Alcoa power agreement

Alcoa has reached an agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) that will help improve the competitiveness of its Intalco smelter.

As a result, the smelter will not curtail at the end of the second quarter as previously announced by the company.

The amendment to the power contract is effective July 1, 2016 through Feb. 14, 2018 and provides for additional access to market power during this period.

This short-term amendment with BPA, combined with the state of Washington’s $3 million budget proviso for workforce training, are key factors in...

Sapa delivers record results in first quarter

Sapa has delivered the strongest first quarter since the company was established in 2013. 

The demand for lighter cars in both North America and Europe, resulting in aluminium substitution in the automotive industry, is contributing positively. 

Owners Orkla and Hydro reported to the financial markets Sapa's results for the first quarter of 2016. Sapa continues to deliver strong results. 
Underlying EBIT improved with 46% compared to the same quarter previous year to NOK 571 million. Performance improved across all business areas mainly due to the...

ASI holds first AGM

Over 120 representatives from across the aluminium value chain attended the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s (ASI) inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM) event, held on Tuesday 26 April at the Audi Forum, Ingolstadt, Germany.

The AGM successfully ratified ASI’s new Constitution, and acknowledged ASI’s new Directors-Elect, and the newly elected Standards Committee. This marks another important stage in the evolution of ASI as a standards-setting and certification organisation that recognises and fosters the responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of...

United Steelworkers union scraps efforts for U.S. tariff on aluminium

A Canada-U.S. trade fight over aluminium appears to be over before it really began.

The United Steelworkers union abandoned efforts on Friday to get the U.S. government to impose steep tariffs on aluminium imports, blaming a lack of industry unity. 

Last week, the labour union petitioned the Obama administration to put an emergency tariff of up to 50% on all imports – a move that could have sideswiped Canadian producers, including Rio Tinto.

But the union abruptly withdrew the petition in the wake of outrage from the Canadian government, rival unions and...

Constellium appointment

Constellium has announced that the Board will nominate Jean-Marc Germain as an Executive Director at the company’s next Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held in June 2016, with the view to him becoming Chief Executive Officer of the Company in the course of summer 2016.

Jean-Marc Germain will succeed Pierre Vareille, who announced in March 2016 his desire to retire as the CEO of the company.

“After conducting an executive search process, the Board is delighted to have Jean-Marc Germain join our Company,” stated Richard (Dick) Evans, Chairman...

Wagstaff appointment

Lee joined Wagstaff in May of 1999 as an Area Manager responsible for sales in Japan, Western North America, Russia and the Ukraine. In 2011 Lee was named Vice President, Sales & Marketing the position he held until his retirement. Lee graduated from the Colorado School of Mines and worked for Kaiser Aluminum for 26 years in various supervisory and managerial roles during his domestic and international assignments. 

Steve Anderson (pictured), formerly Director of Engineering at Wagstaff, Inc. has been promoted to Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Steve holds degrees...

USW files case on imports of primary unwrought aluminium

The United Steelworkers (USW) has filed a petition under Section 201 of U.S. trade law that seeks to stem a flood of imported primary unwrought aluminum that has seriously injured the American industry and threatens additional job and capacity losses.

A Section 201 petition allows President Obama to provide relief and implement an adjustment plan, if appropriate, once the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) finds imports are a substantial cause of the harm.

The USW petition claims that the domestic industry’s circumstances are critical. In such cases, the ITC...

Applications are now being accepted for the European Aluminium Award 2016

Are there any noteworthy new developments in your company? Are you proud of your efficient production processes? Have any fresh, leading-edge designs?

Then you’re a candidate for the EUROPEAN ALUMINIUM AWARD 2016. Presented for the 10th time, the most important prize of the aluminium industry honours the sector’s innovations. The Award Ceremony will take place at ALUMINIUM 2016 in Düsseldorf on 29 November. The application deadline is 15 July 2016.

Awards will be presented in the categories Automotive, Transportation (air, rail, road, water),...