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Alba Line 6 at 50%

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) Line 6 Expansion Project has gained further momentum with the handover of 172 pots for commissioning on 01 March 2019 – bringing Alba one step closer to become the world’s largest smelter. Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa, said:   “We are pleased to announce that Potline 6 is now in full ramp-up mode with the handover of the next set of 172 pots for commissioning. Once the start-up of the additional 172 pots is complete, Alba will have...

Rio Tinto says Amrun bauxite mine set for full production

According to reports, Rio Tinto has announced that its $1.9 billion Amrun bauxite mine in northern Australia is set to enter full production after finishing its ramp-up phase, boosting output at its Weipa operations by more than a third. The Amrun mine will produce 22.8 million tonnes at full production, and take Rio’s bauxite output at Weipa on Australia’s northern tip to 35 million tonnes a year.

Recycled alloy research

High-strength aluminium alloys produced from completely recycled metals could be developed as a result of a UK-led research partnership. Aluminium production consumes 3.5 per cent of the world’s electricity supply, while producing one per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. However, the metal is theoretically infinitely recyclable, with its recycling consuming just five per cent of the energy needed to produce the metal in the first place. Over one billion tonnes of aluminium has been produced since 1908, of which over 75 per cent remains as accessible stock. Now, in a...

Nespresso commits to improve aluminium capsule recycling

Nespresso has made a US$1.2 million commitment to better enable the recovery of its aluminium coffee capsules through New York City's recycling programme. "Nespresso is deeply committed to the circular use of our products, choosing aluminium packaging because it both protects the quality of our exceptional coffees and can be recycled and reused again and again," says Guillaume Le Cunff, President and CEO of Nespresso USA. "This collaboration will provide New York City-based consumers with another convenient way to recycle used capsules and other aluminium...

Vesuvius acquires CCPI

Molten metal flow engineering and technology company Vesuvius announced on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire CCPI - a speciality refractory producer focused on tundish applications and aluminium. The FTSE 250 company said CCPI, based in Ohio, would become part of its Advanced Refractories business unit. The acquisition would be accretive to group return-on-sales even before synergies were considered, Vesuvius said. “CCPI is a strategically important acquisition for Vesuvius, which significantly expands Vesuvius' North American presence in refractories used in steel...

EGA makes significant step forward in re-using carbon by-product as an alternative fuel

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that it is to supply almost all of its production of carbon dust, a by-product of aluminium smelting, for use as an alternative fuel by the UAE cement industry. The move extends EGA’s cooperation with UAE cement companies to re-use by-products of aluminium smelting, in a step forward for the development of a circular economy. EGA supplies its spent pot lining, another by-product, to UAE cement firms and has trialled the re-use of carbon dust with the industry. Carbon dust is generated during the process of producing anodes,...

Alba: Line 6 ramp-up

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), soon to be the largest aluminium smelter in the world, is pleased to state that its flagship Line 6 Expansion Project is progressing as per schedule with the successful testing of 40 pots which are now fully operational. The Chairman of Alba’s Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa, said: “We are delighted to have started Potline 6 ahead of schedule on 13 December 2018 and to have successfully started the first 40 pots. Alba is targeting Line 6 full ramp-up within Q3 2019 which will further position us to take...

Lorin dispels coil anodised aluminium myths in new video

Lorin Industries, Inc., has released a new video resource for architects, product designers, and engineers highlighting the superior physical characteristics and cost efficiency of coil anodised aluminium versus painted aluminium. “Lorin Industries, Inc. Anodising vs. Paint - Complete Compilation” busts nine myths about coil anodising and is available now on Lorin Industries’ YouTube Channel. The video provides information on the process of coil anodising and the qualities of coil anodised aluminium—including durability and colour consistency. Viewers may be...

Hydro and Vaan launch world’s first recyclable luxury yacht

The Vaan R4 is a catamaran made almost entirely of circular materials, including recycled aluminium from Hydro. “One of the biggest industry challenges today is that many of the products designed and produced are too difficult or expensive to take apart and recycle when they are no longer in use. We are proud to work with a visionary company like Vaan to address these challenges, and to contribute to the first recyclable yacht, which is built with our 75 percent recycled aluminium,” says Marijn Rietveld, Director Offshore and Marine in Hydro.   The new yacht...