Aluminium: The Driving Force
One of my mottos in life is to ‘practice what you preach’, which is how I am justifying my new treat to myself...a shiny Range Rover Evoque, with aluminium lightweighting as standard of course.
I’ll forgive the guys at JLR, who tried to rain on my parade slightly by launching the new Velar in the same week!
Built alongside the Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-Pace in the ultra-modern aluminium body and assembly plant in Solihull, West Midlands, JLR insiders are confident that rising demand will drive Land Rover vehicle production to new record levels.
It’s an exciting time for the automotive industry and it is good to see that aluminium is continuing its role as the ‘miracle metal’ when it comes to lightweight performance and sheer aesthetic beauty, but then I’m now biased.
As always, this issue of Aluminium International Today is packed full of technical articles, with a special focus on extrusion, furnace technology and heat treatment.
This issue also sees the introduction of a series of articles looking at the development of the global aluminium industry within its context, showing how from modest beginnings aluminium became ubiquitous and the industry global giant. Read all about it on page 43.
I hope you enjoy the issue and please get in touch if you’d like me to make any site visits that require a long drive...!
Welcome to this special digital issue of Aluminium International Today, which focuses on the production and processing of aluminium packaging.
Welcome to 2017!
Last year ended on a high at the ALUMINIUM show in Germany.
The message across the industry was summed up nicely by Christian Wellner, managing member of the executive committee of the German Confederation of the Aluminium Industry: “Light but also hard, corrosion-resistant and easy to recycle; these are the four properties that promise such a bright future for ‘white gold’. Whether it’s in the automotive industry, aeronautics or construction, global megatrends are the forces that drive expanding demand for aluminium.”
While the future looks positive, companies at the event spoke of high trade barriers, access to markets and raw materials as the biggest challenges.
It will be interesting to watch this year unfold and we will be there along the way; reporting the latest industry news and providing you with the up-to-date technological advances and developments in aluminium production and processing.
I am always on the lookout for new contributors to both the print and digital editions. Many authors from the industry have commented on the interest their articles have generated and we are always looking to interview industry professionals and make site visits.
Please get in touch if you are interested in giving your company more coverage or you have something you want to tell the industry.
I hope you enjoy this issue and wish you all the best for the year ahead.