AluSolutions: New speakers announced

AluSolutions 2016, the only free exhibition and conference addressing sustainability challenges in aluminium production and processing, is excited to announce confirmed speakers from Rio Tinto, Norsk Hydro and Schueco.

Taking place on 10th – 11th May 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the AluSolutions conference will demonstrate how the aluminium industry is making continuous improvements in the environmental efficiency of producing aluminium, as well as its sustainability benefits in end-use applications.

The second day of the conference (11th May)...

Alcoa to delay curtailment of Intalco smelter

Alcoa has announced it will delay the curtailment of its Intalco Works smelter in Ferndale, Washington until the end of the second quarter of 2016. 

The plant was initially scheduled to curtail by the end of the first quarter.

The company announced a full curtailment of the Intalco smelter (230kmt) on November 2, 2015, with the plant’s casthouse continuing to operate. However, recent changes in energy and raw material costs have made it more cost effective in the near term to keep the smelter operating to provide molten metal to the plant’s...

Heidi Brock begins term as Chair of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has announced that Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, has been elected chair of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) to serve a one-year term. The CMA, made up of nearly 260 industry-specific manufacturing associations, is a vital component of the NAM, providing resources and networks to members to broaden the reach of the NAM’s advocacy efforts. 

“No executive is better equipped than Heidi to lead manufacturing association executives in this critical time in...

GCC reports record production

According to the Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC), the five aluminium primary producers (EGA (UAE), Alba (Bahrain), Ma’aden Aluminium (KSA), Qatalum (Qatar) and Sohar Aluminium (Oman) have collectively produced 5,274,729 tons of primary Aluminium in 2015.

This is 7% more than 2014. 

“This is the highest production record reflecting improved efficiency and optimising resource utilisation”, Said Mr. Daylami, Secretary General, GAC. 
GCC Aluminium production constitutes 10% of the total world production and is considered one of the key economic...

Aluminium is the future for big screen technology

Aluminium is being hailed as the ideal material for manufacturing the largest outdoor high-resolution LED screen supporting structure, following a series of projects completed by systems manufacturer Boldman.
Works have been concluded on the 13.9m x 7.8m Printworks outdoor screen in Manchester; and on the two identical 11.5m by 4.8m screens at Heathrow Terminal 2, both screens are to be used as high-profile advertising space.  
The Printworks screen was manufactured using an Oblik spaceframe structure framework designed by Alan White Design, it...

European Aluminium and ESTAL join forces

European Aluminium welcomes ESTAL, the European association of Surface Treatment on Aluminium, as a member.

To increase benefits to its membership, ESTAL decided to join forces with European Aluminium as of 1st January 2016. Both associations work with the same metal – Aluminium – and are active on the building and the transport markets.

European Aluminium and ESTAL together will better represent the value chain, bring more visibility to the aluminium sectors as a whole, and promote the unique strength of aluminium for sustainable and recyclable buildings and...

Danieli strengthens team

Emanuele Brusini (Executive Vice President of DCR) is pleased to announce that Daniel Damart, Managing Director at Danieli Henschel (France), and Jake Allen, Managing Director at Danieli Lynxs (UK) and Danieli Riverside Products (USA) are both appointed as Vice-Presidents for Danieli Centro Recycling.

Within Damart’s authority, Eric Fromont, Manager at Danieli Henschel (Germany) is appointed as Sales Director for all Henschel service and equipment activities worldwide.

Within Allen’s authority, Everson Cremonese is appointed as Area Sales Manager for Americas....

Alcoa: Long-Term Contract with GE Aviation

Alcoa has signed a long-term contract with GE Aviation for jet engine components in an agreement valued at more than $1.5 billion over the contract life.

Under the deal, Alcoa will supply advanced nickel-based superalloy, titanium and aluminium components for a broad range of GE Aviation engine programs.

“We greatly appreciate GE’s continued confidence in Alcoa’s aerospace capabilities, and are proud to support its advanced jet engine programs through this agreement,” said Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld.


Lightweight luxury

The future of pure luxury motoring is already taking shape as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars begins testing its new aluminium space-frame architecture which will underpin all future Rolls-Royce model lines.

The architecture will arrive in market from early 2018.

Engineering mules will be assessed on public roads in various locations around the world. The current testing phase aims to ensure that the new space-frame structure perfectly delivers Rolls-Royce's trademark 'magic-carpet ride' on a variety of surfaces and that it is resilient to extreme weather conditions....