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!

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Sustainability Supplement

Sustainability Supplement

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

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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.

Enjoy!

Nadine Bloxsome, Editor Aluminium International Today

 

Front cover courtesy of Emirates Global Aluminium

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