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Recycling report

A new report by Nespresso on consumer attitudes to recycling has been released to identify opportunities to close the gap between official and self-reported recycling rates. The results found that despite 98% of Brits having high intentions to recycle and 70% claiming to recycle every day, official statistics highlight a gap between intention and reality with only 44% of waste being recycled across the UK. In order to help consumers to meet their aspirational goals, it’s important to look at what can be done to help increase recycling rates. The report identified consumer...

Alu is key in auto

International business leaders, engineering experts and academics from the automotive industry and complete aluminium value chain will be converging in Shanghai in July for Aluminium China 2017, to share the latest developments in lightweight automotive design and manufacturing.  Aluminium is increasingly seen as playing a key role in minimising overall weight while ensuring strength and safety for a new generation of lightweight vehicles. And the global auto industry has a lot to gain, including the enhancement of power, reduction in fuel consumption and the mitigation of air...

EGA company of the year

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has been named aluminium company of the year at the Platts Global Metals awards. The awards ceremony took place in London and brought together the global metals industry. EGA was recognised as ‘Industry Leader – Aluminium’. Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at EGA, said: “It is pleasing to be recognised by our peers in this way. This award is for each of our 7,000 people whose work over decades has made EGA the industry...

Ultra-light car parts

Researchers at Brunel University London are developing a new generation of ultra-light car parts that will reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions.   The three-year, £7.5m project is a partnership driven by Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Jaguar Land Rover and others.   Liquid metal engineering experts will work on it from Brunel’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC) at its Uxbridge campus in West London.   The aim is to perfect incredibly light, thin-walled aluminium die-cast...

New Constellium plant

Constellium N.V. has announced the grand opening of its new plant in White, Georgia, dedicated to the production of advanced aluminium automotive structural components and crash management systems.  The 135,000 sq. ft. facility is strategically located to supply automakers in the Southeast U.S. and may be expanded to 220,000 sq. ft. to meet customers’ supply needs in the future. Constellium expects to have 150 employees in White, Georgia, by 2019. “I am very pleased to be in Georgia today to celebrate the opening of this new plant, its state-of-the art...

Kobe Steel & Novelis JV

Kobe Steel, Ltd. and Novelis Korea Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Novelis Inc., have entered into a definitive agreement to establish a joint venture in South Korea that will produce aluminium sheet products.   Kobe Steel plans to acquire 50 percent of the Ulsan Plant of Novelis Korea, for US$315 million (about 35 billion yen). The joint venture, to be named Ulsan Aluminum, Ltd., is anticipated to be established at the end of September 2017, when the deal is expected to close.   The joint venture will undertake production, with each parent company responsible...

New ALFED President

The Aluminium Federation (ALFED), the trade body of the UK’s aluminium sector, has announced the appointment of a new President. Giles Ashmead, managing director of Powdertech (Corby) Ltd, was previously Vice-President of the Aluminium Federation, and succeeds Adrian Platt. Powdertech is one of the UK’s leading metal finishing companies, focusing on the construction, automotive and rail sectors. The company has been involved in many headline construction projects such as the Shard, the ‘Cheesegrater’ and St Pancras Station, and coats components for JLR and...

EAFA Website

The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) has upgraded its website to improve navigation and give it a contemporary look and feel. It takes into account the greatly enhanced content, which has been added over the last six years and aims to help users find the answers they seek quickly and easily.   The main aim is to provide information in a far more attractive and visual way, leading quickly to the content required. But the Association wishes to retain all the existing popular elements, such as market information, the latest news on sustainability and its very dynamic...

China Trade Taskforce

On Wednesday, May 3 2017, China Trade Task Force (CTTF), a multinational campaign group, visited London to rally transnational support to call for an end to Chinese illegal aluminium subsidies that are leading to job losses across Europe and the United States. CTTF is urging more European and UK stakeholders to join the fight and are calling on the European Union and the UK government to press the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to take urgent and decisive action. Since China’s entry to the WTO, the number of primary aluminium smelters in the EU has declined by over 38% and...