Welcome to 2017!
Last year ended on a high at the ALUMINIUM show in Germany.
The message across the industry was summed up nicely by Christian Wellner, managing member of the executive committee of the German Confederation of the Aluminium Industry: “Light but also hard, corrosion-resistant and easy to recycle; these are the four properties that promise such a bright future for ‘white gold’. Whether it’s in the automotive industry, aeronautics or construction, global megatrends are the forces that drive expanding demand for aluminium.”
While the future looks positive, companies at the event spoke of high trade barriers, access to markets and raw materials as the biggest challenges.
It will be interesting to watch this year unfold and we will be there along the way; reporting the latest industry news and providing you with the up-to-date technological advances and developments in aluminium production and processing.
I am always on the lookout for new contributors to both the print and digital editions. Many authors from the industry have commented on the interest their articles have generated and we are always looking to interview industry professionals and make site visits.
Please get in touch if you are interested in giving your company more coverage or you have something you want to tell the industry.
I hope you enjoy this issue and wish you all the best for the year ahead.
Projects & Products
China - 2017 Outlook
USA - Aluminium’s 3D printing potential
Europe - Making recycling a reality
Aerobal - The whole package
Mining & Refining
Focus on: Australian Bauxite
The role of green alumina in green aluminium
Aluminium in Iceland
Potline technology: Case study
Focus on Talum
Power supply outages to cells in aluminium smelters
The sustainable casthouse
Making the most of scrap
Recycled, recyclable, renewable, sustainable: Battle of the brands
Keeping cans out of landfill
The recycling challenge