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Can recycling at 74%

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland increased by 0.7% to a new record level of 73.6% in 2015. This is well above the recently approved new EU 2025 recycling target of 65% for all packaging. On the whole European continent (including other East-European countries, Russia and Turkey) more than 32 billion cans have been recycled. This means that every second at least 1000 aluminium beverage cans are being recycled somewhere in Europe! Their metal stays in the European circular economy and remains available for...

New metals centre

The car makers and aerospace manufacturers in the UK, and worldwide, are set to benefit from revolutionary new metal processing and casting techniques with the opening of the Advanced Metal Processing Centre at Brunel University London.   The new centre provides a massive boost for manufacturers to work with Brunel on large-scale research and development activity, enabling innovations – such as novel structures for lightweight car parts – to make the leap from the lab to full-scale industrial trials.   The AMPC, which was officially opened at the Brunel Centre...

RUSAL shipping bauxite

UC RUSAL has announced the completion of the first stage of development of the Dian-Dian bauxite deposit in Guinea and the commencement of ore export shipments.   During this first stage, RUSAL has commissioned a mine with an annual capacity of 3 million tonnes of bauxite and has built the entire associated infrastructure to serve the mine (in particular, roads and a railway line) for the transportation and storage of ore. The opening ceremony was attended by the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, the Russian Ambassador to Guinea, Alexander Bregadze, as well as the management...

Backlash on tariffs

The EU, Canada and Mexico have announced retaliatory tariffs in response to the 10% import tariff recently put in place by the White House. In particular, the EU will impose tariffs on US imports ranging from Harley-Davidson motorbikes to jeans from next month in retaliation over Donald Trump’s decision to put duties on European aluminium and steel. The EU has also taken a complaint to the WTO. Should the case still be ongoing after three years, the EU plans to impose further tariffs of €3.6bn on US products.

ASI certifies foil roller

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced the third certification issued against its newly launched standards for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. ASI Certification of the Constantia Teich facility signifies that Constantia Flexibles’ practices meet the industry’s highest standards. Constantia Teich is the largest company within the European flexible packaging industry and in 2017, their team of 960 people produced 1.1 billion square metres of aluminium foils and 67,000 tonnes of packaging foils. Constantia Flexibles is a...

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…