Aluminium International Today May/June 2018

Collaboration is Key

The first Future Aluminium Forum was recently held on the 8th - 9th May 2018 in Milan and saw the aluminium industry come together to discuss future technologies and the integration of Industry 4.0.

The message was clear: Collaboration is key when it comes to sharing knowledge and solutions, even between competitors, which can help us build on a more streamlined, sustainable supply chain.

This was echoed the day after the event with the announcement by Rio Tinto, Alcoa and Apple...Such an ingenious process will revolutionise aluminium manufacturing and hopefully provide a platform for us to encourage   R&D and a drive to implement new technologies.

At the Future Aluminium Forum, delegates were interested to see how we could learn from other industries when it comes to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, but this news strengthens aluminium’s position as an innovator and a metal of the future.

You can find out all about the Future Aluminium Forum on page 6 and view the list of participants at www.futurealuminiumforum.com

As always, this issue is packed with other features, including  a look at transport and handling equipment. There is also a dedicated Chinese Language section, as this issue will be distributed at the ALUMINIUM CHINA exhibition in Shanghai. 

Enjoy!

Nadine Bloxsome,

Editor

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May/June 2018 highlights

LEADER

NEWS

FUTURE ALUMINIUM FORUM
Review: The future is now

THE FUTURE OF ALUMINIUM
MANUFACTURING
Towards 4.0: The Smelter of the Future
Prospecting for gold in the aluminium industry
The Internet of Things is here:
How to get started
Smart aluminium temperature sensors for Industry 4.0

TRANSPORT & HANDLING
Combilift officially opens €50 million global
headquarters and manufacturing facility
MES on the move
AGV’S: A new vision on safety and increased
efficiency
New financial partner allows Mecfor to
accelerate development
New cabin VISIO+
Industry 4.0 in the aluminium smelter

BRAZIL UPDATE
Towards 2030

SECONDARY
Briquetting: For more efficiency

CHINESE SUPPLEMENT
Comment
Green anode plants - 10 years of success
Hydro’s new technology pilot:
Breaking new ground in energy consumption
Aluminium rod
Making the industry safer
Grain refining technology of the future
finally comes to China