ESTAL Congress Invite

On the evening of the 16th a welcome reception and dinner are planned.

The Congress will be held in the Porto Palácio Congress Hotel & Spa, which is located right in the heart of Avenida da Boavista (Av. da Boavista 1269, Porto 4100-130, Portugal, Tel +351 226 086 600, email:,

At the Congress sessions, that will take place on 17th and 18th September, various presentations will illustrate the business value and clear financial gains associated with the new approach to sustainability, making the...

Voith installation at Novelis, Oswego

The couplings will be applied with a 120 inch wide aluminium hot strip reversing roughing mill powered by two 4000HP motors that produces rolled aluminium products. The SafeSets, optimised through extensive testing by Voith, are to be integrated with the centre sections of existing slipper spindles. They are engineered for possible future application with Voith Universal Joint Shafts.

Novelis’s Oswego manufacturing plant recently expanded via the addition of a $200 million hot finishing rolling mill to produce five times more aluminium for an increase of 200,000 mt/year....

UC Rusal opens representative office

The office will be led by Ihsan Kösoglu, who will join Rusal from Assan Alüminyum. Ihsan brings more than 19 years of experience in the Turkish aluminium industry in various commercial roles.
Rusal’s metal today accounts for close to 50% of all imported aluminium in Turkey.

Steve Hodgson,...

Prospects For Automotive Lightweight Discussions At Shanghai Symposium 

A long list of International as well as national automotive lightweight executives have already signed up for the 2nd Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium. Beside a row of exiting speeches focused on the topic Automotive Lightweighting, supply chain and procurement management, the symposium is also an ideal location to interchange with executives from many leading OEMs and suppliers from all over the world. The symposium is held in the days leading up to the Aluminium China and China Diecasting shows, both taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre which is located...

Hilton Head Brewing Company debuts in Novelis evercan

“Our customers have grown to love our beer on tap, and we’re very excited to make it available on store shelves in cans made with evercan – the most sustainable option on the market,” said John Rybicki, owner and brewer, Hilton Head Brewing Company. “By being in aluminium cans, fans of Hilton Head brews can now take them almost anywhere, thanks to their light weight, resistance to breakage and light penetration and infinite recyclability, and all with a smaller carbon footprint, thanks to evercan.”

Constellium and Linde joint development

This announcement follows a long-term partnership with Linde in the area of energy-efficient re-melting technologies.

The joint development agreement will build on the recent implementation of Linde's technology in Constellium's finishing and recycling aluminium facility of Neuf-Brisach, France, where two of the four rotary tilting furnaces have been converted to low-temperature oxy-fuel combustion technology.

Following this implementation, Constellium was able to achieve greater productivity and to accelerate progress on its sustainability roadmap. The conversion...

Using solar energy to melt aluminium

Researchers from Germany and South Africa have proposed a technique to reduce the emission in metal processing factories and will use South Africa’s large aluminium processing industry as a test bed.

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Continuous homogenising line for Russian aluminium market

The line includes: Continuous homogenising furnace with walking beam conveyor system, turbo air cooler, water tank, control system, as well as related equipment i.e. ultrasonic station, saw stations, stacking, strapping and wrapping system for horizontal and vertical packages of the logs.

The furnace allows processing logs with diameters varying from 8’’ to 18’’ (203.2mm to 457.2mm) without having to change its performance parameters. Thanks to its multi-zone design, vertical airflow furnace technology is inherently flexible. Owing to the unique design the...

Alcoa to Close Poços Smelter in Brazil

The smelter has been curtailed since May 2014 and the underlying market conditions that led to the curtailment have not improved.

“The closure of the Poços smelter permanently removes a high-cost smelting facility from the Alcoa system and is another step in creating a more profitable Primary Metals business,” said Alcoa Global Primary Products President Bob Wilt.

Once the Poços smelter is closed, Alcoa’s total global smelting capacity will be reduced by 96,000 metric tons, to 3.4 million metric tons. The Poços mine, refinery,...