Alcoa wins fourth Boeing contract

Alcoa has announced a long-term supply agreement with Boeing for multi-material aerospace parts. 

Under this agreement, Alcoa will supply components for the 777X—Boeing’s newest commercial airplane—the 737 MAX—scheduled for first delivery in 2017—and the 787 Dreamliner. The deal draws on capabilities gained through the Firth Rixson acquisition and the company’s new aluminium-lithium facility in Lafayette, Indiana.

“This is the latest in a series of Boeing contract wins made possible by Alcoa’s recent aerospace...

Fears for future of Fort William aluminium smelter

Workers at the aluminium smelter at Fort William, Scotland have been told that the owners are reviewing its operations.

The announcement from Rio Tinto said the review would include its assets in Lochaber.

The plant is one of the largest employers in the area. It is thought to support more the 160 full-time jobs.

The Scottish government said Highlands and Islands Enterprise was "engaging with the company" to understand the potential impacts of the announcement.

The smelter is Rio Tinto's only operational site in the UK and is unique in that it...

Aluminium beverage can recycling at new record high

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland increased by 1.8% to a new record level of 71.3% in 2013. 

European Aluminium considers this result an important milestone on its path towards its voluntary recycling target for used beverage cans of 80% by 2020. 
From its first introduction more than 50 years ago, the aluminium beverage can has been an integral part of the Circular Economy. It is infinitely recyclable without loss of its properties and its value. This makes it the ideal packaging solution...

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...