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Companies combine

Quaker Chemical and Houghton International to Combine Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE: KWR) and Houghton International Inc., companies with a combined 250-year history as providers of process fluids, chemical specialties, and technical expertise to the global primary metals and metalworking industries, today announced that they have executed a definitive agreement to combine the companies. Both Quaker Chemical and Houghton International are headquartered in the Philadelphia area. "The proposed combination of Quaker Chemical and Houghton International represents the next...

TOMRA: 45 years

TOMRA celebrates its 45th anniversary following record revenue year Starting in a small shed in Asker, Norway, the brothers Petter and Tore Planke created a solution to a problem: a local grocer wanted an automated machine that could quickly and easily take back used, empty bottles for recycling, and so TOMRA was born. By the end of 1972, TOMRA had installed 29 machines in Norway, and their successes quickly began to generate interest abroad. Since those humble beginnings, TOMRA has diversified its offering and expanded its reach. During the first 30 years of its history, the...

GARMCO: New CEO

Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill (Garmco), the Bahrain-based international aluminium rolling mill, has appointed Mohammed Essa, the current general manager of operations, as its interim chief executive officer. Essa has over 30 years of work experience in the company. He joined Garmco in 1985 as a material tester in laboratory and served in key departments such as sales and marketing, operations and quality control, said a statement from the company. Mahmood Al Soufi, chairman, Garmco, said: “We are confident that Essa’s experience with the company and his close working...

Rusal adds value

UC RUSAL has launched a “Properzi” rolling mill into operation at Kandalaksha Aluminium Smelter (KAZ) as part of the casthouse modernisation project at the smelter. The project investments total USD 19.8 mln. According to the company, the new equipment will produce up to 50 thousand tonnes of value added products (VAP) per annum. The launch of the new mill will allow the smelter to produce wire rods of 7 typical sizes which are a new aspect for KAZ; these are of the diameters of 9.5, 12, 14, 15, 19, 23 and 25mm. Prior to that, the smelter supplied only one…

Recycling boost

Constellium N.V. has announced that it has installed a new recycling furnace at its Muscle Shoals, Ala. facility in an effort to expand recycling capabilities in North America.  The now fully operational furnace is expected to increase the total recycling output by 170 million pounds, or about 5.2 billion additional used beverage cans per year. The Muscle Shoals facility will then be expected to recycle the equivalent of nearly 20 billion cans per year – almost one-fifth of the cans sold in the United States. "This new furnace is a major step for our Muscle Shoals...

GLAFRI joins ASI

The Global Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) has become a member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) to further strengthen its position as a global voice for responsible and sustainable aluminium foil market growth, worldwide. GLAFRI will join 42 other members of ASI, including several national Aluminium Associations, Foil Converters as well as Industrial Users and International Civil Society Organisations.  Oliver Hommel, president of GLAFRI confirmed the decision to join had been reached following strategic discussions at the 2016 Global Foil Roller Conference in...

EGA Earth Hour

EGA makes Earth Hour a weekly event, saving 24,395 kWh in three months. Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has disclosed that it began practicing Earth Hour on a weekly basis in November 2016.  In three months, the company has saved 24,395 kilowatt hours of electricity and reduced its CO2 emissions by 10,297 kilograms. Emirates Global Aluminium is the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas. Aluminium smelting is energy intensive, making saving power a key focus for EGA.  The company has participated in the annual Earth Hour since 2008, and...

Taxi!

The London Taxi Company has opened new £300m UK factory to make 5,000 aluminium-bodied, electric black cabs per year. The site in Ansty, Coventry, is the first vehicle manufacturing facility to be built in Britain for more than a decade. The fully integrated factory will also become a globally connected research and development centre in electric vehicle powertrains and lightweight aluminium body structures, which will be applied in all vehicles made at the plant.

Hydro’s Annual Report 2016

Norsk Hydro recently released its annual report: ‘Making the world lighter’. In the report, President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg wrote a letter to shareholders stating: “More and more discover the inherent properties of aluminium. Through innovation and product development we bring new aluminium solutions into new applications. Due to its light weight, formability, durability and endless recyclability, the growth is strikingly broad-based, spanning sectors like transportation, packaging, building & construction as well as electrical applications....