It seems that 2015 has passed in the blink of an eye!
This year has thrown up many challenges and while uncertainties still lie ahead, the industry is pulling together to continue growing and innovating.
To give you a round up of 2015, Aluminium International Today will be sending out a free, digital ‘Highlights’ issue, which will pick out some of the most talked about articles and news from this year.
Coming back to this issue and it’s time again for the annual Furnaces International Buyers’ Guide, which provides a classified listing of furnace plant equipment, materials and services.
The guide also includes a selection of articles, which look at how to find the right furnace, thermal process optimisation and a profile on the British Industrial Furnace Constructors Association.
The usual Updates section highlights Europe’s Sustainability Roadmap, while a Casthouse feature focuses on Rio Tinto’s ‘Compact Casthouse’ in a Kitimat case study.
There is all of this, as well as a look at how aluminium is playing a bigger role in electrical components and an exclusive interview with Hydro’s CEO, Svein Richard Brandtzæg, which looks at the company’s philosophy on safety.
I hope you enjoy the issue and we will be back in 2016!
Editor, Aluminium International Today
Front cover image courtesy of EGA
Opening a magazine and seeing my face is something that I have not got used to. So, for this issue I have decided to share this experience with a selection of other faces, who I am sure you will also be seeing a lot more of.
I’d like to personally welcome Steve Fisher, Egil Hogna and Khushroo Patel to their new positions and wish them all the best for the future.
As the industry event season gets back underway, opportunities open up to meet new faces and network with colleagues. Hopefully some of you reading this have picked up your own copy at one of these events!
This issue is as packed as always, with interesting articles and it is a true testament to the magazine when I have the positive dilemma of too much editorial copy.
There is the usual round-up of global industry updates, followed by a dedicated ‘Primary’ feature, which looks at the opportunities for Spent Pot Lining (page 17).
A host of articles make up the ‘Environmental’ feature starting on page 45 and highlight that this is still clearly a topic that the industry is passionate about.
We explore these green issues further in an article from Rick Hindley, Executive Director at Alupro UK, which looks at how the UK packaging industry is helping to boost recycling.
There’s all of this, as well as a look at rolling technology, end of life scrap recycling of auto- motive sheet and details of up- coming industry events.
I hope you enjoy the issue.
Nadine Firth, Editor
Front Cover courtesy of Claudius Peters
On a roll
The thing about reporting news is that it is usually not good news. Thankfully, this doesn’t seem to be the case this month.
The modernisation of Rio Tinto’s Kitimat smelter is a glimmer of hope for the primary industry, which has recently seen an increase in smelter curtailments and closures.
Coupled with this, the approval for the Line 6 Expansion Project at Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA) supports the growing downstream industry demand.
And, to top it off nicely, it has been announced that the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch will be made of recycled aluminium, which was chosen for its lightweight qualities to “make a better experience for the torchbearers.”
There is more good news to be found in the July/August issue of Aluminium International Today, with a dedicated extrusion feature, which looks at how the market is adding value and investing in the future. This starts with a look at the UK industry on page 31.
A feature on secondary production includes a technical paper on recovering corrosive aluminium melting furnace waste heat (page 23) and a history of dross processing (page 25).
The silver lining is brought slightly back down to earth in an interesting article about aluminium pricing, which examines a deflationary environment (page 20), while there’s also an automotive feature (page 46) and an ‘Anode Supplement’ on page 39 for good measure.
As always, I hope you enjoy the issue and don’t hesitate to get in touch for editorial opportunities.
Editor, Aluminium International Today
Front cover courtesy of Turla