Welcome to the last issue of the year, which features an exclusive interview with Dr. Martin Iffert, CEO of Germany's Trimet, the country's leading producer of primary aluminium. Dr. Ifferts says that the days of cheap energy are over and that soon there will be nowhere to hide. He believes that future survival will depend on a smelter's ability to adapt its production processes to renewable energy and the industry's determination to promote the environmental benefits of aluminium in the application phase.
There are some excellent technical articles in this issue including one by Stephan Broek, a director of Hatch Ltd's Environmental Engineering and Technology division. Broek writes about 'de-bottlenecking' a smelter ventilation system. Broek argues that there are many ways of 'debottlenecking' a smelter ventilation system, but all of them have a cost implication.
Solios Environnment write about centralised gas treatment centres. The company's Antoine de Gromard and Kevin Tarion argue that large GTCs offer smelters many benefits, including simplified maintenance and the reduction of emission points.
Gunter Kirchner of the Organisation of the European Aluminium Recycling Industry says that Europe exports over 1Mt of aluminium scrap annually, but might be shipping more if the EU End-of-Waste Criteria Regulation launched earlier this year works as expected.
Wisechem's general manager Alex Lowery says that good surface preparation saves lives (and money) and Vapormatt extols the virtues of wet blasting.
Hencon Group's Dirk Kuiken and Alu 1's Jan O Yttredal answer Aluminium International's difficult questions and, as usual, there's plenty of industry news to read.
The September/October 2012 edition of Aluminium International Today breaks a few boundaries. We have two exclusive interviews with leading industry figures and we invite some of the world's leading suppliers to discuss their feelings about the global industry they serve.
In this issue, we travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, to meet Phil Martens, CEO of Novelis and discuss his aspirations surrounding recycling. In an ideal world, Phil wants 80% of the company's production output to be from recycled metal by 2020. We also nipped over to Montreal to be talked through an exciting new alumina extraction system that eliminates the Bayer process. Richard Boudreault, president and CEO of Orbite Aluminae, has developed a process that can extract alumina, rare earths and metal oxides from clay.
Leading figures from Pyrotek, ABB and Arun Technology offer their perspective on the global aluminium industry and Jean Simard, president of the Canadian Aluminium Association, argues that while the short-term prospects for the industry are tough, the long-term outlook is very positive.
Sustainability is a key theme this month with articles from the International Aluminium Institute, the American Aluminum Associaton and the European Aluminium Association. Chris Baylis of the IAI discusses aluminium's route 'from mine to market' while Heidi Brock, president of the AAA, argues that aluminium's recyclability sets it apart from other metals. Bernard Gilmont, the EAA's building and transport director, looks at lightweighting, but argues that vehicles are getting heavier due to added safety and comfort equipment and consumer demand for bigger cars.
We offer updates and country reports from the USA, South America, China and the Gulf and provide some interesting technical articles on primary production and casthouse.
Front cover image courtesy of Dubal.
The July/August issue kicks off with articles on India and the UK-based Aluminium Federation’s (ALFED) annual House of Lords Luncheon.
Dilip Kumar says that the Euro Zone crisis remains the biggest threat to the global economy and argues that Coal India’s refusal to step-up domestic production has increased prices by up to 4%.
Speakers at ALFED’s House of Lords Luncheon claimed that further energy emission reductions were neither achievable nor affordable.
Dr. Subodh K Das, CEO of USA-based Phinix, offers a strategy for a sustainable industry while Wise Chem’s Alex Lowery asks, are plants blowing up when they don’t need to? Science writer David L Chandler of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses the importance of reducing impurities when recycling aluminium.
Graham Guest, senior development engineer of Solios Thermal, examines the company’s Genios electromagnetic metal moving system and Keops Technologies discusses the managing and monitoring of incoming raw materials.
There are two conference reports – Pyrotek’s 5th Metal Quality Workshop, the CRU World Aluminium Conference in Abu Dhabi – and an overview of Brazil by Marja Brouwer of Alcor Technology – not forgetting a preview of Aluminium 2012.
Cover Picture Courtesy of Buss Chemtech