Iran smelter MoU

According to reports, National Aluminium Company (Nalco) and Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly explore the possibility of setting up an aluminium smelter in Iran. 

The signing of the MoU coincides with the visit of prime minister Narendra Modi to Iran. 

The smelter-cum-gas based power plant, is slated to be part of a joint venture aluminium company to be set up by Nalco in that country. It will utilise supply of alumina from Nalco's refinery in India....

20th ARABAL in Dubai

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) will host the premier aluminium industry gathering on 22-24 November 2016.

More than 2,000 local, regional and international delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors and visitors are expected to attend the Middle East’s premium aluminium industry gathering.

Combining a strategic conference with an international exhibition, ARABAL is the only event of its kind in the region to unite all the leading primary aluminium manufacturers in the GCC, enabling industry leaders to network, conduct business, discuss global challenges and...

$120M auto finishing line

Installed to support the production of stronger, lighter and safer vehicles, the line represents Novelis’ latest investment of $120 million to expand high-strength aluminium alloy supply for Ford F-Series trucks, America’s best-selling truck for 39 years and best-selling vehicle for 34 years. As a result of this expansion, Novelis has furthered its position as the leading automotive aluminium sheet supplier in North America.
“As a result of our investments across the globe, Novelis is able to offer our automotive customers unique advantages and...

Novelis lightens Cadillac

Novelis has announced its aluminium is used in the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 body.

The new mixed material vehicle construction featured in the Cadillac CT6 represents a first of its kind for General Motors (GM) in North America and China.

In North America, Novelis' plant in Kingston, ON will supply GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Michigan. Novelis' plant in Changzhou, China will supply GM's Shanghai plant, which will produce the CT6 manufactured locally in China.

The Cadillac CT6 features a body made of 62% aluminium. Through the use of...

Alufoil demand

First quarter results for aluminium foil deliveries from European suppliers showed positive growth in domestic demand, after a sustained period of mixed or declining results.

Exports, however, remain under pressure due to strong competition from non-European producers. Overall the first three months of 2016 saw a small decline of 0.6% in total tonnage to 217,000, compared with 218,500t for 2015, according to figures released by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association.

After declines in all four quarters of 2015, production of thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible...

IAI appoints Chair

Hilde Merete Aasheim, Executive Vice President of Hydro's primary metal business, has been appointed Chair of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), at the 89th meeting of its Board of Directors in Shanghai.

Aasheim takes over from Abdulla Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, who stands down at the end of his two year tenure.

"It is a great honour for me to have been elected by my peers to Chair the Institute at this time of unprecedented change in the aluminium industry", says Aasheim. "I look forward to building on...

Hydro and Vale end negotiations

Hydro and Brazilian mining company Vale has ended negotiations on the possible acquisition of Vale’s 40% interest in Brazilian bauxite producer Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN). 

The two companies entered into a letter of Intent (LoI) regarding the possible transaction in October 2015, but have not been able to agree on commercial terms.

Hydro will continue to own 5% of MRN, as well as to purchase bauxite from Vale under commercial agreements entered into in 2011.

Hydro acquired Vales' other Brazilian aluminium assets in 2011, including the...

New extrusion plant

Kobe Steel, Ltd. will manufacture and sell aluminium extrusions for the automotive sector in the United States.

The new business will operate through a company called Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. (or KPEX) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

KPEX will make bumper materials for cars and car frame materials. The new company will have an integrated production facility, with operations ranging from melting to fabrication. Plans call for construction of the plant to begin this summer. Fabrication will start in the latter half of 2017, and the melting to extrusion...

Alcoa appointments

Alcoa has announced that Karl Tragl, Group President of Transportation and Construction Solutions (TCS), has been appointed Group President of Engineered Products and Solutions (EPS), succeeding Olivier Jarrault, effective May 16.

Jarrault will leave Alcoa after working with Tragl to ensure a smooth transition.

Prior to joining Alcoa in February, Tragl (pictured) was Chief Executive Officer of Bosch Rexroth, a $6 billion (€5.4 billion) automation solutions company with 31,000 employees in 80 countries. During his six years as CEO, he delivered sustainable profitable...

AluSolutions success

The AluSolutions conference and exhibition took place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on 10 – 11 May 2016.

More than 300 visitors from across the international aluminium industry gathered on the first day to hear presentations from representatives from Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Gulf Extrusions (GULFEX), Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company (TALEX), The Bureau for Middle East Recycling and Emirates Environmental Group.

The conference was inaugurated by Senaat's ACEO, H.E Eng. Jamal Al Dhaheri (pictured), who welcomed the event to the region and...