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Aludium releases 55AT™

The alloy was developed by the company’s inhouse Cindal R&D centre as a high quality and cost-effective alternative to the industry standard 5505. The new alloy offers clear cost and productivity advantages for solid, metal trim parts. 55AT™ has been developed by Aludium for exterior automotive trim applications which require the highest quality bright finish. These include window frames, roof rails, sunroof trim, roof racks, B- and C-pillar decoration, and other exterior decorative parts of premium vehicles. Higher yield enhances cost-effectiveness For exterior...

AEC appointment

R. Scott Kelley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Service Center Metals in Prince George, VA, was elected to serve as Chairman of the Aluminum Extruders Council.  Mr Kelley has been a member of the AEC Board of Directors since 2013 when he served as an Independent Extruder Director until he was elected to the Executive Committee in 2016 as Vice Chairman of the Council. Mr Kelley has more than 32 years of sales and operations experience in the aluminium industry. Prior to founding Service Center Metals in 2001, Mr. Kelley served as National Sales Manager for Kaiser...

Alu recycling rate

As aluminium drinks cans hit 72% recycling rate, data shows that almost 100% is recycled within Europe. Whilst we are consumed by the issues of packaging pollution and concerns about where our recycling ends up, there is some good news.  The recycling rate for aluminium drinks cans continues to increase year on year, hitting 72% in 2017 (up from 70% in 2016), whilst the national recycling rate for all aluminium packaging reached 51% (up from 50% in 2016). According to packaging waste recovery data, recently released by the Environment Agency, aluminium packaging easily...

First ASI certification

An alumina refinery, five aluminium smelters and associated casting, recycling, waste management and infrastructure facilities in Canada, owned and operated by Rio Tinto, are the first operations to be certified against ASI’s ground-breaking Performance Standard for environmental, social and governance performance. In addition, Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine in Gove, Australia, is the first mine to receive ASI Performance Standard certification and the second ASI Certification issued.  Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced the world’s first...

Join the ‘Recycle Race’

The cross-European drinks can recycling awareness programme Every Can Counts is inviting cycling fans to join in the ‘Recycle Race’ activity and make Every Can Count whilst cheering on elite cyclists from Trek-Drops team at the next major cycling race: the Amstel Gold Race on 13 April in Valkenburg, the Netherlands. Last Sunday the Every Can Counts team welcomed and engaged with hundreds of visitors at its booth located right after the finish line of the Tour of Flanders in Oudenaarde, Belgium. Spectators could combine their cycling and recycling skills in ‘The...

Extrusion acquisition

Norsk Hydro’s acquisition of Arconic’s two extrusion plants in Brazil has been completed, strengthening Hydro’s downstream position in Brazil and creating a solid platform for further growth. The two extrusion plants in Utinga and Tubarão in southern Brazil have more than 600 employees in total, one casthouse, seven extrusion presses ranging from 7 to 14 inches, and value-added capabilities. The transaction is in line with Hydro’s strategy of selected growth within its business area Extruded Solutions, and will strengthen Hydro’s downstream...