Cover story December 2007: Acciaierie Valbruna
A global supplier of stainless, nickel alloy and titanium long products

Valbruna can already look back on a long and successful history. With increasing demand for stainless steel and the requirement for modern production facilities, it commenced construction of a brand new plant in the seventies in Vicenza. Today, the company has production plants in Italy (Vicenza and Bolzano) and the USA (Fort Wayne, IN), and a well developed distribution network. As well as being a market leader in the area of stainless steel long products, Valbruna has developed nickel alloy products that have become standards for a range of industrial applications. The company has also placed considerable emphasis on developing its expertise and technology in the area of titanium and titanium alloys.

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Cover story November 2007: Sassoli Group
Not only distribution - products and solutions

Italy's Sassoli group has become a leading multi-metal distributor, with a product range that encompasses not only semis but also industrial components and finished steel products such as urban decoration. Pursuing its strategy of internationalisation, the group is expanding its presence into many Eastern European countries, and is also assessing the possibility of expanding into Asia.

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Cover story October 2007: ATI Europe
The case for AL 2003TM lean duplex stainless steel substitution
"The Switch is On" TM

ATI Europe exhibited at Offshore Europe - the oil and gas conference and exhibition held recently in Aberdeen. ATI Europe represents the commercial focus of Allegheny Technologies in Europe. During Offshore Europe, at the invitation of ATI Europe, over 50 senior executives from the offshore industry, the stainless steel distribution sector, and Stainless Steel Focus attended a corporate event at the spectacular location of Drum Castle, which today boasts an impressive late 13th Century keep, and fine adjoining Jacobean mansion house. At the top of the agenda at this event, and very much at the forefront of industry concerns was the price of raw materials and the question of alloy substitution. In a detailed paper presented at Drum Castle, John J. Dunn, Director, Market & Product Development, ATI Allegheny Ludlum, examined alloy substitution with duplex stainless steels and made the case for AL 2003TM lean duplex stainless steel.

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Cover story September 2007: Minmetals Germany
Further expands European activities

The website of American Fortune Magazine published, on July 12, a list of Top 500 companies in the world. China Minmetals has been included in the list for the first time, ranking No. 435. The China Minmetals group has seen a continuous growth in business volume for several consecutive years, reporting record sales revenues and profits in 2006, with a further 25% growth recorded in the first half of the current year. Minmetals Germany, which started its stainless operations in 2005, has become one of the largest importers of Chinese stainless steel in Europe, and is currently undertaking a major expansion of its European activities.

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Cover story August 2007: Combilift Ltd
4-way forklifts ease the handling of long and awkward loads

Safe and efficient handling and storage of raw materials and finished product is much higher on the agenda nowadays than it used to be. The main concerns across all industry sectors centre around the requirement for more efficient use of existing storage space, and the need to comply with more stringent health and safety directives. The offshore sector typically handles loads which could be classed as over sized, extreme in length and potentially very dangerous if not handled securely. Choosing the right handling equipment is therefore crucial, and can bring a multitude of benefits to operations if the equipment is best suited to the product.

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Cover story July 2007: Schmolz + Bickenbach
Steel giant in the premium sector

Among the special steel producers, this company is a giant, the number one worldwide in the production of stainless steel long products and tool steel: the steel group Schmolz + Bickenbach AG. With a complete portfolio covering production, processing, distribution and services, the company provides high quality, comprehensive solutions in the area of high value steels. With some 11,000 employees and its own production and distribution companies on five continents, Schmolz + Bickenbach provides its customers with comprehensive steel solutions - on an individual basis, and on the spot in the most important markets worldwide. This is the concept for success of this constantly growing steel concern.

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Cover story June 2007: Imphy Ugine Precision
Increased capacity for IUP

IUP, Imphy Ugine Precision is a French company with wide experience in precision stainless steel. It is part of the stainless steel sector of the Arcelor Mittal Group which is currently the largest steel producer in the world. IUP is determinedly looking towards the future supported by a well adapted organisation. Henceforth, IUP will be fully integrated into the Arcelor Mittal stainless steel sector. This allows IUP to benefit from numerous synergies within Ugine & ALZ: such as logistics, development, research, quality and commerce. IUP has also formed its own Service Centre which, because it has the tools, machinery and experience of Pont de Roide behind it, brings a real benefit to the customer in terms of service. What's more, as of 1st May 2007, the Firminy Mill (near Lyon - France) has officially been re-integrated into IUP. This site specializes in ultra thin stainless steel strip with high surface requirements.

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Cover story May 2007: Maass Global Group
Maass Global Group strengthens its market position worldwide
- Flanges are their business

Continuity, combined with consistent national and international organic growth, form the basis for the successful and long term development of the Maass Global Group which, with its parent company Wilhelm Maass GmbH, produces and distributes stainless, alloy and high nickel alloy flanges. Maass Global Group with its headquarters in Essen, Germany and Houston, Texas, is meanwhile headed up by the third generation of the family. Today, the group has at its disposal a fully developed product line that cannot be compared to any other in the world - not only in respect of the remarkable diameters of the components, but also in respect of the steel and stainless steel grades processed, including chrome alloyed and nickel base alloy grades. Standard products are part of the production programme as are precisely manufactured components made to customer order.

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Cover story April 2007: Saritas stainless steel service centre
The largest stockist of stainless flat in E. Europe and the Middle East

Saritas Celik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. was established in 1957 by Huseyin Saritas. Initially, the company was dealing with any kind of metals. But since 1970, the company has focused exclusively on stainless steel, and in 1997 Saritas invested in the biggest stainless steel service centre in the area - an area which covers both Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Saritas is now run by the second generation of the family, with Ercument Saritas as ceo, and Selcuk Saritas as general manager.

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Cover story March 2007: Jiuli Stainless Steel Pipe Co., Ltd
Aprofessional welder of value chain from manufacturer to customer

Founded in 1987, Jiuli (Zhejiang Jiuli Stainless Steel Pipe Co., Ltd) has been dedicated to innovating and manufacturing stainless steel pipes and tubes. With 20 years of development, the company has long been a leading manufacturer in China. In 2006, Jiuli achieved a new record sales revenue of US$195m for its pipes and tubes business. Jiuli is a supplier of both seamless and welded pipes and tubes, and in this article the company provides more information on its activities in the area of welded pipes and tubes.

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Cover story February 2007: Chandan Steel Ltd
The art and craft of stainless steel

During his recent trip to India, Stainless Steel Focus editor Richard Clark was invited by Chandan Steel Ltd to visit the company’s production facilities in Umbergaon, Gujarat Province. Chandan Steel Ltd, a government of India recognised export house, operates a fully integrated plant specialising in the production of stainless steel billets and long products, including wire, as well as flanges, with a total annual production of around 50,000 tonnes. Richard Clark was brought up to date about recent developments at Chandan Steel Ltd by executive director Dilip Chandan, and export manager Ramesh Sanathara.

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Cover story January 2007: Orbitalum Tools GmbH
Tube processing of the highest standard!

The cover story for the January issue of Stainless Steel Focus was provided by Germany's Orbitalum Tools GmbH. Georg Fischer Rohrverbindungstechnik GmbH became part of the American ITW concern at the beginning of last year. ITW, founded in 1912, today comprises some 700 Business Units in 45 countries around the world, and achieved a turnover in 2005 of approximately US$13,000m. The official handover of Georg Fischer to ITW took place on January 11, 2006. As of October 1, 2006, Georg Fischer Rohrverbindungstechnik GmbH is trading under the new name of Orbitalum Tools GmbH.

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