New contract in China for FATA Hunter

FATA Hunter was recently awarded a contract for the supply of one new hSystem automation system to Shandong Wantong Metal Technology Co., Ltd., Shandong Province, P.R. of China.

The system will be installed on a 4-high Aluminium Cold Rolling Mill. It will be complete with Automatic Gauge control (AGC), Automatic Flatness Control (AFC), flatness measurement system, coolant spray bars, thickness measurement system and one integrated Level 2 control system for automatic pass schedule calculation, primary mill data management and PDA (Process data Acquisition system).


The right time in the right market for the right show: ALUMINUM USA, which celebrated its premiere at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit from November 11-12, 2015, was a success with good prospects for the future. 

More than 170 exhibitors from 20 countries showcased lightweight manufacturing solutions. Besides key US players, numerous companies from Canada, Europe and Asia attended at ALUMINUM USA – from suppliers of raw material, semi-finished and finished to producers of machinery, plant and equipment for aluminium processing and manufacturing.

More than...

Novelis opens new aluminium automotive sheet line in Europe

Novelis has celebrated the opening of an aluminium automotive sheet production line in Nachterstedt, Germany, to serve European and global automotive customers.

Located adjacent to Novelis’ existing rolling mill and the world’s largest aluminium recycling centre, the $85 million investment will increase production capacity by 120,000 metric tons of automotive sheet annually.
At full production, this line will increase Novelis’ European automotive sheet capacity to 350,000 metric tons per year and will provide global customers with high-quality...

Anniversary celebration at Henan Zhongfu Industrial

Henan Zhongfu Industrial Co. Ltd, one of China's largest conglomerates in the field of coal, power generation and aluminium production and processing, celebrated its 40th anniversary in October 2015 in Gongyi, Henan Province.

During the celebrations M. Kotas, Managing Director of Danieli Fröhling, honoured the achievements and exemplary business relationship by handing over a congratulatory plaque to Henan Zhongfu.

Danieli Fröhling is supplying to Henan Zhongfu a state-of-the art slitting line, equipped with its innovative vacuum roll technology, as well as a...

Aluminium solutions for automotive and building sectors

Sapa President & CEO Egil Hogna recently witnessed new developments related to both sectors at company sites in Gloucester and Tewkesbury, both in the UK.

The visits were part of Hogna’s 100-day programme, in which he is travelling to company locations and meeting employees around the world. He joined Sapa as its chief executive on September 1.

First at the Gloucester plant, which employs 140 people, one of the first stops made by Hogna (pictured in orange helmet) and local management was to examine the facility’s fabrication processes and quality tracking...

Aluminum Association updates

The Aluminum Association has announced membership growth, additions to its board, and the election of a new Chairman.

In addition, the Association announced the winner of the 2015 Marlan A. Boultinghouse Award, the highest award given by the North American industry. 

The announcements were made during the Aluminum Association’s annual meeting – “Aluminum Country” – in Nashville, TN.
“This is an exciting time for the North American aluminium industry with strong demand growth and domestic expansion,” said...

Aleris selected for Grand Egyptian Museum

Aleris has signed a contract with Alico/ORASCOM to supply an aluminium product for the roofing and wall cladding of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

Described to be the largest archaeological museum devoted to Egyptology in the world, GEM is the most prestigious project of Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities so far. The site is located on 50 hectares (120 acres) of land between the ancient pyramids of Giza and Cairo.

Aleris will contribute to this impressive project by supplying its unique 151EX aluminium product for the roofing, ceiling and wall cladding of the museum....

Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products to expand production

Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that its U.S. joint venture, Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC (or KAAP), will expand its production facility to meet the growing demand in North America for aluminium forged suspension products.

KAAP will invest approximately $56.6 million in capital investments. Start-up of the new production equipment is anticipated to begin in 2017.
KAAP will install an additional melting and casting line and two forging presses. The expansion will increase production capacity up to 750,000 pieces per month. The investment also includes the...

Alcoa to curtail smelting and refining capacity

Alcoa is taking decisive action to curtail uncompetitive smelting and refining capacity to ensure continued competitiveness amid prevailing market conditions.

The company will reduce aluminium smelting capacity by 503,000 metric tons and alumina refining capacity by 1.2 million metric tons. Alcoa will begin the curtailments in the fourth quarter of 2015 and will complete them by the end of the first quarter of 2016.

The reductions will further improve the cost position of the Upstream business and ensure competitiveness in a lower pricing environment, including a 30...