms with broad industry applications. These sorts of machine-to-machine and connected device technologies are commonly referred to as the "Internet of Things."
"Adding intelligence and connectivity to a new and wide range of machines is a huge opportunity, and we welcome the challenge," said John Donovan, Senior Executive Vice President of AT&T Technology and Network Operations, AT&T. "This new AT&T Foundry facility has the capability to rapidly prototype hardware and develop the sophisticated software needed in the growing M2M and connected device space.”
The AT&T Foundry is equipped with all the tools to make that happen, such as a 3D printer, a shielded copper testing room called a Faraday Cage that blocks external radio frequency signals, and more.
AT&T can collaborate on site with a customer, build a prototype in hours, test it, refine and move on to the next stage. No waiting for days for parts or samples to be shipped from overseas.

  ArcelorMittal South Africa announces supply agreement with Sishen Iron Ore Company
    CET – ArcelorMittal announces today that its 51% subsidiary, ArcelorMittal South Africa, has reached an agreement with Sishen Iron Ore Company Ltd (SIOC), a subsidiary of Kumba, relating to the long-term supply of iron ore.
The agreement, which will become effective from 1 January 2014, allows ArcelorMittal South Africa to purchase up to 6.25 million tonnes a year of iron ore from SIOC, complying with agreed specifications and lump-fine ratios.
The price of iron ore sold to ArcelorMittal South Africa by SIOC will be determined with reference to the cost (including capital costs) associated with the production of iron ore from the DMS Plant at the Sishen Mine plus a margin of 20%, subject to a ceiling price equal to the Sishen Export Parity Price at the mine gate.
While all prices will be referenced to Sishen Mine costs (plus 20%) there is an agreed price for pre-determined quantities of iron ore for the first two years of the agreement.
This volume of 6.25 million tonnes a year of iron ore includes any volumes delivered by SIOC to ArcelorMittal from the Thabazimbi mine, the operational and financial risks of which will pass from ArcelorMittal to Kumba under the terms of this agreement.