AIT July/August 2014
I’ll admit it was more by luck than judgement that with the news of Alcoa acquiring Firth Rixson and numerous investments by companies such as Constellium, that this issue of Aluminium International Today includes a dedicated feature on ‘Aerospace’.
Along with a look at pushing the limits for hot and cold rolling mills on page 32, we also explore the reasons why aluminium is quickly being recognised by aerospace players as financially and environmentally beneficial (page 36).
Investments also continue to be made across the industry to support this growing aerospace and automotive demand.
One area that has recently seen such investment is aluminium extrusion and in an article on page 23, Sapa Extrusions North America highlights the latest phase of improvements that it has concluded at its historic Cressona, Pennsylvania, plant.
Still on the subject of extrusion, Aluminium International Today spoke exclusively with the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) to discuss the challenges in the US extrusion market at present and what the future holds. See page 27 for the full interview.
All of this, alongside a focus on the Middle East and a feature looking at scrap metal recovery, makes for a packed issue.
Nadine Firth, Editor
Front cover courtesy of Presezzi Extrusion
LEADER & NEWS
10 North America - Closed loop recycling
14 Brazil - The changing Brazilian industry
16 Russia - Challenging times
18 Aluminium scrap recovery: A proven approach
20 Melting aluminium scrap
A new global player rises in the Gulf
23 Sapa continues modernisation at Cressona plant
27 A closer look at extrusion with the AEC
32 Pushing the limits of hot and cold rolling mills for aerospace products
36 A return to metal: Aluminium in aerospace
MIDDLE EAST FOCUS
37 Questions for Qatalum
39 Balexco: Company update
41 Interview with Said Al Masoudi CEO, Sohar Aluminium
42 Industry gathers in Iceland
43 10th World Trade Fair and Conference
44 Jim Grayson, Sales Manager, Pyrotek