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Alumina investment

Rio Tinto says it is investing $250 million in its Vaudreuil alumina refinery in Quebec to extend the life of the operation past 2022. The company says work on the refinery, located in the Saguenay region of the province, will include construction of a filtration plant and optimisation at a site to manage bauxite residue. Rio Tinto says it's also looking to identify ways of getting value out of the residue, which in general is mostly made up of iron oxide, titanium dioxide, silicon oxide, and undissolved alumina. The company says the Vaudreuil refinery, built in 1936, supports...

ALLIANCE project update

The ALLIANCE project in collaboration with INNOGET is offering an exclusive opportunity for INNOGET users to submit their lightweight innovations to the ALLIANCE project technology call.  The successful submission will be fast-tracked to the validation phase of the ALLIANCE Lightweight Open Innovation Challenge. Large and small companies, research centres, universities, and even individuals with innovative lightweighting technologies, are invited to submit their ideas, co-develop them with the ALLIANCE OEMs, suppliers, and knowledge partners, and shape the vehicles...

UC Rusal appointment

UC Rusal is pleased to announce the creation of a new Downstream Division in the company's organisational structure. Andrey Donets has been appointed Head of the new division, whose main tasks will include developing value added production and bringing this business of the company to a whole new level.   The Downstream Division includes the foil, packaging, and wheels production facilities of the company.   Vladislav Soloviev, CEO of RUSAL, commented: “The strategy that RUSAL is implementing to increase the share of value added products in total output and the...

Mecfor poised for growth

Benefiting from a major investment by its new Canadian financial partner—SeaFort Capital—and from a strong and unchanged management team, the Quebec-based company has become independent and now wants to double its revenues. Mecfor is committed to a development plan focused on mergers and acquisitions in the primary and secondary aluminium sector, innovation and diversification towards rail maintenance equipment and the nuclear sector. "We are pleased to announce this historic transaction, which gives Mecfor a new financial partner, providing access to capital and...

First sealed cathode

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), has announced that its Line 6 Smelter achieved a significant milestone - the First Cathode Sealing Operation - on Wednesday January 31, 2018.   The first cathode is an integral part of the pot lining activities for the new Line 6 pots based on the Dubal DX Ultra Technology that is being employed at the Line 6 Smelter.   Commenting on this achievement, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said: “We are very much pleased with the overall progress we have made on Line 6 Smelter. The focused-approach adopted by our...

New GLAFRI President

The Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI), concluded its recent General Assembly by announcing the election of Göksal Güngör as its new President with immediate effect. This follows Oliver Hommel stepping down from his role as he left the aluminium foil industry. Mr Güngör, General Manager of Assan Alüminyum, previously served as one of the three Vice-Presidents.   Upon his appointment, Mr Güngör thanked his predecessor for his excellent past service and said, “I am very honoured to take over the role as the next...

Sohar resumes production

Sohar Aluminium successfully resumed full operations in record time after an unexpected disruption in its normal operations, which led to the complete shutdown of its Potline on August 4th, 2017. The entire plant was involved in the recovery efforts to ensure the fastest return to full production, while sustaining excellent safety standards. The recovery process was recognised as an important accomplishment within the Aluminium industry. Sohar Aluminium pays tribute for this great success to all its employees and contractors for their resilience, determination, and their...

Holton Crest development

Holton Crest Ltd has embarked on an ambitious development programme to drive continuous improvements in extrusion processes and lead the technological revolution to bring next generation CRE applications to market. By investing in the best technology, talent and engineering skills in partnership with some of the world’s leading producers and institutions, Holton Crest has already seen huge success with many different machine configurations being installed all over the World. At wire 2018, Holton Crest will be showcasing these different machine configurations, along with the...