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The June 2015 issue of Stainless Steel World contains among other articles:
COVER STORY: Raccortubi Group: Petrol Raccord acquisition boosts complete project supplies
The past few years have been busy for Raccortubi Group, the Italian-based producer and stockiest of high quality fittings and piping packages. Extensive investments at its Tecninox plant have increased production, while the recent acquisition of Petrol Raccord has further boosted the company’s product range and capacity. Yet one thing remains the same: a consistently high level of customer service and a commitment to quality. Stainless Steel World spoke recently to Mr. Luca Pentericci, Group Vice President, to learn more about how this unique supplier and manufacturer continues to thrive without compromising on its values.

Strength and corrosion resistance attract customers to duplex
Duplex stainless steel still has only a tiny share of the market for stainless steel. However, customers are increasingly drawn to it because of its favourable strength-to-weight ratio, which allow materials savings of up to 50% compared with austenitics. In this article we take a look at a number of applications and industries where duplex use is likely to increase, because of the material’s strength and corrosion resistance.

INSG: Nickel – reduction in production balances the market
More than 70 government and industry representatives met in Lisbon in April for the most recent INSG meeting. During the meeting INSG reviewed the forecast for nickel production and use for this year and updated the figures for 2013 and 2014. This article gives a brief overview of recent developments based on this data.

Stainless Steel World Conference 2015 Advanced Conference Program
The Stainless Steel World Conference  2015 promises to be the most important industry event of the year, bringing together corrosion and materials professionals from the global market place. 

Corrosion testing facility upgraded
Corrosion reportedly costs the oil & gas industry USD 1.4bn (GBP 896m) annually, with subsea, offshore and onshore equipment all vulnerable yet assets are increasingly expected to operate beyond their projected lifecycles. The upgrading of one of the world’s largest independent corrosion testing laboratories aims to help achieve this goal.

Indian stainless steel industry poised for growth 
Inida plans an important role on the world stage when it comes to both the production and consumption of stainless steels. In this article Mr. N.C. Mathur, President of the Indian Stainless Steel Development Association, reviews present stainless steel production and consumption trends by the end user sector in the country.

What’s in a name? Categories and grades of stainless steel and corrosion-resistant alloys
Navigating the complexities of terminology can be confusing if you don’t have a degree in metallurgy. How are stainless steels and CRAs categorized and graded? What is the difference between a superaustenitic, a superalloy and a nickel alloy? How do all the grading systems gear with one another? This article attempts to guide you through the labyrinth of stainless steel and CRA terminology.

Maintaining the flow in a Canadian water and wastewater treatment plant
Stainless Steel World Americas had the chance to take a tour of a wastewater treatment plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Plamen Nikolov, City Project Manager, and Mr. Mark Solomon, the plant’s Superintendent of Operations, explain the role of stainless steel and corrosion-resistant materials in the facility.

OTC 2015: “Bringing the world to Houston”
Stainless Steel World recently attended the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2015 in Houston. Experts from the worldwide offshore energy industry came together to network and learn about new technologies. The event hosted more than 94,700 attendees from 130 countries, the sixth largest attendance in the 47-year history of the show despite the current oil market.

Industry 4.0 – automation technology of the future
The term industry 4.0 has been a buzzword for several years now. It’s generally used as a synonym for the fourth industrial revolution where the real and virtual worlds are growing together into an ‘internet of things’. It should be seen against the background of changes in industrial production, with an increasing individualization of products and highly flexible manufacturing processes.  There has been a “far-reaching integration of customers and business partners into value-added and business processes, while the link between production and high-quality services has led to so-called hybrid products”.

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