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US Tariffs on allies

The USA has decided to go ahead with 25% tariffs on imported steel and aluminium from its key allies – namely the European Union, Mexico and Canada. The news hasn't gone down well with the UK or the European Union. According to reports, the 25% tax on steel and 10% tax on aluminium from the EU, Mexico and Canada will start at midnight. On hearing the news, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said it was a bad day for world trade, while the UK is said to be deeply disappointed.  Bruno Le Maire, the French finance minister said it was…

IAI New Chair

Gervais Jacques, Managing Director - Atlantic, at Rio Tinto Aluminium, has been appointed Chair of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), at the 93rd meeting of its Board of Directors in Hong Kong. Jacques has over 25 years experience across all facets of Rio Tinto's aluminium operations. Prior to his current role, Jacques was Chief Commercial Officer - Rio Tinto Alcan, responsible for all the commercial and marketing activities worldwide for bauxite, alumina and aluminium. As IAI Chair he succeeds Hilde Merete Aasheim, Executive Vice President of Hydro's Aluminium...

Alliance Winners

Europe’s leading car manufacturers, including Daimler, Volvo, Opel, Toyota, Volkswagen and CRF – the Research Center of FCA, together with the rest of ALLIANCE have announced the winners of the Lightweight Open Innovation Challenge (LOIC), which aims to reduce vehicle energy consumption and carbon emissions through innovative and affordable solutions to reducing the weight of cars.  The four winners: F.Tech from Japan/Germany - with a manufacturing technology for complex stamping of high strength steels -, Imperial College London from the UK - with a manufacturing...

Cast metal landmark

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), has surpassed the 30 million tonnes mark in cast metal produced. The aluminium EGA is producing is a key component in helping to make modern life possible through its use in construction, the automotive industry, electronics and other vital everyday essentials. In 2017 EGA experienced a record production of 2.6 million tonnes of cast metal, exceeding 2016’s 2.5 million tonnes and made EGA the third largest producer of primary aluminium outside China. This has been a sustained increase which started at 135,000 tonnes per year when production...

GFG Alliance wins bid

British group, Liberty Engineering, owned by industrialist Sanjeev Gupta has won its bid to secure the last remaining French manufacturer of aluminium wheels, AR Industries (ARI) and the hundreds of jobs that depend on it. Today’s ruling by the court of administration in Orleans, in the French region of Centre-Val de Loire, means that Liberty – part of the GFG Alliance - can now put in place a comprehensive three-year recovery plan for the ARI site at Châteauroux including investments in advanced manufacturing equipment, improvements in safety and quality...

Harsco acquires ALTEK

ALTEK is pleased to announce that the Harsco Corporation (NYSE: HSC) has completed the acquisition of ALTEK Group, consisting of their UK operation ALTEK Europe Ltd., their US operation ALTEK LLC and Inductelec Ltd, their subsidiary Induction technology company. The acquisition of ALTEK by Harsco is driven by a strategic move to grow their environmental solutions business and expand their capabilities in industrial waste management services.  The cost-efficient recovery of metal and other value, and environmentally-safe solutions for residual waste materials are increasingly...

Novelis breaks ground

Novelis Inc., yesterday hosted community members, federal, state and local officials to break ground on its $300 million automotive aluminium sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky. Representatives from Novelis were joined by Senator Rand Paul, Congressman James Comer, Governor Matt Bevin and Senator Mitch McConnell’s staff to recognise the investment of a 400,000 square foot facility that will create approximately 125 jobs and produce annual nameplate capacity of 200,000 metric tons. Novelis will begin producing automotive aluminium at the site in 2020. “The...

Bauxite & Alumina Head

Hydro has appointed John Thuestad as new Executive Vice President for the business area Bauxite & Alumina effective June 1.  Thuestad has more than 30 years of international experience from the metal and mining industry. “I am pleased that John Thuestad has accepted the position as new head of Bauxite & Alumina. Brazil has been of major strategic importance for Hydro since the acquisition of Vale’s aluminum assets in 2011,” says Hydro President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg. “Pará has a unique position in the global aluminium...

Carbon-free smelting

Rio Tinto and Alcoa Corporation have announced a revolutionary process to make aluminium that produces oxygen and eliminates all direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process. Executives of Rio Tinto, Alcoa and Apple were joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier of Québec Philippe Couillard for the announcement, which signals the most significant innovation in the aluminium industry in more than a century. To advance larger scale development and commercialisation of the new process, Alcoa and Rio Tinto are forming Elysis, a joint...