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Noranda agreement

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (Noranda) has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Gränges AB, under which a subsidiary of Gränges will serve as the "stalking horse" bidder for Noranda's Flat-Rolled Products business in a court-supervised sale process designed to maximise the value of such business. 

The agreement values the Flat-Rolled Products business at $302.5 million, on a debt-free, cash-free basis. If other qualified bids are submitted, the Company will conduct an auction pursuant to section 363 of U.S. Bankruptcy Code.  The...

Alro invests in reducing energy dependency

Alro S.A. has an investment programme of over USD 53 million, for 2016, focused on increasing energy and equipment efficiency and on expanding portfolio, increasing competitiveness and product quality.

"Alro has a constant strategy for reducing energy consumption, in order to preserve the operational efficiency on a highly competitive international market," said Gheorghe Dobra, General Manager of Alro. ”The investments we have made, both in equipment and in research and development have enabled us to achieve one of the highest levels of energy efficiency in the...

30,000th Combilift handed over at CeMAT

Combilift Ltd, the Irish specialist manufacturer of multidirectional forklifts, straddle carriers and other handling solutions for long loads, containers and palletised goods recently celebrated a milestone in the company’s history. 

The 30,000th Combilift to roll off the production lines in Monaghan was officially handed over to its new owner during the CeMAT materials handling and logistics trade fair in Hanover, Germany.  

Managing Director Mr. Arno Sorger accepted the Combilift C14000 model on behalf of Haslinger Stahlbau, one of the major Steel...

Ardagh produces lightest seafood can

Pioneering development work at Ardagh Group’s specialist aluminium can plant in Cuxhaven, north Germany has resulted in the production of the world’s lightest aluminium seafood can.

The shaped seafood can, referred to in the industry as a “dingley”, has been designed with a conical wall thickness of only 0.170 mm, a significant advance over its nearest competitor at 0.215mm. This impressive innovation was achieved by technicians at the Cuxhaven plant supported by Ardagh’s R&D Centre in Crosmieres, France. Together they applied their in-depth...

MetalX appointment

MetalX LLC, Waterloo, Indiana, has announced that auto and aluminium industry veteran Kevin Moore has joined the company, effective immediately.

As a senior marketing executive, Moore will be focused on managing aluminium trading activities for scrap and refined products, hedging and risk management, scrap agency and industrial management programs and corporate strategic planning.

Moore also will continue to provide a full range of consulting services to companies in the metals and mining sector, as his All Raw Material Consulting business will also become a part of the...

Hydro renews metal sales agreement with Sapa JV

Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro ASA’s fully owned subsidiary, Hydro Aluminium AS, has entered into a sales agreement with Sapa AS, owned 50% by Hydro, to supply extrusion ingot under an open-ended agreement starting in 2017.

The agreement covers extrusion ingot in Europe, and replaces the existing contract, which was entered into at the closing of the Sapa Joint venture in 2013, and expires by the end of 2016. The agreement is at market terms, and covers a volume commitment range of 250 to 300kmt, that can be adjusted on a yearly basis.

"Hydro's...

Sapa adds value

Sapa is consolidating its position in the aluminium extrusion sector in France by investing in new value-added services in Le Garric, extending the company’s ability to meet the growing needs of customers.

Sapa opened its new 2,400 square-metre machining workshop at the Le Garric site, north of Albi, on May 20. The workshop provides additional production capacity to expand its machining capabilities and enhance its product line. 

The capacity will allow Sapa to offer more complex parts to current and future customers, says Gilles Le Bouquin, managing director of...

Armagh produces lightest seafood can

Pioneering development work at Ardagh Group’s specialist aluminium can plant in Cuxhaven, north Germany has resulted in the production of the world’s lightest aluminium seafood can.

The shaped seafood can, referred to in the industry as a “dingley”, has been designed with a conical wall thickness of only 0.170 mm, a significant advance over its nearest competitor at 0.215mm. This impressive innovation was achieved by technicians at the Cuxhaven plant supported by Ardagh’s R&D Centre in Crosmieres, France. Together they applied their in-depth...

Hydro unveils advanced aluminium recycling upgrade

Hydro’s aluminium recycling plant in Luxembourg hosted royalty, government officials, and business leaders on June 1 when it unveiled an extensive upgrade with production and environmental benefits.

Hilde Merete Aasheim, Head of Primary Metal, Roland Scharf-Bergmann, Head of Recycling, and Clervaux Managing Director Ludovic Dardinier hosted the ceremony.

His Royal Highness le Grand-Duc Héritier of Luxembourg and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel were invited.

The €15 million upgrade has two key features: it allows the plant to take in more...