Outokumpu stainless steel innovations granted European patents

The latest Outokumpu stainless steel innovations, high-chromium ferritic stainless steel grade Core 4622 (EN 1.4622) and high-chromium austenitic stainless steel grade Supra 316plus (EN 1.4420) have been granted European patents in March 2017.

2014 09 11 121016 outo logoBoth products have been developed in Outokumpu’s R&D Center in Tornio, Finland. It has taken only four years from market introduction in 2013 to a patented product. These grades answer to customer demand for products with enhanced properties and stable raw material cost.   

Says Mikko Ylitalo, Chief Technology Officer at Outokumpu: “These grades are suitable for wide range of applications. Ferritic Core 4622 has excellent deep-drawability, and it is very good choice for example for pots and pan makers as it is virtually roping free. Selecting Core 4622 speeds up our customer’s production process as final product requires less polishing. Supra 316plus offers great alternative for customers who are looking for better corrosion resistance and strength than 316L/1.4404. One example of such application is LNG, where Supra 316plus offers great corrosion resistance and superior strength and ductility performance in cryogenic temperatures.”

Outokumpu has a long legacy in innovations. The very first austenitic, duplex and martensitic grades were invented at Outokumpu plants in Germany, Sweden and the UK. Receiving patents for Supra 316plus and Core 4622 demonstrates the continuous innovation legacy of Outokumpu.

Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel. We create advanced materials that are efficient, long lasting and recyclable – thus building a world that lasts forever. Stainless steel, invented a century ago, is an ideal material to create lasting solutions in demanding applications from cutlery to bridges, energy and medical equipment: it is 100% recyclable, corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free, durable and hygienic. Outokumpu employs some 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq


Aluminium to play key role in the future of the auto industry

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Aluminium China 2017 puts spotlight on transformation in lightweight vehicle design in Shanghai from July 19 to 21

International business leaders, engineering experts and academics from the automotive industry and complete aluminium value chain will be converging in Shanghai in July for Aluminium China 2017, to share the latest developments in lightweight automotive design and manufacturing. Aluminium is increasingly seen as playing a key role in minimising overall weight while ensuring strength and safety for a new generation of lightweight vehicles. And the global auto industry has a lot to gain, including the enhancement of power, reduction in fuel consumption and the mitigation of air pollution to strengthen energy efficiency and improve environmental protection. Statistics show that the aluminum-made vehicle body can reduce the overall vehicle weight by 10-15%.

This year’s Aluminium China 2017, which will feature over 500 exhibitors and attract more than 20,000 visitors, is putting a major focus on a wide range of lightweight auto solutions, including materials, processes and technologies to help accelerate further development and adoption. In the Light Auto Core Technologies seminar program and new Light Auto Zone, leading car makers from China and around the world will showcase lightweight aluminium and magnesium along with emerging materials such as composites and carbon fibres and advanced manufacturing equipment. In addition, the Auto Parts and Forge Zone will feature high-end forge and cast materials and processes to promote cutting-edge lightweight auto technologies.

“Aluminium China always provides a key barometer to the global industry and leads the debate around key new trends and developments,” said Chris Zang, Senior Project Manager at Reed Exhibitions China.  “This year is no different. In addition to focusing on lightweight auto, Aluminium China 2017 will also look at innovative aluminium technologies and applications in other areas of transportation and consumer electronics, presenting a tremendous opportunity to brainstorm solutions that will drive future development.”

The 13th Aluminium China at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from July 19 to 21, is Asia’s top trading, sourcing, networking and branding platform for the complete aluminium industry chain. This year, the event is expected to attract more international delegates than ever before and the special International Visitor Program provides opportunities for travel allowances, fast-track access to onsite conferences, a VIP lounge, free business match-making services and factory visits.

The event this year also sees significantly more exhibitors including companies such as CHALCO, Hongqiao, Zhongwang, Conglin, Alnan, Mindalu, Pratic, UACJ, AMAG, TMEIC, SMS, Pyrotek, Wagstaff, Castool and MAKA. Many leading exhibitors are coming to the event for the first time include Constellium, Gillespie & Powers, SIJ RAVNE SYSTEMS, Magma, RUF, HAEHNE, TB Sensor, Silvent, Tongli, Zhongfu and Yinbang.    

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Latest Migratory Inhibitor Technology

Powerful Corrosion Protection of Post-Tensioned Structures!

MCI®-309 is a powerful Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor powder for corrosion protection of ferrous metals and aluminum in recessed areas, interior cavities and voids. It provides an extremely efficient dry method protecting metals within an enclosed space. The MCI® vaporizes and adsorbs on the metal surfaces, reaching all exposed areas, including recessed sections and interior cavities. This mixed inhibitor provides protection to both the cathodic and anodic sites of metal. MCI®-309 does not affect physical properties of concrete or grout (set time, strengths, etc.), and it is safe for high tensile strength steel (will not cause hydrogen embrittlement).

2017 05 17 065111Cortec's patented MCI® Technology provides superior corrosion protection of reinforcing metal in concrete, rehabilitating existing concrete structures as well as extending the life span of new structures.

Corroding rebar in deteriorating concrete often causes costly repairs, financial losses and serious injuries. MCI® technology offers the most contemporary solutions on the market to prevent this from happening. Cortec® MCI® products for concrete maintain structural integrity, rehabilitate vulnerable structures, and alleviate environmental concerns. MCI®-309 creates a monomolecular inhibiting layer and enables up to 24 months of continuous protection.

Protected surfaces do not have to be cleaned prior to concrete or grout placement. If the MCI® layer is disturbed by moisture or by opening the enclosed space, the layer is replenished by continuous vapor redeposition. MCI®-309 does not contain silicates, phosphates, nitrites, or heavy metals. This easy to apply powder requires little or no surface preparation and prevents further corrosion of pre-coated and painted surfaces. The layer does not need to be removed prior to processing or use. The powder can be removed by air gun or water.

2017 05 17 065340MCI®-309 passed the VIA test per CC-027 (the method specifies testing 0.5 g of inhibitor of interest).

• Segmental concrete bridges tendons
• Post tensioned box girder bridges
• Tubular structures, pipes, and vessels
• Equipment protection after hydrostatic testing
• Parts, components, and completed assemblies during shipping and storage
• Prestressed tendons

Cortec® has had successful applications of MCI®-309 Powder for Post Tensioning (PT) Cables. A recent application was conducted on rebuilding of the Wacouta Bridge in South St. Paul, Minnesota, the widest bridge in Minnesota with regards to the number of lanes.

Punalu’u Stream Bridge in Hawaii is located steps away from the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere is highly contaminated with chlorides and sulfuric dioxide from the volcano. The acid rain combines with chlorides to create a very corrosive environment. Injection of MCI®-309 with air was performed just after the post tension cables were placed. The powder did not need to be removed when the post-tension chambers were injected with grout and were readily absorbed by the grout. MCI®-309 was used because it enabled protection to the steel surface, greatly extending the expected service life of the structure. It provided excellent corrosion protection in an aggressive environment.

Other applications of MCI®-309 include the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, San Francisco Bay Bridge, Des Plaines Bridge, the Memorial Bridge in Croatia, and the Colorado Bridge (Hoover Dam ByPass).


Outokumpu supplies stainless steel for China Resources’ innovative skyscraper in Shenzhen

Outokumpu has provided 1,000 metric tonnes of Supra 316L/4404 stainless steel for the China Resources Group headquarters in mainland China. This 392.5-meter-tall skyscraper is currently under construction and set for completion in 2018. The stainless steel was delivered as Deco Linen finished sheets.

The innovative new building designed by KPF architects employs stainless steel in 56 external columns that support its glass facade, creating an iconic form without the need for internal columns to break up open floor plans.

2014 09 11 121016 outo logoLocated across the South China Sea from Hong Kong in China's highly industrialized Pearl River Delta, Shenzhen is one of the most important economic centers in the country. The China Resources Group, a Fortune 500 company, chose a location in Shenzhen Bay that provides and unparalleled view overlooking the busy port city. The focal point of the new project is an innovative skyscraper with 71 stories, four of which are underground.

With a circular floor plan that grows increasingly smaller, the tower tapers to a sharp point as it reaches toward the sky. To offer the building all the support and the structural integrity it needs to withstand heavy monsoon rains without losing its aesthetic appeal, the designers have incorporated a unique series of external columns in a diagrid form: 28 columns create a diamond-like shape at the base of the tower that is reflected in another 28 columns on the tower's upper section.

To support the building over the long term, stainless steel is the ideal material for façade structural applications. Stainless steel has become quite popular for facade applications in China, replacing other materials, such as aluminum, as it has a longer lifecycle and is easy to clean and maintain.

Stainless steel is vital for use on projects in coastal regions for its corrosion resistance capacities and reduced maintenance needs. Unlike in more inland cities, Shenzhen's seaside location means the air and rain is more corrosive due to the salt and moisture in the climate.

Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel. We create advanced materials that are efficient, long lasting and recyclable – thus building a world that lasts forever. Stainless steel, invented a century ago, is an ideal material to create lasting solutions in demanding applications from cutlery to bridges, energy and medical equipment: it is 100% recyclable, corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free, durable and hygienic. Outokumpu employs some 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq Helsinki.


Honeywell Technology to Maximize Plant Uptime and Efficiency for Majoy Chinese Copper Manufacturer

Experion® PKS helps customers upgrade their legacy systems with lower capital investment to boost productivity and reliability

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) has just announced that it will upgrade four process control systems that will improve reliability and help prevent unplanned shutdown losses for one of China’s largest copper manufacturers.

Under the agreement, Honeywell will provide its industry-leading Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) suite including software, hardware, consulting services, and training to facilitate Jinlong Copper Industry Ltd.’s upgrade from its existing Total Plant System (TPS).

“Honeywell Experion PKS is unparalleled in its capability to integrate process control, safety, and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) applications into a single platform,” said Chen Yan, vice president and general manager, HPS Greater China. “It allows our customers like Jinlong Copper to upgrade their legacy systems with lower capital investment by retaining existing system I/O (input/output) and saving up to 15 percent of total project cost.”

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Located in Tongling, Anhui province, Jinlong Copper is a subsidiary of Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group, one of the largest copper manufacturers in China.

“Effectively using the plant data to sustain operation reliability is critical,” said Zhao Yao, Deputy Chief of Security, Jinlong Copper. “Honeywell’s integrated and open system enables us to achieve this.”

Honeywell Experion PKS is an enterprise-wide solution combining disparate functions, systems, and knowledge to integrate people with processes, business requirements, and asset management for increased productivity and reliability. Since 1997, when Honeywell’s distributed control system (DCS) first launched in China, there have been about 2,000 systems successfully installed and currently serving more than 800 Chinese customers.

In addition, Honeywell provided Jinlong Copper with its unique Business Effectiveness Benchmarking toolkit. Incorporated with the DCS best practices, Honeywell’s toolkit helps customers to position their current operation against best practices and identify gaps. Customers will be able to get a clearer picture of where they stand and how to improve DCS operations to realize more value.

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Honeywell Process Solutions is a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas; refining; pulp and paper; industrial power generation; chemicals and petrochemicals; biofuels; life sciences; and metals, minerals and mining industries. It is also a leader in providing software solutions and instrumentation that help manufacturers find value and competitive advantage in digital transformation through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also includes Honeywell UOP (, a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.