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
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The whole package
I’m so used to reading about and discussing the manufacturing process of aluminium that it is sometimes easy to forget the end products which play a part in our day-to-day lives.
The launch of the evercycle range by Novelis recently prompted me to pay more attention to how I use aluminium and its recyclability. I won’t bore you with the details of the beverage cans I keep in my fridge or how I think roasted vegetables taste better when cooked in an aluminium tray, but it is good to see the benefits of aluminium packaging being promoted in this way.
While on the subject, this issue includes an article from the Can Manufacturer’s Institute, which takes a look at the humble aluminium can and its growth in the USA. Read more on page 21.
Things heat up a bit on page 23 with a technical ‘Furnaces’ paper on wear reasons and material choices for aluminium melting and holding furnaces.
A ‘Casthouse’ feature on page 33 continues to look at dealing with molten metal and how to secure safe metal flow, while a ‘Health and Safety’ feature starting on page 39 concentrates on worker safety and Tim Murray, CEO of Alba highlights the company’s continued efforts in this area.
Finally, in what could be described as 'closing the loop', we end with a more detailed look at recycling and why increasing the percentage of recycled aluminium content does not necessarily improve sustainability.
There's all of this, along with a review of the recent TMS event, a history page looking at the Spitfire as an aluminium icon, and industry updates from across the globe.
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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.
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See you next year!
Nadine Firth, Editor
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