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May/June 2015

May/June 2015

The whole package

I’m so used to reading about and discussing the manufacturing process of aluminium that it is sometimes easy to forget the end products which play a part in our day-to-day lives.

The launch of the evercycle range by Novelis recently prompted me to pay more attention to how I use aluminium and its recyclability. I won’t bore you with the details of the beverage cans I keep in my fridge or how I think roasted vegetables taste better when cooked in an aluminium tray, but it is good to see the benefits of aluminium packaging being promoted in this way.

While on the subject, this issue includes an article from the Can Manufacturer’s Institute, which takes a look at the humble aluminium can and its growth in the USA. Read more on page 21.

Things heat up a bit on page 23 with a technical ‘Furnaces’ paper on wear reasons and material choices for aluminium melting and holding furnaces.

A ‘Casthouse’ feature on page 33 continues to look at dealing with molten metal and how to secure safe metal flow, while a ‘Health and Safety’ feature starting on page 39 concentrates on worker safety and Tim Murray, CEO of Alba highlights the company’s continued efforts in this area.

Finally, in what could be described as 'closing the loop', we end with a more detailed look at recycling and why increasing the percentage of recycled aluminium content does not necessarily improve sustainability.

There's all of this, along with a review of the recent TMS event, a history page looking at the Spitfire as an aluminium icon, and industry updates from across the globe.

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Hope you enjoy the issue!

Nadine Firth,


Front cover courtesy of EGA

May/June 2015 contents


USA - Scrapheap challenge
EUROPE - Recycling matters for Europe
RUSSIA - Up for sale
INDIA - Industry recovery

The growth of aluminium packaging in the United States

Refractory considerations

First Gulf Aluminium Casthouse conference
Securing safe metal flow 

Robbing Peter to pay Paul
Closed Loop: Joining forces to save resources

Workshop highlights UK Safety
Safety in materials handling
Safety first

From chrome to chrome-free

Spitfire: The aluminium icon