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July/August 2014

July/August 2014

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

Recent News

Energy efficiency targets

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.

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Delegate registration open for ARABAL 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

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Matalco to build remelting plant

Lordstown, Ohio, will be the site of Canadian aluminum billet manufacturer Matalco's new $92 million greenfield remelt plant in the US.

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Napco expansion plans

The National Aluminium Products Company SAOG (Napco), a leading extruder of aluminum profiles in the GCC, has announced an expansion initiative that aims towards increasing its market presence and gaining wider reach both regionally and internationally.

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Recent Features

CEAC’s investments in Montenegro

Andrey Petrushinin* explores the twists and turns in the KAP story.

Article by Central European Aluminum Company

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Chromium-free technologies open up manifold opportunities

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

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Analysing the aluminium industry

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

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