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Swiss tariff action

Switzerland has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organisation against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium, it said on Tuesday, the eighth WTO member to start such a challenge. Under WTO rules, the United States has 60 days to settle the issue. After that time, Switzerland could escalate the dispute by asking the WTO to set up a panel of judges to adjudicate.

POAL world first

In September 2018 AMUT will be the world’s first facility for POAL recycling, a polyethylene + aluminium polycomposite recovered from food packaging, operating to produce Ecoallene. Ecoallene, a new green material whose main feature is to be ever recyclable, is easy to colour and contains some aluminium particles that make it slightly glittered. AMUT, has developed this pioneering project together with the Italian start-up Ecoplasteam, carrying out both technology for POAL treatment and washing the extrusion line to turning the final material into pellets.

Aluminium China update

Aluminium China 2018 showcases Asia’s thriving aluminium industry despite heavy US tariffs. In the face of the US tariff storm, the Aluminium China 2018 exhibition and conference in Shanghai from July 11 to 13, will provide China’s aluminium industry with its first global platform since the announcement to expand business into other world markets. In particular, the event, which will bring together some 500 exhibitors and 24,000 visitors from more than 30 countries and regions, will reinforce China’s connections the rest of Asia and strengthen business cooperation...

Alba: Casthouse 3 update

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the Bahrain-based international aluminium smelter, has recently commissioned a Batch homogenizer from Hertwich Engineering (a company of the SMS group) in Casthouse 3 for specialised billet requirements.   This new generation Batch homogenizer is the best-suited technology for the heat treatment of various 6xxx, 1xxx and 3xxx billet alloys for special applications such as automotive and precision tubing. The advanced technology of reverse air circulation, fully automated controls for step heating and controlled cooling enhances the existing...

Hydro: Power contract

Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro ASA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Hydro Energi AS has signed a long-term power contract with Tonstad Vindpark AS. Tonstad Vindpark AS is owned by Engie, a French power utility company, and SUSI Partners, a Swiss Investment Manager specialising in sustainable energy infrastructure. The contract spans for 25 years, for the period 2020 to 2045. Hydro Energi AS will purchase 100% of the actual output of the wind farm and will handle all balancing and nomination from the commissioning of the wind farm and for the duration of the power purchase...

Karmøy in full production

All 60 electrolysis cells are now in operation at the Karmøy technology pilot, where Hydro aims to industrialise the world's most climate and energy efficient aluminium electrolysis technology. "Our aim is to be the global leader in technology and innovation in our industry, and the Karmøy pilot helps advance that ambition and ensures that the Norwegian technology cluster remains the global leader in sustainable aluminium production" says Hydro president and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg. The technology that is being tested at Karmøy...

Future Aluminium Board

The organisers of the Future Aluminium Forum, Quartz Business Media, have established an Advisory Board to develop a strategic approach towards integrating Industry 4.0 across the aluminium manufacturing and processing sectors. The first Future Aluminium Forum was held on 8th & 9th May 2018 in Milan, Italy and saw more than 150 delegates from across the aluminium manufacturing and processing industries gather to hear from technical experts and uncover the myths behind Industry 4.0 and what this means for the manufacturing value chain.   One of the most important points...

Rio renews contract

Rio Tinto has renewed a long term agreement with Scepter, an internationally recognised leader in aluminium dross and scrap recycling, for the treatment of by-product from the aluminium smelting process known as “skims”, in the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region, Quebec, Canada. Rio Tinto Aluminium managing director Atlantic Operations Gervais Jacques said: “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to responsible production and to realising the full environmental benefits from aluminium as a recyclable material. Instead of going to landfill, the by-product...

Wenatchee Smelter update

Alcoa has announced that it will make a $62.4 million payment under an electricity supply agreement for its smelter in Wenatchee, Washington, and will permanently close one of four potlines at the fully curtailed facility. In connection with the planned payment on June 19, 2018, and the closure of the one potline, the Company will record an estimated charge of $73 million (pre- and after-tax), or $0.39 per share, in the second quarter of 2018. The payment to the Chelan Public Utility District (Chelan PUD) was triggered by a recent decision of Alcoa management to not restart the...

World Cup cans

As the share of lager in a can continues to grow each year, and with the World Cup representing one of the largest global football tournaments, Ball has worked with the team at Ožujsko to create an exceptional design to give customers the opportunity to toast the key sporting occasion in style.  The cans are a prime example of the incomparable printing potential of Ball’s Dynamark™ variable technology, which allows customers to add graphic variety of up to 12 different visuals to their cans, without the added time or production difficulties once associated with the...