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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.


Nadine Firth, Editor

Front cover courtesy of Presezzi Extrusion

July/August 2014 Contents

Recent News

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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UK foundry implements smart energy scheme

Caparo Bridge Aluminium, a UK based specialist aluminium gravity die casting manufacturer, has recently signed a 10 year deal with Open Energi to implement Dynamic Demand in its manufacturing operations.

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Vinacomin exports more than 400,000 tonnes of aluminium

The Lam Dong Aluminium-Bauxite Complex Project of the Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) has exported 411,000 tonnes of aluminium since operation began in December 2013.

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Exports drive growth of aluminium foil production in first half of 2014

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Recent Features

Breakthrough in Ultrasonic assisted industrial continuous casting

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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.

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