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Rio Tinto’s Icelandic aluminium plant attracts Glencore - sources

According to reports, at least three companies including Glencore (GLEN.L) have expressed an interest in buying Rio Tinto’s aluminium assets in Iceland, Sweden and the Netherlands for up to $350 million. Rio Tinto restarted the sale process for the assets in late 2018, with the help of French investment bank Natixis, sources previously said, after Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro (NHY.OL) pulled out of buying them, blaming a delay in getting European Commission approval. As well as an aluminium smelter in Iceland, Rio has put on the block a 53% stake in a Dutch anode...

SECO/WARWICK Group under new command

It has been a month, since the Supervisory Board at the SECO/WARWICK Group unanimously decided to entrust the function of President of the Management Board to Sławomir Woźniak. The new President has been appointed for the same period as the joint term of the new Management Board, which spans the next three full financial years. “We have entrusted the function of President of the Board not only to a man who has developed the company, but also to a highly experienced manager. I am convinced that his abilities and amazing competencies will contribute to the further intensive...

Alcoa announces planned restart, new labour contract for Aluminerie de Bécancour smelter in Québec

Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminium products, announced that the Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc. (ABI) smelter plans to restart curtailed smelting capacity after members of the United Steelworkers union in Québec, Canada today approved a six-year labour agreement. The smelter, owned by Alcoa (74.95%) and Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. (25.05%), has total annual capacity of 413,000 metric tons per year. The restart will begin on July 26, 2019 and is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2020. Salaried employees had operated one of three...

HAI now a member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI)

Hammerer Aluminium Industries (HAI) from Ranshofen, became an official member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) in June 2019. The strictest industrial standards with regard to responsible company management and the fulfilment of high environmental and social standards convinced HAI to become a member of the international initiative. ASI performance standard: Responsible production The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) has been concerned with responsible aluminium extraction and sustainability in production since 2012. Responsible, sustainable aluminium processing...

EGA and Abu Dhabi Ports welcome largest bulk cargo ship to ever call at Khalifa Port

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, announced the arrival of the first fully-laden Capesize vessel to call at any GCC port at its quay at Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, inaugurating the import of bauxite for EGA’s new Al Taweelah alumina refinery using these huge bulk cargo vessels. EGA imports bauxite ore from the Republic of Guinea to supply Al Taweelah alumina refinery, and using Capesize vessels reduces shipping costs per tonne. Abu Dhabi Ports has modified the approaches to Khalifa Port to accommodate...

Aluminium China & Lightweight Asia 2019 looks at the advancements in aluminium applications

Aluminium China and Lightweight Asia 2019, which will be held by Reed Exhibitions from July 10th to 12th, will showcase a new chapter in the aluminium industry by exploring the green manufacturing trends involved in the developments and products in the automotive, construction, transport, aerospace and consumer durables industries. Aluminium Leading the Boom in Consumer Electronics with White Goods In recent years, in order to meet modern consumers’ preferences and aesthetic requirements, using aluminium alloy by products for parts in home appliances instead of their plastic...

SNC-Lavalin awarded engineering and project management support services by Emirates Global Aluminium

SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has been awarded a three-year Master Services Agreement by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to provide engineering and project management support services to complement its existing resources in delivering operations capital projects at EGA's Al Taweelah and Jebel Ali smelter Complexes, and Al Taweelah alumina refinery. Under this agreement, SNC-Lavalin will provide integrated engineering services covering all multi-disciplinary aspects related to power plant, energy distribution, water desalination, aluminium smelting, casting and carbon plants of...

Aluminerie Alouette back to full capacity

Aluminerie Alouette successfully finished a major step in its intensive relining program on June 28th and started 140 AP40 pots in 180 days in the frame to move from AP40LE to AP40 Technology. Aluminerie Alouette is back with 594 pots in operation going on track to achieve 600,000 tpy production and targeting 630,000 tpy in coming years through increase to 395 kA intensity & implementation of Forced cooling Network. "This achievement is underlining great team work, including contractors. It is a great job, well done," quoted Patrice L’Huillier, CEO and...

Ottawa and Quebec award nearly $2.8 million for the start-up of the FjordAl Aluminium plant

The governments of Canada and Quebec are providing a total of $2,780,000 in financial assistance to the company FjordAl Aluminium for starting up an aluminium rod manufacturing plant in the Jonquière sector of Saguenay. The project, valued at $6,590,000, will create 20 jobs. Mr. Richard Hébert, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Jean and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic...

RUSAL is implementing a ‘BigData’ aluminium production management project at Siberian smelters

RUSAL is launching a potroom control system as part of its production efficiency improvement strategy. Such a development will use advanced scientific and methodological approaches based on forecast analytics known as ‘BigData’. The development and implementation of the new system will increase the Company’s aluminium production efficiency twofold; by decreasing the abnormalities throughout the process and improving the reduction cell control quality. At the end of 2019, the project investment will amount to around RUB 20 mln.   Currently, the causes of...