Aluminium International Today July/August 2016

Ups and downs

It has been a strange few weeks here in the UK and while we wait for the dust to settle, it could be some time before we see any sort of impact on the global aluminium industry.

After talking to a number of industry representatives, there is quite a lot of confusion at the moment and it seems the future will very much depend on the individual circumstances of UK companies.

As with everything in life, there is likely to be some winners and some losers. Unfortunately, when it comes to football, England is far too familiar with the latter!

I won’t pretend to know anything about football, so it is probably best that I stick to knowing what can be found inside this issue of Aluminium International Today.

Paul Adkins, Managing Director of AZ China, presents China in a different light in an update on page 10, while this theme continues in a US update, which looks at challenging oversupply and the impact on aluminium prices.
It’s not all doom and gloom, as there are also interesting technical articles on furnace stirring technologies and automated sorting in a ‘Secondary’ feature starting on page 20.

Finally, a detailed feature on ‘Analysis & Testing’, highlights modern analysis systems for the aluminium industry and the problems primary plants are experiencing because they are still relying on old technology on page 38.

I hope you enjoy the issue.

Nadine Firth, Editor

Front cover courtesy of Primetals

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July/August 2016 highlights

Contents

LEADER

NEWS

2 MINUTES WITH...Heidi Brock

PROJECTS & PRODUCTS

UPDATES
CHINA - Out with the old thinking
USA - Challenging China
EUROPE - From a plan to reality:
Making the Circular Economy happen

MINING & REFINING
Upstream investments

SECONDARY
Stirring solutions
Aluminium technology sorted
European aluminium recycling industry improves
Transformative technology

ANALYSIS & TESTING
Schneider rolling mill filtration: Origins and developments
Modern analysis systems

PERSPECTIVES
MQP answers

BUYERS’ GUIDE
Taster page