Home Resource Center News and Announcements Performance Alloys Performance Alloy News Materion publishes news and announcements about Materion Corporation and all of Business Units. Find information for the following business units and industries we serve. If you cannot find the information you need or would like to request additional information, please feel free to Contact Us. Resources Master Planner by Day-Pain Train by Night To her Materion coworkers around the world, Jeanni Fichthorn is the highly competent, mild-mannered Master Planner for rod and wire at the Reading, Pa., plant. But when she leaves work and heads over to Skateaway roller rink, she transforms into her alter ego: the Reading Derby Girls’ hard-charging jammer and blocker, No. 2702, Pain Train! Materion-Sponsored Robotics Team Headed to World Championships A middle school robotics team sponsored by Materion’s Lorain, Ohio, facility is headed to the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Ky., at the end of April. Shipments of ToughMet are expected to Grow Materion has supplied copper beryllium alloys to the aerospace industry for decades. But over the past ten years, our commercial aerospace sales have taken off following the introduction of ToughMet®, our premium copper-nickel-tin alloy. Can You See Cy Students discover likeness of the Iowa State Cyclones cardinal mascot in a microstructure of a copper-nickel-tin alloy. Materion Introduces ToughMet 3 Sucker Rod Couplings New Forms and New Markets Ramp-Up ToughMet® Growth Learn about two new applications that are driving growth for Materion's high performance alloy, ToughMet®. Neilsen Invited to NACE International Committee A career lifetime devoted to finding metallurgical solutions to the vexing problem of corrosion in tough, or "sour" end-use operating conditions, has landed Bill Nielsen, Product/Marketing Director - Bulk Products, Performance Alloys, the honor of a prestigious assignment on a task force for NACE International, the worldwide corrosion authority. Lippert Receives Ohio Strong Award Upon recommendation of Terra State Community College, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has chosen James Lippert, Materion Elmore's Manager of Maintenance Services, for the Ohio Strong Award. The Ohio Strong effort is intended to raise public awareness of Ohio's need for more dedicated men and women working in manufacturing and the skilled trades. The award recognizes men and women throughout the state who are currently excelling in careers in those areas. Honor Highlights Materions Focus on Materials Solutions Mike Gedeon, Applications Engineering Manager, Materion Performance Alloys, won the award for Best Tutorial Presentation at the event. Titled "Rising to the Challenge: Material Evolution to Enable Reliable Performance at Tighter Pitches and Higher Temperature", Gedeon's presentation discusses the continuing trends of making the contacts ever smaller and closer together, while at the same time exposing them to higher temperatures and passing more electrical current through them. Materion Performance Alloys is Ready for What’s Next in Electronics Materion Brush Performance Alloys is focused on meeting emerging electronics needs, and recently developed three new products for its BrushForm®158 product line (BF TM 12, BF TM04 and BF TM06) specifically for next-generation electronics devices. Wrapped Bearings Made of ToughMet Now Available Users of standard-sized wrapped bearings now have a cost-effective option for higher-performance bearings made of ToughMet® material, a unique copper-nickel-tin alloy made exclusively by Materion Performance Alloys. VCC Doubles ToughMet Capacity Materion Brush Performance Alloys (Materion) has added a vertical continuous caster (VCC) to its Lorain, OH, facility to meet growing demands for ToughMet, a unique copper-nickel-tin alloy. Miniature Connectors Few, if any, metals can match the combination of yield strength, conductivity, fatigue strength, stress relaxation resistance and other performance properties that Materion’s copper beryllium and non-beryllium-containing strip products offer. ToughMet Rolls On Developed primarily for use in petroleum exploration and drilling, the copper-nickel-tin alloy has gone on to find great success as a bearing, bushing and fastener material. Brush Performance Alloys Broadens Toughmet Alloy Aerospace Materials Specifications Aerospace Materials Specifications for ToughMet® 3 TS160U Rod/Bar and AT110 Plate were approved by AMS Committee D and published by SAE’s Aerospace Materials Division Council. ToughMet® Alloy Recognized In New Aerospace Materials Specifications Two Aerospace Materials Specifications for ToughMet®3 AT110 Rod/Bar and AT110 Tube were approved by the AMS Committee D and published by SAE’s Aerospace Materials Division Council. These wrought spinodal alloy product forms now are approved for improved property combinations and/or increased size range.