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Mecfor unveils AGV

Mecfor proudly unveiled one of its most innovative projects to date, the AGV TEAM: the first automated guided vehicle designed and made in North America and destined specifically for the worldwide primary aluminium production industry. A remarkable achievement, the vehicle is able to manoeuvre in completely autonomous fashion within complex environments posing numerous challenges, such as strong magnetic fields, dust, wide temperature variations and constant interactions with workers and other equipment. “With this technological investment, Mecfor is positioning itself for...

ALFED: Update

House of Lords lunch shows rising influence of aluminium. On the 12th July, The UK Aluminium Federation (ALFED) held its annual lunch at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Paul of Marylebone.  It was a fruitful and honest discussion of key issues facing the industry, with lots of opportunity for members to ask questions of the parliamentarians and civil servants. And there was a bit of additional drama as the MPs hurried from the chamber with their fresh copies of the Brexit white paper – it was interesting hearing their immediate impressions. Here are the key takeaways...

ERG aluminium plans

Eurasian Resources Group has reiterated its commitment to strengthen its aluminium business with a number of new initiatives including the development of a joint venture to roll out aluminium poles, the introduction of hydropower as a means of producing “green” aluminium, and the manufacturing of 3D-printing powders. Given current manufacturing volumes and trends, the Group envisages that it will soon be able to use all alumina produced by ERG for its own aluminium production in Kazakhstan.  The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev,...

First shipment: Bel Air

Alufer Mining Limited has announced that production has commenced at the Bel Air bauxite mine in Guinea and the company has achieved First Ore on Ship on schedule, on budget and with zero lost time injuries. Surface mining started at the end of June 2018 and material was stockpiled in advance of commissioning on the 3rd August 2018. Having successfully transitioned from Construction into Operations the team will now focus on ramping up to steady state production of 5.5 million tonnes per annum. Having raised US$205m in December 2016, the Construction Phase commenced in January 2017...

Water in a can

Tesco is the first supermarket to sell water in cans rather than plastic bottles. The retailer is now offering spring water in 500ml aluminium cans at its 700 stores under the CanO Water brand, which started two years ago in London.  “Aluminium cans have the highest recycling rate of any product out there and a recycled can could be back on the shelf as another one in just 60 days,” says CanO Water co-founder Ariel Booker. He hopes that his cans will rival industry giants, while their minimal design and cult social media following will attract a younger...

EGA Sustainability Report

Emirates Global Aluminium has launched its 2017 sustainability report detailing the organisation’s values, commitments, aspirations and achievements in environmental, social and economic performance. EGA aspires to be measured amongst the world’s leading metals and mining companies in meeting its environmental and social responsibilities. EGA’s sustainability report charts the company’s performance in areas including emissions, safety, technological innovation, community engagement, waste and effluent management and social responsibility. The disclosures...

Ardagh: Steel to Alu

Ardagh Group has recently completed the conversion of its Rugby (UK) beverage can manufacturing plant from steel to aluminium. “The conversion of the Rugby plant has further enhanced Ardagh’s manufacturing footprint. Operating two highly-efficient aluminium beverage can plants in the UK, at Wrexham and Rugby, supported by our recent investment in our Deeside ends plant, positions Ardagh to offer leading beverage customers greater choice and flexibility in future,” says Oliver Graham, CEO Ardagh Metal Beverage.”

EGA: Safety incident

An investigation has been launched after two workers died during routine maintenance operation at Emirates Global Aluminium site in Dubai. EGA said in a statement that its emergency response procedures were activated, and the relevant authorities in Dubai were notified and have been providing support at Jebel Ali. The company said the men were working at an industrial furnace, which was shut down for routine maintenance and was not operational at the time. A team of EGA specialists is currently investigating the incident to understand the factors involved, EGA added. "EGA is...

Century hiring

According to reports, Century Aluminum in South Carolina is hiring workers again even though it is operating at half of its capacity. The plant has resumed hiring after President Trump imposed tariffs on foreign aluminium imports. Century president and CEO Mike Bless told analysts during a recent conference call that the tariffs are having their intended effect, allowing American industry to reinvest for long-term competitiveness. Century this month reported a 21 percent increase in sales for the second quarter. Full-year production is expected to be up more than 60 percent over...

Danieli secures data

Danieli has announced that it will utilise cybersecurity blockchain solutions to secure data on its networks. The move is likely to set precedent for other large corporations looking to deploy cybersecurity blockchain solutions to defend against new cyber threats.   Established more than one century ago, Danieli is the top three provider of equipment and plants to the metal industry worldwide, achieving revenues of €2.49bn in 2016/17 and employing 10,000 people worldwide.   Danieli has signed a partnership with cybersecurity start-up Naoris. Following an initial...