Alufoil Trophy 2016: Winners announced

The aluminium foil sector’s annual premier awards competition, the Alufoil Trophy brings out the best in both multinational and specialist foil manufacturers and converters. 

This year is no exception with 65 entries across the five major categories producing 10 outstanding winners, plus an Overall Excellence winner, which scored extremely high marks in all categories.

The Alufoil Trophy is organised each year by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association. 

The competition is open to products which are either made from aluminium foil or contain...

Malaysia extends bauxite mining ban

According to reports, Malaysia is extending its ban on bauxite mining by another three months, effective April 15, in order to clear stockpiles and curb air and water pollution caused by the sector in the past two years.

The country emerged last year as a major provider of bauxite after leading producer Indonesia banned ore exports to encourage more processing at home.

From January to November, Malaysia shipped some 20 million metric tons of bauxite to China, the world’s biggest aluminium producer. That was nearly half China’s total bauxite imports and a sharp...

Alcoa signs Bauxite supply contracts

Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) has secured multiple bauxite supply contracts valued at more than $350 million over the next two years. 

Under the contracts, the company will supply bauxite to external customers from three of its global mines as it continues to successfully build its third-party bauxite business. The new contracts cover customers in China, Europe and Brazil.

Auto research centre opens at Brunel University

Innovative technologies to make automotive components lighter and completely recyclable will be tested under industry conditions as Brunel University London opens its on campus car component research facility – the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC).

The £17m,1500m2 building  is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, global aluminium component producer Constellium and car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover.

The primary aim is to scale up from fundamental research carried out in the Brunel Centre for...

Sapa signs agreement

Sapa has signed an agreement with the international flooring solutions company BerryAlloc for the delivery of aluminium skirtings for BerryAlloc’s wet room panels and laminated floor products. 

Sapa will deliver 37.5 million skirtings from its extrusion plant in Magnor, Norway. 

Sapa’s first deliveries to BerryAlloc – profiles used in wall coverings for kitchens and bathrooms – left the Magnor plant in February. In March, the plant began shipping aluminium extrusions for BerryAlloc’s high-tech laminate flooring. Thanks to its...

Alcoa to sell pipeline

Alcoa of Australia has agreed to sell its stake in DBP, the owner and operator of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP), to DUET Group (DUET) for AU$205 million (~US$154 million). 

DBP is currently 20% owned by Alcoa of Australia and 80% by DUET (in aggregate).

As part of the transaction Alcoa of Australia will maintain its current access to approximately 30% of the DBNGP transmission capacity for gas supply to its three alumina refineries in Western Australia.

The sale is expected to close in early April.

Novelis management changes

Novelis has made a change in the management of its Automotive and Can businesses in Europe.

Michael Hahne, who previously served as Vice President and General Manager Can in Novelis Europe, will assume the position of Vice President and General Manager Automotive in Novelis Europe effective April 1, 2016. 

Michael succeeds Pierre Labat, who has been appointed as Vice President, Sales and Marketing Global Automotive and will move to the company’s global headquarters in Atlanta, USA.

Michael Hahne joined Novelis in 2008 and served in various management...

New AEC President

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has elected Jeff Henderson to be its next president, effective April 1, 2016.

Henderson succeeds Rand Baldwin, who announced his retirement to AEC’s Board of Directors during the Management Conference last September. Baldwin has been the Council’s President since 2000 and has seen the Council through both challenging and exciting times. 

AEC Chairman Martin Bidwell said, “We are excited to have Jeff lead our Council. He has been a part of the leadership team both as a board member during his time with Sapa, and in...

AluSolutions conference programme announced

The AluSolutions conference will provide a platform to discuss the sustainability challenges faced when manufacturing and processing aluminium, as well as a look at the environmental benefits of end-use aluminium products.

The conference will be held on 10th – 11th May 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE.

What’s On
The opening session at 10.30am on Day One (10th May) will feature presentations from Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Gulf Extrusions, Emirates Environmental Group and the Bureau of Middle East...