The most wonderful time of the year...
I’m sure I am not the only one wondering where this year has disappeared to!
While festive displays begin to fill the shops, the aluminium industry is also gearing up for the season; events season.
You will probably be seeing a lot of me or the team over the coming months, whether we are manning an exhibition booth or quickly jotting down important points in the conference. Don’t hesitate to stop us in passing or visit the Aluminium International Today booth.
We are always happy to discuss how you could promote your company in the right way or add you to our long list of satisfied subscribers.
Back to this issue and it is also that time of the year when we publish the Furnaces Buyers’ Guide. This provides a classified listing of furnace plant equipment, materials and services. The guide also includes a selection of technical articles, which this time round, look at insulating castable refractories and drop quench furnaces.
As well as the regional market updates, the now regular ‘Products & Projects’ feature and ‘2 Minutes with...Gerd Götz’, I was also lucky enough to catch up with Sapa’s very busy CEO Egil Hogna to find out about his first year at the company.
There is also a dedicated ‘Extrusion’ feature with an article on accurate temperature measurement and a look at ‘Health & Safety’, with a focus on the mining industry.
Nadine Bloxsome, Editor
Welcome to this special issue of Aluminium International Today, where we take a look back at a selection of industry news and features from the past year.
It has certainly been an interesting year. We’ve seen major political shifts, said goodbye to music heroes, and watched in awe as our sportsmen and women achieved incredible things at the Rio Olympics.
While the world got to grips with new challenges, the aluminium industry ploughed on with new technology innovations, investments, contracts and joint ventures.
It has felt like a positive year, which was neatly wrapped up with everything aluminium all under one roof at the ALUMINIUM 2016 Düsseldorf event.
The exhibition stands were busy with meetings and displays of ongoing and upcoming projects, which I look forward to following up in the magazine over the course of next year.
A New Year always brings change (or at least the promise of it) and here at Aluminium International Today we have a few things up our sleeve to keep readers up-to-date with all the industry ‘goings on’.
Every issue next year will include a dedicated supplement and we will also be publishing more digital issues, each with a particular industry focus.
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Spot the difference
The eagle-eyed among you might have already spotted a slight change in this issue of the magazine...
On paper it is not a big change, but I will certainly have to get used to spelling my new surname ‘Bloxsome’ straight after I have said it!
My new Husband and I got married in a beautiful ceremony on a clifftop in Santorini. He thought I picked the location so that he didn’t have an easy escape route, but I assured him it was for the sunset!
I am writing this after trawling through emails and trying to catch up on what I might have missed while my phone remained off.
It’s not often we get time to switch ourselves off, but it’s important from time to time and means I feel refreshed and ready for the busy times ahead.
Hopefully you are reading this issue at one of the many industry events taking place across the next few months.
It is likely that myself or other members of the AIT team will also be in attendance, so don’t hesitate to hunt us down if you’d like to know more about the magazine or if you’d like to be involved in 2017. We have lots of exciting new supplements and digital issues planned, meaning even more opportunities to promote your company or products to the international aluminium industry.
Back to this issue and as usual we have squeezed in as much industry news, regional updates, technical features and product innovation as possible.
I hope you enjoy the issue!
Nadine Bloxsome, Editor