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GFG appoints top specialist to boost global performance

Sanjeev Gupta’s metals, industrials and energy group, the GFG Alliance, has made a key international executive appointment to strengthen its manufacturing activities worldwide. GFG has recruited Neil Barrell (pictured), a senior partner in Grant Thornton, as its global head of integration and performance with a remit to optimise GFG’s growing network of manufacturing operations. Neil, who takes up his new role on 1st July, has many years’ senior management experience – including nine years at CEO level – leading businesses in steel, aluminium and the...

International Aluminium Institute (IAI) announces Appointment of ‎Miles Prosser as Secretary General

The Chair of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), Mr Gervais Jacques, has announced that the IAI Board of Directors has selected Mr Miles Prosser to be the next Secretary General of the IAI. Mr Prosser will take over from the current Secretary General, Ron Knapp, in January 2020. Miles is currently the Executive Director of the Australian Aluminium Council and in that role has interacted with the work of the IAI for many years and is well acquainted with the high quality team at IAI. Mr Jacques expressed the IAI Board's appreciation for commitment and achievements by...

Tiwai Point smelter’s annual net profit plummets amid volatile pricing.

The owner of New Zealand’s sole aluminium smelter says it has delivered a significantly lower profit for calendar 2018 and that it remains vulnerable to a volatile market this year. Pacific Aluminium (New Zealand), which is 80 percent-owned by Rio Tinto with Sumitomo owning the rest, says the Tiwai Point smelter showed underlying earnings of $22 million for 2018, down from $53 million the previous year. “The result reflects that during 2018, the operating environment became significantly more challenging,” the company says. Aluminium prices on the London Metal...

According to reports, Australian PM plays down report US planning tariffs on Australian aluminium.

The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison has downplayed – but not denied – speculation the United States considered placing trade tariffs on Australian aluminium imports last week. The New York Times reported that the Trump administration had discussed placing tariffs on Australian aluminium, which, under a deal struck by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, remains exempt from tariffs Donald Trump placed on metal imports to the US in 2018. The NYT reported the White House decided against making any changes to the Australian arrangement after defence and...

Lightweight Materials to Break EV Mileage Barrier feature at Aluminium China and Lightweight Asia

To meet the need to increase the driving mileage of Electrical Vehicles (EVs), Aluminium China and its sister show Lightweight Asia in July, held in Shanghai by Reed Exhibitions, will showcase leading auto-aluminium brands committed to reducing the weight of next-generation EVs.  While it is predicted that by 2020, the annual output of EVs in China alone will reach 2.42 million with 244 different models, representing an annual growth rate of 41%, ‘mileage concern’ still puts off many potential consumers. With current lithium battery sets, the average-cost EVs can...

Key European automotive players to reveal new technologies for reducing the weight of cars

On September 19th, ALLIANCE (Affordable Lightweight Automobiles Alliance) will host their final event, the Future of Automotive Lightweighting Day, following the Aachen Body Engineering Days. The event will include the final results of over 3 years of automotive lightweighting research on materials, process technologies and support tools, the impact these are expected to generate on the environment, and on cost – for the driver, and OEMs. Participants will also receive a guided tour of the ALLIANCE demonstrators, by the OEMs and suppliers, including Daimler AG, Opel, Toyota,...

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies Hydro Primary Metal operations against ASI Performance St

Hydro extends its ASI Performance Standard certifications with Primary Metal operations including the aluminium smelting, re-melting/refining and casthouse activities at the production sites Clervaux (Luxembourg), Høyanger (Norway), Karmøy (Norway), Sunndal (Norway) and Årdal (Norway).  Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Hydro Aluminium Primary Metal operations in Luxembourg and Norway have been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard. With the certification of these Primary Aluminium sites, Hydro extends its...

Adopting digital initiatives in aluminium manufacturing

The second edition of the Future Aluminium Forum was held last week, on 22nd – 23rd May in Warsaw, Poland. More than 130 delegates from 70 companies attended the Forum, which is the only one of its kind dedicated to helping aluminium manufacturers and processors adopt digital technologies across the value chain. Organised by Quartz Business Media, the event was held in association with Aluminium International Today and consisted of a two-day conference, a ‘meeting hub’ and ‘exhibitor solution’ displays.  This year saw the addition of two...

Alba achieves historical milestone of 6 million work-hours without LTI

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), is on course to become the world’s largest smelter with Potline 6, achieved an outstanding Safety milestone of 6 million working-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) on Sunday 26 May 2019.  A ceremony to mark this historical milestone was held on Tuesday May 28 and was attended by Alba Deputy CEO, Mr. Ali Al Baqali, the Executive Management, Directors, Managers and employees from various departments.  Commenting on this occasion, Chairman Alba’s Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa said: “This...