National aluminium design competition returns for autumn 2016

Secondary schools throughout the UK are invited to take part in the Alu D&T Challenge which aims to teach 11-14 year olds about aluminium and the importance of sustainable design.

The challenge includes an opportunity for students to create their own products and enter their ideas in a national competition for a chance to win prizes for themselves and their school.   

The Alu D&T Challenge supports the D&T curriculum for 11-14 year olds and provides free lesson plans and a range of interactive stimulus materials to explain the material properties and...

Association: New leadership

The Aluminum Association announced an expanded leadership team and additions to its Board of Directors during “Vote Aluminum” – its annual member meeting in Washington, D.C.
“This is a pivotal time for the domestic aluminium industry – with tremendous demand side opportunities but also significant challenges on the global trade front,” said Garney Scott, President & CEO of Scepter and Aluminum Association Chairman. “These new additions to the Association’s leadership will be tremendously helpful as we work together...

Ma’aden development

The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has announced the beginning of commercial production of the bauxite mine and alumina refinery of its subsidiary Ma’aden Bauxite and Alumina Company.

The Alumina refinery has achieved stable operations and will ramp-up production until reaching its designed production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes of alumina per year by early 2017.

At full production the refinery will fully meet the Ma’aden smelter requirement for 1.4 million tonnes of alumina per year with the surplus production to be sold into regional and...

Reynolds expansion

Reynolds Manufacturing has announced plans of expansion at its west Louisville wrap aluminium foil manufacturing plant that would add up to 50 jobs.

According to an official release, the company received approvals from the State officials on Thursday for an economic development subsidy amounting up to $650,000 to be paid out over a period of 10 years, provided Reynolds sticks to its plan and keeps updating the concerned authority about the progress at stipulated intervals.

LME to implement charge-capping as final part of warehouse reforms package

The London Metal Exchange (LME) has announced its intention to introduce caps on maximum rates charged by LME-registered warehouses following a market-wide consultation. This is the final part of the three-year-long warehouse reform programme designed to enhance the LME’s warehouse network and to ensure that it fully serves the requirements of the global metals market.

“We would like to thank all those who took part in discussions and consultations over the last three years, which have been invaluable in ensuring that we took the most informed and balanced action in...

Alcoa board approves separation

Alcoa Inc has announced that its Board of Directors has approved the completion of the company’s separation into two independent, publicly-traded companies.

Arconic will be a leading global provider of high-performance materials and engineered products to the aerospace, automotive and other growth industries, positioned for profitable growth.

Alcoa Corporation will be a globally-competitive industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminium products, positioned to succeed throughout the market cycle. The separation is scheduled to become effective before the opening...

Kitimat open to community

Rio Tinto has welcomed employees and community members of all ages to visit its modernised Kitimat smelter.

Gareth Manderson, general manager of Rio Tinto BC Works says: "This smelter represents the next chapter built on our 60 year legacy as a leading aluminium producer here in Kitimat. The modernisation project was the largest private infrastructure investment in BC's history. It has doubled the production of the smelter while reducing overall emissions by nearly 50 percent. Our leading-edge facility is now one of the greenest in the world and produces aluminium with...