Aluminum Association Response to U.S-China Joint Presidential Statement

The U.S. aluminium industry has long been part of the solution to address climate change in many respects.

Automakers are using lightweight, military-grade aluminium to help achieve far greater fuel economy for their fleets. The construction market relies on aluminium for increasing the energy efficiencies of new buildings. And the increasing rate of recycling is saving energy consumption in the packaging market.

The U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement promises to make these kinds of gains enjoyed in the United States commonplace in China within a short period of time....

Utkal Alumina expansion plans

Utkal Alumina has proposed to ramp up its alumina refinery capacity at Rayagada in south Odisha from one million tonne per annum (mtpa) to 1.5 mtpa and that of its captive power plant (CPP) from 50 Mw to 90 Mw.

The total cost of the refinery is estimated at INR 7,563 crore.

The High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA), the highest body to approve investment proposals, has approved seven projects with investments totalling to INR 41,900 crore.

The projects include a mix of new as well as existing projects that proposed to ramp up their capacities.

Among the...

Alba: New Chief Marketing Officer

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), has announced the official appointment of Khalid Abdul Latif as Chief Marketing Officer following the Alba Board of Directors Meeting.

Khalid Abdul Latif will lead the company’s global marketing strategies to drive innovation across Alba’s business divisions.
Speaking on the occasion, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray said:
“Khalid’s appointment reflects Alba’s commitment to develop Bahraini nationals from within the Company into key leadership positions. He has a right mix of...

KAMPF appoints new Head of Technology

Kampf Schneid-und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG, has appointed Mr. Dr. Stephan Witt as Head of Technology with effect from 1 October 2015.

The 42-year-old graduate engineer has thus assumed responsibility for all the technical departments. The experience he gained in his previous positions as Head of Mechanical Design and Development and as General Manager of a renowned machine tool manufacturer will certainly be of great benefit for his new tasks.

GARMCO signs remelt expansion contract with Fives

GARMCO has awarded a contract worth $47 million to Fives to build a new state of art casthouse at GARMCO’s Bahrain based facilities. 

The Re-melt Project is an EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) Turn-Key project, which will enable GARMCO to develop its metal recycling capability and lower the cost of metal casting. The project will run for a duration of approximately 21 months, starting September 2015. The first stage has already commenced and is being managed internally by GARMCO with the support of a local supplier. This stage consists of the...

Century continues potline operation at Hawesville

Century had previously announced its intent to curtail 100% of its Hawesville operations beginning on October 24th, but now will only reduce its operations to 40% of capacity.

The remaining operations at the Hawesville smelter will primarily produce high-purity aluminium and provide molten metal to local customers. Continued operations at 40% of capacity will be dependent on acceptable commercial conditions, including aluminium prices, product premiums and operating costs.

"We are pleased to be able to announce that partial operations will continue at...

Global aluminium foil demand to add 1 million tons over next 5 years

Reflecting the healthy outlook for the industry, the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) has recently welcomed new foil roller members: Gujarat Foils and Raviraj Foils with operations in India and UACJ Foil based in Japan and Malaysia. Furnace manufacturer Otto Junker also joined as a supplier member. 

Commenting on the market and membership growth GLAFRI’s President Manfred Mertens said, “We are excited by this forecast of potential growth in the global market. GLAFRI was established to support this expansion and particularly to enhance and develop...

Alcoa to separate into two public companies

The separation will launch two industry-leading, Fortune 500 companies.

The globally competitive Upstream Company will comprise five strong business units that today make up Global Primary Products - Bauxite, Alumina, Aluminium, Casting and Energy. The innovation and technology-driven Value-Add Company will include Global Rolled Products, Engineered Products and Solutions, and Transportation and Construction Solutions.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016. At that point Alcoa shareholders will own all of the outstanding shares of both the...

Danieli and Alcoa to license Micromill Technology

Danieli Group and Alcoa announced that they have signed a letter of intent and will work toward an agreement to sell Micromill equipment and license the patented Micromill technology.

As part of the collaboration, Alcoa will grant Danieli exclusive rights to sell Micromill equipment. In addition, the companies will work together to license the Micromill alloys and process technology to potential customers around the world, initially targeting Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia.

“This agreement puts Alcoa’s disruptive Micromill technology on the...