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Power failure at Karmøy

Hydro’s aluminium plant in Karmøy, Norway suffered from a power failure, starting 03:50 CET on April 1. Power supply has been reestablished, but at a lower amperage. The incident has caused no personnel injuries. Hydro Karmøy has an annual production of around 270,000 tonnes primary aluminium, whereof 75,000 tonnes is the Karmøy technology pilot. The Karmøy technology pilot is not affected by the power failure. The cause of the power failure is not clear and will be investigated. All available resources are mobilised to identify the cause and...

Daiki breaks ground

Daiki Aluminium Industry India, a 100% subsidiary of Daiki Aluminium Industry Co. Ltd. of Japan, commenced work on its new aluminium alloy recycling Sri City unit with a groundbreaking ceremony. After the foundation ceremony, Takaaki Yamamoto, President of Daiki Aluminium Industry in the presence of Zhao Rong, Chairman, Delta Group of Industries, China, highlighted the ‘green principles’ in production and said the aim was to use the latest technologies in pollution control measure adhering to the strict regulation of their parent plants in Japan. The plant, being built...

Hydro: Recovery underway

Hydro has allocated all available internal and external resources to make further progress in securing safe and stable operations across the company, following the extensive cyber attack earlier this week. “We are continuing to make progress towards a resolution, but the situation remains serious and we are still dependent on extraordinary measures to run many of our operations. This is particularly challenging within our Extruded Solutions business area, where the implementation of work-around solutions is both challenging and time-consuming,” says CFO Eivind...

Rusal: Cable plant plans

RUSAL has completed preparations for construction of the pilot plant to produce innovative material for the cable industry at its Achinsk Alumina Refinery (AGK) – fine precipitated aluminium hydroxide (FPAH) – with a capacity of 5,000 tpa. Project investments will amount to over RUB 500 mln. ‘After the completion of the testing process in a lab, which confirmed high quality of the product, and after having received positive feedback from our customers, we decided to construct a pilot plant twice the size of the one we planned a year ago. The demand for FPAH in...

Hydro under cyber attack

According to reports, hackers have demanded ransom from Norway’s Norsk Hydro as part of cyber attack. Norsk Hydro said on Tuesday it had been hit by a ransom cyber attack of unknown origin, with hackers demanding a ransom. “The situation is quite grave,” said Norsk Hydro CFO Eivind Kallevik. “This virus is a so-called encryption virus, also commonly known as ransom virus,” he told a news conference. Ransom viruses encrypt files using malware that render them unusable. The hackers then demand a ransom to unlock them. “No sum has been...

Hydro: Cyber attack update

Hydro has made progress in securing safe and stable operations across the company, following an extensive cyber attack that hit on Tuesday. Hydro’s technical team, with external support, has succeeded in detecting the root cause of the problems and is currently working to validate the plan and process to restart the company’s IT systems in a safe and sound manner. However, it is still not clear how long it might take restore stable IT operations.    As communicated on Tuesday, Hydro was subject to an extensive cyber-attack, impacting operations in several of...

Aluminium recycling could double with new reforms, says Green Alliance.

New reforms, including a deposit return scheme (DRS), could see aluminium recycling almost double if implemented, preventing around £50 million of wasted resources each year, according to a new report by environmental think tank Green Alliance. The report, released on 11th March and titled ‘Closing the loop: Four steps towards 100 per cent aluminium packaging recycling’, looks at the state of aluminium recycling in the UK and proposes a number of ways in which it could be boosted. In 2017, the UK recycled 51 per cent of aluminium packaging, including 72 per cent...

Constellium to expand extrusion capacity at Singen, Germany, plant.

Constellium is expanding its plant in Singen, Germany, with an additional aluminium extrusion press to supply automotive customers in Europe. The company will build a dedicated 8,000 sq m hall on its Singen campus for an expected start of production in mid-2020. Constellium anticipates approximately 50 new jobs will be created to support this new activity. “Extrusions are the foundation of our Automotive Structures product portfolio,” commented Paul Warton, president of Constellium’s Automotive Structures and Industry Business Unit. “As our business...

RUSAL to save over $10 million with AI-based system for electrolytic cells

RUSAL is to implement an AI-based predictive system developed by Mechanica AI, a provider of AI-based solutions for process industries. The expected annual yield growth following the system roll-out is estimated to be over $10 million yearly for the first chosen plant. RUSAL is one of the world's largest aluminium producers, and ongoing optimisation of production processes is an important part of the company’s strategy. To investigate whether innovative AI technologies can further support this task, RUSAL successfully completed a pilot project with Mechanica AI. ...