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July/August 2015

July/August 2015

On a roll

The thing about reporting news is that it is usually not good news. Thankfully, this doesn’t seem to be the case this month.

The modernisation of Rio Tinto’s Kitimat smelter is a glimmer of hope for the primary industry, which has recently seen an increase in smelter curtailments and closures.

Coupled with this, the approval for the Line 6 Expansion Project at Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA) supports the growing downstream industry demand.

And, to top it off nicely, it has been announced that the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch will be made of recycled aluminium, which was chosen for its lightweight qualities to “make a better experience for the torchbearers.” 

There is more good news to be found in the July/August issue of Aluminium International Today, with a dedicated extrusion feature, which looks at how the market is adding value and investing in the future. This starts with a look at the UK industry on page 31.

A feature on secondary production includes a technical paper on recovering corrosive aluminium melting furnace waste heat (page 23) and a history of dross processing (page 25).

The silver lining is brought slightly back down to earth in an interesting article about aluminium pricing, which examines a deflationary environment (page 20), while there’s also an automotive feature (page 46) and an ‘Anode Supplement’ on page 39 for good measure.

As always, I hope you enjoy the issue and don’t hesitate to get in touch for editorial opportunities.

Kind Regards,
Nadine Firth

Editor, Aluminium International Today

Front cover courtesy of Turla

July/August 2015 Contents

Recent News

Century curtailment notice

Century Aluminum of Kentucky, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX), has issued a notice to employees at its Hawesville, Kentucky aluminium smelter of its intent to curtail its plant operations beginning on October 24, 2015 unless the current pricing environment substantially changes.

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New website for MATECH BV

The new website from MATECH brings a recognisable but fresh appearance, more news and social media, up-to-date and a full range of product information.

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New Sapa CEO

The Board of Directors of Sapa as has appointed Egil Hogna as the company's new President & Chief Executive Officer. He will replace Svein Tore Holsether on September 1, 2015.

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New member companies join Aluminum Association

The Aluminum Association announced today the addition of three new member companies – Gresham, Smith, and Partners, PPG Industries and The Valspar Corporation.

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Recent Features

Statement from Alupro announcing revisions to the aluminium IBA protocol

Following approval from Defra and the Environment Agencies, revisions are being introduced to the protocol which accounts for aluminium packaging recovered from incinerator bottom ash (IBA). 

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Removing metal inclusions in a casting line

Filtration is an important step in the casting process in which inclusions are removed from the metal stream. This article from Pyrotek explains

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BWG Germany – 60 years of solutions for the aluminium industry

In 2015 the German company BWG Bergwerk- und Walzwerk-Maschinenbau GmbH is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Duisburg. 

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