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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...

Constellium contract

Constellium N.V. has announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Bombardier to supply flat rolled products in a rich mix of alloys, shapes and applications for a number of their aircraft programs such as C Series, CRJ Series, Q Series, Global and Challenger.  In this new contract, Constellium will become one of the leading suppliers of flat rolled products to Bombardier globally. Constellium and Bombardier are long-time partners, with a strong history of collaborative research. Bombardier’s C Series aircraft aluminium-lithium fuselage sheets and extrusions...

EGA bauxite research

Emirates Global Aluminium has signed an agreement with The University of Queensland, Australia, to conduct a three-year research programme into turning a by-product of the alumina industry into soil. The ground-breaking research project with The University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences will investigate combining bauxite residue with agricultural and domestic wastes to create a soil for greening and other uses.  The research project is led by Professor Richard Haynes, a renowned soil scientist and expert in the remediation and rehabilitation of...

Alu pioneer honoured

A pioneering metallurgist has been presented with an award for his contribution to the global aluminium industry.   The Aluminium Industry Award was presented to Prof. Scamans at the Aluminium Federation’s 2017 Dinner by Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead (pictured). The event, at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire, was attended by more than 200 guests from across the aluminium sector.   Chief scientific officer at Innoval Technology, Professor Scamans is also Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University’s BCAST metals research facility. He started...

ARABAL update

SOHAR Aluminium to host ARABAL 2017 under the patronage of H.H. Sayyid Harib Bin Thuwaini Al Said Under the patronage of H.H. Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini Al Said, Assistant Secretary General of the Council of Ministers for Conferences, Sohar Aluminium is gearing up to host the 2017 Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL). Scheduled to take place in Muscat from November 7th – 9th 2017, the event will be attended by all of the region’s primary aluminium manufactures, in addition to top executives from a cross section of industries, VIPs and over 500 delegates from...

Sapa Welsh plant

Sapa has re-opened its factory in Bedwas, Wales to supply the growing automotive industry demand for lightweight body structure solutions. The first customer to be supplied from the refurbished facility will be London Electrical Vehicle Company (LEVC), who has developed an all new zero emissions capable black cab. Sapa is investing £9.6 million in the plant refurbishment and new equipment to supply advanced aluminium components. The investment is backed by £550,000 from the Welsh Government which helped secure the project for Wales as Sapa looked into production at...

Alu D&T challenge

The UK’s aluminium industry is on the search for the designers and engineers of the future as it launches this year’s Alu D&T Challenge.  Secondary schools throughout the UK are invited to take part in the Challenge which aims to teach 11-14 year olds about sustainable design. The Challenge includes an opportunity for students to enter their ideas in a national competition for a chance to win prizes for themselves and their school.   The Alu D&T Challenge supports the D&T curriculum for 11-14 year olds. It provides free lesson plans and a range of...