Jan/Feb 2018

Jan/Feb 2018

Green aluminium

Recent years have seen the aluminium industry become more committed to sustainable efforts across the supply chain.

The introduction of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative has seen more attention on responsible production and in particular a focus on critical issues like greenhouse gas emissions and waste management.

It is exciting to see this initiative begin to show the fruits of its labour, with the first ASI aluminium expected this year.

There are a number of other ‘green’ news items that have made it into the ‘top stories’ this month and the announcement of new low-carbon products show the industry is continuing to develop ways to reduce its environmental impact.

This is especially important for upstream industries, which are renowned for being energy intensive.

This issue continues the environmental theme with an article from Hydro, which highlights how the new technology pilot is breaking ground in energy consumption.

There is also a feature from the Sustainability Director at Novelis, which focuses on creating sustainable value through customer collaboration.

I hope you enjoy this issue and don’t forget, there is still time to register to attend the Future Aluminium Forum in Milan in May. Join us to find out what the future holds for the industry and how you can be a part of it!

Kind Regards,
Nadine Bloxsome

Editor, Aluminium International Today

Front cover image courtesy of Claudius Peters

Jan/Feb 2018 Contents

The Safety Guide

The Safety Guide

The safety and well-being of employees is of the greatest importance across the aluminium industry. While different areas of manufacturing can have a different focus when it comes to safety; the end goal is always the same. It comes down to the people and making sure every effort is in place to ensure a safe working environment.

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Nov/Dec 2017

Nov/Dec 2017

Smarter manufacturing

The term ‘Industry 4.0’ is everywhere at the moment, but do you know what it really means and what impact it could have on aluminium manufacturing?

As this new era approaches, it seems that companies are applying Industry 4.0 concepts to add value along the entire supply chain; from managing production to ensuring the appropriate quality and delivering orders exactly as expected.

Where can I find out more about how these processes can benefit or might affect my business, I hear you ask...

The Future Aluminium Forum is a new event we are launching at Quartz Business Media, which will discuss and present how Industry 4.0 will be applied across the aluminium supply chain and the impacts.

Being held in Milan on 8-9 May 2018, the Forum will examine how ‘smart manufacturing’ will revolutionise aluminium production. You can find out more about how to be involved and make the most of Earlybird registration rates here

Coming back to this issue and there has been a big focus on the automotive market recently, so I visited the Lochaber smelter to find out how and why it is focusing on alloy wheel production. 

You’ll also find a detailed Furnaces Directory with listings of companies dedicated to thermal processing of metals and materials and a focus feature on rolling technology. 

See you in 2018!

Nadine Bloxsome
Editor, Aluminium International Today

Front cover image courtesy of Novelis PAE

Nov/Dec 2017 Contents

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