News

Line 6 update

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) kicked-off the 2nd quarter of 2018 with the safe delivery of two of six rectifier transformer units to Line 6 Expansion Project Site.   The world’s largest rectifier transformer (rectiformer) rated at 120 kA at 1880V DC, is designed and built by Fuji Electric, Japan. The equipment for the third and fourth rectiformers have been shipped from Japan and are scheduled to arrive on-site by mid-May 2018 while the final shipment of the remaining units is expected to reach Alba by July 2018.   Commenting on this milestone, the Chairman of...

Rio Tinto review

Following the announcement by the United States Treasury Department on 6 April, 2018, that it was implementing sanctions on various Russian individuals and companies, Rio Tinto has reviewed arrangements it has with impacted entities. The arrangements include Rusal’s 20 per cent interest in Queensland Alumina Limited in Australia, including Rusal’s associated supply and offtake arrangements, bauxite sales to Rusal’s refinery in Ireland and offtake contracts for alumina that are used at Rio Tinto’s smelters, mainly in France and Iceland. As a result of the...

Aludium releases 55AT™

The alloy was developed by the company’s inhouse Cindal R&D centre as a high quality and cost-effective alternative to the industry standard 5505. The new alloy offers clear cost and productivity advantages for solid, metal trim parts. 55AT™ has been developed by Aludium for exterior automotive trim applications which require the highest quality bright finish. These include window frames, roof rails, sunroof trim, roof racks, B- and C-pillar decoration, and other exterior decorative parts of premium vehicles. Higher yield enhances cost-effectiveness For exterior...

AEC appointment

R. Scott Kelley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Service Center Metals in Prince George, VA, was elected to serve as Chairman of the Aluminum Extruders Council.  Mr Kelley has been a member of the AEC Board of Directors since 2013 when he served as an Independent Extruder Director until he was elected to the Executive Committee in 2016 as Vice Chairman of the Council. Mr Kelley has more than 32 years of sales and operations experience in the aluminium industry. Prior to founding Service Center Metals in 2001, Mr. Kelley served as National Sales Manager for Kaiser...

Alu recycling rate

As aluminium drinks cans hit 72% recycling rate, data shows that almost 100% is recycled within Europe. Whilst we are consumed by the issues of packaging pollution and concerns about where our recycling ends up, there is some good news.  The recycling rate for aluminium drinks cans continues to increase year on year, hitting 72% in 2017 (up from 70% in 2016), whilst the national recycling rate for all aluminium packaging reached 51% (up from 50% in 2016). According to packaging waste recovery data, recently released by the Environment Agency, aluminium packaging easily...

First ASI certification

An alumina refinery, five aluminium smelters and associated casting, recycling, waste management and infrastructure facilities in Canada, owned and operated by Rio Tinto, are the first operations to be certified against ASI’s ground-breaking Performance Standard for environmental, social and governance performance. In addition, Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine in Gove, Australia, is the first mine to receive ASI Performance Standard certification and the second ASI Certification issued.  Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced the world’s first...