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New Constellium facility

Constellium N.V. has announced the opening of its new Automotive Structures facility in Zilina, Slovakia, dedicated to the production of aluminium Crash Management Systems and Body Structure components as it continues to expand its automotive footprint in the Eastern European market. The 5,200 square meter facility in Zilina features advanced technologies for forming, machining, welding and heat-treating aluminium automotive components, along with a state-of-the-art quality lab to ensure products meet customer specifications. By early 2019, the Zilina plant is expected to have 90...

ARABAL 2018

Renowned as the leading aluminium event in the Middle East, the annual ARABAL conference, hosted by Kuwait Industries, took place last week and was officially opened by H.E. Khaled Al-Roudan, Minister of Commerce and Industry. Under the conference theme - Honouring the past; embracing the future, ARABAL 2018 highlighted the success of the last three decades and sought to find sustainable innovations for a greener aluminium industry in the future. ARABAL Chairman Mr Mohammed Al Naki said, “The GCC has been looking for ways to diversify its industry and income and aluminium is...

Nampak ramps up

Nampak is ramping up production of aluminium cans as Africa’s biggest producer of beverage packaging responds to consumers’ global retreat from plastic. The Johannesburg-based company is also putting greater emphasis on cardboard cartons and developing a type of renewable plastic lid made from sugarcane, chief executive officer Andre de Ruyter said in a phone interview. That’s due to a growing concern about the impact of plastic on the environment, particularly on items such as single-use straws. "Consumer sentiment against plastic packaging that cannot be...

Bel Air Mine ramp up

Alufer Mining Limited is pleased to announce that its first Capesize shipment of bauxite totalling 203,009 metric tonnes has safely arrived in Qingdao port in China. It will be delivered to Chalco Shandong part of Chalco Group: a major State Owed Enterprise and China’s largest alumina and primary aluminium producer.  The operational ramp-up phase at the Bel Air project in Guinea is progressing well and mining is on track to produce 5.5 million tonnes in 2019. Over 750,000 tonnes have successfully been loaded and are on route to other customers. Bernie Pryor, CEO,...

Responsible, what else?

Nespresso will become the first company to use responsibly-sourced aluminium, supplied by Rio Tinto, to produce its coffee capsules. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together with Nespresso’s capsule manufacturers to fulfil a commitment of sourcing 100 per cent sustainable aluminium by 2020, allowing customers to enjoy their coffee knowing it is packaged in responsibly produced material. The use of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certified Aluminium is an important milestone towards reducing the impact that the world’s second...

Liberty seals Dunkerque bid

British-owned Liberty, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s global GFG Alliance, has announced today that it has entered into a committed financing agreement with a syndicate of major international banks for the purchase of Aluminium Dunkerque, Europe’s largest aluminium smelter from Rio Tinto. The term loan secured on standard financial terms, provides five year committed funds. This now clears the way for the eagerly-anticipated deal on the 560-worker site to be formally completed before the end of November following the completion of closing mechanics. The announcement follows...

Novelis: Brazil investment

Novelis Inc. has announced an investment of $175 million at its Pindamonhangaba plant, located in the Paraíba Valley between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The expansion of the company's flagship facility in South America will benefit the organisation's beverage can and specialty customers by bolstering capacity with 100 kilotonnes of additional rolling production and 60 kilotonnes of increased recycling. These expansions will bring total capacity of the Pindamonhangaba facility to approximately 680 kilotonnes per year of aluminium sheet and 450 kilotonnes...

Liberty seals Dunkerque

British-owned Liberty, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s global GFG Alliance, has announced today that it has entered into a committed financing agreement with a syndicate of major international banks for the purchase of Aluminium Dunkerque, Europe’s largest aluminium smelter from Rio Tinto. The term loan secured on standard financial terms, provides five year committed funds. This now clears the way for the eagerly-anticipated deal on the 560-worker site to be formally completed before the end of November following the completion of closing mechanics. The announcement follows...

Hydro: ASI certification step

With the ambition to offer fully certified Hydro aluminium to the market in 2019, Hydro Hoogezand is now the world’s first extrusion plant to obtain the Performance Standard certification by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). ASI is the highest internationally recognized standard for robust environmental, social and governance practices across the aluminium lifecycle of production, use and recycling. Hydro is currently in the process of certifying in total 15 plants. As Hydro Hoogezand, the Netherlands, is the world’s first extrusion plant to obtain the...