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EGA $300m project

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial project in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has completed a three-year, $300 million project to replace older production lines at its Jebel Ali aluminium smelter with the company’s own UAE-developed technology, boosting production capacity and reducing costs and environmental emissions. All EGA’s 2,777 reduction cells, the swimming-pool sized tanks in which aluminium is smelted, now run on home-grown technology. EGA produces one tonne in every 25 tonnes of aluminium made worldwide and makes the UAE the...

Can digital printing

Responding to growing demands for greater flexibility for shorter-run, multi-version beverage packaging, Tonejet, the only manufacturer of advanced electro-static drop-on-demand digital print engines, will put the spotlight on digital printing direct to the can at InPrint in Munich (14-16th November). Tonejet’s direct-to-can digital printer – Cyclone – with inbuilt Rockwell iTRAK transport system has been designed to remove the barriers associated with small batch canning and includes features and capabilities adapted to the requirements of today’s print...

ALTEK launches AluSalt

Altek has announced ALUSALT™, a “Mini Salt Slag Recycling” technology that has been developed over the past six years aimed at solving a major aluminium recycling industry challenge. ALTEK have now successfully installed a large capacity salt slag recycling plant, as a demonstration unit, in Northern Europe at an aluminium recycling operation, where it is currently in the final stages of commissioning and optimisation. The plant has successfully taken salt slag, removed the salt, re-crystalised the salt for re-use, and generated oxides (NMP) that can be used in...

Danieli supplies Logan

Danieli is to supply Logan Aluminum with the world’s most advanced and productive cold mill. The new investment by Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc. will feature Danieli DiamondFlex technology for can-stock and automotive flat products. The new Danieli DiamondFlex 6-High Cold Rolling Mill (CM4 designation) will be installed in a new, dedicated building at Logan Aluminum, in Logan County, in Western Kentucky, USA. The operation of the new mill will further enhance Logan’s capabilities by rolling 29,500 kg [65,000 Ibs] coils with maximum strip width of 2133mm [84”] at speeds...

Ecosoderberg Pilot

Rusal has announced the launch of an experimental reduction area at the Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter, which will operate under the EcoSoderberg technology. The total amount of investment in the project amounted to 540 million roubles.   Implementing EcoSoderberg technology is one of the priority retrofitting projects for RUSAL. New generation potcells have a significantly reduced environmental impact, and bring increased energy efficiency to aluminium smelters and automation for the majority of production processes.   The pilot production at the Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter...

Rio Tinto talks

According to reports, Rio Tinto is in advanced talks to sell its aluminium assets in Australia and New Zealand to GFG Alliance, the investment company run by Sanjeev Gupta. While the talks could end without agreement, Mr Gupta is said to be keen to buy Rio’s Pacific Aluminium business as he looks to build a global industrial conglomerate spanning metals, power, renewable energy and finance.

Alcoa power contract

Alcoa Corporation has announced that the company and power provider Luminant Generation Company LLC have terminated the electricity contract tied to Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations in Texas. The smelter at Rockdale has been fully curtailed since the end of 2008. The termination of the contract, which had been set to expire no later than 2038, was effective as of October 1, 2017. While the Company sold surplus electricity since the smelter’s curtailment, Alcoa’s cost of power under the contract exceeded the related revenue. The Company expects an annual improvement to...

Falsified data

According to reports, Kobe Steel has admitted to falsifying inspection data on about 20,000 tonnes of metals used in aircraft and automobiles in the latest quality scandal to hit corporate Japan. Products affected included 19,300 tonnes of aluminium plate and extrusions; 2,200 tonnes of copper strip and pipe; and 19,400 cast and forged aluminium parts. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said that aluminium used in its regional passenger jet was among the shipments with falsified data. However, it said there was no safety issue and delivery of the jet — which is currently undergoing...