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FAF 2019 announcement

Quartz Business Media and ICSOBA announce partnership at 2019 Future Aluminium Forum Quartz Business Media and the International Committee for the Study of Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium (ICSOBA) have identified a framework for cooperation at the next Future Aluminium Forum. This framework, captured under an MOU, will encourage cooperation in order to streamline efficiency and create an environment open to innovation, ultimately to stimulate economic activities along the aluminium value chain. The main objective of ICSOBA is to promote the exchange of ideas and results of the...

ISAL acquisition ended

Hydro and Rio Tinto have signed an agreement to end the acquisition process for Rio Tinto's Icelandic aluminium plant ISAL, including its interests in Dutch anode facility Aluchemie and Swedish aluminium fluoride plant Alufluor. In February 2018, Hydro made a binding offer to acquire Rio Tinto's Icelandic aluminium plant Rio Tinto Iceland Ltd ("ISAL"), its 53% share in Dutch anode facility Aluminium & Chemie Rotterdam B.V. ("Aluchemie"), and 50% of the shares in Swedish aluminium fluoride plant Alufluor AB ("Alufluor") for an enterprise...

Alba staff training complete

A group of Aluminium Bahrain engineers have completed more than a year of on-the-job training at Emirates Global Aluminium’s sites in the United Arab Emirates, ahead of the start-up of Alba’s new Reduction Line 6 which has been built with EGA technology. Some 21 Alba staff participated in the training which took place in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai and was designed to give them experience with the newly installed technology. EGA licensed its DX+ Ultra technology to Alba in 2016 for use in the Bahraini company’s new aluminium production The deal was the first time a...

Alunorte agreement

Alunorte signed two agreements representing a milestone to resume normal operations at the alumina refinery in Pará, Brazil. Alunorte has operated at 50% capacity since March. The agreements include a technical Term of Adjusted Conduct (TAC) signed between Alunorte - Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A, Norsk Hydro do Brasil Ltda, the Ministério Público Federal (MPF), the Pará State Ministério Público (MPPA), the State Government of Pará, represented by the Secretariat of State of Environment and Sustainability (SEMAS). In addition, a...

EGA: Caustic soda shipment

Emirates Global Aluminium has received the first shipment of caustic soda for its under-construction Al Taweelah alumina refinery.  Caustic soda and bauxite are the two most important raw materials in alumina refining. Stocks of these materials are initially required for the carefully-planned sequential commissioning of Al Taweelah alumina refinery.   Commissioning is the process of testing and starting-up individual pieces of equipment and sections of a new plant. EGA began importing bauxite in June. EGA has also begun stockpiling hydrate, another raw material required...

STAS acquires technologies

STAS is pleased to announce the purchase of technologies from o.d.t. Engineering PTY. LTD finalised in April 2018.  O.d.t. Engineering is an Australian company specialised in the design and supply of casting and material handling equipment and production consumables for aluminium and magnesium casthouse. The company enjoys an enviable reputation for design innovation, efficiency and quality fabrication and is, like STAS, a family-owned company. Since the late 1980’s, STAS’s mission is to partner with its customers from the aluminium industry to help them achieve...

Constellium: Smart Lab

Constellium Valais and the Haute École d’Ingénierie of HES-SO Valais-Wallis have joined forces to create the first industrial and academic lab for applied research and development in Valais, Switzerland. Digitalisation is a challenge for all manufacturing companies today. For Constellium Valais and the Haute École d’Ingénierie HES-SO Valais-Wallis, it was natural to join forces and gather competencies around digitalisation concepts to further master industrial processes. This partnership includes the creation of a “Smart Process...

Lightweighting day

On September 20th, ALLIANCE (Affordable Lightweight Automobiles Alliance) will host the ALLIANCE Future Lightweighting Day, following the Aachen Body Engineering Days. The ALLIANCE Future Lightweighting Day is an all-day event dedicated to materials and manufacturing innovations in the field of automotive lightweighting. The event will include presentations from the four winners of the ALLIANCE Lightweight Open Innovation Challenge: F.Tech from Japan/Germany (with a manufacturing technology for complex stamping of high strength steels), Imperial College London from the UK (with a...