Hydro unveils advanced aluminium recycling upgrade

Hydro’s aluminium recycling plant in Luxembourg hosted royalty, government officials, and business leaders on June 1 when it unveiled an extensive upgrade with production and environmental benefits.

Hilde Merete Aasheim, Head of Primary Metal, Roland Scharf-Bergmann, Head of Recycling, and Clervaux Managing Director Ludovic Dardinier hosted the ceremony.

His Royal Highness le Grand-Duc Héritier of Luxembourg and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel were invited.

The €15 million upgrade has two key features: it allows the plant to take in more...

Alba Line 6 CAPEX down

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the Bahrain-based international smelter, announced that the CAPEX associated with Line 6 Expansion Project was brought-down from US$ 3.5 billion to around US$ 3 billion.
As per the initial Bankable Feasibility Study, the CAPEX for Line 6 Expansion Project - comprising the construction of a sixth pot line and Power Station 5 - was estimated at US$ 3.5 billion. However, following our on-going review in response to the lower oil prices and commodity market’s soft conditions, the CAPEX has significantly shrunk to approximately US$ 3...

All-alu E-cars

With an aluminium-intensive concept, e-car bodies can become lighter than 200kg, according to a concept from Hydro. 

All cars need to lose weight to reduce emissions in safe, reliable ways. This applies to e-cars in particular, due to their heavy battery components.
The interdisciplinary “Light E-Body” project has investigated several options to reduce car body weight from the 314 kg of a conservative concept in full steel. That project agreed on a multi-material concept with a 248 kg body.
Going beyond, Hydro and fka developed a full-aluminium car...

New aluminium casting facility

Magna International Inc. has announced it will build a new world-class aluminium casting facility in Telford, United Kingdom, to support Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's leading vehicle manufacturer.

The new facility is expected to be approximately 225,000 square feet and will create up to 295 jobs at full capacity. Working with the UK Trade & Investment and the Automotive Investment Organisation, along with financial support from the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund, helped to secure this project. Construction is expected to start in the autumn of 2016.


Iran smelter MoU

According to reports, National Aluminium Company (Nalco) and Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly explore the possibility of setting up an aluminium smelter in Iran. 

The signing of the MoU coincides with the visit of prime minister Narendra Modi to Iran. 

The smelter-cum-gas based power plant, is slated to be part of a joint venture aluminium company to be set up by Nalco in that country. It will utilise supply of alumina from Nalco's refinery in India....

20th ARABAL in Dubai

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) will host the premier aluminium industry gathering on 22-24 November 2016.

More than 2,000 local, regional and international delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors and visitors are expected to attend the Middle East’s premium aluminium industry gathering.

Combining a strategic conference with an international exhibition, ARABAL is the only event of its kind in the region to unite all the leading primary aluminium manufacturers in the GCC, enabling industry leaders to network, conduct business, discuss global challenges and...

$120M auto finishing line

Installed to support the production of stronger, lighter and safer vehicles, the line represents Novelis’ latest investment of $120 million to expand high-strength aluminium alloy supply for Ford F-Series trucks, America’s best-selling truck for 39 years and best-selling vehicle for 34 years. As a result of this expansion, Novelis has furthered its position as the leading automotive aluminium sheet supplier in North America.
“As a result of our investments across the globe, Novelis is able to offer our automotive customers unique advantages and...

Novelis lightens Cadillac

Novelis has announced its aluminium is used in the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 body.

The new mixed material vehicle construction featured in the Cadillac CT6 represents a first of its kind for General Motors (GM) in North America and China.

In North America, Novelis' plant in Kingston, ON will supply GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Michigan. Novelis' plant in Changzhou, China will supply GM's Shanghai plant, which will produce the CT6 manufactured locally in China.

The Cadillac CT6 features a body made of 62% aluminium. Through the use of...

Alufoil demand

First quarter results for aluminium foil deliveries from European suppliers showed positive growth in domestic demand, after a sustained period of mixed or declining results.

Exports, however, remain under pressure due to strong competition from non-European producers. Overall the first three months of 2016 saw a small decline of 0.6% in total tonnage to 217,000, compared with 218,500t for 2015, according to figures released by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association.

After declines in all four quarters of 2015, production of thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible...