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May/June 2015

May/June 2015

The whole package

I’m so used to reading about and discussing the manufacturing process of aluminium that it is sometimes easy to forget the end products which play a part in our day-to-day lives.

The launch of the evercycle range by Novelis recently prompted me to pay more attention to how I use aluminium and its recyclability. I won’t bore you with the details of the beverage cans I keep in my fridge or how I think roasted vegetables taste better when cooked in an aluminium tray, but it is good to see the benefits of aluminium packaging being promoted in this way.

While on the subject, this issue includes an article from the Can Manufacturer’s Institute, which takes a look at the humble aluminium can and its growth in the USA. Read more on page 21.

Things heat up a bit on page 23 with a technical ‘Furnaces’ paper on wear reasons and material choices for aluminium melting and holding furnaces.

A ‘Casthouse’ feature on page 33 continues to look at dealing with molten metal and how to secure safe metal flow, while a ‘Health and Safety’ feature starting on page 39 concentrates on worker safety and Tim Murray, CEO of Alba highlights the company’s continued efforts in this area.

Finally, in what could be described as 'closing the loop', we end with a more detailed look at recycling and why increasing the percentage of recycled aluminium content does not necessarily improve sustainability.

There's all of this, along with a review of the recent TMS event, a history page looking at the Spitfire as an aluminium icon, and industry updates from across the globe.

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Hope you enjoy the issue!

Nadine Firth,


Front cover courtesy of EGA

May/June 2015 Contents

Recent News

Using solar energy to melt aluminium

As manufacturing plants are being under pressure to reduce their energy spending, many countries and companies are trying to make progress in innovating.

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Constellium and Linde joint development

Constellium N.V. and Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, have announced that they have signed a joint development agreement to use Linde's oxy-fuel technology in Constellium's recycling and melting furnaces, with a goal of cutting energy consumption by half while increasing melting rates by 20%.

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Hilton Head Brewing Company debuts in Novelis evercan

Novelis and Hilton Head Brewing Company have announced the launch of Hilton Head Brewing Company beer in aluminium cans, made from Novelis evercan – the world’s first and only certified high-recycled content aluminium can sheet.

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Prospects For Automotive Lightweight Discussions At Shanghai Symposium 

AUDI, GEELY and MAGNA together with DGS, Kurtz, Guangdong Hongtu, Kobelco, Sapa, Novelis, Strikowestofen, JSC and Voestalpine are going to present their newest lightweight achievements and competences at the up-coming Asia Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium, which will take place from the 6th – 8th of July 2015 at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai. 

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Recent Features

Safety first

A conversation about safety with Tim Murray, CEO of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)

By Alex W. Lowery*

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Workshop highlights UK safety measures

The Aluminium Federation UK (ALFED) Health and Safety Workshop was held on 11th – 12th March 2015 and brought together aluminium professionals to discuss maintaining a safe working environment. Nadine Firth was in attendance and spoke with Neil Birt* of Bridgnorth Aluminium, about how environmental and safety issues can affect a workforce.

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Company foundation realised

ancorro (Greek/Latin: “anti-corrosion”) stands for longer service life of refractories, higher energy efficiencies, and expert know-how in high-temperature processes.

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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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