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Alu pioneer honoured

A pioneering metallurgist has been presented with an award for his contribution to the global aluminium industry.   The Aluminium Industry Award was presented to Prof. Scamans at the Aluminium Federation’s 2017 Dinner by Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead (pictured). The event, at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire, was attended by more than 200 guests from across the aluminium sector.   Chief scientific officer at Innoval Technology, Professor Scamans is also Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University’s BCAST metals research facility. He started...

ARABAL update

SOHAR Aluminium to host ARABAL 2017 under the patronage of H.H. Sayyid Harib Bin Thuwaini Al Said Under the patronage of H.H. Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini Al Said, Assistant Secretary General of the Council of Ministers for Conferences, Sohar Aluminium is gearing up to host the 2017 Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL). Scheduled to take place in Muscat from November 7th – 9th 2017, the event will be attended by all of the region’s primary aluminium manufactures, in addition to top executives from a cross section of industries, VIPs and over 500 delegates from...

Sapa Welsh plant

Sapa has re-opened its factory in Bedwas, Wales to supply the growing automotive industry demand for lightweight body structure solutions. The first customer to be supplied from the refurbished facility will be London Electrical Vehicle Company (LEVC), who has developed an all new zero emissions capable black cab. Sapa is investing £9.6 million in the plant refurbishment and new equipment to supply advanced aluminium components. The investment is backed by £550,000 from the Welsh Government which helped secure the project for Wales as Sapa looked into production at...

Alu D&T challenge

The UK’s aluminium industry is on the search for the designers and engineers of the future as it launches this year’s Alu D&T Challenge.  Secondary schools throughout the UK are invited to take part in the Challenge which aims to teach 11-14 year olds about sustainable design. The Challenge includes an opportunity for students to enter their ideas in a national competition for a chance to win prizes for themselves and their school.   The Alu D&T Challenge supports the D&T curriculum for 11-14 year olds. It provides free lesson plans and a range of...

Innoval appointment

Effective as of August 1st, 2017, Dr Gary Mahon has become Managing Director of Innoval Technology (Innoval). Gary moves into his new position having been a Director of Innoval for the last 10 years. He is a metallurgist with 30 years aluminium product expertise, and so is ideally placed to take the company forward. He replaces Dr Tom Farley who, after much consideration, has decided to retire from the aluminium industry after 28 successful years. Tom joined Innoval at its inception in 2003 and was appointed Managing Director in 2007. Over the last 10 years he has successfully led...

Sapa acquisition complete

Norsk Hydro's acquisition of Orkla's 50% ownership in Sapa was completed today, October 2, giving Hydro full ownership in the global leader in extruded aluminium solutions and making Hydro a leading force in the global aluminium industry.  The combination makes Hydro the only global company in the aluminium industry that is fully integrated across the value chain and markets, and gives Hydro unparalleled strength in technology, R&D, innovation and product development, as well as an unmatched product and service offering to the benefit of more than 30,000 customers...

High-performance alloy

Following a successful debut at the Paris Air Show, last month, the two companies are working together to optimise the processing techniques for the high-performance alloy on Renishaw metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems.  They are also investigating a range of heat treatment regimes to deliver optimum properties in additively manufactured components.  The results of these developments will be made available to Renishaw and Aeromet customers.   A20X® is a family of next generation high-strength aluminium alloy technologies, developed and patented by Aeromet....