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March/April 2015

March/April 2015

As the demand for aluminium continues to grow, the pricing power seems to be shifting upstream to bauxite and alumina producers.

In this issue, Aluminium International Today takes a look at the global consumption of bauxite and new mining development projects in Guinea, which are planning to capitalise on this market demand.

In a ‘Raw Materials’ feature, I met with Danny Keating, CEO of Alufer Mining Limited to discuss the logistics, as well as the social and environmental impacts of developing a bauxite mine.

There is also an article from Emirates Global Aluminium, which details the company’s strategic intent to secure raw materials through upstream investments.

Taking a look further downstream, this issue also includes a dedicated ‘Rolling’ feature, which begins with a look at the start-up of the Global Foil Association, following the success of the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative.

More technical articles focus on how to improve rolling mill process control and how modern slitting lines are having to meet automotive body requirements in terms of mechanical properties and tolerances.

There’s all of this, as well as an exclusive case study of the AP60 Project, a look at downstream demand and an article from Novelis about how innovation can make your company stand out from the rest.

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Hope you enjoy the issue!

Nadine Firth,
Editor

Front cover courtesy of EGA

March/April 2015 Contents

Recent News

Jaguar Land Rover investment

Jaguar Land Rover has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the West Midlands, with confirmation of a £600m investment in the region to support product creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing.

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Holsether to leave Sapa

Sapa’s President & CEO Svein Tore Holsether has informed the Board of Directors that he will leave Sapa to take over as President & CEO for the Norwegian fertilisers group Yara International ASA. He will begin in the new role no later than October 1, 2015.

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ASI: New Executive Director

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) has announced the appointment of Dr Fiona Solomon as their new Executive Director from March 23, 2015

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Novelis: Senior management Appointments

Novelis has announced a number of management appointments designed to strengthen its customer focus on the beverage can and speciality products end markets.

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Recent Features

Downstream demand

U.S. Downstream producers: Will they suffer the same fate as U.S. primary aluminium producers? By Robert E. DeFrancesco*, III, and Adam M. Teslik**

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Rondon project: Development

Votorantim Metais presents the first results of its Labor Qualification Programme in municipalities in the southeast of Pará, in northern Brazil, where the company is developing the Alumina Rondon Project, an industrial complex that will include a bauxite mine and alumina refinery.

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Alufoil Statistics 2014

A year of ups and downs for aluminium foil ends on optimistic note

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Hydro to become ‘Bigger, Better, Greener’

Norwegian based aluminium producer, Hydro has set new production targets. “This is an important element in our value proposition to customers,” says President and CEO, Svein Richard Brandtzæg.

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