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The August 2018 issue of Stainless Steel World contains among other articles:

Cover Story:

- Mannesmann Stainless Tubes: Investing in partners & innovation to further growth

With a global presence and brand recognition in almost every market demanding high-quality tubes, Mannesmann Stainless Tubes follows a strategy of continual re-investment to achieve ongoing growth and innovation. Not content to simply enjoy its success in the international marketplace, the company is boldly expanding by embracing partnerships and joint ventures, in addition to strategic acquisitions that allow it to venture into new, high-value markets.

- REGIONAL REPORT: Africa: growth is fast, but lopsided

“Africa rising” became something of a buzz phrase a few years ago. It is true the continent is hanging and growing dramatically, but the process is uneven and chronic problems such as draught, disease, rural poverty, poor infrastructure, wealth inequality and local conflicts persist. Nevertheless, from agriculture to mining, infrastructure, transport and – last but not least – oil/gas and petrochemicals, the continent provides many opportunities for stainless steel suppliers.

- DIGITALIZATION: Worlds’ biggest virtual materials warehouse

thyssenkrupp Materials Services is making rapid advances with its digital transformation: the Group’s materials experts are digitizing their entire range and consolidating it in the world’s biggest virtual warehouse. With more than 3.5 million square meters of storage space at 271 operating sites around the world, Materials Services now offers round-the-clock access to more than 150,000 products and services through its new omnichannel structure, enabled by a powerful, self-developed AI (Artificial Intelligence) solution.

- POWER GENERATION: Power generation to undergo radical change by 2050

A report released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in June claims that about half the world’s power will be generated by wind and solar resources by 2050. Meanwhile power generation from coal will drop more than 70% from today’s levels, according to research from energy analysts in the New Energy Outlook 2018 report.

- QUALITY CONTROL: Predicting periodic defects – avoiding dips in quality

Periodic surface defects caused by defective rolls have a significant impact on the quality of strip steel. New technology offers a way to detect defects with 100% reliability.

- MATERIALS: Economical alternative for engineering firms

The development of VDM Alloy 31Plus® has resulted in a material that is easier to process than its predecessor, offering advantages for apparatus engineering firms and final users.

- WELDING: Clarification over tungsten electrodes for TIG/GTAW welding

The tungsten arc welding concept, originally introduced as a practical tool in 1950, is now established as the most versatile technique for producing fusion welds to the highest quality standards.

- MEETING POINT: Duplex World Seminar & Summit sneak preview

This year Duplex World take place in Düsseldorf, Germany at the centrally located Van der Valk Airport Hotel. Read the advance conference program and learn how this event can boost your business network.

- WELDING: Orbital TIG welding – when quality is the primary concern

When high-quality welds are required, orbital TIG welding is the ideal technology for tubeto-tube or tube-to-tube sheet welding applications. With or without filler wire, this is a stable, reliable process that can be used on a wide range of materials such as carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium and nickel and aluminium alloys.

- MEETING POINT: Strong CRA programme at NACE Italia

From 27 to 29 May, over 500 corrosion engineers gathered in Genoa, Italy, for the second corrosion event organised by NACE Milano Italia Section and NACE European Area.

- INNOVATION: Hard, corrosion-resistant, optimized for machining

Hardness, corrosion resistance and impact strength are determinate factors in the lifecycle costs of wearing parts made of steel bar such as valve seats, bending guides and nozzles for abrasive liquids. The material’s machinability, however, is just as relevant for quality and cost effectiveness.

- INNOVATION: ISSF award winners

During its annual conference held in Shanghai in May this year, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) announced the winners of Awards in the categories Best New Technology and Best New Development.

- COMMUNITY: Celebrating 40 years in special steels

Hearing about an anniversary, SSW’s Mrs. Vera Solís and Mr. Erik Schoppema travelled to Bilbao, Spain, to talk to Tecnymat’s Mr. José Miguel Arranz about his company’s past, present and future.

- MEETING POINT: TITANIUM EUROPE 2018: Trends in aerospace, industry & manufacturing technology

The sixth annual TITANIUM EUROPE 2018 Conference and Exhibition, sponsored and organized by the International Titanium Association (ITA), held May 14-16 in Seville, Spain, attracted 371 delegates.

- TITANIUM: Industrial applications for titanium tubing

During the recent Titanium Europe Conference 2018 held in Seville, Spain, Brian Mercer, Director of Tube Products and International Sales & Marketing for AMETEK Specialty Metal Products, presented a paper entitled ‘Industrial Applications for Titanium Tubing.’