Aluminium International Today Sept/Oct 2017

The price is nearly right

The aluminium industry has been buzzing lately with the news that the price of aluminium rose to over $2,000 a tonne for the first time in three years in August.

It was reported that this increase is a result of the Chinese authorities cutting production as part of an environmental crackdown. Officials in Shandong province have ordered 3.21 million tonnes of smelting capacity to be shut down, which is more than was anticipated.

Time will tell how these closures will continue to impact the market price and hopefully, the only way will be up. 

This issue of Aluminium International Today includes a dedicated feature on primary production. An interesting article by Geoff Matthews from Energia Potior takes a look at why renewable energy grids need modulating aluminium smelters (page 17), while there is also a focus on carbon diffusion in cathode collector bars (page 21) and processing technology within the carbon industry (page 24).

Other features include casthouse technology, value-added production, extrusion and there is also an event preview for the ALUMINUM USA exhibition, taking place in Nashville.

It’s a busy time of the year as ARABAL is also just around the corner...maybe you have even picked up this issue at one of these events!

Enjoy!

Nadine Bloxsome, Editor

Front cover courtesy of Granco Clark

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Sept/Oct 2017 highlights

Sept/Oct 2017 Contents

LEADER
NEWS

2 MINUTES WITH...
Svein Richard Brandtzæg

UPDATES
CHINESE: Chinese cuts create an opportunity for aluminium
RUSSIA: Russia and Gulf states plan to end monopoly of China in global market

COMPANY PROFILE
Vedanta Ltd

PRODUCTS & PROJECTS

PRIMARY
A balancing act
Carbon diffusion in cathode collector bars in the Hall-Héroult cell
Processing technology for the carbon industry
China supply shortages hit consumers as new sources emerge

CASTHOUSE
Molten metal cleanliness when casting aluminium slabs - the basics!

FOCUS ON VALUE-ADDED
Attention turns to value-added

EXTRUSION
The resurgence of water based press tool lubricants

USA FOCUS
Association update: The Aluminium Association
Extrusion: North American extrusions market
Aluminum USA exhibitor profiles

AUTOMOTIVE
Conference preview: Advanced aluminium engineering for the automotive industry

SUSTAINABILITY
Towards sustainable solutions