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

Sept/Oct 2017

Sept/Oct 2017

The price is nearly right

The aluminium industry has been buzzing lately with the news that the price of aluminium rose to over $2,000 a tonne for the first time in three years in August.

It was reported that this increase is a result of the Chinese authorities cutting production as part of an environmental crackdown. Officials in Shandong province have ordered 3.21 million tonnes of smelting capacity to be shut down, which is more than was anticipated.

Time will tell how these closures will continue to impact the market price and hopefully, the only way will be up. 

This issue of Aluminium International Today includes a dedicated feature on primary production. An interesting article by Geoff Matthews from Energia Potior takes a look at why renewable energy grids need modulating aluminium smelters (page 17), while there is also a focus on carbon diffusion in cathode collector bars (page 21) and processing technology within the carbon industry (page 24).

Other features include casthouse technology, value-added production, extrusion and there is also an event preview for the ALUMINUM USA exhibition, taking place in Nashville.

It’s a busy time of the year as ARABAL is also just around the corner...maybe you have even picked up this issue at one of these events!


Nadine Bloxsome, Editor

Front cover courtesy of Granco Clark

Sept/Oct 2017 Contents

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!

July/August 2017 Contents

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