As the demand for aluminium continues to grow, the pricing power seems to be shifting upstream to bauxite and alumina producers.
In this issue, Aluminium International Today takes a look at the global consumption of bauxite and new mining development projects in Guinea, which are planning to capitalise on this market demand.
In a ‘Raw Materials’ feature, I met with Danny Keating, CEO of Alufer Mining Limited to discuss the logistics, as well as the social and environmental impacts of developing a bauxite mine.
There is also an article from Emirates Global Aluminium, which details the company’s strategic intent to secure raw materials through upstream investments.
Taking a look further downstream, this issue also includes a dedicated ‘Rolling’ feature, which begins with a look at the start-up of the Global Foil Association, following the success of the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative.
More technical articles focus on how to improve rolling mill process control and how modern slitting lines are having to meet automotive body requirements in terms of mechanical properties and tolerances.
There’s all of this, as well as an exclusive case study of the AP60 Project, a look at downstream demand and an article from Novelis about how innovation can make your company stand out from the rest.
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Hope you enjoy the issue!
Front cover courtesy of EGA
China - Year of the goat
Russia - Rusal: Mining capacity 17 USA - Association update
The AP60 Project
Bridging the bauxite supply gap
EGA’s bauxite-alumina strategy
Balanced GTCs at the heart of aluminium
Alumina refinery switches to natural gas
Formation of Global Foil Association
Improving rolling mill process control
Modern slitting lines
Run of the mill
The ‘Innovation Challenge’