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...!
Welcome to 2017!
Last year ended on a high at the ALUMINIUM show in Germany.
The message across the industry was summed up nicely by Christian Wellner, managing member of the executive committee of the German Confederation of the Aluminium Industry: “Light but also hard, corrosion-resistant and easy to recycle; these are the four properties that promise such a bright future for ‘white gold’. Whether it’s in the automotive industry, aeronautics or construction, global megatrends are the forces that drive expanding demand for aluminium.”
While the future looks positive, companies at the event spoke of high trade barriers, access to markets and raw materials as the biggest challenges.
It will be interesting to watch this year unfold and we will be there along the way; reporting the latest industry news and providing you with the up-to-date technological advances and developments in aluminium production and processing.
I am always on the lookout for new contributors to both the print and digital editions. Many authors from the industry have commented on the interest their articles have generated and we are always looking to interview industry professionals and make site visits.
Please get in touch if you are interested in giving your company more coverage or you have something you want to tell the industry.
I hope you enjoy this issue and wish you all the best for the year ahead.
The most wonderful time of the year...
I’m sure I am not the only one wondering where this year has disappeared to!
While festive displays begin to fill the shops, the aluminium industry is also gearing up for the season; events season.
You will probably be seeing a lot of me or the team over the coming months, whether we are manning an exhibition booth or quickly jotting down important points in the conference. Don’t hesitate to stop us in passing or visit the Aluminium International Today booth.
We are always happy to discuss how you could promote your company in the right way or add you to our long list of satisfied subscribers.
Back to this issue and it is also that time of the year when we publish the Furnaces Buyers’ Guide. This provides a classified listing of furnace plant equipment, materials and services. The guide also includes a selection of technical articles, which this time round, look at insulating castable refractories and drop quench furnaces.
As well as the regional market updates, the now regular ‘Products & Projects’ feature and ‘2 Minutes with...Gerd Götz’, I was also lucky enough to catch up with Sapa’s very busy CEO Egil Hogna to find out about his first year at the company.
There is also a dedicated ‘Extrusion’ feature with an article on accurate temperature measurement and a look at ‘Health & Safety’, with a focus on the mining industry.
Nadine Bloxsome, Editor