AIT November/December 2013
The last issue of 2013 carries two exclusive interviews with senior players in the global aluminium industry. First is an interview, conducted in Abu Dhabi, with the CEO of Emirates Aluminium (Emal). Saeed Al Mazrooei believes that reducing the environmental impact of aluminium production is the key driver for all future smelter development, adding that Emal has worked on a pilot scheme to capture CO2 and convert it into energy. Where the environment, health and safety are concerned, Emal is making plenty of headway, ticking boxes in areas as diverse as celebrating the role of women in the smelter's development through to being recognised for its commitment to workplace safety, preserving local vegetation and enabling turtles to lay eggs on the beach adjacent to the smelter. "Safety is a journey you never stop," Al Mazrooei said.
In the USA, Alcoa's chief technology officer, Ray Kilmer, has plenty of positive things to say about the miracle metal. Aluminium International Today travelled to Pittsburgh to meet Ray at the Alcoa Technical Centre where aluminium's role in virtually everything was discussed including the well-known 'steel versus aluminium' argument. "If steel is going to compete with aluminium on a weight basis, it will have to rely upon dual-phase, high-strength steels," said Ray, adding that while steel still makes sense for floorboards and rocker panels on automobiles, but will need to be super-strong and super-thin. The problem, he added, was that when steel is made so thin it loses its stiffness. "For the same weight, you can get three times the stiffness from an aluminium application," he said.
Aluminium International Today was also in Geneva, attending Metal Bulletin's 28th International Aluminium Conference where Panthea Geramishoar, a senior expert in the non-ferrous metals department of IMIDRO (Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation Organisation) discussed Iran's aluminium industry. Iran is the world's 18th largest economy and the country offers an abundance of cheap energy and access to 300 million people in the Caspian, Persian Gulf and Far East markets.
Our technical features this month focus upon grain refinement, rolling and furnaces and there's also our annual furnaces buyers' guide.
Last but not least is our regular Perspectives Q&A. This time round we persuaded Alex Lowery, general manager of Wise Chem to answer our difficult and penetrating questions.
Contents November/December 2013
10 USA – US extrusions market picking up
12 Iran – The axis of aluminium?
13 Russia – Majors criticise rule changes
14 Europe – Europe and aluminium
18 Saeed Al Mazrooei, CEO of Emirates Aluminium
26 Ray Kilmer, chief technology officer, Alcoa
FURNACES INTERNATIONAL BUYERS' GUIDE 2014
F2 Alphabetical listing of companies
F8 Classified buyers' guide to furnace plant equipment, materials and services
23 Optifine brings Turkish delight
32 Addressing market demands
36 Evolution of closed type anode baking furnaces
43 Alex Lowery, USA-based Wise Chem