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Fives: ECL acquisition

ECL will become a new entity within Fives and bring a high level of complementary technical strengths and sales strategies.

Frédéric Sanchez, Chairman of the Executive Board, said: “With the acquisition of ECL, Fives has strengthened its position as number one in the supply of key process equipment used in aluminium production. ECL’s business perfectly complements that of Fives. The combined assets of our two companies will strengthen the quality of our offer to aluminium producers, in particular in the service sector.”

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Aleris appoints new CEO

Stack most recently served as executive vice president and CEO, Aleris North America. With his appointment, Stack was also elected to the Aleris Board of Directors. Scott Graves, Aleris director and managing director and Head of Credit Strategies for Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. has been elected non-executive chairman of the Aleris Board. A fund managed by Oaktree is a majority shareholder of Aleris. Both appointments will take effect immediately.

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Ma’aden to host Arabal Conference

Featuring international participation, the conference is scheduled to take place from 15-17 November 2015 at the Dhahran International Exhibitions Center in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

While the conference will focus on "the integration of the upstream and downstream aluminium industry in the GCC", it will also discuss topics related to the future of the global aluminium industry, promoting cooperation between producers and consumers, in order to achieve the common objectives of the participants in this gathering and the aluminium industry...

Cash boost for Materials Processing Institute

The Institute, based in Teesside, is recognised as the UK’s centre for industrial materials research and has opened its doors to companies outside of the steel sector to make use of its top class research and development facilities.

The organisation, which was first founded 70 years ago, evolved to become the research and development arm, firstly of British Steel and more recently Tata Steel. 

After returning to independent ownership in November, it is welcoming contracts from across the globe.

MPI Managing Director and CEO Chris McDonald said:...

ALFED calls for manufacturing to receive greater support

Addressing the Aluminium Federation’s annual lunch at the House of Lords, its President, Simon MacVicker, managing director of Bridgnorth Aluminium (pictured), welcomed the development of the UK’s first Industrial Strategy for Metals, but highlighted the severe decline in the country’s aluminium capacity in recent years.

“The UK has lost two of our three primary...

Constellium: New progress on sustainability agenda

The company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability began in 2012 with the definition of an ambitious roadmap made of commitments and targets on four main pillars: development and manufacturing of sustainable products; safety and skill development; reduction of the environmental impact of operations; and conducting business responsibly with respect to governance and supply chain.

“The progress we continue to make is a proof of our commitment to sustainability. Every day, thanks to our people’s contributions and the cooperation with our external stakeholders,...

Alcoa realigns downstream portfolio

Alcoa’s downstream portfolio will become two segments, one with a core focus on aerospace, and the other centred on the construction and commercial wheels markets. The realignment supports Alcoa’s transformation strategy to build its value-add portfolio for greater profitability.

With Alcoa’s successful acquisition of RTI International Metals, Inc. (NYSE: RTI), the recent acquisitions of Firth Rixson and TITAL, and other innovation-led organic growth investments, the company continues to deepen its reach into the high-growth aerospace market.

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Alupro: Packaging recycling report

Alupro advocates streamlining the reprocessor/exporter accreditation system and reducing the administrative burden with the aim of capturing the true amount of aluminium packaging recycled in the UK or exported for recycling. 

Presently, packaging recycling data comes via the PRN system. The system requires voluntary accreditation by reprocessors and exporters, and yet many choose not to...

Aluminum Association welcomes three new member companies

The new member additions come at a time of continued demand growth for aluminium. According to recent preliminary Aluminum Association data, the North American aluminium industry shipped an estimated 25.5 billion pounds of aluminium in 2014, the most since 2006. More recent data shows 3.1% year-over-year demand growth through April 2015. From the 2009 baseline, demand for the metal in the U.S. and Canada has risen by nearly 40%. 

“We’re excited to welcome these new member companies to the Aluminum Association,” said Heidi Brock, President & CEO of the...