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We understand that news means different things to different people and so you might notice a slight change to the way we have presented it in this issue... Hopefully it will help you get straight to the point when it comes to finding information, or taking a break with a cup of coffee.
While that coffee is still hot, I recommend a read of the Iran Update on page 11, which looks at the rise of this new industrial region and the opportunities it could open up for the aluminium industry. The figures show that Iran could be producing up to 1 million mt by 2020, so it is certainly one to watch.
Moving further downstream, I was lucky enough to visit the grand opening of Constellium’s new University Technology Centre at Brunel University London, which is dedicated to product development in the automotive sector. You can read more on page 38.
There is all of this, as well as technical articles on heat treatment technology, a dedicated projects and products update and a very interesting piece on joint ventures and the risks and challenges they can pose.
I’m off to make a coffee...
Nadine Firth, Editor
I’m the first to admit that I have a competitive streak. It usually comes into full force when a new face joins my early morning spinning class and I am overcome by the urge to show them how it’s done. I’m not proud, but who doesn’t enjoy feeling a little bit smug?
Competition is everywhere, along with the constant need to better one’s self or the way we live, work and play. The US extrusion industry is a current example; while demand growth is expected to moderate across the year, supply issues and economic concerns are keeping the market competitive.
To explain more and in light of the upcoming ET '16 show, there’s a market overview on page 9. Extrusions are also part of a push for closed loop or cradle-to-cradle recycling, which brings me nicely onto our next feature; Sustainability.
With AluSolutions just around the corner (10-11 May), this issue includes a preview, as well as articles on aluminium in green buildings, recycling and sorting technologies and a case study on developing a sustainable casthouse.
There is also an Association Update from AFSA, an extensive bauxite feature with a look at developing bauxite projects and waste disposal techniques.
Last, but not least, I caught up with the delightful Ron Knapp, Secretary General of the International Aluminium Institute to ask him a few things.
I hope you enjoy the issue!
Nadine Firth, Editor
PS - You can actually view some of the articles published in this issue here
With the AluSolutions conference and exhibition just around the corner (10th - 11th May), this free supplement includes a number of articles with a focus on sustainable solutions and technology across the aluminium value chain.
Other articles in this special issue look at energy optimisation beyond smelting operations, sorting and recycling of aluminium, green building applications and much more.
I hope you enjoy this issue and if you’d like to know more about working towards a sustainable aluminium industry, there is still time to register to attend AluSolutions on 10th - 11th May at the ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, for free.