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Rusal adds value

UC RUSAL has launched a “Properzi” rolling mill into operation at Kandalaksha Aluminium Smelter (KAZ) as part of the casthouse modernisation project at the smelter. The project investments total USD 19.8 mln. According to the company, the new equipment will produce up to 50 thousand tonnes of value added products (VAP) per annum. The launch of the new mill will allow the smelter to produce wire rods of 7 typical sizes which are a new aspect for KAZ; these are of the diameters of 9.5, 12, 14, 15, 19, 23 and 25mm. Prior to that, the smelter supplied only one…

Recycling boost

Constellium N.V. has announced that it has installed a new recycling furnace at its Muscle Shoals, Ala. facility in an effort to expand recycling capabilities in North America.  The now fully operational furnace is expected to increase the total recycling output by 170 million pounds, or about 5.2 billion additional used beverage cans per year. The Muscle Shoals facility will then be expected to recycle the equivalent of nearly 20 billion cans per year – almost one-fifth of the cans sold in the United States. "This new furnace is a major step for our Muscle Shoals...

GLAFRI joins ASI

The Global Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) has become a member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) to further strengthen its position as a global voice for responsible and sustainable aluminium foil market growth, worldwide. GLAFRI will join 42 other members of ASI, including several national Aluminium Associations, Foil Converters as well as Industrial Users and International Civil Society Organisations.  Oliver Hommel, president of GLAFRI confirmed the decision to join had been reached following strategic discussions at the 2016 Global Foil Roller Conference in...

EGA Earth Hour

EGA makes Earth Hour a weekly event, saving 24,395 kWh in three months. Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has disclosed that it began practicing Earth Hour on a weekly basis in November 2016.  In three months, the company has saved 24,395 kilowatt hours of electricity and reduced its CO2 emissions by 10,297 kilograms. Emirates Global Aluminium is the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas. Aluminium smelting is energy intensive, making saving power a key focus for EGA.  The company has participated in the annual Earth Hour since 2008, and...

Taxi!

The London Taxi Company has opened new £300m UK factory to make 5,000 aluminium-bodied, electric black cabs per year. The site in Ansty, Coventry, is the first vehicle manufacturing facility to be built in Britain for more than a decade. The fully integrated factory will also become a globally connected research and development centre in electric vehicle powertrains and lightweight aluminium body structures, which will be applied in all vehicles made at the plant.

Hydro’s Annual Report 2016

Norsk Hydro recently released its annual report: ‘Making the world lighter’. In the report, President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg wrote a letter to shareholders stating: “More and more discover the inherent properties of aluminium. Through innovation and product development we bring new aluminium solutions into new applications. Due to its light weight, formability, durability and endless recyclability, the growth is strikingly broad-based, spanning sectors like transportation, packaging, building & construction as well as electrical applications....

Call for Global Forum

The Aluminum Association released a joint letter along with the Aluminium Association of Canada and European Aluminium in advance of the upcoming G-20 summit calling for the creation of a Global Forum to address global aluminium overcapacity. This is the first time that a global coalition of aluminium producers have called for such an effort to address Chinese overcapacity in the marketplace. You can view the full letter via the link below.

Feasibility study

SNC-Lavalin is currently conducting a feasibility study for Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) for its 10th generation Technology Pilot Section project, located at EGA's Al Taweelah site in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The objectives of the study are to define the project and validate the budget in order to launch the execution phase of the Pilot Section. The work is being carried out from EGA's Al Taweelah site. Design and detailed engineering work has already been completed by the EGA technology team. "We have established a long-lasting relationship with EGA, and we...

EGA testing

Emirates Global Aluminium and Arkan have agreed to test the use of a by-product of aluminium smelting in Arkan’s cement plant in Al Ain, improving the environmental performance of both companies. Spent pot lining is the used inner lining of aluminium smelting pots, which is worn out and replaced every four to five years. Globally, the aluminium industry produces over 1 million tonnes of spent pot lining each year according to industry experts, and much is stored indefinitely. Outside the UAE, some spent pot lining is sent to landfill. EGA is to provide spent pot lining to...

Automotive expansion

Novelis has announced it has expanded its automotive supply capabilities by signing an agreement with next-generation car company, NIO, to provide innovative aluminium solutions for its fleet of smart, high-performance, premium electric vehicles. NIO will use Novelis Advanz™ aluminium alloys to create a wide range of structural components and parts for its aluminium -intensive NIO electric SUV models to be launched over the next five years.   The NIO partnership marks Novelis’ first major commitment in the premium electric vehicle space. As the industry leader,...