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ALFED opinion

The Aluminium Federation, which represents the UK’s aluminium sector, has welcomed the announcement that the European Union and six other countries will be exempt from steel and aluminium tariffs recently announced by President Trump. “The exemption of the EU, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea from these measures, which come into effect today, is good news”, said Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead. “However, this exemption is only temporary, and European markets are still vulnerable to flows of diverted aluminium product...

Aluminium foil update

Strong demand from overseas aluminium foil markets in the final quarter of 2017 saw aluminium foil deliveries from European foil rollers reach a new record tonnage for the full year, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).  Overall deliveries for the full twelve-month period were at 886,300t (2016: 874,900t), even higher than pre-crisis levels for the second year running. Thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils added 1.8% year on year, while thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and...

Mechatherm signs contract

According to reports, Mechatherm International has created 20 jobs after securing a £25 million order from Bahrain, with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT). The new contract is to supply and maintain a series of furnaces with one of the largest aluminium producers in the Middle East. It also intends to open its first office in Dubai later in 2018 to bolster its presence in the Middle East.

New MD at Aumund

On 1st March 2018 Reiner Furthmann took on the position of Managing Director Technology at AUMUND Fördertechnik GmbH in Rheinberg, Germany.  His main responsibilities are Research & Development, Design & Engineering, Quality Assurance, Production, Materials Management / Purchasing. Reiner Furthmann has been developing his career with AUMUND since joining in 1984, and he has progressed into this role from the position of Technical Director.   

ARABAL 2018 announced

Kuwait Industries Co. Holding are the proud host of the 22nd ARABAL in its 35th year. Since it’s inauguration in Kuwait in 1983, ARABAL has become an event of international repute, bringing together industry leaders from around the world to discuss current issues in the aluminium sector whilst also exploring investment opportunities in the region. The event takes place on 11th - 13th November, 2018 in Kuwait City and will comprise a strategic conference focusing on the current industry prospects and challenges, an international exhibition, workshops and networking...

Fata SpA update

After 38 successful years in the ferrous and non-ferrous industries, Mr. Anthony Tropeano has decided to retire and resigned as CEO of FATA SpA in January 2018. Mr. Tropeano joined FATA in 1994, and since then he held a number of executive positions within the company. For many years he successfully led FATA’s  two operating divisions, FATA Hunter (world leader in engineering and equipment manufacturing for the  aluminium flat rolled product industries) and FATA EPC (supplier of complete plants on a LSTK-EPC basis), as Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed Chief...

Hydro: Alunorte review

Hydro’s CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg has appointed CFO Eivind Kallevik as interim head of Bauxite & Alumina with immediate effect, replacing Silvio Porto, in response to the challenging situation at the Alunorte alumina refinery that is currently operating at 50 percent capacity.  Kallevik will at the same time remain in his position as CFO. Brandtzæg will further commission an independent review of Alunorte by an internationally renowned environmental consultancy, and announced measures to assist local communities in Barcarena, and established a project...