AFRC forms new partnership with Japanese manufacturing giant

Mitsubishi Materials Group, one of the world’s leading cutting tools suppliers, has signed up to be the latest member of the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
The AFRC will act as a test facility for the development of new products and manufacturing processes, which will be used to produce metal components for use in a range of industries – including oil and gas, aerospace and automotive.
The partnership will also give Mitsubishi greater access to the...

First Lightweight Technologies Forum in Düsseldorf to take place at ALUMINIUM and COMPOSITES EUROPE

Be it automotive engineering, aerospace or construction – advancements in lightweight material systems will increasingly transcend individual groups of materials. 

The new Lightweight Technologies Forum, which will be held in Düsseldorf as part of the ALUMINIUM and COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fairs from 29 November to 1 December 2016, will reflect this trend toward modern multi-material systems. Combining an exhibition and a presentation forum, the event will serve as the cross-material interface between metal and fibre-reinforced composite technologies in structural...

Kobe Steel’s U.S. aluminium extrusion company breaks ground on new plant in Kentucky

Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. (or KPEX) broke ground on its production facility on 9th August in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA, officially marking the start of construction.

Approximately 50 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

A subsidiary of Kobe Steel, Ltd., KPEX will manufacture and sell aluminium bumper beam material and car frame material for the automotive industry in the United States. Fabrication operations will begin in the second half of 2017 and the melting to extrusion processes will begin in the second half of 2018.


LME introduces package of measures to strengthen metals trading

Since its acquisition by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) in 2012, the London Metal Exchange (LME) has been working with its members to evolve the market and strengthen its future success for the benefit of all users.

“The LME remains the cornerstone of HKEX’s global commodity strategy. In addition to these market structure changes, we will continue to expand the LME’s presence in Asia, especially China, through enhancing connectivity with China’s commodities market, continuing to push for LME-certified warehouses in China, and launching a physical...

Novelis results

Novelis has reported net income of $24 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to a net loss of $60 million in the prior year period.

Excluding tax-effected special items, the company reported net income of $33 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, up from $24 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

"Building on the momentum of a strong close to fiscal 2016, the 26 percent increase in Adjusted EBITDA excluding metal price lag reflects our heightened focus on manufacturing operations, driving productivity gains and asset...

Alufoil Trophy China

The Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) has announced the launch of a Chinese version of the Alufoil Trophy competition at ALUMINIUM CHINA.

The new event will recognise excellence in aluminium foil in five different categories.

Alufoil Trophy China will be open to Chinese packaging designers, brand owners, foil rollers, foil converters, foil container manufacturers, closure manufacturers, household foil manufacturers, retailers, and industrial solution providers; including combined entries from any of these disciplines. Packs or applications entered must be...

Fluor awarded bauxite expansion project in Guinea

Fluor Corporation has announced that Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) awarded Fluor an engineering, procurement and construction management contract for the Bauxite Production Expansion Project in Kamsar, Guinea.

Fluor booked the $501 million contract value into backlog in the second quarter of 2016.

The project will expand bauxite production from 14.5 million to 18.5 million tons per year and is the company’s first of a planned three-phase expansion. The scope includes expansion of the mine infrastructure, rail system, port facility and processing plant...

Automotive aluminium recycling rate higher than 90%, new study confirms

New research from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling confirms an overall recycling rate of 91% for automotive aluminium.

The peer-reviewed study, funded by the Aluminum Association, examines how much aluminium used in the United States’ light-duty automotive sector is recovered and recycled from vehicles at end of life. This new study supports findings from earlier third-party government and auto industry reports to confirm aluminium is the most sustainable choice for the environment.

“We set out to...