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Constellium and Linde joint development

This announcement follows a long-term partnership with Linde in the area of energy-efficient re-melting technologies.

The joint development agreement will build on the recent implementation of Linde's technology in Constellium's finishing and recycling aluminium facility of Neuf-Brisach, France, where two of the four rotary tilting furnaces have been converted to low-temperature oxy-fuel combustion technology.

Following this implementation, Constellium was able to achieve greater productivity and to accelerate progress on its sustainability roadmap. The conversion...

Using solar energy to melt aluminium

Researchers from Germany and South Africa have proposed a technique to reduce the emission in metal processing factories and will use South Africa’s large aluminium processing industry as a test bed.

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Continuous homogenising line for Russian aluminium market

The line includes: Continuous homogenising furnace with walking beam conveyor system, turbo air cooler, water tank, control system, as well as related equipment i.e. ultrasonic station, saw stations, stacking, strapping and wrapping system for horizontal and vertical packages of the logs.

The furnace allows processing logs with diameters varying from 8’’ to 18’’ (203.2mm to 457.2mm) without having to change its performance parameters. Thanks to its multi-zone design, vertical airflow furnace technology is inherently flexible. Owing to the unique design the...

Alcoa to Close Poços Smelter in Brazil

The smelter has been curtailed since May 2014 and the underlying market conditions that led to the curtailment have not improved.

“The closure of the Poços smelter permanently removes a high-cost smelting facility from the Alcoa system and is another step in creating a more profitable Primary Metals business,” said Alcoa Global Primary Products President Bob Wilt.

Once the Poços smelter is closed, Alcoa’s total global smelting capacity will be reduced by 96,000 metric tons, to 3.4 million metric tons. The Poços mine, refinery,...

Rio 2016 Olympic torch made from recycled aluminium

The torch is crafted from recycled aluminium and resin with a stain finish and has different segments which expand when the Olympic flame is passed from one torch bearer to another. These segments represent the soil, sea, mountains, sky and sun and are coloured according to the Brazilian flag – green, yellow, blue and white. 

Organisers said lightweight materials were used to improve the experience of the torchbearers,...