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Joint venture amendments

Alcoa Inc. and Alumina Limited have announced that they have agreed to make certain changes to the Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (“AWAC”) joint venture that will enhance value for Alcoa, Alumina, and their respective shareholders.

In conjunction with these amendments, the parties have agreed to terminate their litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery relating to Alcoa’s pending separation into two independent, publicly traded companies. Alcoa Inc. remains on track to complete its separation in the second half of 2016.

In general, the changes to...

Offshore aluminium

Sapa is investing in new machinery offering super-large and light products for the offshore and maritime industry with equipment that can produce panels up to 18 metres long and 3.5 metres wide.

“Our ability to join thin-walled lightweight designs into large panels will make a big difference for customers in the marine and offshore industries, where such sizes are best suited, and where cost savings are key. Reducing lead time significantly is another benefit,” says John Thuestad, executive vice president responsible for Sapa’s extrusion organisation in...

Rusal appointments

UC Rusal has announced senior staff appointments within the company’s Aluminium Division. 

Oleg Buts has been appointed as Managing Director of Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter (IrkAZ). Prior to the appointment, Mr Buts worked as the Director of Department for Production System Training at Production development Directorate of UC RUSAL. He will replace Evgeny Kuriyanov, who has been appointed as Managing Director of Krasnoyarsk Aluminium Smelter (KrAZ).
 
Both managers started their careers at blue-collar positions at RUSAL plants where they passed through all...

Aluminium in cars up 30%

A Ducker Worldwide study forecasts the aluminium content in cars to increase by up to 30% over the next 10 years.

This surge is mainly from rolled and extruded products, where Auto Body Sheet leads the growth with an expected increase of 110% over the same period. The growth is largely attributed to aluminium’s role in lightweighting cars, thereby contributing to low emission mobility. 

The amount of aluminium used in cars is expected to see a significant increase by 2025, according to a study recently published by consulting and research firm Ducker Worldwide....

Lightweight casting

Midlands-based JVM Castings has recently completed a new lightweight casting for building developments at International Quarter London, located at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  

IQL is a joint venture between Lend Lease and London & Continental Railways (LCR), and the project will deliver over 4 million square feet of Grade ‘A’ office accommodation, including 333 new residential units and associated community facilities within a 22 hectare site.

Architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), in addition to the...

ALFED joins ASI

The Aluminium Federation (ALFED), the UK aluminium association, has joined as an Associations member.

ALFED is the trade association that represents the interests of the whole of the UK aluminium industry. ALFED has more than 70 member companies drawn from every sector of the UK aluminium industry, from primary production and secondary refining through to fabrication, finishing, distribution, stockholding and recycling. Members also include companies supplying the aluminium sector, and those manufacturing in aluminium.

“The Aluminium Federation supports the drive...

Alufoil Trophy 2017

Each year the Alufoil Trophy competition offers the opportunity for companies to showcase the very best and latest aluminium foil and closure applications and ideas. 

EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association has announced that entries for the 2017 competition are now open and will be accepted until 18 November 2016. A particular benefit for 2017 winners is that their products will be presented on the Association’s stand at interpack, the world’s largest packaging exhibition, in Düsseldorf, Germany next May.

The Alufoil Trophy is widely regarded...

Rusal produces first output of scandium oxide

Rusal has produced scandium oxide for the first time with the concentration exceeding 99%.

The new product output commenced at the Urals aluminium smelter (UAZ) after the installation and launch of the pilot unit for the processing of scandium concentrate into scandium oxide. Experts at Rusal Engineering and Technology Centre earlier developed the unique carbonisation technology for scandium extraction from the red mud and this technology makes no negative effect on alumina production. Productivity of the pilot unit has made 96kg of scandium per year and the project investment has...