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Alcoa: Blackout update

Alcoa has restarted half the capacity at its aluminium smelter in Australia's Victoria that was crippled by a state-wide blackout six months ago. The Portland smelter has been running at a third of its 300 000 t/y capacity since a freak storm prompted the power outage in December, causing molten aluminium to solidify in the facility's potlines and freezing production. "Getting to the half way point in our bid to restore the business has been a big task, but what I have seen up to now gives me great confidence in our ability to deliver the plan," Plant Manager...

Partnership extension

Quintiq has announced the extension of its partnership with Aluar Aluminio Argentino S.A.I.C. (Aluar) to further improve the aluminium producer’s planning and optimisation capabilities. Quintiq’s optimisation technology has been at the core of Aluar’s operations since 2007. In January 2016, Quintiq established its headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil to better serve its customers in Latin America. This development, coupled with an already positive and stable relationship between the two companies, became the catalyst for Aluar’s decision to extend its...

Qatalum update

Norsk Hydro: Qatalum working to solve logistical challenges arising from Middle-East tensions The Qatalum aluminium plant is working to solve outbound logistical challenges arising from the uncertain situation in the Middle-East after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut off transportation links and severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.   Qatalum is a joint venture between Hydro and Qatar Petroleum, and is producing more than 600,000 tonnes per year of value-add primary aluminum to customers in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Most Qatalum shipments normally go through the large...

Alba Line 6 Update

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the Bahrain-based international aluminium smelter, has been taking solid steps with the progress of Line 6 Expansion Project, according to a statement issued by the Chairman of Alba’s Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa. The statement was made at the second quarterly meeting for this year, held on Thursday, 25 May 2017 at Alba. Adding further, Shaikh Daij said: “We are very pleased with securing the first tranche of Export Credit Agency (ECA), c. US$ 700 million, and we expect another US$300 - US$400M of...

Can recycling milestone

Alupro has announced a new milestone has been reached for aluminium drink can recycling in the UK as the recycling rate reaches 70%. Seven out of ten aluminium drink cans sold in the UK in 2016 were recycled, according to the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation. Beverage cans make up by far the largest sector of the 180,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging placed on the market during the year; and with the UK being the largest beverage can market in Europe, and aluminium the dominant metal used for can manufacturing, the 70% milestone for aluminium cans makes a major...

Taha Int update

Bahrain based Taha International WLL has announced a tie up with the Indian start up company Runaya Refining LLP (RRL). The Indian counterpart, which aims to provide dross processing solutions to the aluminium industry is a company founded by the Agarwal brothers, Naivedya and Annaya. Their start up Runaya Metsource, the parent of Ranaya Refining, is funded by the principal shareholders of the Vedanta group, and will be managed by Annaya Agarwal. Annaya Agarwal’s father is the Chairman of Vedanta Ltd. Taha has signed a technology licensing agreement with Runaya Refining to...

Ma’aden signs Alcoa MOU

Saudi Arabian Mining Company Ma’aden signed two landmark Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with its U.S.-based partners Alcoa and Mosaic at the ongoing inaugural Saudi-U.S.CEO Forum that was launched in Riyadh on Saturday, May 20. The Memorandums are expected to provide fresh impetus to the Kingdom's mining sector which is identified to be a playing a crucial role in the economic diversification of the nation as outlined in Saudi Vision 2030. The first MOU outlines the scope of feasibility assessment of a potential expansion of aluminium production complex in Ras...

Recycling report

A new report by Nespresso on consumer attitudes to recycling has been released to identify opportunities to close the gap between official and self-reported recycling rates. The results found that despite 98% of Brits having high intentions to recycle and 70% claiming to recycle every day, official statistics highlight a gap between intention and reality with only 44% of waste being recycled across the UK. In order to help consumers to meet their aspirational goals, it’s important to look at what can be done to help increase recycling rates. The report identified consumer...

Alu is key in auto

International business leaders, engineering experts and academics from the automotive industry and complete aluminium value chain will be converging in Shanghai in July for Aluminium China 2017, to share the latest developments in lightweight automotive design and manufacturing.  Aluminium is increasingly seen as playing a key role in minimising overall weight while ensuring strength and safety for a new generation of lightweight vehicles. And the global auto industry has a lot to gain, including the enhancement of power, reduction in fuel consumption and the mitigation of air...

EGA company of the year

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has been named aluminium company of the year at the Platts Global Metals awards. The awards ceremony took place in London and brought together the global metals industry. EGA was recognised as ‘Industry Leader – Aluminium’. Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at EGA, said: “It is pleasing to be recognised by our peers in this way. This award is for each of our 7,000 people whose work over decades has made EGA the industry...