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Smelter restart

Alcoa Corporation has announced plans to restart three of five potlines at its Warrick Operations aluminium smelter near Evansville, Ind., an action that will further improve the competitiveness of the on-site rolling mill. The process to restart the three lines, with 161,400 metric tons of annual capacity, will begin immediately and is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2018. The three potlines will directly supply the Warrick rolling mill, which serves the North American market with flat-rolled aluminium for the food and beverage can packaging industry. The...

Light-weight construction

Government and industry initiatives put spotlight on lighter weight auto and consumer materials  2017 marks a key year for aluminium, with China’s 13th Five-Year Plan putting the emphasis on the development of light-weight vehicles and the implementation of policies to encourage the auto industry to deliver greater energy efficiency and low emissions. With lighter manufacturing becoming the new global norm, the aluminium industry Is gearing up to seize new opportunities and next month’s Aluminium China 2017 in Shanghai from 19-21 July, will put the spotlight on...

Hydro acquires Sapa

Norsk Hydro has agreed with Orkla to acquire its 50 percent interest in Sapa for a total enterprise value of NOK 27 billion, giving full ownership in the global leader in extruded aluminium solutions and making Hydro a leading force in the global aluminium industry. The transaction will be financed through cash positions and issuance of bonds in Norwegian and international markets, and will be temporarily funded by committed undrawn credit lines. Following the transaction, Hydro is committed to retain its investment grade rating and a robust balance sheet. Hydro will maintain its...

Achenbach expansion

The Huafon Aluminium Cooperation based in Chongqing and part of the HUAFON GROUP took the strategic decision to expand its production due to its success in the production of a wide range of flat rolled products particularly for household and building technology and for the automotive, packaging, transport and electronic industry. For this purpose a new production site is established in Chongqing, Sichuan province, Central China. One of the first investments are two Achenbach OPTIMILL® Foil Rolling Mills: one Roughing Foil Rolling Mill and one Finishing Foil Rolling Mill. Also...

EAFA new president

Bruno Rea, commercial director at Laminazione Sottile Group of Italy, has been elected the new President of the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) at the Association’s summer conference in Bilbao, Spain.  He succeeds Jan Homan of Constantia Flexibles, who served two terms. EAFA is the international body representing companies engaged in flexible packaging, in rolling and rewinding of alufoil as well as in the manufacture of aluminium closures and semi-rigid containers. Its more than 100 members include companies in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Following...

New cold rolling mill

After commissioning a new hot rolling mill in September 2014, AMAG opened Europe's most state-of-the-art aluminium cold rolling mill in the presence of around 700 guests on June 22, 2017.  By taking this step, the company becomes the leading centre of expertise in aluminium rolled products. Helmut Wieser, CEO of AMAG Austria Metall AG, took the opportunity to express his thanks: "We would like to thank our owners who are enabling our strategic growth development through their forward-looking decisions, as well as our customers who have supported us on this path and...

2020 Sustainability targets

Constellium has reported an increase in used beverage cans recycling rate following the installation of a new furnace at its facility in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, US. The company in its recently released 2016 Annual Business and Sustainability Performance Report said it adhered to the industry-led objectives and helped Europe to reach about 80% recycling rate target set for 2020. Commenting on the progress Chairman of Constellium’s Sustainability Council and President of Constellium’s Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products business unit Arnaud Jouron said, “At...

ARABAL 2017

Sohar Aluminium, organisers of the 21st Arab International Aluminium Conference & Exhibition (ARABAL) has announced full details of the agenda for the event. The event will feature a distinguished and high-powered cadre of international industry leaders who will make up the keynote panel, informing and inspiring ARABAL 2017 attendees with their expert industry insights.  The organisers have indicated that the ARABAL 2017 Call for Papers will close on 30th June and urge interested parties to submit their abstracts for consideration. For full details of the ARABAL 2017...

EGA robotics competition

Emirates Global Aluminium has announced Al Robot, a robotics competition that challenges students at universities and higher education institutions in the UAE to create a robot to tackle a real life challenge at EGA’s aluminium smelters.   The competition asks university students to design, build and operate an autonomous robot capable of laying the brickwork lining of pots in which aluminium is smelted. This challenging work is currently done by hand.   EGA already works closely with academics to turn the latest scientific thinking into practical technology for...