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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...

Rio Tinto: ASI certified

The certification means Rio Tinto will be the only company selling aluminium that customers can be assured has been produced to the highest environmental, social and governance standards, placing Rio Tinto at a competitive advantage. The certification reinforces Rio Tinto’s commitment to responsible mining and metals production by providing independent verification that material can be traced through a ‘chain of custody’ spanning Rio Tinto’s Gove bauxite mine in Australia to its alumina refinery, aluminium smelters and casthouses in Quebec, Canada. Rio Tinto...

Novelis to acquire Aleris

Novelis has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aleris Corporation, a global supplier of rolled aluminium products. “Acquiring Aleris is the right opportunity at the right time as they are set for transformational growth. The significant investments they’ve made in the high-demand, high-value aerospace and automotive segments have resulted in favorable long-term, global contracts. These investments, coupled with a diverse and talented workforce, will add tremendous value to our organization and allow us to deliver the highest quality innovative aluminum solutions...

The future of mining

The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) and GE today signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities to deploy GE’s industry leading digital solutions across Ma’aden’s diverse mining operations, including sites focused on gold, copper, aluminium, and phosphate.  GE will provide Ma’aden with digital transformation advisory and applications, as well as leadership and training opportunities for Ma’aden’s employees across the Kingdom. To maintain its world leading competitive position across a number of...

Rio Tinto Chicago Office

Rio Tinto has marked a key milestone in the company’s operations in the United States with the opening of a new commercial office in Chicago, Illinois.   Chicago has long been one of the world’s historic commodity hubs. The new Rio Tinto office will allow for expanded engagement and provide opportunities for partnerships with new and existing customers. Around 70 roles will be centralised into the new office.  Chief commercial officer Simon Trott said, “The US is one of the largest markets globally for Rio Tinto’s products. Opening a commercial...