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Karmøy in full production

All 60 electrolysis cells are now in operation at the Karmøy technology pilot, where Hydro aims to industrialise the world's most climate and energy efficient aluminium electrolysis technology. "Our aim is to be the global leader in technology and innovation in our industry, and the Karmøy pilot helps advance that ambition and ensures that the Norwegian technology cluster remains the global leader in sustainable aluminium production" says Hydro president and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg. The technology that is being tested at Karmøy...

Future Aluminium Board

The organisers of the Future Aluminium Forum, Quartz Business Media, have established an Advisory Board to develop a strategic approach towards integrating Industry 4.0 across the aluminium manufacturing and processing sectors. The first Future Aluminium Forum was held on 8th & 9th May 2018 in Milan, Italy and saw more than 150 delegates from across the aluminium manufacturing and processing industries gather to hear from technical experts and uncover the myths behind Industry 4.0 and what this means for the manufacturing value chain.   One of the most important points...

Rio renews contract

Rio Tinto has renewed a long term agreement with Scepter, an internationally recognised leader in aluminium dross and scrap recycling, for the treatment of by-product from the aluminium smelting process known as “skims”, in the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region, Quebec, Canada. Rio Tinto Aluminium managing director Atlantic Operations Gervais Jacques said: “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to responsible production and to realising the full environmental benefits from aluminium as a recyclable material. Instead of going to landfill, the by-product...

Wenatchee Smelter update

Alcoa has announced that it will make a $62.4 million payment under an electricity supply agreement for its smelter in Wenatchee, Washington, and will permanently close one of four potlines at the fully curtailed facility. In connection with the planned payment on June 19, 2018, and the closure of the one potline, the Company will record an estimated charge of $73 million (pre- and after-tax), or $0.39 per share, in the second quarter of 2018. The payment to the Chelan Public Utility District (Chelan PUD) was triggered by a recent decision of Alcoa management to not restart the...

World Cup cans

As the share of lager in a can continues to grow each year, and with the World Cup representing one of the largest global football tournaments, Ball has worked with the team at O┼żujsko to create an exceptional design to give customers the opportunity to toast the key sporting occasion in style.  The cans are a prime example of the incomparable printing potential of Ball’s Dynamark™ variable technology, which allows customers to add graphic variety of up to 12 different visuals to their cans, without the added time or production difficulties once associated with the...

EGA to supply Aludium

Emirates Global Aluminium has signed a five-year agreement to supply Aludium with rolling slab. Aludium owns three former Alcoa rolling mills in Spain and France. EGA has supplied Aludium with metal since 2017. Rolling slab is processed into plate, sheet and foil products which are used in industries from automotive to printing and packaging. The agreement was signed at EGA’s Al Taweelah site in Abu Dhabi by EGA’s Chief Marketing Officer Walid Al Attar and Aludium’s Chief Executive Officer, Arnaud De Weert. Walid Al Attar, Chief Marketing Officer of EGA, said:...

Can recycling at 74%

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland increased by 0.7% to a new record level of 73.6% in 2015. This is well above the recently approved new EU 2025 recycling target of 65% for all packaging. On the whole European continent (including other East-European countries, Russia and Turkey) more than 32 billion cans have been recycled. This means that every second at least 1000 aluminium beverage cans are being recycled somewhere in Europe! Their metal stays in the European circular economy and remains available for...

New metals centre

The car makers and aerospace manufacturers in the UK, and worldwide, are set to benefit from revolutionary new metal processing and casting techniques with the opening of the Advanced Metal Processing Centre at Brunel University London.   The new centre provides a massive boost for manufacturers to work with Brunel on large-scale research and development activity, enabling innovations – such as novel structures for lightweight car parts – to make the leap from the lab to full-scale industrial trials.   The AMPC, which was officially opened at the Brunel Centre...

RUSAL shipping bauxite

UC RUSAL has announced the completion of the first stage of development of the Dian-Dian bauxite deposit in Guinea and the commencement of ore export shipments.   During this first stage, RUSAL has commissioned a mine with an annual capacity of 3 million tonnes of bauxite and has built the entire associated infrastructure to serve the mine (in particular, roads and a railway line) for the transportation and storage of ore. The opening ceremony was attended by the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, the Russian Ambassador to Guinea, Alexander Bregadze, as well as the management...