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Advanced alloy

Novelis has announced its Advanz™ 6HF - e/s200 aluminium alloy is now available in North America following its successful application in Europe.  This heat-treatable alloy provides automakers greater design flexibility due to its superior formability, strength performance and weight savings for outer and inner applications. The high-formable 6xxx-series alloy enables new opportunities to use aluminium for body sides, door inners, decklid outers and inners, and other closure panels. The alloy can also be used in designs and applications that require bending without the...

New sheet facility

Aleris has announced the opening of its aluminium automotive body sheet production facility in Lewisport, Kentucky. The project, which represents a $400 million investment, positions Aleris to meet significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminium use for the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The company began shipping automotive products from Lewisport to customers this month. "The opening of our new automotive facility in Kentucky marks the completion of a significant piece of our strategic realignment, which...

Innovation challenge

Europe’s leading car manufacturers launch an open Innovation Challenge to reduce emissions  Europe’s key car manufacturers, including Daimler, Volvo, Opel, Toyota, Volkswagen, CRF – the Research Center of FCA; suppliers (Thyssenkrupp, Novelis, Batz, Benteler) and knowledge partners (Swerea, Inspire, Fraunhofer LBF, RWTH-IKA, KIT-IPEK, University of Florence, Bax & Company, Ricardo) announced the ALLIANCE Open Innovation Lightweight Challenge. The challenge aims to reduce carbon emissions, by finding innovative and affordable solutions to lightweight...

Can recycling at 73%

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in Europe (EU 28 + EFTA) increased by 1.6% to a new record level of 72.9% in 20141. European Aluminium considers this result an important milestone on its path towards the future split aluminium recycling target of 75% for 2025, proposed by the European Union in its Circular Economy package.   On the whole European continent (including other East-European countries, Russia and Turkey) nearly 30 billion cans have been recycled. This means that every second an aluminium beverage can is being recycled somewhere in Europe!...

Hydro fatality

An employee was involved in a fatal incident last week while performing routine work at Hydro’s Phoenix, Arizona, aluminium manufacturing facility.  “At Hydro, safety is our first priority. Our thoughts go out to the family and colleagues of the employee involved in this tragic event,” says Charlie Straface, Hydro’s Business Unit President for Extrusion North America. The company is temporarily standing down all local operations and will be providing on-site counselling services to employees. “It is too early to say more about the cause of this...

ALLOW launched

UC RUSAL reaffirms its environmental credentials with launch of new low carbon aluminium brand ALLOW. The company is delighted to announce the launch of its bespoke new low carbon aluminium brand, ALLOW, which features a significantly lower carbon footprint – specific volume of greenhouse gas emissions – as compared to the industry average. As demand amongst consumers grows for more sustainable and environmentally friendly aluminium, RUSAL has seized on the opportunity to utilise its unique access to clean, renewable hydro power to provide a product with a much reduced...

European Aluminium news

European Aluminium, the voice of the entire aluminium value chain, introduced five new member companies during its General Assembly last week, bringing its total membership to over 85 companies and associations representing more than 600 plants in 30 European countries. “I am delighted to welcome the new members and I am certain they will make a tremendous contribution through their participation in our horizontal Committees and Market Groups,” commented Gerd Götz, Director General of European Aluminium. “The addition of new members also means a stronger...

EGA $300m project

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial project in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has completed a three-year, $300 million project to replace older production lines at its Jebel Ali aluminium smelter with the company’s own UAE-developed technology, boosting production capacity and reducing costs and environmental emissions. All EGA’s 2,777 reduction cells, the swimming-pool sized tanks in which aluminium is smelted, now run on home-grown technology. EGA produces one tonne in every 25 tonnes of aluminium made worldwide and makes the UAE the...