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Rockwell Automation Opens New Electric Vehicle Innovation Centre in Silicon Valley

Rockwell Automation, a leading solutions and services provider to the automotive industry, has opened a new 8,000 square-foot Electric Vehicle (EV) Innovation Centre at 111 North Market Street in San Jose, California, within its Information Solutions development facility. The centre will provide live manufacturing demonstrations, hands-on trials utilising new technology and events showcasing collaboration with industry experts and Rockwell Automation partners.   Utilising augmented and virtual reality modelling, the EV Innovation Centre provides automotive start-ups and...

AMETEK Surface Vision to showcase latest inspection technology at Aluminium China 2019

AMETEK Surface Vision, a world leader in automated online surface inspection solutions, will exhibit its latest innovations to the Asian market at this year’s Aluminium China trade fair, held in Shanghai’s New International Expo Centre, July 10 -12. Delegates can meet the AMETEK Surface Vision team at stand 2H36 and learn more about the latest advancements in surface inspection monitoring and process surveillance in aluminium production.  A proven partner for increasing efficiency and improving product quality in the metals industry for over three decades, AMETEK...

Rio Tinto launches Revolution-Al™: A new aluminium alloy for lighter car wheels

Continuing its leadership in the growing market for specialised high-performance alloys, Rio Tinto launches Revolution-Al™, a new aluminium alloy developed to make lighter car wheels. Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said “As we partner with customers we’re seeing an increasing demand for specialised alloys and other products to meet their specific needs. Developing these products is at the heart of our business, from research and development, to offering technical expertise and marketing as well as collaborating with OEMs.” Rio Tinto vice...

New Life Cycle Assessment of aluminium beverage cans shows significant carbon emissions reduction

Metal Packaging Europe, the association of European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, completed a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of aluminium beverage cans (25, 33 and 50cl volumes). Using the latest data available (2016), the study covers the life cycle of aluminium beverage cans produced in Europe, from raw materials extraction to manufacturing, and end-of-life. When compared to 2006 data, the study records significant reductions in CO2-equivalent emissions. The carbon footprint has been reduced by an impressive 31% on average for the three...

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies Hydro Bauxite and Alumina operations

Hydro’s Paragominas bauxite mine and Alunorte alumina refinery are the next of Hydro’s operations that have been certified to the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard, effectively extending Hydro’s certifications to cover its entire value chain from mine to casthouse and onward to its extrusion and rolling business areas.  Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) has announced that Hydro Bauxite and Alumina operations in Brazil have have been successfully certified against its Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. Hydro’s...

Svyatoy Istochnik presents a New flavoured water in Ball cans

This spring, Svyatoy Istochnik, the leading brand in the Russian bottled water market, introduced a novel flavoured water to the Russian market in aluminium cans. Supported by the world’s leading can manufacturer, Ball Corporation, it comes in a Sleek® 33-centiliter aluminium format, delivering a boost of modern freshness to Russian consumers.      Inline with recent trends, the carbonated drink is free from sugar and its substitutes, so is ideal for health-conscious consumers who care about calories. With its refreshing taste, the water will be a welcome...

Aluminium drink cans hit 75% recycling rate, an increase of 38% in just eight years

The UK aluminium drink can recycling rate has risen to 75%, its highest ever level, up from 54% in 2010. Additionally, 95% of aluminium packaging collected in the UK is recycled within Europe, rather than being sent around the globe. At a time when sustainability is so front of mind, the drink can remains the most recycled packaging in the world. The overall aluminium packaging rate has continued to rise steadily too, from 41% in 2010 to 52% in 2018, meaning that over 100,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging sold in the UK was recycled last year. These significant improvements...

Energy revolution: TRIMET starts trial operation of its “virtual battery”

TRIMET Aluminium SE has begun the trial operation of its “virtual battery”. Initial research work began six years ago. Now the energy supply for aluminium production at the Essen plant can be controlled flexibly for the first time. This will create a huge power storage facility that will make it easier to integrate discontinuously generated electricity from renewable energy sources into the power grid. A total of around 36 million euros was invested in the conversion. “We have reinvented the electrolysis process for the production of aluminium. For the first time,...

First quarter 2019: Results down on volumes, prices and raw material costs

Hydro's underlying earnings before financial items and tax was NOK 559 million in the first quarter, down from NOK 3 147 million in the same quarter last year. This mainly reflected lower realised aluminium prices, higher raw material costs and the effects of the production curtailment at the Alunorte alumina refinery. "I am pleased that the production embargoes at Alunorte have been lifted, so that we can focus our efforts on safely returning Alunorte, Paragominas and Albras towards normal operations. Our Brazilian operations are a fundament for Hydro’s overall...