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Alunorte agreement

Alunorte signed two agreements representing a milestone to resume normal operations at the alumina refinery in Pará, Brazil. Alunorte has operated at 50% capacity since March. The agreements include a technical Term of Adjusted Conduct (TAC) signed between Alunorte - Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A, Norsk Hydro do Brasil Ltda, the Ministério Público Federal (MPF), the Pará State Ministério Público (MPPA), the State Government of Pará, represented by the Secretariat of State of Environment and Sustainability (SEMAS). In addition, a...

EGA: Caustic soda shipment

Emirates Global Aluminium has received the first shipment of caustic soda for its under-construction Al Taweelah alumina refinery.  Caustic soda and bauxite are the two most important raw materials in alumina refining. Stocks of these materials are initially required for the carefully-planned sequential commissioning of Al Taweelah alumina refinery.   Commissioning is the process of testing and starting-up individual pieces of equipment and sections of a new plant. EGA began importing bauxite in June. EGA has also begun stockpiling hydrate, another raw material required...

STAS acquires technologies

STAS is pleased to announce the purchase of technologies from o.d.t. Engineering PTY. LTD finalised in April 2018.  O.d.t. Engineering is an Australian company specialised in the design and supply of casting and material handling equipment and production consumables for aluminium and magnesium casthouse. The company enjoys an enviable reputation for design innovation, efficiency and quality fabrication and is, like STAS, a family-owned company. Since the late 1980’s, STAS’s mission is to partner with its customers from the aluminium industry to help them achieve...

Constellium: Smart Lab

Constellium Valais and the Haute École d’Ingénierie of HES-SO Valais-Wallis have joined forces to create the first industrial and academic lab for applied research and development in Valais, Switzerland. Digitalisation is a challenge for all manufacturing companies today. For Constellium Valais and the Haute École d’Ingénierie HES-SO Valais-Wallis, it was natural to join forces and gather competencies around digitalisation concepts to further master industrial processes. This partnership includes the creation of a “Smart Process...

Lightweighting day

On September 20th, ALLIANCE (Affordable Lightweight Automobiles Alliance) will host the ALLIANCE Future Lightweighting Day, following the Aachen Body Engineering Days. The ALLIANCE Future Lightweighting Day is an all-day event dedicated to materials and manufacturing innovations in the field of automotive lightweighting. The event will include presentations from the four winners of the ALLIANCE Lightweight Open Innovation Challenge: F.Tech from Japan/Germany (with a manufacturing technology for complex stamping of high strength steels), Imperial College London from the UK (with a...

Achenbach at a glance

The family company Achenbach Buschhütten will once again present itself at the ALUMINIUM 2018 show as specialist for rolling and foil slitting technology for the production of aluminium flat rolled products at the highest quality level.  The strategic approach is to offer ‘everything from one single source’: layout, design, manufacturing, assembly, commissioning; including product lifecycle management with services and consulting. Mastering the technology in every single detail and to continuously developing the machines rank among the success factors of...

Fort William progressing

The owner of the Fort William aluminium smelter has said preparations to build a new plant producing alloy wheels for the automotive industry at the site are progressing well. GFG Alliance was granted planning consent for the project – expected to create hundreds of new jobs – earlier this year and aims to start building work soon. A spokesman for the multinational firm said: “We’ve erected project offices next to our aluminium smelter, with five full time project-management staff already in post and a further eight due to join the team over the coming...

Mecfor unveils AGV

Mecfor proudly unveiled one of its most innovative projects to date, the AGV TEAM: the first automated guided vehicle designed and made in North America and destined specifically for the worldwide primary aluminium production industry. A remarkable achievement, the vehicle is able to manoeuvre in completely autonomous fashion within complex environments posing numerous challenges, such as strong magnetic fields, dust, wide temperature variations and constant interactions with workers and other equipment. “With this technological investment, Mecfor is positioning itself for...