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Exlabesa investment

Leading independent extrusion company Exlabesa Extrusions has just announced it has invested in a 35 MN extrusion press for its Doncaster, UK factory.  Fernando Quinta, Director at Exlabesa Extrusions Doncaster said: “This investment will enable us to upgrade our plant and continue to deliver the outstanding quality our growing customer base relies on.” Exlabesa Extrusions’ new 35 MN extrusion press, which is from SMS group, will replace its existing 20 MN extrusion press. The new press will be used primarily to extrude profiles for automotive, architectural...

Alunorte: Embargo lifted

Hydro’s alumina refinery Alunorte, received on October 25 a suspension of the embargo on the new bauxite residue deposit area (DRS2) from Brazilian federal environmental agency IBAMA. Embargo on DRS2 from the federal court system remains in place. The federal environmental agency IBAMA lifted the embargo on DRS 2 after reviewing the information requested from Alunorte and SEMAS, the local environmental agency in the state of Para. The decision to lift the embargo follows an exceptional authorisation granted by IBAMA to Alunorte on October 5 to utilise its state-of-the art...

Launch of tl’ughus

Rio Tinto, together with the Cheslatta Carrier and Haisla First Nations, today celebrated the launch of the tl'ughus tunnel boring machine, a key milestone towards completing the Kemano Second Tunnel project. The 1300 tonne machine was named by the Cheslatta Carrier nation after a legendary giant monster snake and is decorated with artwork by Haisla Nations students.   It will dig 7.6 kilometres of tunnel through a mountain as part of a project to enhance the long-term security of a clean power supply for the BC Works aluminium smelter in Kitimat, British Columbia.  ...

TOMRA enhances X-Tract

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has introduced a new-generation X-TRACT machine with innovative Dual Processing Technology which enhances final purity levels; multi-density channels to enable more precise classification and sorting of materials; and a broad range of application packages. Valerio Sama, Vice President and Head of Product Management Recycling, commented: “With X-ray transmission technology to assess materials according to their density, X-TRACT was already capable of delivering exceptional sorting performance. TOMRA’s innovative and unique Dual Processing...

Alu recycling record

Today Repak, Ireland’s only government-approved packaging recycling scheme announced that more than 7 out of 10 aluminium drink cans sold and consumed in Ireland in 2017 were collected for recycling. The 7,297 tonnes collected for recycling last year is the highest rate of aluminium can recycling since Repak began recording data in 2006. The data, provided to Repak by both its members and registered packaging collectors and recyclers, shows that overall tonnage of aluminium packaging collected for recycling in 2017 has grown by over 50% compared to 2016 (4,728 tonnes to 7,297...

MYTILINEOS S.A. acquisition

MYTILINEOS S.A. has announced the agreement for the acquisition of a 97.87% stake in EP.AL.ME. S.A., a company that operates in industrial production, processing and trading of metals, mostly aluminium alloys and derivative products. Through this acquisition, MYTILINEOS S.A.: • Substantially strengthens its Metallurgy Business Unit  • Directly increases the production of aluminium billets (raw material for extrusion units producing aluminium profiles) from 120,000 to 155,000 metric tons, increasing its total production capacity, with prospects to reach total capacity...

Alcoa: Plant closures

According to reports, Alcoa is to close two of its three aluminium plants in Spain with a combined annual production of 180,000 tonnes. The closures will result in approximately 700 job losses. The Aviles and La Coruna plants were two of the least productive due to intrinsic structural problems such as inefficient technology and high fixed costs, Alcoa said in a statement. “Those problems, together with external market factors such as overproduction in China, high raw material prices and energy costs, have generated significant losses in these two plants in the last two...