International Conference on Electrodes for Primary Aluminium Smelters - inc. 6th Rodding Conference
J R Schneider
March/April 2014

March/April 2014

It seems we timed it right with an ‘Automotive’ feature this issue, because the launch of Ford’s aluminium-intensive F-150 has jump-started the market (no pun intended).

With this huge growth potential, the news pages are dotted with investments and expansions. It makes a change to be sifting through so much good news and hopefully it will only continue to get better.

To get to grips with what this could mean for the industry, I met with Dr Geoff Scamans from Innoval Technology, to discuss the investments being made in rolling mills, heat treatment and finishing lines and whether the aluminium industry is up to the challenge. There is also an article on how the latest car designs reflect the growing power of aluminium.

This all ties in nicely with the feature on ‘Rolling’, which starts by addressing the market requirements for aluminium flat rolled products.

Finally, a dedicated feature on ‘Analysis & Testing’ takes a look at reducing line downtime and thermal imaging in metal processing.

I’m sure you will have also noticed that Aluminium International Today is celebrating its 25th Birthday! I’m happy to accept any cards or presents on its behalf...

Nadine Firth, Editor

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March/April 2014 Contents

Recent News

UC RUSAL to produce products with the use of red mud cycle wastes

UC RUSAL has announced the trial production of red mud-based flux additives at the Urals aluminium smelter (UAZ).

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Hydro agrees to sell aluminium casthouse

Hydro has entered into a binding agreement to sell its special alloy aluminium casthouse in Hannover to IQ Industrial Holding S.à r.l. (Luxembourg), a private industrial holding group with operations across Europe.

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Project to boost Sohar Aluminium output

Sohar Aluminium, Oman's biggest non-hydrocarbon industrial venture, has approved plans for the implementation of a productivity optimisation project that will boost output by a significant 28,000 tonnes of primary aluminium annually.

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Qatalum surpasses key targets

Qatalum stepped into 2013 with the goal of becoming one of the world’s top ten smelters, by surpassing a number of targets set out in the Qatalum Improvement Programme (QIP).

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Recent Features

Preventing disruption in an aluminium rolling plant

When leading Indian Aluminium producer Hindalco had ongoing problems with an existing combined reduction pinion stand gearbox, global gear engineering company David Brown stepped in to put a stop to the continued disruption and get the plant back to full process availability. By Mark Hollingworth*

Article by David Brown Gear Systems

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High purity aluminium analysis

Aluminium of 5N or 6N grade, especially with very low alpha emitter content, is widely used in speciality electronic and chemical applications.

Article by Thermofisher

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Product feasibility analysis in action

After contacting several die makers and not achieving the required results due to product feasibility problems, a known car manufacturer (and Formula 1 competitor) contacted Eurostampi for the supply of several die-cast aluminium details to be assembled in a single structure.

Article by Eurostampi

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Global automotive aluminium wheels industry forecast to grow

Analysts forecast the Global Automotive Aluminium Wheels industry to grow at a CAGR of 8.48% over the period 2012 - 2016.

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