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July/August 2014

July/August 2014

With the news of Alcoa acquiring Firth Rixson and numerous investments by companies such as Constellium, this issue of Aluminium International Today includes a dedicated feature on ‘Aerospace’.

Along with a look at pushing the limits for hot and cold rolling mills on page 32, we also explore the reasons why aluminium is quickly being recognised by aerospace players as financially and environmentally beneficial (page 36).

Investments also continue to be made across the industry to support this growing aerospace and automotive demand.

One area that has recently seen such investment is aluminium extrusion and in an article on page 23, Sapa Extrusions North America highlights the latest phase of improvements that it has concluded at its historic Cressona, Pennsylvania, plant.  

Still on the subject of extrusion, Aluminium International Today spoke exclusively with the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) to discuss the challenges in the US extrusion market at present and what the future holds. See page 27 for the full interview.

All of this, alongside a focus on the Middle East and a feature looking at scrap metal recovery, makes for a packed issue.

Enjoy!

Nadine Firth, Editor

Front cover courtesy of Presezzi Extrusion

July/August 2014 Contents

Recent News

Alufoil Trophy 2015 open for entries

EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association, has announced that entries for the Alufoil Trophy 2015 competition are now open until 21 November 2014.

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Kobe Aluminium Automotive boosts production capacity

Kobe Steel, Ltd.’s U.S. joint venture, Kobe Aluminium Automotive Products, LLC (KAAP), has increased its production capacity of aluminium forged products for automotive suspension systems by 50%.

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Alcoa to close Portovesme smelter

Alcoa has announced that it intends to permanently close its Portovesme (Carbonia-Iglesias, Italy) primary aluminium smelter, which has been curtailed since November 2012.

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Global aluminium associations gather at UK venue

Representatives of the world’s aluminium industry will gather in Gloucestershire in September for a meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the sector globally.

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Recent Features

Breakthrough in Ultrasonic assisted industrial continuous casting

Ultrasonic continuous casting without centreline segregation, conventional degassing and grain refiners. By Hélder Puga PhD*, Miodrag Prokic MSc**, Nico van Dongen MBA**

Article by: www.ultrasonicdegassing.com

Watch the videos here: http://www.aluminiumtoday.com/news/view/new-feature-breakthrough-in-ultrasonic-assisted-industrial-continuous-casti

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Presezzi Extrusion Group Advertorial

Presezzi Extrusion Group presents how it deals with the demanding market of aluminium hard alloys for automotive, aerospace and for forging.

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CEAC’s investments in Montenegro

Andrey Petrushinin* explores the twists and turns in the KAP story.

Article by Central European Aluminum Company

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