ALFED calls for manufacturing to receive greater support

Addressing the Aluminium Federation’s annual lunch at the House of Lords, its President, Simon MacVicker, managing director of Bridgnorth Aluminium (pictured), welcomed the development of the UK’s first Industrial Strategy for Metals, but highlighted the severe decline in the country’s aluminium capacity in recent years.

“The UK has lost two of our three primary...

Constellium: New progress on sustainability agenda

The company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability began in 2012 with the definition of an ambitious roadmap made of commitments and targets on four main pillars: development and manufacturing of sustainable products; safety and skill development; reduction of the environmental impact of operations; and conducting business responsibly with respect to governance and supply chain.

“The progress we continue to make is a proof of our commitment to sustainability. Every day, thanks to our people’s contributions and the cooperation with our external stakeholders,...

Alcoa realigns downstream portfolio

Alcoa’s downstream portfolio will become two segments, one with a core focus on aerospace, and the other centred on the construction and commercial wheels markets. The realignment supports Alcoa’s transformation strategy to build its value-add portfolio for greater profitability.

With Alcoa’s successful acquisition of RTI International Metals, Inc. (NYSE: RTI), the recent acquisitions of Firth Rixson and TITAL, and other innovation-led organic growth investments, the company continues to deepen its reach into the high-growth aerospace market.


Alupro: Packaging recycling report

Alupro advocates streamlining the reprocessor/exporter accreditation system and reducing the administrative burden with the aim of capturing the true amount of aluminium packaging recycled in the UK or exported for recycling. 

Presently, packaging recycling data comes via the PRN system. The system requires voluntary accreditation by reprocessors and exporters, and yet many choose not to...

Aluminum Association welcomes three new member companies

The new member additions come at a time of continued demand growth for aluminium. According to recent preliminary Aluminum Association data, the North American aluminium industry shipped an estimated 25.5 billion pounds of aluminium in 2014, the most since 2006. More recent data shows 3.1% year-over-year demand growth through April 2015. From the 2009 baseline, demand for the metal in the U.S. and Canada has risen by nearly 40%. 

“We’re excited to welcome these new member companies to the Aluminum Association,” said Heidi Brock, President & CEO of the...

Alcoa: Solid Second Quarter 2015

Profitability from Alcoa’s growing aerospace and automotive businesses increased year-over-year as mid and downstream investments delivered positive impact.

In the upstream, the Primary Metals business was resilient in the face of market headwinds and the Alumina business delivered its strongest first half results in eight years. 

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Rio Tinto’s Kitimat smelter begins production

The modernised smelter, which was delivered in line with the revised schedule and budget, is powered exclusively by Rio Tinto's wholly owned hydro power facility and uses the company's proprietary AP40 smelting technology which will effectively halve the smelter's overall emissions.

Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said "The modernisation of Kitimat will fundamentally transform its performance, moving it from the fourth quartile to the first decile of the industry cost curve. At full production, Kitimat will be one of the most efficient, greenest and...