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Alcoa appoints new Board Directors

Alcoa Inc. has announced that it will appoint Ulrich “Rick” Schmidt, John C. Plant and Sean O. Mahoney to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors, effective February 5, 2016.

These appointments will further strengthen the company and add valuable aerospace and automotive experience to the Board as Alcoa prepares to separate into two independent companies in the second half of 2016.

With these appointments, the Alcoa Board will be expanded to consist of 15 directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Rick, John, and Sean to the Alcoa Board,”...

JVM Castings appoints new Group Sales Manager

Midlands-based JVM Castings has appointed a new Group Sales Manager to help the company meet growth targets over the next few years.

Bob Freeman, who joined the team earlier this month, brings with him 32 years of experience in the castings and automotive industries, most recently with Sales & Purchase Management roles at King Automotive Systems Ltd and Sarginsons Industries Plc.

Prior to that, Bob held a Supervisory MP&L role at Jaguar Cars’ Radford Plant in Coventry for almost a decade. His background in aluminium castings for the automotive, construction...

Hydro power outage

Following the power outage on Friday night, around 10% of Hydro Årdal's primary aluminium production capacity is temporarily shut down.

Hydro expects to leave customers unaffected by the incident by increasing remelt of cold metal at the plant’s cast house, compensating the temporarily reduced primary production.

Full primary aluminium production is expected to resume in Q2 2016, and financial effects are expected to be limited, based on the current information. Casthouse operations at the plant has fully resumed after the incident, and efforts are ongoing...

SAPA strengthens communications team

“As the world largest aluminium extrusion-based solutions company in the world, counting 100 production sites in more than 40 countries, and with 23,500 employees, we are a relatively unknown company. However we increasingly see the importance of building our brand and using communication as a driver for growth”, explains EVP Communication Erika Ahlqvist. 

I am therefore pleased to be able to strengthen our communication department with the appointment of Hilde Haugen Kallevig with her strong communication background and international...

Alcoa wins fourth Boeing contract

Alcoa has announced a long-term supply agreement with Boeing for multi-material aerospace parts. 

Under this agreement, Alcoa will supply components for the 777X—Boeing’s newest commercial airplane—the 737 MAX—scheduled for first delivery in 2017—and the 787 Dreamliner. The deal draws on capabilities gained through the Firth Rixson acquisition and the company’s new aluminium-lithium facility in Lafayette, Indiana.

“This is the latest in a series of Boeing contract wins made possible by Alcoa’s recent aerospace...

Fears for future of Fort William aluminium smelter

Workers at the aluminium smelter at Fort William, Scotland have been told that the owners are reviewing its operations.

The announcement from Rio Tinto said the review would include its assets in Lochaber.

The plant is one of the largest employers in the area. It is thought to support more the 160 full-time jobs.

The Scottish government said Highlands and Islands Enterprise was "engaging with the company" to understand the potential impacts of the announcement.

The smelter is Rio Tinto's only operational site in the UK and is unique in that it...

Aluminium beverage can recycling at new record high

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland increased by 1.8% to a new record level of 71.3% in 2013. 

European Aluminium considers this result an important milestone on its path towards its voluntary recycling target for used beverage cans of 80% by 2020. 
From its first introduction more than 50 years ago, the aluminium beverage can has been an integral part of the Circular Economy. It is infinitely recyclable without loss of its properties and its value. This makes it the ideal packaging solution...

AluSolutions: New speakers announced

AluSolutions 2016, the only free exhibition and conference addressing sustainability challenges in aluminium production and processing, is excited to announce confirmed speakers from Rio Tinto, Norsk Hydro and Schueco.

Taking place on 10th – 11th May 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the AluSolutions conference will demonstrate how the aluminium industry is making continuous improvements in the environmental efficiency of producing aluminium, as well as its sustainability benefits in end-use applications.

The second day of the conference (11th May)...

Alcoa to delay curtailment of Intalco smelter

Alcoa has announced it will delay the curtailment of its Intalco Works smelter in Ferndale, Washington until the end of the second quarter of 2016. 

The plant was initially scheduled to curtail by the end of the first quarter.

The company announced a full curtailment of the Intalco smelter (230kmt) on November 2, 2015, with the plant’s casthouse continuing to operate. However, recent changes in energy and raw material costs have made it more cost effective in the near term to keep the smelter operating to provide molten metal to the plant’s...

Heidi Brock begins term as Chair of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has announced that Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, has been elected chair of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) to serve a one-year term. The CMA, made up of nearly 260 industry-specific manufacturing associations, is a vital component of the NAM, providing resources and networks to members to broaden the reach of the NAM’s advocacy efforts. 

“No executive is better equipped than Heidi to lead manufacturing association executives in this critical time in...