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'Availability of new foundry sand is already becoming a challenge, along with the need of providing new solutions to waste management,” according to the director of a metallurgical research center.
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With deoxidized base iron, carbon levels can be increased to 3.30% C and alloying can be completely or nearly eliminated at the same time.

'A' is for Aerospace, and Alcoa... 'B' is for Billions ...

March 24, 2015
Alcoa Pushes Aggressive Investment, Expansion Strategy for Aerospace

Alcoa’s agreement to acquire integrated titanium producer RTI International Metals in a $1.5-billion, all-stock deal will bring new material resources and new production technologies into its portfolio, and broaden its capabilities for various processes -- including investment casting -- it is engaged in already. But, another way to understand the RTI purchase is as the latest flourish in a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar effort to situate Alcoa even more solidly in the aerospace supply chain. With capital investments in Alcoa operations, acquisitions of complementary organizations, and production and supply agreements, the company has transformed itself into something more than an aluminum producer.