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EGA starts production at UAE’s first alumina refinery in major milestone for industrial sector

Al Taweelah alumina refinery is a strategic growth project for UAE aluminium giant, expands EGA’s business upstream in the aluminium value chain, and its start-up heralds alumina refining as a new industrial activity for the UAE ~$3.3 billion facility expected to produce approximately 2 million tonnes of alumina per year once full ramp up achieved, replacing some imports. United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today announced the start-up of Al Taweelah alumina refinery, a strategic...

Nespresso invites rivals to join its global coffee pod recycling scheme

According to reports, the single-use coffee pod brand said it wants to 'improve the accessibility and convenience' of aluminium capsule recycling. Nespresso has invited rival coffee pod makers to join its global recycling programme in a move it claims will improve "accessibility and convenience" of recycling services for customers using single-use aluminium coffee capsules. The portioned coffee brand said it wanted to engage with its competitors in order to develop a global recycling solution for coffee pods, amid concerns the sector encourages throwaway behaviour...

Alba appoints new Carbon Operations Manager

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) has appointed Ahmed Shehabi as the new Manager for Carbon Operations on Tuesday 02 April 2019.  Ahmed started his career in Alba back in 1995 as an Operator in Kilns 3 where he quickly rose through the ranks of the Carbon department. He has held the roles of Supervisor, Superintendent and was appointed as acting Manager Carbon Operations in 2017.  On this occasion, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said:  “Alba key strength lies in its people whom we believe in supporting through dynamic learning and development...

Casting operations at Hydro Husnes will be upgraded with new technology

With a final decision now made, Hydro will invest NOK 150 million with the aim of starting operations in 2020. The newly developed in-house casting technology, ‘Low Pressure Casting’ (LPC) enables Hydro to provide materials with enhanced properties for various extrusion segments, where Hydro is already a major material supplier. After the upgrade, Hydro Husnes will also be able to offer materials for forging. "Forge stock for products like suspension arms and knuckles is an attractive market for aluminium within the automotive industry, which needs ever more...

ASI welcomes Kam Kiu Aluminium Products Group Limited as new Production & Transformation member

ASI has announced Kam Kiu Aluminium Products Group Limited has joined ASI as a Production & Transformation member, bringing to 84 the total number of members working towards a responsible aluminium value chain. Kam Kiu is a global supplier of extruded aluminium profiles, with activities throughout the value chain, from billet casting to the production of extruded aluminium products for automotive, aerospace, marine, 3C products, renewable energy system and building system. With over 35 years of aluminium extrusion expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and continuous improvement, we...

Combi-PPT wins safety award

Combilift added yet another industry award to its ever growing tally when its Combi-PPT model won the Safety Category of the FLTA Awards for Excellence 2019 on March 30th.   The Combi-PPT is a high performance pedestrian operated powered pallet truck, the first model of which was designed following a very specific request from a Combilift customer wanting to enhance operational safety and material flow in its manufacturing facilities. This proved to be so successful that the Combi-PPT was put into serial production last year and models with capacities from 3,000kg up to...

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) testing use of recycled aluminium for use in future vehicles

According to reports, JLR is developing the next phase of its aluminium closed loop strategy with an innovative recycling initiative to transform the vehicles of today into the cars of tomorrow. The 'Reality' project aims to recover aluminium from existing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and reform it into a new high-grade aluminium to create new vehicles. The process is currently being tested on early, pre-production Jaguar I-Pace prototypes which have had their batteries safely removed. These batteries enter into their own second-life process which Jaguar Land Rover is...

ELYSIS Research Centre to open in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region in Québec

ELYSIS today announced the site for its new research and development facility in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region in Québec, which will directly employ more than 25 experts when it is fully operational.  The ELYSIS joint venture, by global aluminium industry leaders Rio Tinto and Alcoa, is working to commercialise by 2024 a breakthrough technology that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the traditional aluminium smelting process, instead producing pure oxygen. The ELYSISTM process has the potential to reduce the environmental footprint of the...

RUSAL: Sustainable efforts

RUSAL has announced an ambitious pledge to plant over one million trees in Russia as part of its climate strategy aimed at reducing the Company’s carbon footprint. The initiative represents Russia’s largest ever forest restoration project. During the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, the Company signed an agreement to plant the trees with the Federal Forestry Agency and the Government of the Krasnoyarsk Territory as part of a voluntary project aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The initiative will see 500,000 trees planted over an area of 120 hectares in the Krasnoyarsk...

Power failure at Karmøy

Hydro’s aluminium plant in Karmøy, Norway suffered from a power failure, starting 03:50 CET on April 1. Power supply has been reestablished, but at a lower amperage. The incident has caused no personnel injuries. Hydro Karmøy has an annual production of around 270,000 tonnes primary aluminium, whereof 75,000 tonnes is the Karmøy technology pilot. The Karmøy technology pilot is not affected by the power failure. The cause of the power failure is not clear and will be investigated. All available resources are mobilised to identify the cause and...