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September/October 2014

September/October 2014

As I write this there is a real feeling of the end of the summer and going “Back to school” here in the UK.

It also feels a bit like that in the aluminium industry, with everyone returning from summer vacations and the announcements of industry events and conferences already filling the diary.

Aluminium 2014 was bigger and better than ever this year. As always, Aluminium International Today was in attendance and we enjoyed meeting you all at our busy booth!

Another exciting event to add to your 2015 diary has been launched by us here at Quartz Business Media: AluSolutions 2015 will be held in Toronto on 21st - 22nd October 2015. More information about how you can be involved and help to promote a sustainable aluminium industry can be found on page 26 or by visiting

Back to this issue and there is a host of relevant technical articles on bauxite and primary aluminium manufacturing, extrusion, rolling, and the environment.

There is also a supplement thrown in for good measure, with papers from the 6th International Conference on Electrodes and Support Services for Smelters, which was recently held in Iceland.

I hope you enjoy the issue!

Don’t forget you can also keep up to date with the latest news and industry views by following @AluminiumToday on Twitter, or by joining the LinkedIn group.

Nadine Firth,

September/October 2014 Contents

Recent News

Novelis to close Ouro Preto

Novelis has announced that consistent with its corporate strategy, it will focus its operations in Brazil on its core business of aluminium rolling and recycling.  As a result, it will cease operations at its Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, primary aluminium smelter at the end of 2014.

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Aleris to upgrade Kentucky facility

Aleris will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminium rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky, USA.

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Alcoa to sell stake in Jamalco to Noble

Alcoa has announced the signing of a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) selling 100% of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture to Noble for $140 million.

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Growth in transport drives demand

New data from the European Aluminium Association (EAA) predicts a bright future for aluminium in the European market, driven primarily by thriving demand for its applications in transport. 

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Recent Features

Rotary crushing and material separation

Recycling materials through rotary crushing and material separation in the aluminium smelter

By David J Roth, GPS Global Solutions

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Breakthrough in Ultrasonic assisted industrial continuous casting

Ultrasonic continuous casting without centreline segregation, conventional degassing and grain refiners. By Hélder Puga PhD*, Miodrag Prokic MSc**, Nico van Dongen MBA**

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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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