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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

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