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Butech Bliss commission

Champagne Metals, based in Glenpool, Oklahoma, recently commissioned their new Butech Bliss 111 inch wide Cut-To-Length Line at its newly constructed Middlebury, Indiana facility. 

This line is one of the widest aluminium Cut-To-Length lines in North America and will satisfy the ever growing demand of aluminium material by the marine, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and appliances industries. 

The Cut-To-Length Line will feature entry equipment, over and under coil payoff capabilities, a hydraulic crop shear with auto-gap adjustment, side trimmer...

Scrap recycling recovery

The recently concluded Bureau of Metal Recycling (BMR) Conference in Dubai stressed that the scrap recycling industry is showing signs of recovery across the globe.

However, it admitted that the industry is not without challenges. Salam Sharif, President, BMR called upon global recycling industries to join together in fighting the challenges so as to overcome times of hardships.

The 5th BMR International Conference 2016 was held at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai from 19th to 20th, February. The conference was attended by more than 450 recycling professional and industry experts....

Rio Tinto board changes

Richard Goodmanson, non-executive director of Rio Tinto, who joined the board in December 2004, will be retiring from the board this year.

Richard will not seek re-election as a non-executive director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited and will retire from the board at the conclusion of the Rio Tinto Limited annual general meeting in Brisbane on 5 May 2016.

Megan Clark will be appointed as chairman of the Sustainability Committee upon Richard Goodmanson’s retirement on 5 May 2016, and will also become a member of the Remuneration Committee with effect from 1 May...

AMRC Airbus appointment

Former Airbus head of research for the UK, Colin Sirett has joined the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) as its Chief Executive Officer.

“Moving here really has been a privilege and an honour,” said Sirett, who, to the annoyance of his teachers, left school at 16 for an apprenticeship, rather than take A-Levels and, more recently, chose the Sheffield region in preference to southern France for his new workplace.

“I liked the idea of earning money and I had heard that you stood a chance that one of the local companies...

EGA: Delivering strong results

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), jointly owned by Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) and the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), has concluded its second year of operations. 

EGA’s results were announced at its 2015 Annual General Meeting, held on Thursday 25 February 2016.

On this occasion, Abdulla Kalban (EGA Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer) stated, “I am proud of the company’s results in 2015. Last year was challenging for the aluminium industry, largely due to global macro-economic uncertainty, growth slowdown in China, a...

Norton appointment

Norton Aluminium have appointed Trevor Bird as the new General Manager. 

The appointment was made toward the end of 2015 as part of a restructuring and strengthening of the Norton Aluminium management team. 

Trevor Bird, previously the company’s production  manager has worked for the firm for three years, and has worked in the sector for 9 years and brings with his appointment a wealth of smelting and recycling knowledge.

The firm operates in the automotive, aerospace, F1 and motorsport sectors and has been based in Norton Canes, Cannock since...

Bonnell Aluminum investment

Bonnell Aluminum, a subsidiary of Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG), has announced it will be investing approximately $18 million over the next 12 months.

The investment will fund an expansion project which will include the purchase of a new aluminium extrusion line at its AACOA facility in Niles, Michigan. 

Planned startup is the second quarter 2017. 

“With continued growing demand from our customers, it is exciting to invest in this additional capacity, knowing that we will satisfy these opportunities with the high quality products and services that...

Alcoa hosts virtual field trip

Schools have been invited to take part in a live broadcast from the Alcoa Kitts Green plant in Birmingham, UK on 4th March for an exclusive look at careers available in today’s advanced manufacturing industry.

Secondary schools from across the UK and beyond are invited to join a landmark live broadcast, in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week. 

The Manufacture Your Future Live Virtual Field Trip is being organised by Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development to schools. Broadcast from...

Alba upgrades to EGA DX+ Ultra Technology for Line 6

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), has upgraded the technology for its Line 6 Expansion Project from EGA DX+ to the EGA DX+ Ultra.
 
The signing ceremony was held in Dubai on February 23, 2015 and was attended by Alba’s Director for Line 6 Smelter Project and Engineering, Shawqi Al Hashimi and Emirates Global Aluminium’s Abdulla Kalban (MD & CEO), Dr. Ali Al Zarouni (Senior Vice President, Jebel Ali Operations, Technology Development & Transfer) and members of the EGA Technology Development & Transfer department.
 
The upgrade to the...