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
Processing & Finishing
Welcome to this special digital issue of Aluminium International Today, which focuses on the processing and finishing side of the aluminium industry.