As the demand for aluminium continues to grow, the pricing power seems to be shifting upstream to bauxite and alumina producers.
In this issue, Aluminium International Today takes a look at the global consumption of bauxite and new mining development projects in Guinea, which are planning to capitalise on this market demand.
In a ‘Raw Materials’ feature, I met with Danny Keating, CEO of Alufer Mining Limited to discuss the logistics, as well as the social and environmental impacts of developing a bauxite mine.
There is also an article from Emirates Global Aluminium, which details the company’s strategic intent to secure raw materials through upstream investments.
Taking a look further downstream, this issue also includes a dedicated ‘Rolling’ feature, which begins with a look at the start-up of the Global Foil Association, following the success of the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative.
More technical articles focus on how to improve rolling mill process control and how modern slitting lines are having to meet automotive body requirements in terms of mechanical properties and tolerances.
There’s all of this, as well as an exclusive case study of the AP60 Project, a look at downstream demand and an article from Novelis about how innovation can make your company stand out from the rest.
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March/April 2015 Contents
Aluminium industry partnership with Department of Energy
April 24, 2015
The Aluminum Association has announced a new partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) to increase the number of aluminium industry jobs in the United States and explore new, sustainable technologies to advance U.S. manufacturing.
AEC to hold new workshop
April 21, 2015
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) will present a newly developed educational offering with the AEC Sales & Marketing Workshop, scheduled for June 8-10, 2015 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL, USA.
Novelis: Steve Fisher New Interim President
April 21, 2015
Novelis has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Steve Fisher to serve as the company’s Interim President, effective immediately.
Alufoil Trophy 2015: The winners
April 20, 2015
Once again companies from every part of the aluminium foil industry have embraced the opportunity presented by the Alufoil Trophy.
March 24, 2015
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**
Rondon project: Development
March 23, 2015
Votorantim Metais presents the first results of its Labor Qualification Programme in municipalities in the southeast of Pará, in northern Brazil, where the company is developing the Alumina Rondon Project, an industrial complex that will include a bauxite mine and alumina refinery.
Alufoil Statistics 2014
March 22, 2015
A year of ups and downs for aluminium foil ends on optimistic note
Hydro to become ‘Bigger, Better, Greener’
January 19, 2015
Norwegian based aluminium producer, Hydro has set new production targets. “This is an important element in our value proposition to customers,” says President and CEO, Svein Richard Brandtzæg.