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Call for global ‘Freedom of Renewable Energy’ index

Geoff Matthews, Futurist and Global Head of Strategy for Energia Potior Ltd, today called for creation a global ranking of nations indexed against the freedom and right for individuals, communities and private sector organisations, to generate and use electricity from clean renewable sources. Matthews speaking at the 2nd Future Aluminium Forum, says the electrification of almost everything will mean that economic growth, particularly in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), will be tied to the cost of clean renewable electricity. “It will be important going forward that these...

EGA starts-up new AED 15 million spent pot lining pre-treatment and crusher facility

Emirates Global Aluminium has announced the start-up of a new AED 15 million pre-treatment and crusher facility for spent pot lining in a step forward for the recycling of industrial waste.  Spent pot lining, the used inner lining of reduction cells in which aluminium is smelted, is one of the most significant waste streams in the aluminium industry.  The new facility is an important part of EGA’s ongoing commitment to reducing and re-using industrial waste. It will be used to pre-treat spent pot lining so it is ready to be used by cement companies in the UAE as an...

Rio Tinto takes home Metals Company of the Year

Rio Tinto takes home Metals Company of the Year and second consecutive Aluminium Industry Leadership Award at the S&P Global Platts Global Metal Awards. Rio Tinto has taken home the Metals Company of the Year honour and, for a second consecutive year, the Aluminium Industry Leadership Award (Nonferrous Metals) at the 7th annual S&P Global Platts Global Metal Awards. The Metals Company of the Year recipient is chosen from the entire list of finalist companies, while the Industry Leadership Awards recognise companies whose decisive actions have led substantial transformation...

Alexandria Industries invests in a new aluminium extrusion press.

Made by Presezzi Extrusion Group (Vimercate, MB-Italy), the press will allow Alexandria Industries to increase its aluminium extrusion capabilities, extrude more complex product features, and hold tighter tolerances, while utilising a variety of alloys.  Alexandria Industries will gain an extra 30 percent in extrusion capacity.  “By combining the latest in aluminium extrusion technology with the best employees, we will continue to lead our industry,” said Tom Schabel, CEO, Alexandria Industries. “This investment also aligns with our company vision and...

First electrical autoguided vehicle in operation in a Quebec aluminium smelter

Mecfor has announced the deployment of a technological showcase, for which the Government of Quebec has granted $350K to test the AGV TEAM prototype (acronym for "Transporteur Électrique d’Autoguidé Mecfor") in real operational conditions in a Quebec aluminium smelter. This R&D project for the Quebec equipment manufacturer, leader in North America for specialised mobile equipment for aluminium smelters, represents a capital investment of $ 1.5M, to which is added the financial support of $ 1,1M from both levels of government. The Government of...

CANPACK adds on satin varnish to its graphic innovations portfolio

CANPACK Group has announced that the company has started providing cans with unique SATIN varnish for its client –  Plzensky Prazdroj Slovensko a.s., part of the Japanese ASAHI Group and the owner of the SARIS Ejl beer brand.  The innovative SATIN varnish gives the can a unique, matt effect and soft, fabric-like feel. The use of special printing effects with great design of SARIS Ejl enhances the brand equity with a crafted touch. SARIS is the first brand on the beer market which has chosen the unique SATIN effect from CANPACK for its cans.  "Our customers...

STAS acquires SERMAS Industrie, world leader in the sawing of large materials

Through this acquisition and the implementation of broad synergies, STAS wishes to realise its vision of becoming a key player for the aluminium industry by offering turnkey, reliable and robust solutions to its customers: aluminium smelters, rolling mills, extrusion plants, forging plants, recyclers, distribution centres and the carbon industry. Founded in 1989, STAS today has more than 160 employees and designs and commercialises high-tech equipment in more than 40 countries. With more than 1500 equipment units in operation and thousands of individual solutions, the company is a...

EGA’s Al Taweelah site certified to Aluminium Stewardship Initiative responsibility standards

EGA is the first company in the Middle East to achieve a certification to Aluminium Stewardship Initiative standards. The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative is a global, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. Its members are mining and metal companies, end-users like Apple and Nespresso, and non-governmental organisations, and it aims to maximise the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society. Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certification is the aluminium industry’s internationally-recognised standard for environmental and social performance and...

Hilde Merete Aasheim assumed her position as Hydro’s new President and CEO today

Hilde Merete Aasheim assumed her position as Hydro’s new President and CEO today, aiming to lift profitability and accelerate the company’s drive to become a leading provider of advanced, low-carbon products and solutions. Aasheim introduced several measures in support of her business agenda, which include renewing the company’s corporate management board, restructuring and strategic review of the Rolled Products business area, ensuring stricter capital discipline and capital allocation, as well as revitalising on-going improvement programs and identifying new...