I’ll admit it was more by luck than judgement that with the news of Alcoa acquiring Firth Rixson and numerous investments by companies such as Constellium, that 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.
Nadine Firth, Editor
Front cover courtesy of Presezzi Extrusion
July/August 2014 Contents
Low metal prices halve Tajikistan H1 output
July 28, 2014
Tajikistan Aluminium Company (TALCO) cut production by 47% in year-on-year (YoY) terms in January to June, to 61,100 tonnes due to low demand for the metal.
Almexa: Further modernisation of Tulpetlac facility
July 25, 2014
Almexa Aluminum S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico has awarded a contract to FATA Hunter Inc. for the modernisation of the 271 cold mill at the Tulpetlac plant.
Energy efficiency targets
July 24, 2014
The European Aluminium Association (EAA) welcomed the European Commission’s Communication on Energy Efficiency as a positive step to truly align climate, energy and growth agendas and boost energy efficient solutions.
Delegate registration open for ARABAL 2014
July 23, 2014
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) has announced that the registration is open for the 18th International Arab Aluminium (ARABAL) Conference through its website www.arabal.com.
CEAC’s investments in Montenegro
May 30, 2014
Andrey Petrushinin* explores the twists and turns in the KAP story.
Article by Central European Aluminum Company
Chromium-free technologies open up manifold opportunities
May 19, 2014
For decades, yellow and green chromating have been the technologies of choice for the corrosion protection of metals. Rising costs for health, safety and the environment as well as changing market demands have resulted in a situation where chromium-free alternatives are increasingly gaining a foothold in the market. A comparison of old vs. new technologies shows why: The eco-friendly technologies show better results in key aspects.
Article by Chemetall GmbH
Analysing the aluminium industry
May 19, 2014
Dr. Ravi Yellepeddi, based in Switzerland, is the Global Director of Marketing and Business Development, Materials and Minerals at Thermo Fisher Scientific. He is responsible for product development, applications and technical marketing activities for Thermo Scientific on-line processing and laboratory analyzers in industrial applications, such as metals, cement, minerals, petrochemicals and material science.
Article by Thermo Scientific