Constellium: New facility

Constellium intends to open a new manufacturing facility in Mexico to produce aluminium automotive structural components.

This plant, located in San Luis Potosí, will allow Constellium to respond to increasing demand for lightweight, high-strength aluminium Crash Management Systems and automotive structures for the expanding auto industry in Mexico.

The automotive industry expects that nearly five million vehicles will be produced annually in Mexico by 2019, making it one of the largest markets for automobile production.

Constellium plans to invest...

Schuler: AWEBA takeover

Schuler AG has completed the takeover of German die construction specialist AWEBA. 

Following approval from the relevant anti-trust authorities, Schuler – the market leader in forming technology – has now closed the acquisition process. As of July 1, 2016, Schuler will thus become the sole owner of AWEBA Werkzeugbau GmbH Aue. The AWEBA Group is one of the world’s leading full-service providers of dies and fixtures.

Schuler CEO Stefan Klebert commented: “AWEBA’s outstanding technological expertise in die construction is a perfect fit for...

Alcoa: Embraer contract

Alcoa has announced a long-term contract with Embraer – the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats – valued at approximately $470 million.

Under the multiyear agreement, Alcoa will supply aluminium sheet and plate for Embraer’s new E2s, the second generation of its E-Jets family of commercial aircraft, a narrow-body medium-range jet airliner. The Embraer E-Jets E2 were launched at the Paris Airshow in 2013 and are scheduled to enter into service in 2018.

“Our partnership with Embraer is rooted in constant innovation and this...

Alcoa separation progress

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa has announced a major milestone in connection with its pending separation into two strong standalone, publicly-traded companies.

Alcoa Upstream Corporation (to be renamed Alcoa Corporation prior to separation) has filed an initial Registration Statement on Form 10 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Alcoa Corporation will hold the Upstream and North American packaging businesses. The Value-Add businesses will remain in the existing company, which will be named Arconic Inc. The separation is on track to be completed in the second half...

Recycling pavilion

The organisers of ALUMINIUM 2016 have announced that the upcoming event will feature a Recycling Pavilion.

In Hall 11, which primarily addresses the topics of primary production and recycling, the trade fair organisers have set up a special area with a themed pavilion where companies specialised in recycling exhibit their solutions for reclaiming aluminium scrap.

The Recycling Pavilion targets scrap dealers, sorting line manufacturers, shredding plants, remelters and secondary aluminium vendors, to name but a few. So far registrations from the following exhibitors have...

Sohar Aluminium achieves new production record

Sohar Aluminium, the largest non-hydrocarbon industrial venture in the Sultanate of Oman, achieved a new production record in 2015 - one of a slew of operational improvements logged by the company last year.

Aluminium production jumped from 363,528 tonnes in 2014 to 377,186 tonnes last year -the highest annual output in the company's history.

According to reports, this was achieved by operating at the highest amperage - 389kA at the end of the year, at targeted current efficiency and operating pots levels, and a production rate of 2,879 kg Al/pot/day - amongst the best...

Sapa sells trading company to European Metal Supplies

Sapa has sold the metal trading company Cuprochimique NV to Belgium-based European Metal Supplies NV. Cuprochimique trades in aluminium profiles, bars, plates and other non-ferrous metals.

European Metal Supplies is in the same field of business as Cuprochimique and will continue the company’s trading operations, according to majority owner David Tavernier. “Together with Cuprochimque we will strengthen our position in the market by expanding our business range and diversifying our product portfolio,” he says.

Cuprochimique has annual turnover of EUR 8-10...

Constellium reaffirms commitment to sustainability and unveils new set of targets for 2020

Constellium has announced its new sustainability targets for 2020 as the company takes a next step towards unlocking the full value of conducting responsible business.

In its Business and Sustainability Performance Report 2015, Constellium evaluates its performance against the original 2012-2015 targets and announces new goals for 2020.

Constellium first established its strategic direction for sustainability in 2012 across four key priority areas: people, products, operations and responsible business. Today, the company reports progress on its performance and outlines...

EGA to launch construction os 12 Mtpa bauxite mine in Guinea

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) will begin construction on a major bauxite mine in the Republic of Guinea, to secure supply of the high-quality raw material for its primary aluminium production facilities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and create a new, substantial revenue stream through significant exports to Asia.  

EGA announced it has received final approval from its Board of Directors to launch the first phase of the mine, to be managed through its subsidiary, Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC). The project will develop an initial 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa)...