AIT Mar/Apr 2013
This month Aluminium International Today breaks with tradition and offers readers not one, but two EXCLUSIVE interviews with CEOs from major aluminium companies. We travelled to California to meet Jack Hockema, Kaiser Aluminum's CEO and we made a slightly shorter journey – into London, the UK capital – to discuss the global primary aluminium industry with UC Rusal's deputy CEO, Oleg Mukhamedshin.
What both men have in common is optimism. Jack explains how the aerospace industry's move to monolithic design has been extremely beneficial to the well-being of Kaiser Aluminum. Oleg says he is optimistic because the situation can't get any worse. The solution, he says is to adopt a rational approach to production.
Aerospace virtually kicks off the issue with Myra Pinkham's USA Update focusing on the emergence of carbon fibre composites, a discussion that continues in the Jack Hockema interview.
There's an interesting China Update from CRU's Ling Wong who discusses Xinjiang province in North Western China, widely touted as 'the new Henan' thanks to cheap power and zero tax incentives. And then, as a kind of precursor to our exclusive interview with Oleg Mukhamedshin, Eugene Gerden looks at how depressed aluminium prices have forced UC Rusal to revise its future development strategy.
Mahmood Daylami, the Gulf Aluminium Council's secretary-general, looks at how the Gulf region is developing its downstream industry while Sapa North America's Jeff Henderson argues that interesting opportunities for aluminium extruders exist in the automotive and construction industries.
SMS Meer discusses heavy duty rolling presses, Otto Junker looks at log and billet heating and Ametek says that aluminium recycling requires accurate testing equipment to determine the identity of different alloys.
We take a look at mining and refining with articles from consultants David Sugden on what it takes to make a bauxite mine; and Peter-Hans ter Weer on the economies of scale of alumina refining.
LOI Italimpianti's Hermann Meyer and BWG's Dr. Andreas Noé are the subjects of this month's Perspectives articles.
• USA – Will aluminium win through?
• China – Let's move to Xinjiang
• Russia – From primary to added value
• Jack Hockema, CEO, Kaiser Aluminum
• Oleg Mukhamedshin, deputy CEO, UC Rusal
• Downstream opportunities, by Mahmood Daylami, secretary-general, Gulf Aluminium Council
• The comeback commodity, by Jeff Hendersen, Sapa North America
• Heavy duty extrusion presses, by SMS Meer
• A cut above state-of-the-art by Otto Junker
ANALYSIS & TESTING
• Adding value by analysis, by Ametek
MINING & REFINING
• What it takes to make a mine, by David Sugden
• Economies of scale and alumina refining, by Peter-Hans ter Weer
• Hermann Meyer of LOI Italimpianti and Dr. Andreas Noé of BWG