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The January/February 2016 issue of Stainless Steel World contains among other articles:
COVER STORY: Baoluo Stainless Steel: Global supplier of seamless precision tubes
Shanghai Baoluo Stainless Steel Tube Co. Ltd. is committed to the development and production of stainless steel seamless precision tubes. Investments in technology, personnel and advanced equipment in recent years have seen a rapid development in the company, whose core business is the development and production of high-grade nickel alloys and special steel products. Partnerships with domestic and foreign engineering firms as well as quality distributors have led to Baoluo’s products being successfully used by numerous world-class clients and large enterprises in projects both at home and abroad. It has become a long-term supplier for several internationally renowned brands in fluid equipment. Stainless Steel World visited the production facility of Shanghai Baoluo Stainless Steel Tube, located in the Jinshan District, for an interview with the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Yu Ze. He outlined the company’s history and development, its current focus, and the company’s operations and business strategy.

What prospects for stainless steel in 2016?
At the start of 2016, the world economy seems to have hit the skids. Some countries are already in recession, and the effects of several rounds of fiscal expansion are apparently wearing off. Overproduction is affecting not only stainless steel producers but also some of the markets they serve. Probably the most viable markets in coming years for commodity stainless steels will be those that provide the essentials of life: food and drink, water, power generation and pharmaceuticals.   

Spotlight on the future of the world’s nuclear power industry
There is good reason to be confident about the future of the nuclear power industry. Nuclear energy currently accounts for approximately 11% of the world’s electric power generation and that percentage appears poised to increase. This is good news for manufacturers of high quality corrosion resistant alloys.

Material selection and challenges for topside projects
Building a topside destined to operate in the harsh North Sea environment is a big challenge, and it’s one that requires a great deal of planning and materials knowledge. Stainless Steel World had the privilege of speaking with Mr Joydeep Sen, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Kværner Engineering, who was responsible for several mechanical packages within recent topside projects. He talked to us about some of the materials selections and challenges of the projects.

Nitrogen + Syngas 2016
Whether you are investing in a new plant, revamping an existing plant, or maintaining your plant to achieve optimal production, safety and environmental performance, Nitrogen + Syngas is a useful event for ammonia, urea, nitrates, methanol, GTL, hydrogen and syngas professionals.

COP21 agreement will change energy landscape
In December, nations at the United Nations COP21 climate change conference in Paris adopted a universal agreement on actions to combat climate change to keep the increase in global temperature to less than 2ºC above pre-industrial levels. This agreement will have a major influence on global energy generation and in turn, offer many opportunities for the use of stainless steels and other CRAs.

Canadian crafts beautiful stainless sculptures
Hailing from Coquitlam, in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada, Kevin Stone has crafted magnificent, eye-catching sculptures from stainless steel, allowing the imagination and inspiration from ancient mysteries and lost civilizations that he has read about come to life.

Open day for tool specialists
November 2015 saw the inaugural ‘World of Stainless Steel’ machinery exhibition hosted by sawing specialists Prosaw Limited at their UK technical centre.

An analytical mind is a real asset
Three years ago, Mrs Sari Musch left her job in a power plant to join the Neste Refinery in Porvoo, Finland, looking to gain materials experience with a wider range of alloys. Her ambition has certainly come true, as is in her role as Materials and Inspection Specialist she is now regularly using austenitics, duplexes and nickel alloys to resolve complex corrosion issues.

Curved stainless handrails add visual appeal
The wave-like design of the striking towers at Tidal Basin Road in London required some complex tubular hand-railing for the balcony of every apartment. The challenge to produce smooth curves with no deformation was taken on by Barnshaws Metal Bending.

Additive manufacturing is out of this world
Whether it’s at work beneath our feet or thousands of miles above our heads, additive manufacturing has emerged as a game-changing technology that cuts cycle time and brings affordability to production.

Keeping stainless steel safely on the move and out the door
Stainless steel is one of the most resilient materials available for household and industrial uses, but also one of the most sensitive! Companies that produce or handle the material know just how much! Stainless steel needs a very high standard of cleanliness and careful handling, storage and transportation. In short: a smooth material handling process.

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