Alba appoints Bechtel as EPCM Contractor for Line 6 Expansion Project

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) has announced International Bechtel Co. Ltd. (Bechtel) as the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) contractor for its landmark Line 6 Expansion Project.
Under the terms of the contract, Bechtel will be responsible to design and construct the sixth potline as well as support industrial services.
Alba will be the world’s largest single-site aluminium smelter upon completion of the Line 6 Expansion Project, which will boost its production by 540,000 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) bringing...

Study reveals ‘real’ aluminium packaging recycling rate

The national recycling rate in the UK for all aluminium packaging now stands at 55% (previously 48%) and the estimated recycling rate for aluminium drinks cans has reached 69% (from 60%), but the figures could be even higher, indicates the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).
According to packaging waste recovery data recently released by the Environment Agency, the “business” recycling rate for all aluminium packaging exceeded its 2015 target (49%), reaching 76,027 tonnes*.
However, research conducted to determine how much...

TALEX site visit for AluSolutions visitors

Registered visitors to AluSolutions 2016 will be given the opportunity to visit the new Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company LLC (TALEX).

TALEX is the first aluminium downstream project to be established in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).

The plant was set up to produce extruded aluminium and aluminium extrusion based-products for regional and international markets. The total expected investment is approximately US$ 240 million, with an estimated capacity of 50,000 Tonnes Per Annum of aluminium profiles and 45,000 Tonnes Per Annum of aluminium...

Sapa opens automotive-focused R&D lab

Sapa Technology Americas is the first facility of its kind in North America dedicated to the research and development of extruded aluminium solutions for the automotive industry. 

The new lab facility opened its doors last week in the Detroit suburb of Troy.

“In total, we have around 1,000 engineers working in research and with application development throughout the world. This is a new step forward in our work to provide customers with the solutions that improve their products,” says President & CEO Egil Hogna.

Executive vice president Tolga...

Alufoil Trophy 2016: Winners announced

The aluminium foil sector’s annual premier awards competition, the Alufoil Trophy brings out the best in both multinational and specialist foil manufacturers and converters. 

This year is no exception with 65 entries across the five major categories producing 10 outstanding winners, plus an Overall Excellence winner, which scored extremely high marks in all categories.

The Alufoil Trophy is organised each year by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association. 

The competition is open to products which are either made from aluminium foil or contain...

Malaysia extends bauxite mining ban

According to reports, Malaysia is extending its ban on bauxite mining by another three months, effective April 15, in order to clear stockpiles and curb air and water pollution caused by the sector in the past two years.

The country emerged last year as a major provider of bauxite after leading producer Indonesia banned ore exports to encourage more processing at home.

From January to November, Malaysia shipped some 20 million metric tons of bauxite to China, the world’s biggest aluminium producer. That was nearly half China’s total bauxite imports and a sharp...

Alcoa signs Bauxite supply contracts

Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) has secured multiple bauxite supply contracts valued at more than $350 million over the next two years. 

Under the contracts, the company will supply bauxite to external customers from three of its global mines as it continues to successfully build its third-party bauxite business. The new contracts cover customers in China, Europe and Brazil.

Auto research centre opens at Brunel University

Innovative technologies to make automotive components lighter and completely recyclable will be tested under industry conditions as Brunel University London opens its on campus car component research facility – the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC).

The £17m,1500m2 building  is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, global aluminium component producer Constellium and car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover.

The primary aim is to scale up from fundamental research carried out in the Brunel Centre for...