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Every second aluminium closure in Europe is now recycled

The average recycling rate for aluminium closures in Europe has increased to more than 50%, according to figures released recently by the “Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°” campaign by the European Aluminium Foil Association.  Much of this improvement is due to national initiatives and better collection and recycling schemes across Europe, according to the Association. Aluminium closures, mainly used on bottles of wine, spirits, water and olive oil, can be collected either with the mixed packaging fraction or together with the glass collection stream....

UC RUSAL RA-550 cell

UC RUSAL has announced the launch of the first RA-550 pot of new generation running at over 550 kA at the Sayanogorsk aluminium smelter as part of a USD 28 mln project. The key benefit of the new pots is their energy efficiency. A RA-550 cell consumes around 12 kW*h/kg of aluminium, which is 10-15% less than previous generations. According to design documents, one pot will produce 4.21 tonnes of aluminium per day, which is about twice as much as the daily output of a RA-300 pot currently used at SAZ. RUSAL has plans to use RA-550 for the modernisation…

Arconic launches

Arconic Inc. launches today as a global leader in multi-materials innovation, precision engineering and advanced manufacturing, strongly positioned in attractive markets. The company begins trading today on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker "ARNC." In 2015, the businesses that today comprise Arconic recorded revenues of approximately $12.5 billion. Of this, approximately 65% derived from markets characterised by secular growth and compelling margins, including aerospace and automotive; the balance – 35% – was from markets with solid growth...

Ball at Brau 2016

Ball will make a strong appearance at this year’s Brau Beviale in Nuremberg, Germany. With Brau taking place from 8th – 10th November, Ball will use the trade fair to showcase its full product range and latest solutions through its brand new, dynamic stand, featuring high-tech interactive product displays [Hall 4A, Stand 115]. The stand will feature innovations such as Strawster, aluminium bottles and resealable ends, and will have a strong focus on design, highlighting the special effects and variable printing techniques that make cans stand out on the shelf....

New European Aluminium Chair, Vice-Chair approved at annual meeting

Kjetil Ebbesberg (Hydro) and Roberta Niboli (Raffmetal) were respectively appointed Chair and Vice-Chair of European Aluminium for the 2017-2018 term at today’s General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium. “On behalf of European Aluminium’s staff and members, I would like to welcome the appointment of Kjetil and Roberta,” said Gerd Götz, European Aluminium Director General. “Both are extremely knowledgeable and motivated leaders in the European aluminium sector who are committed to our industry’s future.” Kjetil Ebbesberg is Executive Vice...

EGA’s hot metal road

The first delivery of hot, molten aluminium directly from EGA’s Al Taweelah operations in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) to Ducab Aluminium Company, a new downstream extrusion plant in the emerging aluminium hub in KIZAD, has been completed. The metal – which Ducab Aluminium Company will use to produce aluminium electrical cables – is transported along a dedicated Hot Metal Road. The direct delivery is facilitated by a dedicated, Liquid Metal Transfer (LMT) facility, developed at Al Taweelah operations to transport liquid metal to downstream customers....

Hydro Q3 results

Hydro's underlying earnings before financial items and tax declined to NOK 1,477 million in the third quarter, down from NOK 1,618 million in the second quarter.  The decrease mainly reflected seasonally lower metal sales and negative currency effects, partly offset by higher realised aluminium prices. "Demand growth for aluminium remains healthy. We are sticking to our forecast for global aluminium demand growth of 4-5% for 2016 and expect to land in the higher range of this estimate for the full year," says President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg....

Aluminium All-Party Parliamentary Group elects new Chair

Adrian Bailey MP, who represents the West Bromwich West constituency, was elected at a meeting of the Group on 19 October. The vacancy as Chair arose because David Mowat MP, the previous Chair of the Group, has been appointed the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care, which means he is no longer able to serve as an officer of an APPG. Aluminium Federation President Adrian Platt warmly welcomed Mr Bailey’s election: “Adrian has been an active member of the Aluminium APPG for a number of years. He understands manufacturing very well -...

Rio Tinto in talks over Fort William aluminium smelter sale

The operators of the Fort William aluminium smelter have confirmed they are in negotiations to sell the plant. The Rio Tinto-owned operation employs about 170 people and is one of the largest employers in the Lochaber area. The plant, which is located next to Ben Nevis, is Rio Tinto's only operational aluminium smelter in the UK. It has been in existence for almost 90 years. The mining and metals group announced in January that it was reviewing its operations there. It told staff on Friday a sale was not automatic and that if a deal fell through, it would consider…

New finishing line

Constellium N.V. has announced the official opening of a new finishing line at its plant in Neuf-Brisach, France, for a total €180 million investment.

The new line is designed to meet the growing demand for aluminium automotive body sheet.

With a production capacity of 100,000 tons, the new 240m (787-foot) long finishing line features high-speed thermal treatment, precise temperature control, highly efficient quenching process as well as greater flexibility on the thickness of processed alloys. This diverse range of innovative technologies will enable Constellium to...