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Reclosable can

Texas-based SNSTech has developed a 100% aluminium reclosable beverage can as it aims to offer a more sustainable packaging alternative to plastic bottles. Called SipNShut, the packaging is designed to run on existing canning lines at high speed and is said to pour as smoothly as a standard beverage can. SNSTech claims that its new design makes reclosable cans “far more palatable to consumers, brands and fillers alike”. Bill Brandell, president of SNSTech, said: “We did our homework and know without a doubt that consumers want reclosable cans but the options on...

ALUMINIUM 2018 report

ALUMINIUM continues to head for growth - Visitors from 123 nations came to Düsseldorf. “ALUMINIUM is a trade fair for light metal, but a heavyweight in its global significance for the industry. This is particularly true at a time when there are irritations and when some parts of various markets are realigning themselves, as it’s also a time when trade fairs can play a crucial role in providing orientation for global trade,” says Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO of Reed Exhibitions Germany, the organisers of ALUMINIUM. This explains why the number of visitors has...

ARABAL announcement

As part of its commitment to help shape the future of the global aluminium sector, Kuwait Industries Co. Holding will host the 22nd Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL) at the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa in Kuwait from the 11 – 13 November 2018. ARABAL is returning to Kuwait for the 4th time and will be celebrating 35 years of successfully serving the aluminium industry. More than 1,500 local, regional and international delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and visitors are expected to attend the Middle East’s premium aluminium industry gathering....

Safety of lightweighting

Last Friday, the Aluminum Association’s Transportation Group (ATG) submitted comments urging the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pursue data-driven decision making in its final vehicle fuel economy rule-making.  The comments emphasised the proven track record of vehicle mass reduction safety, supported continued year-over-year fuel economy improvements and called on the agencies to maintain One National Program to avoid protracted litigation. The docketed comments are in response to the...

Exlabesa investment

Leading independent extrusion company Exlabesa Extrusions has just announced it has invested in a 35 MN extrusion press for its Doncaster, UK factory.  Fernando Quinta, Director at Exlabesa Extrusions Doncaster said: “This investment will enable us to upgrade our plant and continue to deliver the outstanding quality our growing customer base relies on.” Exlabesa Extrusions’ new 35 MN extrusion press, which is from SMS group, will replace its existing 20 MN extrusion press. The new press will be used primarily to extrude profiles for automotive, architectural...

Alunorte: Embargo lifted

Hydro’s alumina refinery Alunorte, received on October 25 a suspension of the embargo on the new bauxite residue deposit area (DRS2) from Brazilian federal environmental agency IBAMA. Embargo on DRS2 from the federal court system remains in place. The federal environmental agency IBAMA lifted the embargo on DRS 2 after reviewing the information requested from Alunorte and SEMAS, the local environmental agency in the state of Para. The decision to lift the embargo follows an exceptional authorisation granted by IBAMA to Alunorte on October 5 to utilise its state-of-the art...

Launch of tl’ughus

Rio Tinto, together with the Cheslatta Carrier and Haisla First Nations, today celebrated the launch of the tl'ughus tunnel boring machine, a key milestone towards completing the Kemano Second Tunnel project. The 1300 tonne machine was named by the Cheslatta Carrier nation after a legendary giant monster snake and is decorated with artwork by Haisla Nations students.   It will dig 7.6 kilometres of tunnel through a mountain as part of a project to enhance the long-term security of a clean power supply for the BC Works aluminium smelter in Kitimat, British Columbia.  ...

TOMRA enhances X-Tract

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has introduced a new-generation X-TRACT machine with innovative Dual Processing Technology which enhances final purity levels; multi-density channels to enable more precise classification and sorting of materials; and a broad range of application packages. Valerio Sama, Vice President and Head of Product Management Recycling, commented: “With X-ray transmission technology to assess materials according to their density, X-TRACT was already capable of delivering exceptional sorting performance. TOMRA’s innovative and unique Dual Processing...