A New Year signifies change and we have taken that on board here at Quartz Business Media with a new editor.
Matthew Moggridge has moved onto Steel Times International, while Nadine Firth joins Aluminium International Today from Glass International.
You shouldn’t notice too many changes inside the magazine, but we are always interested to hear what changes you would like to see, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
This issue starts as we mean to go on and is full of articles that highlight the current trends in the international aluminium industry and the latest innovation and developments. With a large focus on recycling, Nadine Firth spoke with Marco Palmieri, Senior Vice President and President, Novelis North America, about the current state of the industry, the products driving demand and the plans in place for the company to reach its recycling goal of 80% by 2020.
Carrying on this theme, a feature on sustainability looks at what aluminium can learn from other sectors. The full version of this article can be found here.
Other features include: Mining and refining, primary, rolling and extrusion. There is also a detailed feature that focuses on the transport and handling of aluminium, with case studies from Combilift and KEOPS.
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Front cover image courtesy of Dubal and Emal.
January/February 2014 Contents
JLR deal will see Land Rovers built in Saudi Arabia
March 07, 2014
Rapidly-expanding Jaguar Land Rover is set to sign up for a major manufacturing plant – eventually employing as many as 5,000 people.
FATA Hunter: China contract
March 07, 2014
FATA Hunter, Division of FATA S.p.A. (a Finmeccanica Company) was recently awarded a contract for the supply of Two new hSystem automation system to Nantong Hengxiu Aluminum Heat Transfer Material Co., Ltd, P.R. of China.
Rio Tinto announces board changes
March 06, 2014
Anne Lauvergeon and Simon Thompson will join the boards of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited as non-executive directors and both will become members of the Sustainability and Nominations Committees.
$1.5B aluminium manufacturing plant planned
March 05, 2014
The Barstow City Council, CA, USA has voted 5-0 to approve the framework of a development agreement that would bring a $1.5 billion aluminium production facility and as many as 2,000 high-skilled manufacturing jobs to the area.
Global automotive aluminium wheels industry forecast to grow
February 28, 2014
Analysts forecast the Global Automotive Aluminium Wheels industry to grow at a CAGR of 8.48% over the period 2012 - 2016.
Sustainability Schemes: What can aluminium learn from other sectors?
January 15, 2014
Aluminium is increasingly being used as a lighter weight alternative to other metals in vehicles and aircraft. Key to its appeal is that lightweight equals better fuel efficiency and so lower greenhouse gas emissions. For ‘short life’ applications like packaging, the indefinite recyclability of aluminium is an advantage and many countries already achieve high recycling rates. But the production of aluminium is energy intensive, with the potential for high greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. How can the industry present the advantages of aluminium to consumers, whilst at the same time ensuring that production and fabrication are carried out in the most sustainable way? By Melanie Williams
Efficient die cleaning with wet blast technology
January 13, 2014
Wet blasting offers a superior surface finish when it comes to die cleaning and polishing, as well as significant reductions in production time. Tim Berry looks at the process in detail and records how one customer implemented wet blasting technology to achieve significant labour savings and quality improvements.
Hunting for game changing casthouse technology
November 18, 2013
At Sunndal in Norway, Hycast, a fully-owned subsidiary of Hydro Aluminium, has been developing casthouse technology solutions for Hydro since 1990. Recently, the company started offering its products to external customers.