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Alu I want for Christmas…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas – outside in the shopping windows and especially in the supermarkets where glittery chocolate Santa Clauses and other figures are lined up on the shelf. Over 150 million Santa Clauses are produced annually for the season in Europe alone – most of them in Germany but also other countries like Austria. Compared to 2016 that is an increase of about 1%.  Based on an average size of ​​0.025 square meters per figure, this is more than 3,750,000 square meters, which is roughly 1.8 times the size of the Principality of...

Shipment leaves Amrun

Rio Tinto's Amrun project in Queensland, Australia, has achieved a significant milestone, successfully making the first shipment of bauxite, six weeks ahead of schedule. The US$1.9 billion (A$2.6 billion) investment in Amrun will replace production from the depleting East Weipa mine and increase annual bauxite exports by around 10 million tonnes. Amrun is expected to reach a full production rate of 22.8 million tonnes a year during 2019. Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said "Bringing Amrun online further strengthens our position as a leading supplier in the...

New 2050 climate strategy

European Aluminium welcomes the European Commission’s new plans to secure a long-term decarbonised economy by 2050. “Irrespective of the scenarios you can choose, there will be the need to embrace strong sustainability programmes and redefine business models. Our industry is working for many years to put efficiencies, incremental and breakthrough innovation in action. There is no choice but to enhance the potential of our strategic material and its unique low carbon applications by decarbonising all our processes from primary production to recycling,” said Gerd...

New Constellium facility

Constellium N.V. has announced the opening of its new Automotive Structures facility in Zilina, Slovakia, dedicated to the production of aluminium Crash Management Systems and Body Structure components as it continues to expand its automotive footprint in the Eastern European market. The 5,200 square meter facility in Zilina features advanced technologies for forming, machining, welding and heat-treating aluminium automotive components, along with a state-of-the-art quality lab to ensure products meet customer specifications. By early 2019, the Zilina plant is expected to have 90...

ARABAL 2018

Renowned as the leading aluminium event in the Middle East, the annual ARABAL conference, hosted by Kuwait Industries, took place last week and was officially opened by H.E. Khaled Al-Roudan, Minister of Commerce and Industry. Under the conference theme - Honouring the past; embracing the future, ARABAL 2018 highlighted the success of the last three decades and sought to find sustainable innovations for a greener aluminium industry in the future. ARABAL Chairman Mr Mohammed Al Naki said, “The GCC has been looking for ways to diversify its industry and income and aluminium is...

Nampak ramps up

Nampak is ramping up production of aluminium cans as Africa’s biggest producer of beverage packaging responds to consumers’ global retreat from plastic. The Johannesburg-based company is also putting greater emphasis on cardboard cartons and developing a type of renewable plastic lid made from sugarcane, chief executive officer Andre de Ruyter said in a phone interview. That’s due to a growing concern about the impact of plastic on the environment, particularly on items such as single-use straws. "Consumer sentiment against plastic packaging that cannot be...

Bel Air Mine ramp up

Alufer Mining Limited is pleased to announce that its first Capesize shipment of bauxite totalling 203,009 metric tonnes has safely arrived in Qingdao port in China. It will be delivered to Chalco Shandong part of Chalco Group: a major State Owed Enterprise and China’s largest alumina and primary aluminium producer.  The operational ramp-up phase at the Bel Air project in Guinea is progressing well and mining is on track to produce 5.5 million tonnes in 2019. Over 750,000 tonnes have successfully been loaded and are on route to other customers. Bernie Pryor, CEO,...

Responsible, what else?

Nespresso will become the first company to use responsibly-sourced aluminium, supplied by Rio Tinto, to produce its coffee capsules. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together with Nespresso’s capsule manufacturers to fulfil a commitment of sourcing 100 per cent sustainable aluminium by 2020, allowing customers to enjoy their coffee knowing it is packaged in responsibly produced material. The use of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certified Aluminium is an important milestone towards reducing the impact that the world’s second...

Liberty seals Dunkerque bid

British-owned Liberty, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s global GFG Alliance, has announced today that it has entered into a committed financing agreement with a syndicate of major international banks for the purchase of Aluminium Dunkerque, Europe’s largest aluminium smelter from Rio Tinto. The term loan secured on standard financial terms, provides five year committed funds. This now clears the way for the eagerly-anticipated deal on the 560-worker site to be formally completed before the end of November following the completion of closing mechanics. The announcement follows...