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
There is a definite theme across the first couple of news pages this issue, with a focus on the Middle East.
It also seems to sum up my recent flight path, as I was lucky enough to visit both the Dubal and Emal smelters in the UAE, before paying a visit to Alba in Bahrain.
Both companies were busy with upcoming developments. Emal and Dubal were in the final stages of announcing the official incorporation of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), while Alba was beginning preparation for the next ARABAL conference in November 2014.
Despite tight schedules, I enjoyed guided tours of each of the smelters and readers will hopefully see the fruits of this labour with a ‘Focus on the Middle East’ feature in the July/August issue.
As always, this issue of Aluminium International Today is full of interesting and topical articles, beginning with a look at the challenges facing the mining industry and Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future Programme (page 15).
A dedicated ‘Furnaces/Heat Treatment’ feature focuses on how forced circulation can improve furnace performance and efficiency (page 25).
While a casthouse feature includes an article from Hycast AS about its game changing technologies (page 33) and EGA highlights how its recent casthouse investments are designed to support the regional downstream industry (page 40).
Nadine Firth, Editor
Front cover image courtesy of Emirates Global Aluminium