Contrary to what a famous little frog once sang, it would seem the aluminium industry is making ‘being green’ look easy.
Novelis recently stole the limelight (no green pun intended) with the opening of the largest aluminium recycling plant in Germany. The facility aims to give the company the flexibility to process a range of scrap types, creating a more efficient closed-loop recycling system and increasing Europe’s domestic scrap consumption.
Novelis has also joined forces with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Something little green frogs everywhere will hopefully benefit from.
Not wanting to miss out on the action, you will have noticed in our last issue that Quartz Business Media has announced an event to address sustainability challenges in the aluminium industry.
AluSolutions 2015 will be held on 21st - 22nd October in Toronto, Canada and we are now calling for papers for the conference and exhibition space is already being reserved. You can find out more by visiting www.alusolutions.com.
This issue is the last of 2014 and hopefully ends on a high! As usual, we have a selection of international industry updates, along with detailed articles on furnaces/heat treatment, which look at how to tame your industrial furnace and annealing lines for automotive aluminium components. There is also a feature on ultrasonic assisted continuous casthouse technology, as well as a look at new technologies in modern remelting plants.
All of this, along with the Furnaces International Buyers’ Guide 2015, makes for a packed issue.
If you’d like to receive our media guide for 2015, which outlines why Aluminium International Today is the leading advertising choice in the industry, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The media pack also contains a list of our editorial features. If you are interested in submitting an article, please get in touch.
See you next year!
Nadine Firth, Editor
Front cover courtesy of Novelis
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 www.alusolutions.com.
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!
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