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Chalco: Shandong closure

According to reports, Aluminum Corp of China , known as Chalco, said late on Wednesday it had stopped production at an aluminium smelting plant in eastern China’s Shandong province, citing high electricity costs. In a statement to the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, Chalco said it was implementing “flexible production” on all 200,000 tonnes per year of capacity at its Shandong Huayu facility due to “high electricity prices, regional environmental protection policies, market environment and other factors.”

GLAFRI re-elects President

Göksal Güngör has been re-elected as President of the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) for a second term. Mr Güngor also serves as General Manager of Assan Alüminyum in Turkey and, before his election in 2018, had served on the board of the organisation as a Vice-President. At the same time Olaf Müller of Hydro (Europe), Patrick Lawlor of Gränges (USA) and Simon Chan of Xiashun (China) were all confirmed in their positions as vice presidents by the General Assembly and will continue to serve on the GLAFRI Board. “I am...

GFG Alliance welcomes Dunkerque smelter as cornerstone for supply chain expansion in France

Sanjeev Gupta’s global GFG Alliance today formally inaugurated Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque, as part of its global network of businesses and declared its intention to expand strongly into France’s industrial supply chain. In the presence of the French Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, Mr Gupta joined staff and up to 350 guests in Dunkerque to formally welcome Europe’s largest smelter, bought from Rio Tinto for around US$500m in December last year, into the GFG fold.    GFG aims to make the 570-worker plant the hub of an...

EGA: First bauxite train

Emirates Global Aluminium has announced a milestone at its under-construction Guinea bauxite mining project as the first loaded train travelled from its subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation’s mine to the coast.  The 80-wagon train carried some 6,800 tonnes of bauxite ore from GAC’s mine to the company’s facilities at Kamsar. The ore will be used to begin building a base-layer of bauxite at GAC’s new stockyard. First bauxite exports are expected during the second half of 2019. GAC has a total budgeted project cost of approximately $1.4 billion and is...

Combilift nominated

Combilift has been nominated as a finalist in one of the most prestigious and hotly contested international awards in the materials handling industry.  From a large pool of applicants, just 15 products have been selected for the IFOY Award (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year) which honours the best products and solutions of the year. The Combi-PPT powered pallet truck with 8,000kg capacity is one of three products shortlisted by the jury in the Warehouse Truck category.   The Combi-PPT is a high performance pedestrian operated powered pallet...

GCC Primary update

According to the Gulf Aluminium Council, the primary aluminium producers in the GCC collectively produced 5,408,257 tons of high quality primary Aluminium in 2018 for the local and international market. An increase of around 230,000 tons over last year, as the result of improved efficiency and completion of modernisation of projects and Alba surpassing one million tonnes production for the first time. Throughout the year, the Primary and Downstream aluminium producers in the GCC continued their drive to maintain their leadership position on all aspects related to the environmental...

Arconic sale looming?

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apollo is close to a deal to buy Arconic for more than $10 Billion. Apollo would pay between $21 and $22 per share in a deal that is likely to be announced this week.

Alufoil winners at WPO

The 2019 WorldStar competition, organised by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) continues to recognise the performance of aluminium foil as one of the major packaging materials globally. No less than four products, which had already won the coveted Alufoil Trophy earlier in 2018, picked up WorldStars for 2019 when the winners were announced recently. In the food category, Constantia Flexibles International, from Austria, received a WorldStar for the Cat Milk in Aluminium Portion-Pack. Animonda´s Milkies portion-packs contain 15g cat milk in four different variations. The...

Auto sheet training course

Following the success of the two courses held last year, Innoval Technology has announced another training course about aluminium automotive sheet.  It will take place on 9-11th April 2019 at Innoval’s offices in Banbury, UK. Anyone can attend. The Aluminium Automotive Sheet training course will be 2.5 days long and will include a visit to Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing facility in Solihull. The course is specifically for companies new to making or using aluminium automotive sheet. It will help delegates to develop a thorough understanding of this product from a...

Arconic sale looming

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apollo is close to a deal to buy Arconic for more than $10 Billion. Apollo would pay between $21 and $22 per share in a deal that is likely to be announced this week.