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JAN 2018

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Metal Industry News Arconic to Install New Heat Treat Furnace in Iowa Arconic Inc. will install a new hori- zontal heat treat furnace at its Daven- port Works facility in Iowa. The project will enhance the company's ability to serve aerospace and industrial markets. This new furnace will enable Ar- conic to heat treat longer and thicker plate than ever before, including ma- terial for Arconic's recently installed Thick Plate Stretcher, which began commercial production this year and is the largest thick plate stretcher in the world, the company claims. Executives say the need for thick aluminum plate is growing, particularly as demand for composite wings, made with monolith- ic thick plate wing ribs, increases. "This investment will help meet both existing and future customer de- mand," says Tim Myers, president, Global Rolled Products and Trans- portation and Construction Solutions. "With this new capability, we will meet increasing demand for plate used for aircraft wing ribs, skins and other structural components, particularly in single-aisle builds. It also opens the door to growth in other markets, such as semi-conductors for consumer elec- tronics and injection molding for auto- motive applications." Construction on the project is ex- pected to begin later this year, with commercial production expected to start in 2019. Hydro Acquires Arconic's Brazilian Extrusions Business Hydro Extruded Solutions AS has reached an agreement with Pittsburgh- based metals manufacturer Arconic to acquire its two extrusion plants in Brazil. The two extrusion plants, in Utinga and Tubarão in Southern Brazil, have combined more than 600 employees, a cast house, seven presses ranging from 7 to 14 inches and value-added capabil- ities. Under the terms of the agreement, Arconic will receive approximately $10 million in cash for its Latin Ameri- can extrusions business. "We believe in the integrated busi- ness model and Brazil is the country where Hydro's entire value chain is present," says Hydro President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg. "From baux- ite and alumina, via primary production to extruded solutions, this will strength- en our ability to serve our customers." Hydro says the transaction is in line with its strategy of selected growth within its extruded solutions business area and will strengthen the company's position in Brazil. "We believe in the importance of being close to our customers to offer high quality customized extrusions and local support," says Egil Hogna, execu- tive vice president and head of extruded solutions at Hydro. "With the acquisi- tion of Utinga and Tubarão, Hydro will 38 ❘ Metal Center News — January 2018 T he Commerce Department took two recent steps to support the domestic aluminum and steel industries. Commerce has launched a self-initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigation on imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from China. It represents the first self-initiated trade case in a quarter-century. Perhaps more important, to the aluminum industry, it signifies an understanding by the Commerce Department of the significant issues involved with Chinese overcapacity and questionable govern- ment actions relating to the country's production industry, executives claim. "The Aluminum Association and its members enthusiastically support the decision announced by the Depart- ment of Commerce and Secretary Wilbur Ross to self-initiate unfair trade investigations concerning imports of common alloy sheet from China," says Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the association. "We are extremely grateful for the efforts and leadership of Secretary Ross in vigorously enforc- ing the U.S. trade laws. The Aluminum Association and its members seek to help ensure that common alloy sheet from China entering the United States is fairly traded." Commerce estimated a dumping margin in the high 50 percent range for imports of Chinese common alloy sheet. Additionally, the department will investigate whether the Chinese government is providing subsidies to its domestic sheet producers. The Commerce Department fol- lowed that determination up with a preliminary ruling on circumvention petitions filed by American steel pro- ducers in September 2016. The ruling finds that Chinese steel finished in Viet- nam is covered by U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports from China. Circumvention of cold- rolled and galvanized products through Vietnam has been a major source of contention for the industry since the duties were initially imposed. "The Commerce Department's finding of circumvention represents a critical step to shutting down one of the many paths used to flood the U.S. with dumped and subsidized steel. This decision presents an encouraging sign for the steel industry and should put other countries and companies on notice that their cheating will no long- er be tolerated," a statement from U.S. Steel announced. Steel, Aluminum Cases Advance in Commerce

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