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Drive technology

Siemens is to equip several Chinese aluminium factories with medium and low voltage drives. The value of the order is in the low tens of millions of euros. Commissioning will be completed in several stages between November 2018 and April 2019. The objective is to safeguard the productivity in the rolling mills with powerful, reliable drive systems. Siemens received the order from SMS China, part of the SMS group, a worldwide plant constructor and machine manufacturer in the ferrous and non-ferrous metal industry. In the light of increasing demand for aluminium, the company has...

Sohar resumes operation

Oman's Sohar Aluminium has announced that the company was assessing to resume the production as soon as possible after the interruption at its smelters, according to the news published by Reuters. On August 4, Sohar Aluminium informed about an accident at its plant in Sohar which interrupted normal operations and resulted in no injuries. The accident halted production for six-and-a-half hours. According to the company statement, the accident will have no long-term implications on the operations of Sohar Aluminium. Chief Executive Said Al Masoudi said in a statement, "The...

Alumina Ltd appointment

Alumina Limited has announced that Mr Peter Day has been appointed to the new position of Deputy Chairman of Alumina Limited effective immediately. Mr Day has been an independent non-executive Director of the Company since January 2014 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Company’s Compensation Committee and the Nominations Committee.

Partnership announcement

American Douglas Metals (ADM), the premier metal service centre for aluminium metal distribution, processing and fabrication for commercial and industrial applications, has announced their new partnership with the Italian company Master Italy Srl, a leader in window and door hardware and accessories manufacturing. ADM has been commissioned as Master Italy’s North American Partner to represent and distribute their vast window and door product line in the United States and Canada. With ADM’s 16-year history servicing windows and doors, the collaboration was a natural...

EGA: Waste management

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), has shipped around 5,000 tonnes of spent pot lining, a by-product from its industrial process, to Befesa, a company in the United Kingdom that specialises in waste management and recycling. Befesa will treat and recycle the spent pot lining to create useful raw materials for the cement, fibreglass and ceramics industries.  Spent pot lining is the worn out inner lining of aluminium smelting pots. The lining is typically replaced every four to five years. The global aluminium industry produces over one million tonnes of spent pot lining every...

Aluminium trades above $2,000

According to reports, the price of aluminium has traded above $2,000 a tonne for the first time in almost three years. This is as a result of Chinese authorities cutting production as part of an environmental crackdown. Officials in Shandong province have ordered 3.2 million tonnes of smelting capacity to be shut down, which is more than was anticipated by the market. Some of the measures are aimed at combating pollution and emissions, but other are an attempt to rein in excess capacity.

GARMCO expansion project

Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill (GARMCO), the Bahrain-based international aluminium rolling mill and one of the largest downstream aluminium facilities in the Middle East, announces that first aluminium was cast successfully at GARMCO’s expansion project on Thursday 3 August 2017. The new US$ 55 million new state of the art recycling and cast house facility is designed to develop GARMCO’s metal recycling capability, which will increase GARMCO’s production capacity by 150% to 200,000 tonnes of aluminium slabs per annum. Till date, the expansion team has recorded...

Retirement announcement

After a career spanning 47 years, the last six of which were spent as a successful Managing Director of SCHADE Lagertechnik GmbH, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Karl-Heinz Fiegenbaum was given a fitting send-off into retirement in the presence of approximately 70 staff and with the best wishes of the President of the Group, Franz-W. Aumund.  Karl-Heinz Fiegenbaum became Managing Director in July 2011 with responsibility for the sales and commercial side of the business. “Your time as MD has seen a marked growth in turnover, a significant increase in headcount and a...