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Ultra-light car parts

Researchers at Brunel University London are developing a new generation of ultra-light car parts that will reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions.   The three-year, £7.5m project is a partnership driven by Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Jaguar Land Rover and others.   Liquid metal engineering experts will work on it from Brunel’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC) at its Uxbridge campus in West London.   The aim is to perfect incredibly light, thin-walled aluminium die-cast...

New Constellium plant

Constellium N.V. has announced the grand opening of its new plant in White, Georgia, dedicated to the production of advanced aluminium automotive structural components and crash management systems.  The 135,000 sq. ft. facility is strategically located to supply automakers in the Southeast U.S. and may be expanded to 220,000 sq. ft. to meet customers’ supply needs in the future. Constellium expects to have 150 employees in White, Georgia, by 2019. “I am very pleased to be in Georgia today to celebrate the opening of this new plant, its state-of-the art...

Kobe Steel & Novelis JV

Kobe Steel, Ltd. and Novelis Korea Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Novelis Inc., have entered into a definitive agreement to establish a joint venture in South Korea that will produce aluminium sheet products.   Kobe Steel plans to acquire 50 percent of the Ulsan Plant of Novelis Korea, for US$315 million (about 35 billion yen). The joint venture, to be named Ulsan Aluminum, Ltd., is anticipated to be established at the end of September 2017, when the deal is expected to close.   The joint venture will undertake production, with each parent company responsible...

New ALFED President

The Aluminium Federation (ALFED), the trade body of the UK’s aluminium sector, has announced the appointment of a new President. Giles Ashmead, managing director of Powdertech (Corby) Ltd, was previously Vice-President of the Aluminium Federation, and succeeds Adrian Platt. Powdertech is one of the UK’s leading metal finishing companies, focusing on the construction, automotive and rail sectors. The company has been involved in many headline construction projects such as the Shard, the ‘Cheesegrater’ and St Pancras Station, and coats components for JLR and...

EAFA Website

The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) has upgraded its website to improve navigation and give it a contemporary look and feel. It takes into account the greatly enhanced content, which has been added over the last six years and aims to help users find the answers they seek quickly and easily.   The main aim is to provide information in a far more attractive and visual way, leading quickly to the content required. But the Association wishes to retain all the existing popular elements, such as market information, the latest news on sustainability and its very dynamic...

China Trade Taskforce

On Wednesday, May 3 2017, China Trade Task Force (CTTF), a multinational campaign group, visited London to rally transnational support to call for an end to Chinese illegal aluminium subsidies that are leading to job losses across Europe and the United States. CTTF is urging more European and UK stakeholders to join the fight and are calling on the European Union and the UK government to press the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to take urgent and decisive action. Since China’s entry to the WTO, the number of primary aluminium smelters in the EU has declined by over 38% and...

New Danieli projects

ALRO SA, part of Vimetco NV has contracted Danieli for the supply of a new aluminium plate stretcher and major cold rolling mill modernisation for its plant located Slatina, Romania. The new 18MN plate stretcher will process very thin aluminium plates with high surface quality of alloys series 1xxx to 7xxx used for aerospace, marine, defence and commercial transportation applications. The modernisation will allow ALRO cold mill #2 to improve sheet gauge and flatness tolerances, increase productivity, improve strip dryness and mill reliability. New filtering and fume treatment...

New Arconic President

Arconic has announced that Eric Roegner, Chief Operating Officer of Investment Castings, Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products and President of Arconic Defense, has been named President of Arconic Global Rolled Products (GRP), effective immediately.  Roegner continues as President of Arconic Defense. He succeeds Kay Meggers who is leaving Arconic effective June 2 to become a faculty member at the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University.

Alumina increase

UC Rusal has announced the launch of a new digestion train at the Urals Aluminium Smelter (UAZ). The total amount of investment in the project exceeded 1.1 billion rubles.   Upon commissioning the new digestion train that consists of 82 units, the refinery will expand alumina production by 130 thousand tonnes per year. Total annual output of UAZ will reach 900 thousand tonnes of alumina. New equipment will increase the safety and energy efficiency of the production process resulting in cost reductions of alumina.   The construction of the new digestion train lasted two...