May/June 2017

May/June 2017

The Future is Now

There appears to be a theme running through this month’s news pages and that theme is ‘good news’.

Rolling mills being built, automotive lines launched, recycling boosted; all positive stories, which show the industry is investing in a lightweight and sustainable future.

The efforts to work more towards a closed-loop recycling system are paramount and something that aluminium producers and processors worldwide can take steps to achieve. 

At a recent conference I attended, the environment and the impact of the aluminium industry was a main focus. It was quite astounding to hear that the world’s aluminium industry produces 500 million tonnes of CO2 annually, which is 1% of the world’s total CO2 emissions.

Another fact I took away was that 60% of the power used to produce aluminium today comes from coal - it was 20% in the 1950s, so we are going in the wrong direction!

All these issues are heavy on the agenda for the ASI as it works to deliver a system of Standards for the aluminium value chain. More of which you can read about on page 10 in an Association Update.

You’ll hopefully notice that this issue is also packed with a dedicated Italian Supplement to coincide with the METEF event, the Chinese language issue and all the usual technical articles, features, interviews and market analysis from across the aluminium industry.


Nadine Bloxsome, Editor Aluminium International Today


Front cover courtesy of Emirates Global Aluminium

May/June 2017 Contents



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...!

March/April Contents

Packaging Supplement

Packaging Supplement

Welcome to this special digital issue of Aluminium International Today, which focuses on the production and processing of aluminium packaging.

Packaging Supplement Contents

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