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MYTILINEOS S.A. acquisition

MYTILINEOS S.A. has announced the agreement for the acquisition of a 97.87% stake in EP.AL.ME. S.A., a company that operates in industrial production, processing and trading of metals, mostly aluminium alloys and derivative products. Through this acquisition, MYTILINEOS S.A.: • Substantially strengthens its Metallurgy Business Unit  • Directly increases the production of aluminium billets (raw material for extrusion units producing aluminium profiles) from 120,000 to 155,000 metric tons, increasing its total production capacity, with prospects to reach total capacity...

Alcoa: Plant closures

According to reports, Alcoa is to close two of its three aluminium plants in Spain with a combined annual production of 180,000 tonnes. The closures will result in approximately 700 job losses. The Aviles and La Coruna plants were two of the least productive due to intrinsic structural problems such as inefficient technology and high fixed costs, Alcoa said in a statement. “Those problems, together with external market factors such as overproduction in China, high raw material prices and energy costs, have generated significant losses in these two plants in the last two...

Remelt operations expand

Hydro and its joint-venture partner PENTA have made a joint investment decision to expand operations at the Slovalco plant in Slovakia, enabling the plant to produce both primary aluminium and serve as a remelter for conversion scrap from extrusion plants in Central Europe. The Slovalco plant is located at the heart of a growing aluminium market, and the new remelter facility attached to the existing plant will be able to serve extrusion plants in Slovakia and neighboring countries by converting their process scrap to aluminium products. Hilde Merete Aasheim, Head of Primary...

Robert V Neher Award winner

At a special award ceremony held at the ALUMINIUM 2018 exhibition in Düsseldorf, the first ever winner of the Robert V Neher Award, a global academic competition for foil research and development, was announced.  Hiroyuki Nishikawa and Yoshiki Hashizume were presented with a cheque for €10,000 for the award-winning work: Development of super water-repellent material TOYAL LOTUS®. The winning submission detailed the development of a novel aluminium foil lidding material for yogurt packs that eliminates packed products sticking to the inner side of the lid. TOYAL...

Alu outlook is positive

European Aluminium confirms positive market outlook despite trade challenges. At ALUMINIUM 2018, Europe’s leading aluminium trade fair, European Aluminium confirmed that the outlook for the European aluminium market is positive. Overall, the industry shows positive numbers for semi-fabricated products driven by the strong demand in the transport sector, and a good performance in the building and construction, packaging and machinery sectors. European primary production, however, is experiencing temporary clouds due to trade challenges including the U.S. tariffs on aluminium,...

Lorin announcement

Lorin Industries, Inc. has announced the superior physical characteristics of coil anodised aluminium, providing greater durability and aesthetics than other metal products.  The coil anodising process pioneered by Lorin protects aluminium from oxidation, scratching, and other hazards far better than natural oxidising, and offers far greater protection than is available for other metals. While aluminium creates its own protective oxide layer naturally, coil anodising is an electro-chemical process that grows the aluminium oxide layer from the base aluminium, bonding it to the...

Alunorte at half capacity

The Alunorte alumina refinery has on October 8 agreed with the environmental agency of the state of Pará, SEMAS, to resume production at 50 percent capacity under SEMAS’ supervision. This follows the exceptional authorisation by federal environmental agency IBAMA late on Friday to utilise the state-of-the-art press filter technology to process bauxite residues. Alunorte is expected to be able to ramp up to 50 percent production within two weeks. “With firm documentation verifying the integrity of our bauxite residue disposal system when based on our press filter,...

Downstream certification

Audi AG is the first downstream user of aluminium to be certified against ASI’s Performance Standard, with a focus on the material stewardship of aluminium components for and assembling of high-voltage batteries C-BEV for the Audi e-tron at their Neckarsulm, Györ and Brussels manufacturing sites. Batteries are a critical technology for the rapidly growing electric vehicles market from a sustainability perspective: their performance determines the car’s range and they can be re-used in stationary applications, then finally recycled after their life as a vehicle...