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Hydro under cyber attack

According to reports, hackers have demanded ransom from Norway’s Norsk Hydro as part of cyber attack. Norsk Hydro said on Tuesday it had been hit by a ransom cyber attack of unknown origin, with hackers demanding a ransom. “The situation is quite grave,” said Norsk Hydro CFO Eivind Kallevik. “This virus is a so-called encryption virus, also commonly known as ransom virus,” he told a news conference. Ransom viruses encrypt files using malware that render them unusable. The hackers then demand a ransom to unlock them. “No sum has been...

Hydro: Cyber attack update

Hydro has made progress in securing safe and stable operations across the company, following an extensive cyber attack that hit on Tuesday. Hydro’s technical team, with external support, has succeeded in detecting the root cause of the problems and is currently working to validate the plan and process to restart the company’s IT systems in a safe and sound manner. However, it is still not clear how long it might take restore stable IT operations.    As communicated on Tuesday, Hydro was subject to an extensive cyber-attack, impacting operations in several of...

Aluminium recycling could double with new reforms, says Green Alliance.

New reforms, including a deposit return scheme (DRS), could see aluminium recycling almost double if implemented, preventing around £50 million of wasted resources each year, according to a new report by environmental think tank Green Alliance. The report, released on 11th March and titled ‘Closing the loop: Four steps towards 100 per cent aluminium packaging recycling’, looks at the state of aluminium recycling in the UK and proposes a number of ways in which it could be boosted. In 2017, the UK recycled 51 per cent of aluminium packaging, including 72 per cent...

Constellium to expand extrusion capacity at Singen, Germany, plant.

Constellium is expanding its plant in Singen, Germany, with an additional aluminium extrusion press to supply automotive customers in Europe. The company will build a dedicated 8,000 sq m hall on its Singen campus for an expected start of production in mid-2020. Constellium anticipates approximately 50 new jobs will be created to support this new activity. “Extrusions are the foundation of our Automotive Structures product portfolio,” commented Paul Warton, president of Constellium’s Automotive Structures and Industry Business Unit. “As our business...

RUSAL to save over $10 million with AI-based system for electrolytic cells

RUSAL is to implement an AI-based predictive system developed by Mechanica AI, a provider of AI-based solutions for process industries. The expected annual yield growth following the system roll-out is estimated to be over $10 million yearly for the first chosen plant. RUSAL is one of the world's largest aluminium producers, and ongoing optimisation of production processes is an important part of the company’s strategy. To investigate whether innovative AI technologies can further support this task, RUSAL successfully completed a pilot project with Mechanica AI. ...

Alba Line 6 at 50%

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) Line 6 Expansion Project has gained further momentum with the handover of 172 pots for commissioning on 01 March 2019 – bringing Alba one step closer to become the world’s largest smelter. Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa, said:   “We are pleased to announce that Potline 6 is now in full ramp-up mode with the handover of the next set of 172 pots for commissioning. Once the start-up of the additional 172 pots is complete, Alba will have...

Rio Tinto says Amrun bauxite mine set for full production

According to reports, Rio Tinto has announced that its $1.9 billion Amrun bauxite mine in northern Australia is set to enter full production after finishing its ramp-up phase, boosting output at its Weipa operations by more than a third. The Amrun mine will produce 22.8 million tonnes at full production, and take Rio’s bauxite output at Weipa on Australia’s northern tip to 35 million tonnes a year.

Recycled alloy research

High-strength aluminium alloys produced from completely recycled metals could be developed as a result of a UK-led research partnership. Aluminium production consumes 3.5 per cent of the world’s electricity supply, while producing one per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. However, the metal is theoretically infinitely recyclable, with its recycling consuming just five per cent of the energy needed to produce the metal in the first place. Over one billion tonnes of aluminium has been produced since 1908, of which over 75 per cent remains as accessible stock. Now, in a...

Nespresso commits to improve aluminium capsule recycling

Nespresso has made a US$1.2 million commitment to better enable the recovery of its aluminium coffee capsules through New York City's recycling programme. "Nespresso is deeply committed to the circular use of our products, choosing aluminium packaging because it both protects the quality of our exceptional coffees and can be recycled and reused again and again," says Guillaume Le Cunff, President and CEO of Nespresso USA. "This collaboration will provide New York City-based consumers with another convenient way to recycle used capsules and other aluminium...

Vesuvius acquires CCPI

Molten metal flow engineering and technology company Vesuvius announced on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire CCPI - a speciality refractory producer focused on tundish applications and aluminium. The FTSE 250 company said CCPI, based in Ohio, would become part of its Advanced Refractories business unit. The acquisition would be accretive to group return-on-sales even before synergies were considered, Vesuvius said. “CCPI is a strategically important acquisition for Vesuvius, which significantly expands Vesuvius' North American presence in refractories used in steel...