May/June 2018

May/June 2018

Collaboration is Key

The first Future Aluminium Forum was recently held on the 8th - 9th May 2018 in Milan and saw the aluminium industry come together to discuss future technologies and the integration of Industry 4.0.

The message was clear: Collaboration is key when it comes to sharing knowledge and solutions, even between competitors, which can help us build on a more streamlined, sustainable supply chain.

This was echoed the day after the event with the announcement by Rio Tinto, Alcoa and Apple...Such an ingenious process will revolutionise aluminium manufacturing and hopefully provide a platform for us to encourage   R&D and a drive to implement new technologies.

At the Future Aluminium Forum, delegates were interested to see how we could learn from other industries when it comes to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, but this news strengthens aluminium’s position as an innovator and a metal of the future.

You can find out all about the Future Aluminium Forum on page 6 and view the list of participants at

As always, this issue is packed with other features, including  a look at transport and handling equipment. There is also a dedicated Chinese Language section, as this issue will be distributed at the ALUMINIUM CHINA exhibition in Shanghai. 


Nadine Bloxsome,


Front cover courtesy of Fives

May/June 2018 Contents

March/April 2018

March/April 2018

All’s fair in aluminium, or is it?

It’ll come as no surprise that the top story in this issue is the tariffs slapped onto aluminium imports, by the US President.

Opinions across the industry are divided and key commodities have not escaped the fallout of the ‘protectionist’ step, which investors fear may hurt global growth.

Following the announcement on 1st March, 2018, the premium to get immediate delivery on aluminium from warehouses surged to its highest level in three years.

While the attention is focused on China, Canada contributes heavily to a healthy North American sector and President and CEO of the Aluminium Association of Canada, said: “If the United States hits its strategic allies such as Canada with measures, they are missing the appropriate target and they expose their economy to serious adverse effects that are greater than the expected gains.”

There is no denying the US Government is showing commitment to strengthening the industry, but as this issue will be printed before the official decision, just how much of a level playing field will be created remains to be seen...TBC!

The rest of this issue brings you technical articles on furnace technology, rolling case studies, and the latest developments in analysis and testing. 

There is also a focus on anti-corruption efforts, pricing and more.



Front cover courtesy of Granco Clark

March/April 2018 Contents

Sustainability Supplement

Sustainability Supplement

Showing off Sustainability Standards

Welcome to the first special 2018 digital issue of Aluminium International Today!

Alongside six regular issues of the magazine, we try to publish at least two separate, digital issues a year; mainly because there is usually too much content to try and squeeze in!

It is a positive dilemma and ‘Sustainability’ seems to be one of those topics that never fails to bring in the articles. 

This year has already seen the launch of greener aluminium products such as Rusal’s ‘ALLOW’ and Hydro’s ‘4.0’, while advancing technology in electric automotive applications offers more opportunities for aluminium to show off its lightweight potential. 

Sustainability Supplement Contents

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