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Emiroll: Abu Dhabi plant

Emirates Aluminium Rolling (Emiroll), a joint venture between Dubai entities and Singapore-based industrial group Mars, is set to build a new plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE, at an investment of Dh440 million ($120 million).

The facility will be located on a 900,000-sq-ft area in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) amidst surging demand for flat-rolled aluminium products designed for applications in downstream industries across the UAE and GCC countries.

Alumetal and SKTB partnership

Alumetal SA has partnered for 15% with SKTB Aluminium.

The objective of this partnership is the rapid establishment of common synergies and the study of a potential future investment on the site of SKTB in Gorcy Lorraine.

Both companies believe that mutual cooperation and exchange of experiences will strengthen their market position on the European market of secondary Aluminium alloys.

Coalition of U.S. manufacturers

A group of leading U.S. manufacturing associations today announced the formation of a new coalition, Manufacturers for Trade Enforcement, to oppose China’s designation as a market economy at the end of 2016. 
 
China has claimed that it should be automatically accorded treatment as if it were a market economy after the 15th anniversary of its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in December 2016.  U.S. law requires that the Department of Commerce make a market economy status (MES) determination based on established criteria, which many experts...

Boldman ballistic cell

An oil and gas developer has taken delivery of the world’s biggest ballistic glass test cell in Scandinavia. 

The 8m x 8m x 8m high-pressure test cell will be used to test offshore equipment.
 
Having announced the modular design earlier in 2015, UK manufacturer Boldman has seen demand from across the world for test cells that can safely contain ever larger structures, under test at increasingly extreme pressures.
 
The new design, manufactured from the Boldman Aluminium Profile System and patented safety glass can be bespoken to suit...

Novelis Europe leadership

Novelis has announced a change in the management of its Automotive and Can businesses in Europe. 

Michael Hahne, who previously served as Vice President and General Manager Can in Novelis Europe, will assume the position of Vice President and General Manager Automotive in Novelis Europe effective April 1, 2016. Michael succeeds Pierre Labat, who has been appointed as Vice President, Sales and Marketing Global Automotive and will move to the company’s global headquarters in Atlanta, USA.

Michael Hahne joined Novelis in 2008 and served in various management...

Alcoa Arconic

Alcoa has unveiled the name, logo and tagline of its future Value-Add company: “Arconic. Innovation, Engineered.” 

The future upstream company will operate under the Alcoa name. The company’s separation into two, independent, publicly-traded companies in the second half of 2016 remains on track.

China Hongqiao to expand

China Hongqiao has announced plans to raise the annual capacity of the lightweight industrial metal by around 15% this year if the market recovery continues.

According to reports, the Shandong-based company aims to spend up to 15 billion yuan this year on expanding its output capacity of aluminium, alumina, bauxite and electricity, besides retrofitting its coal-fired power plants to meet future carbon emission requirements.

Last year’s spending totalled 14 billion yuan.

Travertec: New plant

Travartec has opened a 12K-ton production capacity plant in Rodengo Saiano (Brescia), to focus on aluminium conductors for automotive applications.

The plant covers a 5,000m2 area and is equipped with a new 12K-tpa capacity line for the production of aluminium and aluminium alloy conductors and is focussed to develop technological materials for the automotive sector.

The engineering and research division is crucial for the company since it develops turnkey technological solutions in close association with the production and quality departments to meet the...

Constellium update

Constellium N.V. has announced that the company intends to record an impairment charge of approximately €400 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 against the carrying value of the Wise Metals asset.

This charge, which has no impact on cash flows, reflects management’s view of the future expected performance at Muscle Shoals in light of the challenges for the can/packaging business as previously disclosed.

The execution of the company’s Body-in-White (BiW) strategy is progressing as planned, and the company has today separately announced an expansion of...