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
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
Ups and downs
It has been a strange few weeks here in the UK and while we wait for the dust to settle, it could be some time before we see any sort of impact on the global aluminium industry.
After talking to a number of industry representatives, there is quite a lot of confusion at the moment and it seems the future will very much depend on the individual circumstances of UK companies.
As with everything in life, there is likely to be some winners and some losers. Unfortunately, when it comes to football, England is far too familiar with the latter!
I won’t pretend to know anything about football, so it is probably best that I stick to knowing what can be found inside this issue of Aluminium International Today.
Paul Adkins, Managing Director of AZ China, presents China in a different light in an update on page 10, while this theme continues in a US update, which looks at challenging oversupply and the impact on aluminium prices.
It’s not all doom and gloom, as there are also interesting technical articles on furnace stirring technologies and automated sorting in a ‘Secondary’ feature starting on page 20.
Finally, a detailed feature on ‘Analysis & Testing’, highlights modern analysis systems for the aluminium industry and the problems primary plants are experiencing because they are still relying on old technology on page 38.
I hope you enjoy the issue.
Nadine Firth, Editor