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‘The Home of Super Duplex Alloys’, having developed the original high-strength super duplex Ferralium® in the 1960’s, the only super duplex that achieves 85ksi yield strengths. Sandvik SAF 2507 ® super duplex


and


Sanmac® 2205 duplex are offered alongside Alloy 32760, to give the most complete ex- stock offering of this alloy family available.


HOLLOW BAR CO-OPERATION WITH SANDVIK


Sandvik and Langley Alloys Ltd to develop the UK market for duplex and super duplex hollow bar.


Sandvik (Sandvik Materials Technology) has appointed


Langley Alloys as its preferred


partner for the distribution of duplex and super duplex stainless steel hollow bars in the UK.


The companies have been partners in the UK market since September 2017, initially focusing on the distribution of duplex and super duplex solid bars. However, the success of that arrangement means extending it to include hollow bars is a logical progression.


Sandvik has an unrivalled capability in the


development and manufacture of hollow bars. By using hollow bars instead of solid bars, machine shops can increase their productivity by reducing the amount of machining steps necessary. This


gain is increased when


combined with the latest generation of high machinability Sanmac® 2205 stainless steels, which help to reduce tool wear and increase cutting speeds, resulting in significant


cost


reductions per produced item. The Sanmac® alloy specification carefully controls the non- metallic inclusions; sulphides encourage easier machining whilst oxide inclusions improve chip breaking.


Langley Alloys has long been known as WORK BEGINS ON LIFE EXTENSION PROJECT FOR TATA STEEL BLAST FURNACE


The Blast Furnace 5 life extension project is a critical part of Tata Steel’s long-term strategy to strengthen its operations in the UK and will underpin improvements throughout its UK supply chain. Confirmation of the investment came at the same time as the announcement in June of definitive agreements being signed by thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel to form a joint venture of their European steel businesses.


Bimlendra Jha, CEO of Tata Steel’s UK business, said: “This is the biggest single investment we have made at the Port Talbot site for more than five years and demonstrates our commitment to building a stronger and more sustainable steelmaking business in the UK now and in the future.”


Tata Steel have announced a project to extend the operational life of its Blast Furnace 5 in Port Talbot, Wales, has begun.


The giant furnace – which has been running for the past 15 years producing almost 30 million tonnes of iron – is now being drained so vital engineering work can be carried out inside, extending its life by five to seven years.


Once the heart of the furnace, which is normally more than 1,200o C, has


cooled skilled engineers will begin work to replace part of the heat resistant interior and vital structural parts. The project, costing tens of millions of pounds and expected to take several months, will also see the waste gas and dust extraction system being replaced.


September 2018 Issue


Alan Coombs, Chair of the Port Talbot multi-union committee added: “This investment in Port Talbot is a huge vote of confidence in the workforce, and follows some other major investments which will help sustain the steel industry in the UK.”


Today project engineers began what is known as a salamander tap of the furnace. This involves a number of holes being drilled through the base of the furnace to fully drain it of liquid iron. The operation is carried out remotely and it is expected it could take more than a day to remove all the remaining iron.


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Stephen Cowen, Senior Sales Manager for Sandvik said “We continuously seek opportunities to improve our order book mix. The cost and productivity benefits seen with hollow bar should be even greater with higher- performance alloys, due to their increased value and more challenging machinability. However, the market has been slower to adopt hollow bar solutions in duplex and super duplex stainless steels. Langley Alloys’ long history in developing sales of special alloys provides a great chance to engage these same customers – and open up new markets.”


Chris Halliday, MD of Langley Alloys Ltd added “Our existing partnership with Sandvik has been a positive experience and reinforced our standing as The Home of Super Duplex Alloys. Getting closer to Sandvik has allowed us to unlock opportunities for end users, combining our respective knowledge of the products, processes and markets. We will work with our customers to optimise their machining process, utilising Sandvik alloys in solid bar and hollow bar forms, along with our in-house deep hole boring capability to bridge the gap.”


Sandvik SAF 2507 ® and Sanmac ® are registered trademarks of Sandvik Intellectual Property AB.


Ferralium is a registered trademark of Langley Alloys Ltd.


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