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Rapid response hydrogen fluoride analyser

A new LaserGas III Portable analyser from Neo and a handheld spectrometer from Spectro.

A report on the environmental benefits of recycling - a critical review of the data for aluminium

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) commissioned Imperial College, London to obtain the energy requirements and carbon footprint impact for the production of primary and secondary metals.

Data presented in the report enables an estimated saving of 136MtCO2 in 2006 to be derived by recycling aluminium scrap based on mean energy figures, but that primary production generates 80% more CO2 when compared with primary production of steel. By Editor Aluminium International Today

Aerospace research at Alcan, Voreppe

Located near Grenoble in the Rhone-Alpes of south east France at Voreppe is one of Rio Tinto Alcan's two research centres for its engineered products division. Surprisingly, Rio Tinto plans to divest itself of this value added division when the market improves

Aerospace market holding up despite the challenges

There is much apprehension in the aerospace market over what 2010 will bring. Orders for aircraft have dropped and airlines have reported reduced capacity, resulting in a decline in profits.

However, the signs are getting better. demand for military aircraft has remained strong and there is a large backlog of orders for commercial aircraft. By Myra Pinkham

Aluminium Fluoride - A market striving towards equilibrium

China dominates the production of AIF3, an essential commodity required for aluminium pot lines.

Its low cost structure means that it is well set to meet more than 50% of world market demand in 2010 likely causing the closure of some 70kt of high cost western AIF3 production. By Michael Reynolds.

Alouette on course to reduce emissions

The Alouette smelter, based in Quebec, Canada, is the largest smelter in the Americas. It has successfully increased its production capacity without compromising on its environmental standards.

Its recently published Sustainable Development Report 2008 outlines the work it has done in reducing emissions.