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EGA engineers training

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has seconded 10 young UAE National engineers abroad as part of its preparations for the start-up of its AED 11 billion Al Taweelah alumina refinery next year. EGA’s young engineers have been seconded for five months to Ma’aden in Saudi Arabia, the only operating alumina refinery in the region, to gain experience of a new industrial process for the UAE. In total 27 UAE Nationals are set to be seconded to Ma’aden over the course of this year as part of their training. EGA’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery is the first to be built...

Alcoa Portland update

The Victorian and Australian governments and Alcoa Corporation (NYSE:AA) has announced the Portland Aluminium smelter will restart capacity that had been lost due to a December power outage. In addition, Alcoa and energy provider AGL reached an agreement related to the electricity supply for the smelter. The four-year agreements with the governments and AGL will better position Portland Aluminium against market fluctuations and help maintain more than 500 jobs at the smelter. “The Victorian State and Australian Federal governments are strong proponents of the Portland...

Tenova FAC at Nachterstedt

At the end of last year, Novelis Deutschland GmbH has gave Tenova the Final Acceptance Certificate for its aluminium automotive Finishing line at the Nachterstedt Plant in Germany. Located adjacent to Novelis' existing rolling mill and the world's largest aluminium recycling centre, the $85 million global investment will increase annual production capacity by 120,000 metric tons of automotive sheet and will provide global customers with high-quality automotive sheet of alloys used in lightweight vehicle structures and body panels. The line is processing automotive aluminium...

Tenova TAKRAF acquisition

Global mining and bulk material handling equipment supplier, TAKRAF, is pleased to announce that it has recently acquired the assets of FMC Technologies’ (NYSE: FTI)  Material Handling Systems (FMC MHS) business unit based in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA (Philadelphia metro area).   For over 100 years, FMC MHS has been a global leader in providing material handling solutions to a variety of industries including mining, minerals, power and food. The business provides systems expertise by engineering, procuring, and construction assistance of complete material handling...

Craft beer in cans

Ball has collaborated with Norwegian craft brewer Lervig Aktiebryggeri, to produce packaging for selected expressions of its craft beer range. This sees Ball extending its cooperation with craft brewers, now manufacturing cans for craft beer in Norway in addition to the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Sweden.   Using Ball’s 330ml and 500ml can, the canned offering comes in a range of eight flavours including Lucky Jack American Pale Ale, Lucky Jack Grapefruit and Sour Suzy (a.k.a Berliner Weisse). The cans reflect the premium, yet classic feel of the beer using various...

Hydro: LoI and MOU

Hydro has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the state of Pará and also a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shell Brasil Petróleo LTDA, with the aim to replace a major part of its current fuel oil consumption at the Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil with more environmentally friendly natural gas. The LoI with the Para Government was signed in Belem, Brazil and witnessed by Hydro’s CEO, Svein Richard Brandtzæg, and Governor of Pará, Simão Jatene. The LoI aims to develop infrastructure and enable the use of natural gas in the region....

Alufoil Trophy winners

In recognition of their packaging excellence six products, which won the prestigious Alufoil Trophy, have been awarded a WorldStar by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The winning alufoil products were made by Ampac Flexibles; Ardagh and Amcor Flexibles; Constantia Flexibles; Guala Closures and Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging. Five WorldStars were received by Alufoil Trophy winners in the food category. Ampac were given the award for its Marinade Pouch, an innovative, 3-side-sealed pouch with a special zipper solution, which contains 200ml of sauce, to marinate fresh meat within...

Alumina supply contract

Noranda Alumina has secured a long term agreement with the Century Aluminum to supply smelters in Hawesville and Sebree, Kentucky with smelter grade alumina. Commenting on the announcement, David D'Addario, the chairman and chief executive officer of Noranda and managing partner of DADA Holdings, said that the long term agreement with the Century Aluminum marks an essential development in Noranda’s future. The alumina refining and Jamaican bauxite mining assets of Noranda were acquired by DADA Holdings in the late 2016, which is an investment and management company...