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Futura acquisition

Bonnell has announced that its parent company, Tredegar Corporation has agreed to acquire 100% ownership of Futura Industries. Upon the closing of the transaction, which is expected by mid-February, Futura will become an operating division of Bonnell Aluminum. Futura, headquartered in Clearfield, Utah, with a national sales presence and particular strength in the western U.S., designs and manufactures a wide range of extruded aluminium products for a number of industries and end markets, including branded flooring trims and TSLOTS, as well as OEM components for truck grills, solar...

Bonnell acquires Futura

Bonnell has announced that its parent company, Tredegar Corporation has agreed to acquire 100% ownership of Futura Industries. Upon the closing of the transaction, which is expected by mid-February, Futura will become an operating division of Bonnell Aluminum. Futura, headquartered in Clearfield, Utah, with a national sales presence and particular strength in the western U.S., designs and manufactures a wide range of extruded aluminium products for a number of industries and end markets, including branded flooring trims and TSLOTS, as well as OEM components for truck grills, solar...

AFSA joins ASI

The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA) has joined the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative as an Associations member. The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA) is an active aluminium industry association and has, since 1981, been involved in increasing the awareness and use of aluminium in Southern Africa. It offers its members a wide variety of services, the most notable of which are technical information and advice, education, training and skills upgrading, a range of publications and market industry and business development support, including engagement with the...

EGA: New patents

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has filed another four new patents that increase productivity and operating efficiencies. The patent applications result from EGA’s technology development programme, which has focused on continual improvement for the past 25 years  EGA’s latest reduction technology, DX+ Ultra, has more than double the pot productivity of the company’s original D18 technology. Last year EGA licensed DX+ Ultra to Aluminium Bahrain for Alba’s potline 6 expansion, making EGA the first UAE industrial company to license its own large scale...

Orbite production update

Further to its press release of January 16, 2017, Orbite Technologies Inc. has provided an update on the company's progress with the production of high purity alumina (HPA). In an earlier production run announced on January 16, 2017, close to 2 tonnes of HPA was produced over three days. Feedstock material fed to the calcination section of the plant consisted of aluminium chloride hexahydrate (ACH) with a purity of approximately 4N7 (HPA equivalent), produced in the digestion and crystallization sections of the plant. The purity of the HPA produced using this source material...

New project: Egypt

According to reports, Egypt is setting up a new aluminium factory in Ataqa Industrial Zone, north of the Gulf of Suez. Tarek Kabil, Egypt’s minister of industry and trade, announced that a major Chinese company will establish the new factory to manufacture aluminium plates that cover buildings facades. The project will be a joint venture between Egypt, Saudi, and China with a capital of $100m. The factory’s production would meet a large portion of the local market’s needs and a portion of its production would be allocated for exporting. Approximately 1.6ha have...

EGA engineers training

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has seconded 10 young UAE National engineers abroad as part of its preparations for the start-up of its AED 11 billion Al Taweelah alumina refinery next year. EGA’s young engineers have been seconded for five months to Ma’aden in Saudi Arabia, the only operating alumina refinery in the region, to gain experience of a new industrial process for the UAE. In total 27 UAE Nationals are set to be seconded to Ma’aden over the course of this year as part of their training. EGA’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery is the first to be built...

Alcoa Portland update

The Victorian and Australian governments and Alcoa Corporation (NYSE:AA) has announced the Portland Aluminium smelter will restart capacity that had been lost due to a December power outage. In addition, Alcoa and energy provider AGL reached an agreement related to the electricity supply for the smelter. The four-year agreements with the governments and AGL will better position Portland Aluminium against market fluctuations and help maintain more than 500 jobs at the smelter. “The Victorian State and Australian Federal governments are strong proponents of the Portland...

Tenova FAC at Nachterstedt

At the end of last year, Novelis Deutschland GmbH has gave Tenova the Final Acceptance Certificate for its aluminium automotive Finishing line at the Nachterstedt Plant in Germany. Located adjacent to Novelis' existing rolling mill and the world's largest aluminium recycling centre, the $85 million global investment will increase annual production capacity by 120,000 metric tons of automotive sheet and will provide global customers with high-quality automotive sheet of alloys used in lightweight vehicle structures and body panels. The line is processing automotive aluminium...