Sept/Oct 2017

Sept/Oct 2017

The price is nearly right

The aluminium industry has been buzzing lately with the news that the price of aluminium rose to over $2,000 a tonne for the first time in three years in August.

It was reported that this increase is a result of the Chinese authorities cutting production as part of an environmental crackdown. Officials in Shandong province have ordered 3.21 million tonnes of smelting capacity to be shut down, which is more than was anticipated.

Time will tell how these closures will continue to impact the market price and hopefully, the only way will be up. 

This issue of Aluminium International Today includes a dedicated feature on primary production. An interesting article by Geoff Matthews from Energia Potior takes a look at why renewable energy grids need modulating aluminium smelters (page 17), while there is also a focus on carbon diffusion in cathode collector bars (page 21) and processing technology within the carbon industry (page 24).

Other features include casthouse technology, value-added production, extrusion and there is also an event preview for the ALUMINUM USA exhibition, taking place in Nashville.

It’s a busy time of the year as ARABAL is also just around the corner...maybe you have even picked up this issue at one of these events!

Enjoy!

Nadine Bloxsome, Editor

Front cover courtesy of Granco Clark

Sept/Oct 2017 Contents

July/August 2017

July/August 2017

Safety is key

The safety and wellbeing of employees has long been a commitment of the aluminium industry.

In recent interviews that I have conducted and across events and conference programmes, safety remains a priority and the industry is proud of its achievements.

It occurred to me however, that there is not a designated platform for the value chain to come together and discuss successes in safety, practices, initiatives, measurement and results.

I am therefore on a mission to develop an Aluminium Industry Safety Guide, which will act as a respected resource and be sent directly to HSE managers, CEOs and other industry professionals.

Due to be published in January 2018, the Guide will also be distributed at major events next year and online. The idea is to make the content accessible for all.

The Guide already has the support and input from the IAI, ASI, the Aluminum Association, European Aluminium, AMS and the Gulf Aluminium Council, but I am very interested to hear from companies across the industry and cover a range of different topics from PPE standards, operation of mobile equipment and controlling risk, to a closer look at general health and wellness.

If this sounds like something you would like to know more about, then don’t hesitate to get in touch! 

In the meantime, this issue is takes a closer look at secondary technology and analysis & testing.

There is also a focus on green anodes, a look at what Industry 4.0 could mean for the aluminium industry and a history piece on aluminium in the age of global conflict. Enjoy!

July/August 2017 Contents

Sustainability Supplement

Sustainability Supplement

Welcome to this special digital issue of Aluminium International Today, with a focus on sustainability across the supply chain.

Sustainability Supplement Contents

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