Aluminium: Part of a sustainable future

As the world comes together in Paris to develop a plan of action to tackle the most significant sustainability challenge of the age, the International Aluminium Institute looks forward to a new international agreement on climate change.

Delivering improved quality of life for all, equitable access to resources and services, food security, mobility and urban development, in a carbon and labour constrained world requires innovative use of materials, with the potential to deliver more for less.

On a full life cycle basis, across its wide range of commonplace applications,...

The tea light fantastic

Alupro Ireland’s Tea Light Hunt campaign, launched in conjunction with retailer IKEA and WEEE Ireland, seeks to encourage recycling of used tea light holders in the Greater Dublin area and includes some fun activities for children.

A collection challenge and a colouring competition for 2nd to 4th classes have been initiated, with colouring sheets distributed to local schools and available at IKEA’s Dublin store. Within the first two months of the campaign over 1,200 entries were submitted. 

Tea lights are one of IKEA’s bestselling products. Their...

Cti Castings: Board appointment

A new drive to help foundries to boost quality, reduce costs and cut waste, while producing greener, cleaner castings, has been unveiled by Castings Technology International (Cti).

Cti, based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe, near Sheffield, specialises in helping castings companies to solve problems and improve production. The organisation also supplies the high value manufacturing sector with low volume, precision steel, superalloy and titanium castings that would otherwise be difficult to source.

Cti launched its new initiative, appointing one of the...

LME releases results of consultation on queue-based rent capping

The London Metal Exchange (LME) has announced its intention to introduce a cap on the rent that can be charged by an LME-approved warehouse for metal held in a delivery queue, and an increased minimum load-out rate for metal stored in LME warehouses.

The LME’s decision comes in response to market-wide discussion and consultations. 

Since 1 July 2015, the LME has sought feedback on a proposed increase in the standard load-out rate (LORI) and on suggested queue-based rent capping (QBRC) rules. It has received 20 responses to the consultations...

New guidelines for using aluminium in green buildings

The Aluminum Association has released Aluminum in Green Buildings: A Guide to Green Building Development and Certification with Aluminum Products.

The new guide features information on aluminium’s unique properties for use in building and construction, as well as data on the metal’s life-cycle characteristics and environmental performance.

The guide is available at the online on the Aluminum Association’s website.
The Guide is intended to assist and support aluminium end-users – architects, designers and engineers – in...

Alcoa post-separation executive management teams

Alcoa has announced executive management appointments for the future Upstream and Value-Add Companies, expected to become effective upon completion of Alcoa’s previously announced separation in the second half of 2016.

Roy Harvey (pictured), Executive Vice President and Alcoa President of Global Primary Products, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the new Upstream Company. William Oplinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alcoa, will serve as the Upstream Company’s Chief Financial Officer.

In the Value-Add Company, Ken Giacobbe...

Houghton International names Chief Executive Officer

Houghton International Inc., has announced that its board of directors has appointed Mike Shannon (pictured) as chief executive officer effective January 1, 2016. 

Shannon, who currently serves as Houghton’s chief operating officer, will succeed the company’s current CEO, Paul DeVivo, who will retire.
“Mike has a long and proven track record of leading global industrial chemicals businesses,” said Sanjay Hinduja, chairman of the board of Houghton. “At Houghton, he has realigned the organisation to better serve industry...

Combilift wins Irish Exporter of the Year Award for a second time

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the voice of the export industry in Ireland, announced Combilift as the Exporter of the Year 2015 at the Export Industry Awards which were held recently in Dublin.

In their 15th year, the Awards are the premier event to recognise the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry in Ireland.

Combilift took home the overall Exporter of the Year Award 2015 after also winning the hotly contested Multinational Exporter of the Year Award category earlier in the evening. This is the second time the award was scooped by...

Aluminium specialist marks anniversary

The UK’s only remaining manufacturer of rolled aluminium coils is celebrating a prestigious milestone this month, with its Litho Centre marking 25 years in business.
Bridgnorth Aluminium is celebrating a quarter of a century since the launch of its offset lithographic aluminium strip manufacturing centre – the only place in the UK where aluminium printing plate material is made.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating this fantastic milestone,” explained Simon MacVicker, Managing Director of Bridgnorth Aluminium. “Over...