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Ball at Brau

Ball enjoyed its most successful Brau Beviale yet, hosting a range of customers, from small craft brewers through to big global brands, on their newly designed stand. Visitors to the stand were shown the latest industry innovations as well as Ball’s now extended range of cans, bottles and ends, as well as graphics and design capabilities.  Conversations with existing and potential customers highlighted the continued growth of emerging beverage categories, such as tea, water and juices, and the strengthening trend for these products to make the move from other packaging...

EGA deal with BMW

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has struck a three-year deal to supply high-quality aluminium to the German luxury car maker BMW that will be used to manufacture car engines. EGA’s agreement is the first dir­ect deal of its kind with a ­major automotive company and comes amid intensifying efforts by the UAE to diversify its economy away from oil, the price of which has fallen steeply over the past two years. "Winning BMW as a direct customer is important for EGA because their standards are so high, both for the aluminium itself and how it is made," said...

Cans of the Year Awards

Ardagh came out as one of the main winners in the prestigious international 2016 Canmaker Cans of the Year awards with two category gold medals and two silver medals. The feature that is common to all four successes is packaging innovation targeted at maximising customer benefits and consumer convenience. A patented threaded screw top finish, designed for on the go consumption on the reclosable 250ml aluminium bottle for the Coca Cola Zero and Diet Coke brands earned Ardagh Gold in the coveted Bottle category. This feature also allows The Coca Cola Company to gain maximum...

Arconic: Airbus contract

Arconic (NYSE:ARNC) has announced a multi-year contract with Airbus valued at approximately $1 billion. The contract gives Arconic aluminium sheet and plate an unprecedented position on Airbus’ highest volume programs. “This large contract is a further important step to expand our leadership position in the aerospace industry," said Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO of Arconic. "We are proud that Airbus has chosen us to support their fastest growing, technologically advanced programs. Partnerships like this with industry leaders are core to our strategy and...

Alba kick-starts upgrade project for Reduction Lines 4 & 5

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the Bahrain-based international aluminium smelter, as part of its commitment to be cost-and-energy efficient, kick-started an upgrade Project aimed to increase the amperage of Reduction Lines 4 & 5 in September 2016.   The Project - new pot lining design and installation that will allow the increase in amperage on Reduction Lines 4 & 5 - will empower Alba to be aligned with its industry peers (aluminium smelters) in terms of amperage and productivity.   Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray with acting Chief Operations...

Aluminium organisations sign MOU

Memorandum of Understanding seeks to improve sustainable production, use and recycling of aluminium products. The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organisation with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, today signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in their respective efforts to support continuous improvement in the performance of the global aluminium industry and the sustainable use and recycling...

Every second aluminium closure in Europe is now recycled

The average recycling rate for aluminium closures in Europe has increased to more than 50%, according to figures released recently by the “Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°” campaign by the European Aluminium Foil Association.  Much of this improvement is due to national initiatives and better collection and recycling schemes across Europe, according to the Association. Aluminium closures, mainly used on bottles of wine, spirits, water and olive oil, can be collected either with the mixed packaging fraction or together with the glass collection stream....

UC RUSAL RA-550 cell

UC RUSAL has announced the launch of the first RA-550 pot of new generation running at over 550 kA at the Sayanogorsk aluminium smelter as part of a USD 28 mln project. The key benefit of the new pots is their energy efficiency. A RA-550 cell consumes around 12 kW*h/kg of aluminium, which is 10-15% less than previous generations. According to design documents, one pot will produce 4.21 tonnes of aluminium per day, which is about twice as much as the daily output of a RA-300 pot currently used at SAZ. RUSAL has plans to use RA-550 for the modernisation…

Arconic launches

Arconic Inc. launches today as a global leader in multi-materials innovation, precision engineering and advanced manufacturing, strongly positioned in attractive markets. The company begins trading today on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker "ARNC." In 2015, the businesses that today comprise Arconic recorded revenues of approximately $12.5 billion. Of this, approximately 65% derived from markets characterised by secular growth and compelling margins, including aerospace and automotive; the balance – 35% – was from markets with solid growth...