UC Rusal appointment

UC Rusal appointment

UC RUSAL has announced the appointment of Alexandra Bouriko, previously Chief Financial Officer, as Chief Executive Officer of RUSAL.

Vladislav Soloviev, who previously held this position, has been appointed CEO of En+. He will also become the President of RUSAL.

As CEO, Alexandra Bouriko’s focus will be on the Company’s long-term development, specifically through the implementation of RUSAL’s facilities efficiency programme as well as the introduction of modern technologies, reducing the Company’s environmental footprint. She will also drive the output growth of value-added products, focus on the development of the domestic market and concentrate on the continued expansion of aluminium applications cross-sector.

Alexandra Bouriko’s experience and professionalism within the Company alongside her solid knowledge of the industry will allow RUSAL to deliver value growth for all shareholders. As a whole, the executive changes will bring additional synergies to the Metals and Energy segments of the En+ Group.

Alexandra Bouriko has been RUSAL’s CFO since October 2013. From June to October 2013 Alexandra Bouriko served on the board of UC RUSAL. From November 2012 to October 2013 Alexandra Bouriko had been Deputy CEO of En+ and was responsible for En+ Group’s operational management, enhancing the business’ effectiveness and improving of En+ Group’s financial performance. Prior to joining En+ Alexandra Bouriko spent 16 years with KPMG in Russia and Canada, where she was appointed a Partner in 2005. Alexandra graduated from the economic faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

For more information visit: https://rusal.ru/en/press-center/press-releases/21169/

Alba appointment

Alba appointment

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba) has announced the appointment of Dr. Abdulla Habib Ahmed as the Acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) with immediate effect.

Dr. Abdulla joined Alba in 1995 as a Trainee Engineer. During the last 22 years, he has held various supervisory and management roles in Alba -- Superintendent Reduction Line (2002); R&D Manager (2009); Reduction Lines Manager (2011); Customers Technical Support Manager (2013); Director of Reduction Lines and Services (2015) and Director of Reduction Line 6 Start-up (2017).
Commenting on Dr. Abdulla’s appointment, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said:
“At Alba, we believe that the key to our success is to develop and promote our people from within the Company then harness their true potential.
Abdulla has more than 20 years of diversified operations experience in Alba and showed great mettle during the Line 5 Recovery situation.
His appointment as the acting COO of Alba comes at a notable time as we progress on the Line 6 Expansion Project and I am confident the Executive team will greatly benefit with Abdulla in the new position.”
Dr. Abdulla attained PhD. degree in Chemical Engineering - Aluminium Smelting from University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia in June 2016. He has an MBA from French Arabian School/ESSEC in addition to B.Sc.in Chemical Engineering.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/ydf3wsj9

ElvalHalcor contracts SMS

ElvalHalcor contracts SMS

ElvalHalcor has awarded a contract to the German SMS Group GmbH, to supply a new four-stand tandem aluminium hot finishing mill for its Oinofyta plant, near Athens.

This order is part of a EUR 150 million investment in equipment, technology and infrastructure, announced by the Company on the signing of the loan agreement with the European Investment Bank on December 22, 2017, for its financing. This investment represents the first phase of the Company’s five-year plan to more than double its flat rolled aluminium products capacity.

With the new four-stand tandem mill, the future spectrum of hot rolled strips will range from 1.8 mm to 12.7 mm in thickness and up to 2.6 m in width, and will secure ElvalHalcor’s position as one of Europe’s leading producers of wide aluminium sheet.

This investment allows for the increase of ElvalHalcor’s current presence in aluminium packaging, industrial, transportation and architectural applications and sets the base for expansion in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

The new investment also supports the further modernisation of the plant, introduces the latest industrial technology, increases energy efficiency and improves the environmental footprint.

The new hot rolling line will start production in the first quarter of 2020.

Section 232 update

Section 232 update

Whilst reviewing the report released by the US Department of Commerce (DoC) on the effect of imports of aluminium on national security, European Aluminium reconfirms its belief that the root cause of the main challenges faced by the aluminium industry is global excess capacity, in particular in China.

Potential measures should address these imbalances without distorting global trade flows and interfering with the current trading relationship between the United States and Europe.

“Last year, we provided data and evidence during the US Congress hearing on the Section 232 investigation that prove European aluminium imports, in view of both their quantity and characteristics, do not pose any threat to US national security. Both parties know that overcapacity is a global and structural problem that requires a global and long term solution such as the creation of a Global Aluminium Forum within G20. We believe that we need to stick to an approach based on multilateral rules and common enforcement in creating an enforceable global playing field for all producers that can promote competitiveness and jobs on a regional level but can also encourage innovation across our unique transatlantic hubs,” said Gerd Götz, Director General of European Aluminium.

The American and European value chains are strongly interlinked, adding value to both societies as a whole and strengthening national security in the US. Today, 15 multinationals are members of both European Aluminium and the American Aluminum Association and supply a vast majority of the entire aluminium value chain on both sides of the Atlantic on a daily basis.

“The proposed unilateral measures would cause great harm to the European aluminium industry and further imbalance global trade flows without addressing the increasing overcapacities in China. Should the US decide to enforce these measures, we count on the support of the European Commission to use all its possible trade defence instruments to protect the European industry against further harm,” concluded Götz.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/y7t2vzs4

Alumina investment

Alumina investment

Rio Tinto says it is investing $250 million in its Vaudreuil alumina refinery in Quebec to extend the life of the operation past 2022.

The company says work on the refinery, located in the Saguenay region of the province, will include construction of a filtration plant and optimisation at a site to manage bauxite residue.

Rio Tinto says it's also looking to identify ways of getting value out of the residue, which in general is mostly made up of iron oxide, titanium dioxide, silicon oxide, and undissolved alumina.

The company says the Vaudreuil refinery, built in 1936, supports more than 1,000 jobs and generates about $135 million in annual regional economic benefits.

The investment announcement in the Vaudreuil refinery comes as a strike continues at the ABI aluminium smelter in Quebec, 75 per cent owned by Alcoa and 25 per cent by Rio Tinto.

UC Rusal appointment

UC Rusal appointment

UC Rusal is pleased to announce the creation of a new Downstream Division in the company's organisational structure.

Andrey Donets has been appointed Head of the new division, whose main tasks will include developing value added production and bringing this business of the company to a whole new level.
The Downstream Division includes the foil, packaging, and wheels production facilities of the company.
Vladislav Soloviev, CEO of RUSAL, commented: “The strategy that RUSAL is implementing to increase the share of value added products in total output and the progress we have made so far require that we look for new points of growth. Strengthening our management team with such a professional as Andrey Donets with his experience in the industry will allow the company to boost its positions in the downstream market both in Russia and abroad”.

For more information visit: https://rusal.ru/en/press-center/press-releases/21053/

ALLIANCE project update

ALLIANCE project update

The ALLIANCE project in collaboration with INNOGET is offering an exclusive opportunity for INNOGET users to submit their lightweight innovations to the ALLIANCE project technology call. 

The successful submission will be fast-tracked to the validation phase of the ALLIANCE Lightweight Open Innovation Challenge.

Large and small companies, research centres, universities, and even individuals with innovative lightweighting technologies, are invited to submit their ideas, co-develop them with the ALLIANCE OEMs, suppliers, and knowledge partners, and shape the vehicles of tomorrow.

Europe’s key car manufacturers, including Daimler, Volvo, Opel, Toyota, Volkswagen, CRF – the Research Center of FCA; suppliers (Thyssenkrupp, Novelis, Batz, Benteler) and knowledge partners (Swerea, Inspire, Fraunhofer LBF, RWTH-IKA, KIT-IPEK, University of Florence, Bax & Company, Ricardo) are the forces behind ALLIANCE.

They share the common goal of reducing vehicle weight by developing new materials and manufacturing technologies, as well as optimising part design.

The ALLIANCE partners are providing innovators with one final chance to participate in the competition and present their lightweighting solutions in two categories: Materials, and Manufacturing.

Potential applicants have until March 1st to submit their innovations through INNOGET. Do not miss this chance to have your technologies discovered by Europe’s leading automotive OEMs.

For more information visit: www.lightweight-alliance.eu

Mecfor poised for growth

Mecfor poised for growth

Benefiting from a major investment by its new Canadian financial partner—SeaFort Capital—and from a strong and unchanged management team, the Quebec-based company has become independent and now wants to double its revenues.

Mecfor is committed to a development plan focused on mergers and acquisitions in the primary and secondary aluminium sector, innovation and diversification towards rail maintenance equipment and the nuclear sector.

"We are pleased to announce this historic transaction, which gives Mecfor a new financial partner, providing access to capital and resources that will enable us to accelerate our ambitious development plans. We aim to reach new heights by focusing on a bold strategy based on mergers, acquisitions, sustained investment in innovation, and operational diversification," says Éloïse Harvey, B. Eng. & Mgmt, President of Mecfor.

Through this transaction, which consolidates over 85 jobs at its factory and headquarters in Chicoutimi, Mecfor becomes independent from Groupe Ceger. Mecfor now has the financial resources and the necessary capacity to continue its growth.

The Quebec company is considering several merger and acquisition projects, both in Quebec and at the international level, and is actively engaged in discussions with key players in the primary and secondary aluminum sectors. Mecfor's growth will be accompanied by significant investments in innovation, especially in artificial intelligence, and by the development of its rail maintenance equipment operations.

For more information visit: www.mecfor.com

First sealed cathode

First sealed cathode

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), has announced that its Line 6 Smelter achieved a significant milestone - the First Cathode Sealing Operation - on Wednesday January 31, 2018.
The first cathode is an integral part of the pot lining activities for the new Line 6 pots based on the Dubal DX Ultra Technology that is being employed at the Line 6 Smelter.
Commenting on this achievement, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said: “We are very much pleased with the overall progress we have made on Line 6 Smelter. The focused-approach adopted by our team has yielded nicely on the progress of Engineering (79%), Procurement (83%), Contracts (97%) and Construction (17%) simultaneously.

We look forward to the on-schedule completion of Line 6 Expansion Project and have everything checked to be ready for commercial operations."

For more information visit: http://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2018/First-Sealed-Cathode-Achieved-for-Albas-Line-6-Smelter.aspx

New GLAFRI President

New GLAFRI President

The Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI), concluded its recent General Assembly by announcing the election of Göksal Güngör as its new President with immediate effect.

This follows Oliver Hommel stepping down from his role as he left the aluminium foil industry. Mr Güngör, General Manager of Assan Alüminyum, previously served as one of the three Vice-Presidents.
Upon his appointment, Mr Güngör thanked his predecessor for his excellent past service and said, “I am very honoured to take over the role as the next President of GLAFRI and look forward to supporting and contributing to its important initiatives to support foil market growth worldwide. We will continue to focus on promotion of aluminium foil and demonstrating the capabilities in the areas of sustainability and resource efficiency.”
As recent data from CRU indicates, the global market for aluminium foil in 2017 developed at a growth rate of above 5%, and the outlook for 2018 remains positive along these lines.
Mr Güngör added: “The coming year presents many exciting opportunities for foil rollers as the world economy once again gains momentum. We anticipate further growth in 2018 and all members of GLAFRI are working hard on innovation and market development to ensure we take maximum advantage of the positive outlook.”
Furthermore, Olaf Müller of Hydro was elected as Vice-President and will complete the Board together with the other long serving Vice-Presidents, Mr Simon Chan, Xiashun, and Mr Patrick Lawlor, Granges.

For more information visit: http://www.global-alufoil.org/index.php?id=76

New ALFED member

New ALFED member

The Aluminium Federation, the trade body for the UK aluminium industry, has welcomed its hundredth member.

The Federation re-structured in 2015 to a ‘direct membership’ model, where individual companies are members in their own right, rather than through an intermediate grouping. Since then the Aluminium Federation has recruited more than 30 new members, many of them companies that manufacture in aluminium, as well as those that process or recycle aluminium.

The latest company to join the Aluminium Federation is Arlington Automotive. The tier-1 supplier employs more than 360 at manufacturing sites in Coventry, Birmingham, Derby and Newton Aycliffe. Arlington’s supply chain supply chain capabilities include design, manufacture, pressing, coating, welding, assembly and logistics.

“It’s fantastic news that Arlington has joined us,” commented Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead. “The use of aluminium in the automotive supply chain is growing rapidly, and Arlington joins our growing cluster of members in this sector, where companies increasingly collaborate to commercialise innovative technical developments in aluminium."

For more information visit: http://www.alfed.org.uk

Holton Crest development

Holton Crest development

Holton Crest Ltd has embarked on an ambitious development programme to drive continuous improvements in extrusion processes and lead the technological revolution to bring next generation CRE applications to market.

By investing in the best technology, talent and engineering skills in partnership with some of the world’s leading producers and institutions, Holton Crest has already seen huge success with many different machine configurations being installed all over the World.

At wire 2018, Holton Crest will be showcasing these different machine configurations, along with the latest technology developments to demonstrate how the continuous rotary extrusion industry has progressed over the last two years. 

As specialists in Continuous Rotary Extrusion, Holton Crest currently offer 3 different extruders, HC1100, HC2200 and HC4000. With installations in Europe, North and South America, for both aluminium and copper processing (with some machines capable of transforming both metals), Holton Crest have delivered on major projects where reliability, productivity and efficiency are extremely important.

Managing Director Malcolm Ladd says, 

“The fruits of our labours have been realised over the last two years, during which we have supplied multiples of five different configurations of our dual axis ‘next generation’ HC machines, including two large systems, several small ones, and one with particle feed. 

The recent configurations include 1 wire in 1 product out, 1 in 2 out, 2 in 1 out, and 2 in 2 out. The 1 in 2 out machine for aluminium in Europe we believe to be the largest single machine CRE contract to date, which really demonstrates our capacity to deliver at the highest level, with many different applications.”

Holton machines have been in existence for over 30 years, with some still going strong today, a testament to the outstanding build quality in itself. But Holton Crest is committed to continual improvement, specifically focused on the CRE process itself. They have designed, built and put into production a new generation of machines with new technology and digital controls that open up a whole new world for process improvements.

As Malcolm continues:

“A lot of our research has been put into the software, user interface and control system, which has enabled us to launch a new software and adaptive control system. We are now working on developing artificial intelligence, which will automatically try alternative settings when running the process in order to learn the optimum settings for a particular material. This makes the process up to 50% more efficient, which could be game-changing for many of our customers.”

But this technology is not just exclusively available on new machines – Holton Crest have also been working on a comprehensive future-proofing and modernisation programme of older machines. For example, by introducing digital controls and modernising certain components on a ten year old line, customers could see significant improvements in their production processes by increasing functionality, productivity, efficiencies, coil quality and running speeds.

Knowledge and experience is the foundation on which everything at Holton Crest is built. As specialists in the Continuous Rotary Extrusion market, they are driving the process forward and leading the market with investments in people, skills, technology and R&D to realise the full potential of the CRE process in modern manufacturing. 

For more information visit: www.holtoncrest.com

Sohar resumes production

Sohar resumes production

Sohar Aluminium successfully resumed full operations in record time after an unexpected disruption in its normal operations, which led to the complete shutdown of its Potline on August 4th, 2017.

The entire plant was involved in the recovery efforts to ensure the fastest return to full production, while sustaining excellent safety standards. The recovery process was recognised as an important accomplishment within the Aluminium industry.

Sohar Aluminium pays tribute for this great success to all its employees and contractors for their resilience, determination, and their “all-inclusive teamwork”. The Company takes pride in its entire team that demonstrated excellence and efficiency of its operations, and thanks its Shareholders, Oman Oil, TAQA and Rio Tinto and all Stakeholders for their trust and unlimited support. 

Programme announced

Programme announced

The Future Aluminium Forum is a live discussion that will examine how Industry 4.0 and ‘smart manufacturing’ will revolutionise aluminium manufacturing and processing and analyse the benefits that can be gained from doing so.

The conference programme has just been announced and will feature presentations from companies including Hydro, UC Rusal, SAP, QuinLogic GmbH, Ametek Land, CentroAl, CiAl and many more.

You can view the programme here

For more information visit: https://futurealuminiumforum.com/conference

UK Alloy plant agreed

UK Alloy plant agreed

The GFG Alliance has welcomed the decision of the Highland Council South Area Planning Committee today (30th January) to grant full planning permission for a new 400-worker alloy wheel factory next to the Liberty British Aluminium smelter at Fort William.
The consent, which comes with a number of standard conditions, clears the way for the company to begin detailed design on the landmark project to develop the UK’s only large scale alloy wheel plant, with work hopefully beginning on site later this year.
It is intended that the new plant – part of a £120m investment by GFG at Fort William - will use aluminium from the adjacent smelter to manufacture up to two million wheels a year for the British car industry, with production beginning in early 2020. The ambitious plans for the site will make Fort William a major centre for the automotive industry, supplying at least one fifth of all the wheels required by UK vehicle manufacturers.
Speaking after today’s decision, Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance which includes Liberty British Aluminium said: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone in the development of a very exciting project and are very grateful to the Council for giving this matter their close attention over recent months. We also appreciate very much, the valuable input of the many statutory bodies, other organisations and the local community, who have worked with us on the wide range of issues associated with this development, which will add major value to the Highland economy.”
“Our plans for Fort William will not only transform the economic prospects of the area but also create the UK’s only large scale alloy wheel plant, a major step forward in Britain’s manufacturing capabilities. We plan to invest heavily in R&D to develop a world class product, made in the Scottish Highlands. We look forward to continuing to work with these bodies to fulfil the conditions set out in the planning consent and then to move ahead quickly with the building of the plant,” he added.
In addition to the skilled employment created at the wheel factory itself, GFG envisages that there will be hundreds more jobs generated in businesses supplying the plant and in the wider Highland economy.
Through the Lochaber Delivery Group, set up by GFG and the Scottish Government, a range of local and regional bodies are working together to address the issues – including housing, infrastructure and local services – associated with an industrial development on this scale. The new plant will be one of the biggest such projects of its kind in the Highlands for decades.

GARMCO Appointments

GARMCO Appointments

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Jawad Al Qallaf, Vice Chairman of GARMCO said, “We are proud to have appointed top qualified Bahraini executives who have shown leadership skills to guide the organisation forward. The appointments are in line with the company’s sustainability strategy and is expected to drive the growth of GARMCO.”

Mr. Mohammed Essa (pictured), appointed as GARMCO’s General Manager. Mohamed has over 30 years of work experience in the company. He holds a BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Pune, a High National Diploma in Material Science Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University and MSc degree in Material Science Engineering from Bahrain.

Mr. Taj Mohamed Shaikh, appointed as Executive Manager – Finance. Taj has over 11 years of work experience in GARMCO. He holds a degree in Financial Accounting & Auditing from the University of Bombay, India and Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from Welingkar Institute of Management – India.

Mr. Ebrahim Khalil, appointed as Executive Manager – Operations. Ebrahim has over 27 years of work experience in GARMCO.  He holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration-Specialised in PPP Management, BSc in Mechanical Engineering and Associated Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

Mr. Mohamed Alrafaei, appointed as Executive Manager – Sales & Marketing. Mohamed has over 20 years of work experience in GARMCO. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration-Specialised in PPP Management, BSC in Metallurgy and Material Science Engineering from the University of Bahrain. 
“We would like to congratulate the new team and wish them every success in their new roles,” concluded Mr. Al Qallaf.

Pilot starts production

Pilot starts production

Today, Hydro started producing the first aluminium metal at the technology pilot in Karmøy, marking the start of verifying at an industrial scale the world’s most climate-and energy efficient aluminium technology.

“We’re now producing aluminium in the technology pilot, and we are very excited that we can now start to use this technology at an industrial scale,” says Hilde Merete Aasheim, Executive Vice President for Hydro’s Primary Metal business area.

Compared to the world average, the Hydro-developed technology will use 15 percent less energy in aluminium production and has the lowest CO2 footprint in the world. The low energy consumption, coupled with high productivity, means that Hydro can safely say that the technology pilot in Karmøy will be a world leader.

“Through the technology pilot we have developed the world’s best electrolysis technology: low energy consumption, high productivity, and a low environmental footprint,” Aasheim says. 

The groundbreaking technology pilot consists of physical technology elements and a much improved process control system. Several of these elements can be tailored for and used in Hydro's existing aluminium plants, which is why the technology is not only good news for Karmøy, but for all of Hydro's primary aluminium plants.

The technology pilot is designed with an annual production capacity of approximately 75,000 tonnes, consisting of 48 cells running on the HAL4e technology (12.3 kWh/kg) and 12 cells using the HAL4e Ultra technology (11.5-11.8 kWh/kg). Total costs are estimated at NOK 4.3 billion, consisting of net project costs of NOK 2.7 billion and around NOK 1.6 billion in support from Enova. 

For more information visit: https://hydro.com/en/press-room/Archive/2018/hydro-starts-production-at-technology-pilot/

Novelis investment

Novelis investment

Novelis Inc., has announced plans to build an approximately $300 million automotive aluminium sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky.

The greenfield facility, with an annual nameplate capacity of 200,000 metric tons, will include heat treatment and pre-treatment lines, which prepare aluminium for use in vehicle parts such as body-in-white, hoods, doors, lift gates and fenders. The company expects to break ground in early spring and create approximately 125 jobs at the new facility, which is slated to open in 2020.
“Today’s announcement by Novelis to expand its capabilities in North America is a strategic decision fully supported by the Aditya Birla Group to maintain the group’s leadership position in the global metals sector and its ongoing commitment to serve both upstream and downstream customers,” said Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the board of directors of Novelis Inc. and chairman of the board of directors of Hindalco Industries Limited. “We are immensely proud of this latest investment and look forward to seeing it flourish.”
“As the global leader in automotive aluminium sheet production, Novelis is leveraging its strong balance sheet, technical expertise and proven product excellence to make this strategic investment that will ultimately add to its unmatched manufacturing footprint and deliver innovative solutions to the marketplace,” said Satish Pai, Managing Director, Hindalco Industries Limited and a member of the board of directors of Novelis, Inc.
This investment is the latest addition to Novelis’ extensive network of automotive finishing lines. Demand for automotive aluminium is expected to rise according to the 2017 Ducker Worldwide survey projection that aluminium content in North American passenger vehicles, particularly light trucks and SUVs, will increase 42 percent from its 2015 level by the year 2028.
“Aluminium is a growing material of choice for the automotive industry worldwide as auto manufacturers continue to demand more and more aluminium to produce lighter, safer and stronger cars, trucks and SUVs,” said Steve Fisher, President and CEO, Novelis, Inc. “Novelis will continue to innovate alongside our automotive customers to lightweight the vehicles of today while looking ahead to meet the mobility needs of the fleet-based economies of tomorrow.”
The new facility will be in close proximity to Logan Aluminium Inc., a Novelis joint venture in Russellville, Ky., and several nearby automotive manufacturing plants.

“We are excited to see Novelis, a leader in the global aluminium industry, expand its Kentucky presence and bring new advanced-manufacturing jobs to Todd County,” said Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. “Partnering with companies like Novelis, who are investing here for the long term, supports the state’s economy and advances our efforts to make Kentucky the center for engineering and manufacturing excellence in America. We are grateful to Novelis for this tremendous vote of confidence in our workforce and for broadening their footprint in Kentucky.”
More than 200 different vehicle models on the road today feature Novelis aluminium. Many of the world’s premier brands including FCA, Ford, GM, Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota have called on Novelis to help design the safest, strongest and most durable cars and trucks.

For more information visit: http://novelis.com/guthrie

Axion joins REALITY

Axion joins REALITY

Axion is undertaking further research into increasing recycled aluminium content in new vehicles as part of REcycled ALuminium Through Innovative TechnologY (REALITY), a new £2 million collaborative project led by Jaguar Land Rover.

Working with other consortium partners, the Manchester-based resource recovery specialist will focus on techniques for sorting and separating specialist alloys from aluminium derived from end-of-life vehicles.

Part-funded by Innovate UK, REALITY is an extension of the REALCAR (REcycled ALuminium CAR) projects, initially launched by Jaguar Land Rover in 2008 to create a closed-loop process for post-industrial aluminium scrap from its vehicle manufacturing. The original project and subsequent work with suppliers enabled Jaguar Land Rover to reclaim more than 75,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap and re-use it in the aluminium production process in 2016/17. The three-year REALITY project builds on the success of this earlier work.

Axion’s Head of Circular Economy, Richard McKinlay comments: “The REALITY project will refine the process of turning aluminium from ‘end-of-life’ cars into new vehicles. It will continue to deliver significant sustainability benefits, with aluminium recycling requiring up to 95% less energy than primary aluminium production.”

Axion’s research will focus on proving the technical and economic viability of separation techniques for the many different non-ferrous metals, such as zinc, copper and brass, from the scrap aluminium, and for separating the different aluminium alloys from each other.

Richard explains: “These extracted aluminium alloys will also be extensively tested to assess their suitability for reuse in new vehicles. If we can extract the right alloys and reuse them in the right components, then we will have created a closed-loop value chain for automotive aluminium.”

The new project will consider advanced sorting technologies and evaluate the next generation aluminium alloys for greater recyclability. Axion’s team will work on developing the sorting technologies for recovery of high-grade recycled aluminium.

Axion will evaluate and optimise sensor-based sorting technologies alongside collaboration with Novelis, Norton Aluminium, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Brunel University and Innoval Technology.

Richard adds: “This ground-breaking research will contribute towards the development of the circular economy for the automotive sector and enhanced environmental performance. Innovations in the sorting and separating technologies applied to automotive end-of-life waste streams will also help other sectors, including packaging and construction."

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/y967yy2d

Danieli supplies UC Rusal

Danieli supplies UC Rusal

UC RUSAL, Russian Aluminium, a leader in lightweight metals manufacturing, contracted Danieli for the supply of a rolling mill specifically for conducting research, to be installed at company’s Engineering and Technology Center in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. 

The new rolling mill will allow RUSAL researchers to perform and accelerate the development of new aluminium alloys and processes in the most comprehensive, efficient and economical way, enabling a low-risk implementation of the newly developed process knowledge.

One of the major requirements of the requested mill is the flexibility to replicate all potential rolling operations, ranging from hot rolling of thick ingots to cold rolling of thin sheets. 

The technical solution to roll the requested aluminum alloys consists of a 2-high single-stand combined hot/cold reversing mill with a rolling width of 500 mm, to roll thicknesses from 100 to 1 mm.

All process parameters will be logged by a data analyzer system for detailed evaluation by the metallurgists.

For more information visit: https://www.danieli.com/en/news-media/news-events/investing-product-and-process-innovation_37_275.htm

Next generation pots

Next generation pots

UC RUSAL has announced the launch of  pilot operation of eight new generation RA-550 pots at Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter.

The total amount of investment in the project amounted to USD 30 mln.

The project to develop the technology and launch the RA-550 site at SAZ was implemented within three years.

The key advantage of this new development made by the Technical Directorate of RUSAL is its high energy efficiency. RA-550 consumes 10-15% less electricity versus pots of previous generations. Due to design and technological solutions, RA-550 became lighter, more compact, and more environmentally efficient. The RA-550 technology applies a number of innovative engineering solutions that define the new standard of the industry:

·Fundamentally new busbar design with two-side current supply that ensures a symmetrical magnetic field and high MHD stability without using a compensating loop.

·'Modular busbar principle' that lifts restrictions for creating higher capacity pots.

·Maximisation of metal production per unit of area in the premises due to establishing a new pot width standard.

Barry J. Welch, Professor of the Auckland University, New Zealand, a world's leading expert in technology of aluminium production using high-capacity baked anode pots, was invited for independent expert appraisal of the design, technology and pot maintenance methods on the pilot RA-550 site at SAZ. The Professor has already had experience in working with RUSAL: he audited RA-300 and RA-400 technologies.

Professor Barry J. Welch commented: 'The RA-550 project development period and its implementation, as well as operational maintenance meet the cored world standards. As early as at this stage, the RA-550 technology can be recommended for implementation at new smelters with the amperage of 525 kA confirmed at the prototypes'.

Victor Mann, Technical Director of RUSAL, commented: 'The successful launch of the RA-550 technology is a true breakthrough event for RUSAL. Its distinctive feature is lower electricity consumption and the best environmental indicators among all companies of the industry. Given the competitiveness of this project and its parameters, this technology can be demanded both during upgrading the existing smelters of the company and when constructing new facilities'.

According to the designed capacity, a RA-550 pot will produce 4.21 tonnes of aluminium per day that is almost twice the level of the RA-300 technology applied at Khakas and Boguchany Aluminium Smelters.

To implement the import substitution programme, equipment and materials of domestic production were used as much as possible when developing the RA-550 technology.

For more information visit: https://rusal.ru/en/press-center/press-releases/20793/

MTI New member

MTI New member

Tenova has become a member of the Metals Technology Industry Anti-Corruption Collective Action Initiative.

The Metals Technology Industry (MTI) Anti-Corruption Collective Action Initiative has recently expanded its membership. Tenova S.p.A. has joined the three founding members of the Initiative: Danieli & C Meccaniche S.p.A., Primetals Technologies Limited and SMS GmbH - in their anti-corruption Collective Action efforts. Tenova S.p.A. is a leading mechanical engineering company for the steel and non-ferrous metals processing industry headquartered in Castellanza, Italy.

The MTI Collective Action Initiative provides a forum for the members to develop anti-corruption compliance best practices to ensure fair competition in the metals technology industry in the countries in which they operate. The Collective Action Initiative is facilitated by the International Centre for Collective Action ICCA, a Swiss-based non-profit anti-corruption competency centre within the Basel Institute on Governance.

Senior management representatives of the three founding members have been meeting regularly under supervision of the ICCA since 2013 to address anti-corruption compliance in their business sector. The Member companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) setting out their anti-corruption commitments and proposed actions to promote their anti-corruption principles.  

The founding members went public with their Initiative in September 2016.
Following media reports of the MTI Collective Action, Tenova contacted the ICCA to learn more about the Initiative and to request whether it could become a member.  “All companies in the metals industry face similar corruption risks around the world.  We immediately saw the benefits of joining forces with other industry leaders in harmonising our anti-corruption management approach,” said Andrea Lovato, CEO of Tenova S.p.A.  Tenova S.p.A. presented its company to the MTI members, who ratified its addition to the Initiative in July 2017.

“We are pleased to see this development within the MTI Initiative,” said Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance, and Collective Action at the ICCA.  “New companies bring new perspectives, encouraging all Initiative members to continuously improve their anti-corruption compliance systems.”

Smelter sale

Smelter sale

Rio Tinto has received a binding offer from Liberty House to acquire Rio Tinto’s Aluminium Dunkerque smelter in northern France for $500 million, subject to final adjustments.

In accordance with French law, Rio Tinto will launch a consultation process with employees, relevant European works councils and other stakeholders in relation to the bid. Subject to satisfactory completion of these consultations, Rio Tinto expects to complete the sale of Aluminium Dunkerque in the second quarter of 2018.

The proposal received from Liberty House, which acquired Rio Tinto’s Lochaber Smelter and assets in Scotland in December 2016, includes plans for the modernisation of the site.

Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said “The binding offer for the sale of Aluminium Dunkerque represents the best option for the future development of the site while also delivering value for Rio Tinto as we continue to streamline our portfolio.

“Liberty House has a track record of investing in similar assets, which should secure a long-term sustainable future for Aluminium Dunkerque and continued economic benefit for the wider community”.

ALFED Appointment

ALFED Appointment

The Aluminium Federation, the trade body for the UK aluminium industry, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Tom Jones joins the organisation from MMC Hardmetal UK, part of the Mitsubishi Materials group, where he was general manager. Tom has more than 35 years experience of working in manufacturing.

The Aluminium Federation has grown its membership in recent years, to around a hundred companies. Members include Arconic, Bridgnorth Aluminium, Novelis, Hydro and Liberty British Aluminium. The Aluminium Federation manages the All Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Aluminium Industry, and is a founder member of UK Metals Council.

Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead said: “We are delighted that Tom has joined the Federation to lead our team in driving forward our activities and increasingly giving value to our members. Tom brings with him many years experience in the metals industry, in aluminium and other materials, and having someone of his calibre at the helm will enable us to continue to grow and flourish during this exciting time for aluminium.”

Tenova: New CEO

Tenova: New CEO

Effective 1st January 2018, Roberto Pancaldi has become the new Tenova Metals CEO, assuming the role of Andrea Rocca, who, after five years in Tenova, has taken new responsibilities in Tecpetrol, another company of the Techint Group.

Pancaldi – 55 years old – who was by now the Tenova Metals Chief Operating Officer, joined the Techint Group as Process Engineer in 1988 and has spent his entire career in Techint and then in Tenova. He held various positions of leadership in different functions and business units of the Metals Division, contributing actively to the development and expansion of the company. His deep awareness of our technologies and products will guarantee the continuity of the projects and will support and stimulate the innovation drive which characterises the Tenova’s approach to business.

For more information visit: www.tenova.com

New furnace order

New furnace order

Rusal Krasnoyarsk Aluminium Smelter in Russia has ordered a new billet and slab homogenizing furnace from Danieli Olivotto Ferrè.

The scope of work includes engineering, equipment supply, delivery and supervision of the erection and commissioning.

The new furnace, which will be installed in the Krasnoyarsk plant, is designed for homogenizing of slabs and billets of all aluminium alloys in series 1 to 9.

The unit will heat-treat products with sizes ranging from 300x700 mm up to 800x3,200 mm, and diameters from 127 mm up to 1,320 mm, in lengths from 1,000 mm up to 6,800 mm. Final cooling will be performed by means of air flow.
The plant will consist of one movable electrical homogenizing furnace on wheels with two fixed bases and one removable cooling system, which is to be located on the furnace roof when not in operation, in order to optimize the available space.

Optimal metallurgical performances will be achieved by coordinating the best capabilities of the heating system (electrical type) and superior recirculation system (high-speed axial fan installed in each zone).

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/ych5p6hl

Innovation challenge

Innovation challenge

Phase 1 of the ALLIANCE Lightweight Open Innovation Challenge is drawing to a close and lightweight innovators have until February 1st to perfect and submit their innovative lightweight solutions.

The winners will get technical support throughout the period of the Lightweight Open Innovation Challenge and have the opportunity to pre-assess the feasibility of their technology in a virtual vehicle model. They will also get the chance to present their results in a dedicated side-event at the Aachen Body Engineering Days 2018, and have the opportunity to bring their technologies to a board of the six ALLIANCE OEM’s (Daimler, Opel, Toyota, Volvo, Volkswagen, CRF- the Research Centre of FCA).

The challenge, which aims to reduce carbon emissions by finding innovative and affordable solutions to lightweight cars, has been created by Europe’s key car manufacturers; Daimler, Volvo, Opel, Toyota, Volkswagen, CRF – the Research Center of FCA; suppliers (Thyssenkrupp, Novelis, Batz, Benteler) and knowledge partners (Swerea, Inspire, Fraunhofer LBF, RWTH-IKA, KIT-IPEK, University of Florence, Bax & Company, Ricardo).

The ALLIANCE partners are inviting innovators to participate in this competition and present their lightweighting solutions in two categories: Materials, and Manufacturing.

Participants will get technical support throughout the competition period and will have the opportunity to pre-assess the feasibility of their technology in a virtual vehicle model used in the ALLIANCE project.

A jury of industry professionals will judge the solutions on three criteria: technology quality, vehicle applicability, and complementarity with ALLIANCE. Submitted technologies will be included in all dissemination activities of the ALLIANCE project and presented to an extensive technical group of potential customers.

Bax & Company, who are overseeing the challenge said, "It's a great opportunity for Europe's innovators to work with some of the biggest car manufacturers in the world."

For more information visit: www.lightweight-alliance.eu

Optimising production

Optimising production

Quintiq has announced its partnership with Alro, the largest aluminium smelter in the Central and non-CIS Eastern European region.

Quintiq’s solution will provide capacity planning, inventory management and production scheduling support capabilities.
A member of the world’s seventh largest aluminium producer Vimetco N.V., Alro aims to increase its delivery performance and production volume while keeping costs low and minimising scrap. The company also plans to increase its momentum in highly demanding sectors such as aerospace and automotive metals. Quintiq’s supply chain planning and optimisation solution will help Alro reach these goals and maintain its regional dominance by providing full visibility over its entire supply chain to enhance delivery performance and maintain high customer satisfaction levels.
“Visibility creates value,” said Dobra Gheorghe, Alro’s General Director. “Quintiq’s streamlined approach to scheduling gives us full visibility of our present situation, enabling us to better anticipate demand, lead time and potential bottlenecks. This allows us to be more resilient against unforeseen disruptions. Increased assurance of on-time in-full deliveries also enables us to maintain the trust and satisfaction of our customers.”
Alro’s first project with Quintiq is expected to go live in early 2018. Alro has set specific goals that it aims to achieve for the duration of the project. These include a reduction in work-in-progress inventory; an increase in throughput; a reduction of power consumption to achieve sustainability goals; and improved delivery performance.
Quintiq’s successful 20-year track record in the metals industry enabled it to develop solutions that can quickly be implemented with minimal customisation, yet tailored to fit Alro’s unique processes, rules, requirements and constraints. Quintiq specialises in end-to-end solutions configured to meet the specific needs of its customers. However, its process-specific metals solutions have the added advantage of being a cost-effective option for companies seeking to quickly optimise specific aspects of their operations before expanding to a large-scale, fully-customised solution.
“Quintiq’s extensive expertise and experience in the metals industry has resulted in the development of proven solutions that bring true value to our customers,” said Markus Malinen, Vice President EMEA-Russia at Quintiq. “Our symbiotic relationship with the industry has resulted in solutions that truly fit the metals landscape and are capable of quickly showing tangible results in the real world. We are confident that Alro will soon experience the full benefits of Quintiq’s optimisation technology.”

EGA alumina deal

EGA alumina deal

Emirates Global Aluminium has signed a three-year alumina supply agreement with Vinacomin, a Vietnamese state-owned firm.

Under the agreement, Vinacomin will supply EGA with up to 300,000 tonnes of alumina per year. Alumina is the feedstock for aluminium smelters.
The deal is the first long-term agreement to supply Vietnamese alumina to the UAE and significantly boosts the bilateral trading relationship between the two countries.

The agreement was signed in Hanoi by EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Abdulla Kalban and Vinacom’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dang Thanh Hai, and was witnessed by the UAE Ambassador to Vietnam His Excellency Khalid Alqahtani.

Abdulla Kalban said: “This agreement with Vinacomin is in line with our strategy to diversify our sources of supply for alumina, to secure the resources that the UAE’s aluminium industry needs to grow at competitive prices. We are pleased to have Vinacomin as an alumina supplier for EGA, and also to see the economic relationship between our two countries grow. We hope to develop our relationship with Vinacomin further in the future.”

Dang Thanh Hai said: “Although Vinacomin's alumina just entered the world alumina market four years ago, it has been accepted by world-class customers, such as EGA, one of the leading premium aluminium producers, as expressed by the signing between Vinacomin and EGA.
“For Vinacomin, this agreement is in line with the direction of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, to contribute to promoting cooperation between Vietnam and the UAE. We look forward to further cooperation for mutual benefit in the future.”

Alumina is refined from bauxite, the ore from which most of the world’s aluminium is derived. EGA currently imports all the alumina it needs.
EGA is building the UAE’s first alumina refinery at Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi. Once construction is completed and full production is achieved, the Al Taweelah alumina refinery will produce 2 million tonnes of alumina per year, enough to meet 40 per cent of EGA’s requirements.

EGA is also building a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa.

For more information visit: www.ega.ae

ASI Update

ASI Update

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) has launched a new Certification program for the aluminium value chain, focused on responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of this important industrial metal.  

Aluminium is a versatile and highly recyclable metal that is seeing growing demand in a wide range of sectors such as transport, construction, packaging and electronics. ASI's new Certification program will cover all stages of the value chain for aluminium, including bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting, semi-fabrication, product design and manufacturing, and recycling.

Following today's launch, ASI members can now seek Certification against ASI's Standards. The ASI’s Performance Standard covers critical issues for the entire aluminium value chain including greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, material stewardship, biodiversity and human rights.  ASI’s Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard links responsible production with responsible sourcing and thus increases the emphasis on sustainability issues in procurement. Implementation of both Standards should see the first ASI Aluminium available from 2018 or 2019.

"This is a really pivotal moment for ASI. Today's launch marks the start of a new certification that will embed sustainability and human rights principles into the production, use and recycling of aluminium, and is the culmination of many years of collective effort. ASI’s key strength is its robust multi-stakeholder governance and standards-setting process. With a growing global membership, we have an opportunity to make significant impact," says Daniel Weston, Chair of the ASI Board and General Counsel & Global Head of Corporate Affairs for Nestlé Nespresso SA. 

"Supply-chain certification programs like ASI are becoming increasingly important for customers and stakeholders, who seek assurance that companies' sustainability practices are genuine. Through extensive stakeholder participation and consultation, ASI has designed Standards that provide a shared platform to address key issues and create B2B incentives for their implementation. We are excited about the next steps as member companies work towards achieving the first ASI Certifications in 2018," says Dr Fiona Solomon, ASI Chief Executive Officer.

ASI's development strategy has included in-house development of data platforms to help manage the certification process for both ASI members and auditors. The ASI online assurance platform, known as elementAl, was piloted with members in 2017 and continues to be expanded with new functionalities.

ASI was incorporated as a not-for-profit entity in 2015, and has a global membership that is open to all interested organisations. It is governed by a Board of eight, with six elected from members organisations and two independent directors.

ASI's Standards Committee oversaw public consultation processes in 2016 and 2017 to develop and finalise the Standards, supporting Guidance and assurance model. ASI's Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum liaises with the Board and two representatives participate in the Standards Committee.

Key topics such as biodiversity (including ecosystem services and protected areas), climate change, recycling, and human rights will continue to be the focus of ASI Working Groups, to prepare for future revisions of ASI Standards and Guidance and support peer learning. 

The first ASI Accredited Auditors were announced in November 2017 and additional applications are in process. 

ASI's Standards have been launched in English and will be translated into a range of other languages in 2018.

For more information visit: https://aluminium-stewardship.org

Upgrade and start up

Upgrade and start up

Hydro has made an investment decision to upgrade and start up the second production line at Hydro Husnes, Norway.

With both lines in operation, production of primary aluminium at Husnes will double.

In the restart of the line, which was shut down in 2009, Hydro will introduce new technology elements that will give better results. The line is expected to begin operations in the first half of 2020 and will create 90 new positions. 
"We have great faith in continued aluminium production in Norway. We are making use of new technology elements in this re-start, and building up a robust and future-oriented plant at Husnes. For Husnes, this means increased profitability, lower energy consumption and additional jobs," says Hilde Merete Aasheim, Head of Primary Aluminium in Hydro.

Hydro Husnes today produces about 95,000 tonnes of primary aluminium per year. With the re-start, the plant will produce approx. 190,000 tonnes of aluminium annually.

"In the aim of minimising operating costs we have, since 2009, sourced equipment and components from the closed line for operations and maintenance of the producing line. This means that we need to upgrade the closed line before re-starting, and we make use of new technology when we do so that will contribute to increased productivity and lower energy use," Aasheim says.

The expected total investment for the upgrade and re-start is NOK 1.3 billion (in 2017 terms). Final build decision is expected in Q3 2018.

Hydro Husnes employs 245 people, and became fully owned by Hydro in November 2014.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/y7plkdls

EGA: Port agreement

EGA: Port agreement

Emirates Global Aluminium has signed a long-term port facility agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports to use some of the world’s largest bulk cargo vessels to import raw materials through Khalifa Port.

With this agreement, Abu Dhabi Ports will be able to develop the port to become the first in the Gulf capable of directly handling these massive ships.

Abu Dhabi Ports will fund and complete dredging and widening works to the Khalifa Port approach channel and basin including EGA’s berth. The dredging will deepen the channel to 18.5 metres and basin to 18.0 metres basis zero tide. EGA plans to use large dry bulk ships to import raw materials without the need to transfer all or some of the cargo to smaller vessels outside the port, reducing long-term shipping costs and improving environmental performance.

The agreement was signed at EGA’s head-quarters in Al Taweelah (KIZAD) by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports and Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA.
In alignment with Abu Dhabi Port’s strategy the partnership between the two entities supports regional development by enhancing value to customers. The company has played a pioneering role by introducing other first-time ventures in the Middle East, including making Khalifa Port the region’s first semi-automated terminal, and developing Maqta Gateway, the first Emirati Port Community System (PCS). 

The development at Khalifa Port is expected to lead to larger ships calling in to Abu Dhabi, creating new trade opportunities, supporting local industries and boosting the Emirate’s position as a global maritime trade hub.

EGA will use Capsize vessels to ship bauxite ore, the feedstock for alumina refineries, from the Republic of Guinea in West Africa. Currently, EGA is constructing UAE’s first alumina refinery next to its aluminium smelter in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, located adjacent to Khalifa Port, ensuring streamlined logistics. Upon achieving full-production, the Al Taweelah alumina refinery will process five million tonnes of bauxite per annum.
Captain Al Shamisi said: “Today’s announcement marks another first for Abu Dhabi’s maritime and trade industry, and demonstrates our commitment to ongoing innovation and expansion in response to market and customer demands. As vital trade, logistics and industrial hubs of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Port and KIZAD play a vital role in the Emirate’s economic diversification strategy. Khalifa Port will be the first port in the region with capsize vessel handling capacity, and with EGA’s long term commitment, will give an important boost to trade and investment in KIZAD and more broadly in the region.”

Abdulla Kalban said: “Dredging Khalifa Port to allow fully-laden Capesize vessels to reach EGA’s berth will reduce our costs, simplify our bauxite supply chain, and improve our environmental performance. I am also pleased that the enhanced capabilities at Khalifa Port will enable broader trade and economic benefits for Abu Dhabi.”

Khalifa Port is located halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai and is one of the most efficient and technologically advanced in the world, currently serving more than 20 shipping lines. KIZAD, the region’s largest industrial zone, covers 410 square kilometres around Khalifa Port.

EGA’s site is the biggest industrial facility at KIZAD and covers an area five times the size of Al Marayah Island in Abu Dhabi. EGA also operates an aluminium smelter at Jebel Ali in Dubai. Al Taweelah alumina refinery will produce 2 million tonnes of alumina per year, meeting 40 per cent of EGA’s requirements for feedstock for aluminium smelters.

Bauxite ore from Guinea will be transported to Abu Dhabi via the global shipping firm K-Line, under a separate agreement with EGA. Earlier this year Mr. Kalban attended the naming ceremony for one of the vessels K-Line will use for this service. The vessel was named Cape Taweelah.

Capesize vessels are amongst the largest dry bulk cargo ships. They are named Capesize because they are too large to transit the Suez and Panama Canals and must round the southernmost point of mainland Africa (Cape Aughulus) to transit between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the southernmost point of mainland South America (Cape Horn) to transit between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

For more information visit: www.ega.ae

Partnership announced

Partnership announced

STAS have announced a new commercialisation partnership with HENCON, a world-wide supplier of Mobile Equipment for the heavy industries. 

As of now, STAS becomes an exclusive agent for HENCON products for Canada. 

STAS will ensure the promotion and sales of the HENCON delivery program of mobile and stationary equipment, including related spare parts and services. 

For Canadian customers, this partnership ensures compliance with Canadian standards such as CSA while our geographic proximity guarantees a better service. 

For more information visit: http://www.hencon.com

Extrusion plant acquisition

Extrusion plant acquisition

Hydro Extruded Solutions AS has agreed with Arconic to acquire its two extrusion plants in Brazil.

The agreement will strengthen Hydro's downstream position in Brazil and create a solid platform for further growth.

"We believe in the integrated business model and Brazil is the country where Hydro's entire value chain is present. From bauxite and alumina, via primary production to extruded solutions, this will strengthen our ability to serve our customers," says President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg.

The two extrusion plants in Utinga and Tubarão in southern Brazil have combined more than 600 employees, 1 cast house, 7 presses ranging from 7 to 14 inches and value-added capabilities.

The transaction is in line with Hydro's strategy of selected growth within its business area Extruded Solutions, and will further strengthen Hydro's position in Brazil.

"We believe in the importance of being close to our customers to offer high quality customised extrusionsand local support. With the acquisition of Utinga and Tubarão, Hydro will become the market leader in the Brazilian extrusion market," says EVP and head of Extruded Solutions, Egil Hogna.

Under the terms of the agreement, the price include a cash payment from Hydro of $10 million, subject to working capital and other adjustments.
Completion of the transaction is subject to approval from relevant competition authorities in Brazil, and is expected within the first half of 2018.

For more information visit: https://www.hydro.com/en/press-room/Archive/2017/hydro-acquires-arconics-extrusion-plants-in-brazil/

Novelis investment

Novelis investment

Novelis Inc., has announced a $4.5 million manufacturing investment at its facility in Warren, Ohio.

The investment in state-of-the-art technology provides greater versatility for pretreatments, improves operational efficiency and reduces costs over time. Novelis’ Warren facility has 75 employees dedicated to applying coating to rolled aluminium sheet. The sheet is then used for production of lids for the tops of aluminium beverage cans, producing enough for more than one billion beverage can lids each month.

“We are thrilled to announce this local investment,” said Paul Nelson, Plant Manager. “Due to a steady U.S. can market and Novelis’ strong financial performance across the globe, we are making the investments necessary to sustain our operation here in Warren for many years to come.”

Novelis supplies industry-leading beverage can materials to some of the world’s most recognisable brands, including Coca-Cola, AB InBev and PepsiCo.

“I applaud Novelis for making this important investment here in Warren. As Co-Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus, I know American manufacturing is the backbone of our economy, and I am committed to promoting and expanding this vital industry. Novelis is proof that innovative manufacturing technologies are growing right here in the Mahoning Valley and that our region is a great place to do business. I am proud to work with them and I look forward to continuing to bring business and investments into our community,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13).

Ohio Senator Rob Portman said, “I am pleased that Novelis has decided to invest $4.5 million in its Warren facility, and I hope its partnership with the local community will continue to grow stronger over time. Ohio’s manufacturing industry is unmatched, and this investment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the 75 employees in Warren. In the Senate, I will continue fighting against unfair foreign trade practices to ensure Ohio manufacturers and workers can compete on a level playing field.”

“Novelis’ investment in Ohio is a testament to the strength of Ohio’s workforce,” said Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. “These planned improvements signal the company’s commitment to Warren and the women and men who work at the plant.”

For more information visit: http://investors.novelis.com/news-releases?item=643

Bauxite Transport Deal

Bauxite Transport Deal

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K .Lines Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that it held a signing ceremony for a five year bauxite transport contract with Alufer Mining Limited (Alufer; Chairman: Adonis Pouroulis, CEO: Bernard Pryor(*)

The contract was signed by Toshiaki Tanaka, MOL’s Head of Dry Cargo, and Bernard Pryor at MOL’s offices in Tokyo.

Alufer has received all required permissions from the government of Guinea with regard to building the Bel Air bauxite mine and construction commenced in January 2017. The Bel Air mine is located 15km from the coast near the Cap Verga peninsula, 120km north of Guinea’s capital, Conakry and has a JORC compliant resource of over 146mt of trihydrate bauxite with low reactive silica. Alufer is building and will operate the new Cap Verga export facility which will enable the loading of Capesize vessels anchored 32km from the coast. Bauxite production is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2018 and reach production of 5.5 million tonnes per annum. MOL's ocean shipping services will support the project.
MOL continues to take a proactive stance in providing safe, reliable and efficient transport of bauxite from the Republic of Guinea and anticipates strong growth in demand for this commodity in that the current market for seaborne bauxite is approximately 100mt per annum and is forecast to grow 40% by 2025, primarily driven by import requirements in China.
(*)Incorporated in June 2010, Alufer is an independent mineral exploration and development company with significant bauxite interests in the Republic of Guinea.

Photo: Left: Alufer CEO Mr. Bernard Pryor
Right: MOL Managing Executive Officer and Director General of Dry Bulk Business Unit Toshiaki Tanaka

For more information visit: http://www.alufermining.com

Innovation contract

Innovation contract

Liberty House Group signs multi-million pound 'contract for innovation'

International metals, industrials and engineering group, Liberty House, has signed a multi-million-pound partnership with the prestigious research centre, the Materials Processing Institute, designed to accelerate the growth of the business through innovation.

The Group, which is already the UK’s fastest-growing industrial enterprise, with 5,500 employees, aims to use the Materials Processing Institute’s world-leading technical and scientific expertise to help it develop advanced manufacturing processes and a new generation of products across its plants in the UK and Australia.

The landmark deal will see the flagship North of England-based innovation centre provide a range of research services to the steel industry giant to help achieve its GREENMETAL vision for competitive, low-carbon, steel and aluminium production.

The Institute will help deliver large scale operational efficiency improvements, as well as product and process capability enhancements to Liberty’s operations.

The agreement covers three major research programmes to support the growth and development of the Liberty business.

One programme is targeted at Liberty’s Speciality Steels business, based in Stocksbridge, near Sheffield in the UK, which will benefit from a research programme to enhance capability of super high-quality engineering and aerospace steels.

Another project will target the Liberty OneSteel business in Australia, with a focus on process efficiency improvement, cost reduction, quality and output.

The final strand of the agreement covers the development of an integrated supply chain for high-value plate and offshore steels, made at the Liberty plate mill at Dalzell in Scotland.

Jon Bolton, Chief Executive of Liberty’s UK steel division, said: “Metal production is a tough, competitive market, but we intend to play an increasingly prominent role in the sector by developing high-value-added products using the most efficient, low-carbon and integrated processes. Through this exciting contract for innovation, the Materials Processing Institute will play a key role in helping us to achieve that. We have already developed a productive working relationship with the Institute and we are delighted to formalise this into a partnership that we believe with forge major new growth possibilities for the business.”

The Materials Processing Institute is an independent, not-for-profit, UK based research and innovation centre, working with industrial clients in advanced materials, low carbon energy and the circular economy. The Institute has a global reputation for innovation in steel, partnering with many of the leading companies in the industry and undertaking research projects for the major steel clients around the world.

The agreement with Liberty House Group further strengthens the Institute’s position within the industry, having recently been ratified as an affiliated member of WorldSteel; the international trade body for the iron and steel industry.

The Materials Processing Institute has also worked with a number of global steel organisations this year; welcoming delegates to its campus from across Europe and beyond, all seeking to take advantage of its expertise.

Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute, said: “I would like to welcome Liberty House into partnership with the Institute. We look forward to applying our expertise to enabling the global Liberty businesses to be at the forefront of new technology and to provide a tangible and immediate financial benefit for its business.

“This agreement is further recognition of the Institute, not only as the leading centre for steel innovation in the UK, but as a highly sought after and valued partner for the global steel industry. This is based on our long track record, our specialist research assets and, crucially, the unique expertise of our people.

“Liberty House Group is one of the fastest growing steel producers and an integrated energy, materials and manufacturing group of businesses. The group has invested heavily in the UK, including at Hartlepool in Tees Valley, which is close to the Institute’s campus. We are delighted that Liberty has chosen to join other steel companies as part of the Institute Partnership Programme. This will enable us to work alongside Liberty to develop technological enhancements to its products and processes, as we do for many other steel companies around the world.”

Photo: (L-R) Chris McDonald with Jon Bolton

For more information visit: http://www.recognitionpr.co.uk/clients/id/22180

Can partnership

Can partnership

Ball Corporation has collaborated with leading sparkling water brand PERRIER® to produce an exclusive, limited edition can for the French and Belgium

The limited edition, titled Perrier X Wild, has seen a close collaboration between Ball and PERRIER to bring to life the colourful and vibrant designs created by rising Cuban artist, Juan Travieso.

Celebrating the wild style and natural character of the PERRIER brand, the new limited edition explores the beauty of wildlife through Travieso’s unique vision, the vibrancy of which is rendered through Ball’s high definition printing techniques and capabilities. Perrier X Wild encompasses three different and distinctive designs to “embody nature in the heart of today’s urban jungle” (Juan Travieso, 2017) including an owl, gorilla and panther.

The aluminium Sleek® and Slim cans offer brands within the soft drink category the opportunity to better communicate the premium nature of their products in a way which other packaging types are unable to achieve.

For more information visit: http://www.ball.com

Extrusion competition

Extrusion competition

ET Foundation and Bonnell Aluminum invite entries for 2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.

The ET Foundation, the educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, has issued the Call for Entries for the 2018 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.  The 2018 competition is divided into two classes: Professional and Student. Cash prizes and student scholarships will be presented to the top designs.  Bonnell Aluminum is the sole sponsor for the cash awards, totaling $20,000, including a $3,500 Grand Prize.
Professional designers, engineers, and manufacturers along with students studying design and engineering at universities, colleges, technical schools and high schools around the world are invited to participate.  The ET Foundation will accept entries for the 2018 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition through April 2, 2018. Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline.

The 2018 Call for Entries, containing the details and entry forms, can be downloaded at www.ETFdesign.org.

The aim of the competition is to promote the understanding and use of extruded aluminium profiles, as well as highlight innovations and recognize excellence in aluminium extrusion design. 

Student Scholarships will be presented as cash awards to the top student designs, including $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place, and $1,000 for Third Place. Students also may compete for the Bonnell Sustainable Design Challenge Scholarship Award of $2,500. 

Professionals compete in a separate category from students, and entries received in the Professional Class will be divided into four categories: Structural/Architectural, Transportation, Engineered Products, and Alternative Energy.  First-place cash prizes in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded to the best design in each category. Individual designers and companies are eligible to enter the Professional Design Competition.

The winners of the 2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition will be announced at the new AEC educational event, Extrusion Design University – EDU ’18, scheduled for May 14-16 in Chicago, Illinois. The event will bring together aluminium extrusion industry experts and designers, engineers, and users of extrusions who are interested in honing their aluminium extrusion knowledge, understanding and design skills. In addition to the cash awards, winning designers will be offered a complimentary registration to EDU ’18. For more information on the event, visit AEC.org/EDU18.

For more information visit: www.ETFdesign.org

Hydro: Low-carbon

Hydro: Low-carbon

Hydro today announced two new low-carbon aluminium products, designed to help customers reach their sustainability goals and meet the demand from ever more climate-conscious consumers.

The new products will be independently certified by DNV GL. 

The new products are: 
• Hydro 4.0: hydropower-based aluminium with a maximum content of 4.0 kg CO2 per kg aluminium, and;
• Hydro 75R: aluminium with a guaranteed post-consumer recycled content of minimum 75 percent 

“We are proud of our industry-leading climate strategy that has resulted in producing aluminium with the lowest energy consumption and the lowest emissions in the world, and our aim to become carbon-neutral from a life-cycle perspective by 2020. As every part of our aluminium production is managed in-house, we can now take the next step by launching certified sustainable aluminium products,” said Svein Richard Brandtzæg, Hydro’s CEO. 

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/ycdu7xqf

Aluminium park

Aluminium park

Aluminium Association of India (AAI) and leading aluminium association ASSOMET & AMAFOND of Italy will soon sign a MoU for investing in joint venture in the upcoming Aluminium Park at Angul in Odisha.

The Aluminium Park is being developed by leading Navratna central public sector National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) and Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO).

The Consul General of Italy Damiano Francovigh along with other officials today met NACLO Chairman cum Managing Director Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD and the Chairman of AAI here and held discussion for Industrial cooperation and collaboration between Aluminium Industries of India and Italy.

During the discussion Chand proposed the Italian Industry delegation led by Consul General and Ambassador of Italy to visit NALCO and other Industries in Odisha to which the Consul General agreed.

“With large bauxite reserves and presence of major aluminium players like NALCO, Hindalco and Vedanta, Odisha is considered to be the aluminium capital of India,the NALCO CMD said adding that the global firms should come forward for investing in joint ventures with up-stream and down-stream units.”

NALCO sources said the MoU is scheduled to be signed during the next visit of the Italian Industry delegation in January 2018.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/y999ox2z

Association news

Association news

The Aluminum Association applauds Commerce Department’s Self-Initiation of Unfair Trade Cases on imports of common alloy sheet from China

The Commerce Department will now conduct investigations of whether imports of common alloy sheet from China are being sold in the United States at unfairly low prices, as well as whether Chinese producers of common alloy sheet are receiving actionable subsidies from the Government of China. 

“The Aluminum Association and its members enthusiastically support the decision announced today by the Department of Commerce and Secretary Wilbur Ross to self-initiate unfair trade investigations concerning imports of common alloy sheet from China,” stated Heidi Brock, President & CEO of the Aluminum Association. “We are extremely grateful for the efforts and leadership of Secretary Ross in vigorously enforcing the U.S. trade laws.  The Aluminum Association and its members seek to help ensure that common alloy sheet from China entering the United States is fairly traded.” 

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/yawflb3b

Alba: GE 9HA GT

Alba: GE 9HA GT

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), home-base of the Line 6 Expansion Project, set the benchmark for sustainable power generation with the successful installation of the first H-class General Electric (GE) 9HA Gas Turbine (GT) at its Power Station (PS) 5.

With this, Alba has become the first aluminium smelter in the world to use the largest and most efficient gas turbine produced by GE.
A ceremony was held to celebrate this occasion today, 28 November 2017 under the Patronage of Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa and was attended by Alba Board Directors -- Dr. Mohamed Kameshki and Mr. Yaser E. Humaidan from Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company and Ahmed Mohammad A. Al Jabr from Sabic Industrial Investments Co.
Alba’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali, Chief Power Officer Amin Sultan, Alba Executive Management along with senior officials from GE Power: the President & CEO Power Services, MEA Joseph Anis; the President & CEO Gas Power Systems Sales, MENA Ghassan Barghout; the President & CEO Gas Power Systems Projects, MENA & India Mohammad Ali and the Global Projects Leader, Gas Power Systems Manuel Valverde as well as the CEO of GAMA Ahmet Ligvani were amongst the key attendees at this ceremony.
Speaking on this occasion, Alba’s Chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa said: “Line 6 Expansion Project is our pride. This Project will be transformational as it will raise the bar for sustainability in the global aluminium industry by using cutting-edge technology, both for Potline 6 and the Power Expansion Project.
"The successful installation of the GE 9HA GT is a significant milestone for Alba and underlines our commitment to environment preservation and sustainable development. We thank GE-GAMA Consortium for their continuous support and look forward to successfully achieving all milestones together as per schedule.
I thank Alba Executives for their support, and especially Amin Sultan and the PS 5 team for their diligent efforts towards this landmark achievement.”
During the ceremony, Joseph Anis presented a token of appreciation to Alba Chairman to mark this significant occasion.
President & CEO of GE’s Power Services Business in MEA, Joseph Anis added:
“GE has supported Alba’s vision of growth and operational excellence since the 1970s when we first supplied Frame 5 units for Power Stations 1 and 2. Today, it is our honour to equip and set-up Power Station 5 for Alba in collaboration with GAMA. We are particularly excited that GE’s HA gas turbine technology, which has set industry efficiency benchmarks in the conversion of fuel to electricity, will help Alba’s Power Station 5 become one of the most efficient combined cycle power plants in the Gulf region. As Alba continues its mission to position itself as a leading global smelter, GE remains committed to supporting this journey.”
Alba’s PS 5 is a 1,792 megawatts (MW) Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Plant with an efficiency of 54%. GE and GAMA Consortium is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor PS 5 wherein GE will provide three 9HA gas turbines, three steam turbines and three high recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for PS 5.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/y8ungc68

Rio Tinto partnership

Rio Tinto partnership

Rio Tinto has further strengthened its partnership with China’s Tsinghua University, extending the tenure of the Tsinghua-Rio Tinto Joint Research Centre for Resources, Energy and Sustainable Development.

Rio Tinto and Tsinghua University established the Joint Research Centre in 2012 to bring together leading experts from China and around the world to study, generate and share ideas and best practice for sustainable development.

Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques and Tsinghua University president Qiu Yong witnessed the signing of the agreement to extend the partnership at a ceremony today in Beijing. Rio Tinto Corporate Relations Group executive Simone Niven and Tsinghua University vice president Xue Qikun signed the agreement.

Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said “Continuation of the Tsinghua-Rio Tinto Centre further demonstrates our commitment to developing a long-term strategic partnership with China.
“At Rio Tinto, we strive to add value to the communities in which we operate. As China is attaching increasing importance to the quality of development in the New Era, the research projects conducted by the Tsinghua-Rio Tinto Centre will become even more relevant to China’s long-term strategic goals.”

Tsinghua University vice president Xue Qikun said “Based on the past five years of cooperation between Tsinghua University and Rio Tinto, I am confident in and very much looking forward to our future cooperation.

“Rio Tinto is well-known for its advanced technologies in the energy, mining and materials sectors. As China has entered a new era, we are delighted to be working with leading global companies like Rio Tinto to promote the development of our university, to share and implement our research results, and most importantly, to make contributions to the development of China and the world.

“The extension of our partnership represents a new level, as well as a new era of our win-win cooperation.”

For more information visit: http://www.riotinto.com/media/media-releases-237_23622.aspx

GAC Award

GAC Award

The 2017 GAC Community Service Award goes to the employee volunteers of Sohar Aluminium.

GAC introduced its first community award at Arabal Conference 2017 in Oman and the objectives are to recognise the initiatives in social responsibility and acknowledge the contributions made by GAC members in balancing corporate social responsibility and successful development of their business.

Sohar Aluminium employees completed 885 man hours on community volunteering work with the involvement of 175 employees.

The volunteer activities were different; all the areas of work and contacts came from the employees themselves, using their close contacts with the community to identify the community’s needs.

Example of some of the projects carried out by Sohar Aluminium
1. Building plastic recycling units for schools to teach students
about recycling and promoting recycling culture.
2. Fitting fans and building shades in local schools to mitigate
heat stress during summer.
3. Maintaining facilities and equipments in sports clubs, health
centers and public parks including construction of ramp for
disabled at the local health center.
4. Cleaning coral reefs, beaches and some roads.
5. Visiting schools during summer for heat stress campaigns or
sick patients in remote area to provide medical awareness.
6. Initiating road safety campaign in schools, exhibitions and local

The employee’s volunteer program improved personal fulfilment of individuals working as volunteer, enhanced team spirit by bringing people from different departments across different functions working together for a common cause.

Arconic expands capacity

Arconic expands capacity

Arconic Inc. has announced plans to install a new horizontal heat treat furnace at its Davenport Works facility in Iowa.

Heat treatment is a required step in the production of certain high-strength products, and is essential for products intended for large aerospace and industrial applications.

This new furnace will enable Arconic to heat treat longer and thicker plate than ever before, including material for Arconic’s recently installed Thick Plate Stretcher, which began commercial production this year and is the largest thick plate stretcher in the world. Need for thick aluminum plate is growing, particularly as demand for composite wings, made with monolithic thick plate wing ribs, increases.

“This investment will help meet both existing and future customer demand,” said Tim Myers, President, Global Rolled Products and Transportation and Construction Solutions. “With this new capability, we will meet increasing demand for plate used for aircraft wing ribs, skins and other structural components, particularly in single-aisle builds. It also opens the door to growth in other markets, such as semi-conductors for consumer electronics and injection molding for automotive applications.”

The $137 million investment is supported by economic development financial assistance from the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) and the City of Riverdale. Once the contract is finalised, the assistance will include tax, financing and R&D credits as well as training grants for the Davenport workforce and new employees.

“Arconic has been a great Iowa partner, and job creator,” said Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham. “We look forward to continuing the relationship with this latest project.”

Construction on the project is expected to begin late this year with commercial production expected to start in 2019.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/ycj8xcpr

New sheet facility

New sheet facility

Aleris has announced the opening of its aluminium automotive body sheet production facility in Lewisport, Kentucky.

The project, which represents a $400 million investment, positions Aleris to meet significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminium use for the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The company began shipping automotive products from Lewisport to customers this month.

"The opening of our new automotive facility in Kentucky marks the completion of a significant piece of our strategic realignment, which includes expanding our capacity and capabilities to serve the automotive industry and other high value end uses,"  Aleris Chairman and CEO Sean Stack said.  "As an experienced supplier to automotive manufacturers in Europe, we look forward to partnering with customers more closely now in North America to bring them the most advanced auto body sheet products in the industry."

Lewisport is the company's first site in North America that is equipped with aluminium auto body sheet finishing capabilities.  Announced in 2014, the expansion includes the addition of heat treatment and finishing capabilities, including a new wide cold mill, two continuous annealing lines and an automotive innovation centre, which includes a state-of-the-art research and development centre in Detroit. 

"Strong customer collaboration in research and development has been a key component  of our success in serving the global automotive industry, and we look forward to building on that success with this expansion in North America," said Andreas Gondorf, vice president, Aleris Global Automotive. 

For more information visit: www.aleris.com

Advanced alloy

Advanced alloy

Novelis has announced its Advanz™ 6HF - e/s200 aluminium alloy is now available in North America following its successful application in Europe. 

This heat-treatable alloy provides automakers greater design flexibility due to its superior formability, strength performance and weight savings for outer and inner applications.

The high-formable 6xxx-series alloy enables new opportunities to use aluminium for body sides, door inners, decklid outers and inners, and other closure panels. The alloy can also be used in designs and applications that require bending without the risk of cracking. In addition, Advanz™ 6HF - e/s200 creates a weight savings of nearly one-third over steel in inner door applications, benefiting vehicles that need to achieve weight reduction due to consumer's desire for more in-vehicle content, while also improving fuel economy and reducing vehicle emissions.

"As a global leader in automotive alloy innovation, we are excited to offer solutions to meet the growing design and manufacturing needs of North American auto manufacturers," said Ganesh Panneer, Vice President and General Manager of Automotive, Novelis. "As automakers pursue more complex designs and increase the amount of in-vehicle content, the strength and advanced formability of Advanz™ 6HF - e/s200 unlocks new engineering potential while offering critical weight reduction compared to steel. The expansion of this alloy into the North American market demonstrates our ability to draw on our automotive expertise and provide proven solutions across the globe."

Advanz™ 6HF - e/s200 is the latest addition to Novelis' existing 6xxx-series. This innovation is part of the company's continued efforts to provide automakers with sustainable, high-performance solutions that can help drive the future of the automotive industry.

For more information visit: http://novelis.com/markets-we-serve/automotive/products/novelis-advanz-6hf-es-200/

Innovation challenge

Innovation challenge

Europe’s leading car manufacturers launch an open Innovation Challenge to reduce emissions 

Europe’s key car manufacturers, including Daimler, Volvo, Opel, Toyota, Volkswagen, CRF – the Research Center of FCA; suppliers (Thyssenkrupp, Novelis, Batz, Benteler) and knowledge partners (Swerea, Inspire, Fraunhofer LBF, RWTH-IKA, KIT-IPEK, University of Florence, Bax & Company, Ricardo) announced the ALLIANCE Open Innovation Lightweight Challenge. The challenge aims to reduce carbon emissions, by finding innovative and affordable solutions to lightweight cars. 

The ALLIANCE partners are inviting innovators to participate in this competition and present their lightweighting solutions in two categories: Materials, and Manufacturing. 

The challenge is now open for registration and teams will have until 15 January 2018 to submit their innovative lightweight solutions.
Participants will get technical support throughout the competition period and will have the opportunity to pre-assess the feasibility of their technology in a virtual vehicle model used in the ALLIANCE project. 

A jury of industry professionals will judge the solutions on three criteria: technology quality, vehicle applicability, and complementarity with ALLIANCE. 

The winners will get the chance to present their results in a dedicated presentation at the Aachen Body Engineering Days 2018 (18-20th September 2018), and have the opportunity to bring their technologies to a board formed by the six ALLIANCE OEM’s (Daimler, Volvo, Opel, Toyota, Volkswagen, CRF – the Research Center of FCA). 

“ALLIANCE is addressing weight reduction in an holistic way. That means we need to work together to achieve the environmental targets. In this context, the ALLIANCE Lightweight Open Innovation Challenge truly meets these needs.” 
Ahmet Dogan, Toyota Motor Europe Bax & Company, who are overseeing the challenge said, " It's a great opportunity for Europe's innovators to work with some of the biggest car manufacturers in the world." 

All of the submitted technologies will be included in all dissemination activities of the ALLIANCE project and presented to an extensive technical group of potential customers. 

For more information visit: www.lightweight-alliance.eu

Hydro fatality

Hydro fatality

An employee was involved in a fatal incident last week while performing routine work at Hydro’s Phoenix, Arizona, aluminium manufacturing facility. 

“At Hydro, safety is our first priority. Our thoughts go out to the family and colleagues of the employee involved in this tragic event,” says Charlie Straface, Hydro’s Business Unit President for Extrusion North America.

The company is temporarily standing down all local operations and will be providing on-site counselling services to employees.

“It is too early to say more about the cause of this incident, but we are together with relevant authorities conducting a thorough investigation to understand how this could have happened,” says Straface.

Hydro’s Phoenix, Arizona, facility has more than 360 people working in the casting, extrusion and fabrication of aluminium extrusions.

Hydro is a fully integrated aluminium company with 35,000 employees in 40 countries on all continents.

For more information visit: https://www.hydro.com/en/press-room/Archive/2017/fatal-incident-at-phoenix-aluminum-facility/

Can recycling at 73%

Can recycling at 73%

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in Europe (EU 28 + EFTA) increased by 1.6% to a new record level of 72.9% in 20141.

European Aluminium considers this result an important milestone on its path towards the future split aluminium recycling target of 75% for 2025, proposed by the European Union in its Circular Economy package.
On the whole European continent (including other East-European countries, Russia and Turkey) nearly 30 billion cans have been recycled. This means that every second an aluminium beverage can is being recycled somewhere in Europe! Their metal stays in the European circular economy and remains available for the production of new aluminium products. Recycling aluminium takes 95% less energy than producing it from its raw materials. The recycling process also generates only 5% of the greenhouse gas emissions.
Aluminium beverage cans contribute to a large extent to the overall recycling result of all aluminium packaging. Although only a few European countries already report specific recycling numbers to Eurostat for the whole aluminium packaging fraction we can safely assume that all European citizens together recycle more than 60% of their used aluminium packaging. However, this also means that the aluminium industry together with its partners in the value chain has to bridge the gap with the newly proposed targets within a relatively short period of time. European Aluminium will continue to play its part in these activities.
Maarten Labberton, Director of the European Aluminium Packaging Group, calls upon the EU Member States to make an extra effort to collect, sort and recycle more drink cans and other aluminium packaging items within the coming years. ‘’While we support the ambitious 75% target for aluminium packaging we strongly recommend that local authorities together with the waste management chain invest more in innovative sorting technologies. Fortunately, these investments will pay off quickly, due to the relatively high scrap value of aluminium’.’
Through its successful awareness programme with the can manufacturers, Every Can Counts, European Aluminium is continuously addressing the collection and recycling of so called “out-of-home” cans; cans consumed at the workplace, at festivals or other outdoor events. In 2017 Poland and the Benelux countries joined Every Can Counts and more countries are expected to adopt this programme in the near future.

ALLOW launched

ALLOW launched

UC RUSAL reaffirms its environmental credentials with launch of new low carbon aluminium brand ALLOW.

The company is delighted to announce the launch of its bespoke new low carbon aluminium brand, ALLOW, which features a significantly lower carbon footprint – specific volume of greenhouse gas emissions – as compared to the industry average.

As demand amongst consumers grows for more sustainable and environmentally friendly aluminium, RUSAL has seized on the opportunity to utilise its unique access to clean, renewable hydro power to provide a product with a much reduced carbon footprint. ALLOW’s carbon footprint is lower than 4t CO2/t Al, while the world average is currently approximately 12t CO2/t Al (scope 1 and 2 at the smelter). All ALLOW branded metal produced by RUSAL will be independently verified so as to provide credible quality assurance for our customers.

To mark the official launch of the ALLOW brand, customers and representatives from across the aluminium sector were invited to a much anticipated event in London, held during LME Week.

Since its foundation, RUSAL has invested significantly into reducing its environmental footprint by modernising its facilities and developing new technologies. In 2016, its total expenditure on implementing environmental actions totalled USD119.9 million.

ALLOW marks a continuation of the Company’s industry leading strategy of improving the sustainability of its products and becoming a leading low carbon aluminium producer. Since 1990, RUSAL has decreased its GHG emission per tonne of aluminium produced by more than 57% and aims to be even more ambitious in the future.

Vladislav Soloviev, CEO of RUSAL, commented: “The launch of our new low carbon aluminium brand, ALLOW, represents a watershed moment for RUSAL in terms of sales strategy development and work with our customers. We know that consumers are increasingly demanding ever greater detail about the provenance of the products they purchase and their associated carbon footprint. ALLOW will provide consumers and manufacturers alike with confidence that the aluminium used in their products has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry.”

For more information visit: https://allow.rusal.com

European Aluminium news

European Aluminium news

European Aluminium, the voice of the entire aluminium value chain, introduced five new member companies during its General Assembly last week, bringing its total membership to over 85 companies and associations representing more than 600 plants in 30 European countries.

“I am delighted to welcome the new members and I am certain they will make a tremendous contribution through their participation in our horizontal Committees and Market Groups,” commented Gerd Götz, Director General of European Aluminium. “The addition of new members also means a stronger value chain and industry voice. With EU legislation and global market trends creating both opportunities and challenges, it is now more important than ever to have a collective industry response to address issues in key areas such as energy, the circular economy, trade, innovation and sustainability.”

New member companies include:

Aludium has over 60 years of experience in the transformation and processing of aluminium. The company has around 800 employees and uses a highly specialised production process to provide sheet metal and aluminium coil products to a wide range of industries. Aludium has the capacity to process more than 220,000 tons of product from its three plants in Amorebieta and Alicante (Spain) and Castelsarrasin (France).

BOAL is a designer and manufacturer of aluminium greenhouse roof systems for horticulture. BOAL also produce and supply specialist extrusions to the building, engineering and transport industries. Its custom-made aluminium profiles and high-performance glass and poly greenhouses are used by growers in across the world to help meet the challenge of an increasing global food supply. BOAL has production sites in the UK and the Netherlands.

Liberty House Group
Liberty House Group is an international metals and industrial group. Liberty’s Aluminium division owns and operates the only remaining aluminium smelter in the UK – Liberty British Aluminium. Based in Scotland, the smelting facilities are powered by two neighbouring hydro-electric stations and a complex of on-site bio-diesel units, owned and managed by Liberty’s sister company SIMEC.

E-MAX aims to be the market leader in the processing of recycled aluminium for extrusion applications in Western Europe by offering its customers solutions with a very low carbon footprint. E-MAX is part of the industrial holding company Vaessen Industries and has production facilities in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Kuusakoski Recycling
Kuusakoski Recycling is a provider of industrial recycling services and a processor and supplier of recycled metals in Northern Europe. It provides cost-effective, environmentally responsible recycling services to e-waste collectors, recyclers, enterprises, small businesses, non-profits, original equipment manufacturers, governments and municipalities. Kuusakoski and its subsidiaries have recycling operations in Finland, China, Estonia, the UK, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and the USA.

An overview of all European Aluminium Members can be found here: https://www.european-aluminium.eu/about-us/our-members/

Danieli supplies Logan

Danieli supplies Logan

Danieli is to supply Logan Aluminum with the world’s most advanced and productive cold mill.

The new investment by Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc. will feature Danieli DiamondFlex technology for can-stock and automotive flat products.

The new Danieli DiamondFlex 6-High Cold Rolling Mill (CM4 designation) will be installed in a new, dedicated building at Logan Aluminum, in Logan County, in Western Kentucky, USA. The operation of the new mill will further enhance Logan’s capabilities by rolling 29,500 kg [65,000 Ibs] coils with maximum strip width of 2133mm [84”] at speeds of up to 2200 m/min [7217 ft/min]. Logan’s new mill will be the fastest Cold Mill in the world, and also the most powerful with a nominal stand power of 9500kW [12,916 hP].

ALTEK launches AluSalt

ALTEK launches AluSalt

Altek has announced ALUSALT™, a “Mini Salt Slag Recycling” technology that has been developed over the past six years aimed at solving a major aluminium recycling industry challenge.

ALTEK have now successfully installed a large capacity salt slag recycling plant, as a demonstration unit, in Northern Europe at an aluminium recycling operation, where it is currently in the final stages of commissioning and optimisation. The plant has successfully taken salt slag, removed the salt, re-crystalised the salt for re-use, and generated oxides (NMP) that can be used in various markets.

Full commercialisation of this new technology will start in 2018.

For more information visit: https://www.altek-al.com

Can digital printing

Can digital printing

Responding to growing demands for greater flexibility for shorter-run, multi-version beverage packaging, Tonejet, the only manufacturer of advanced electro-static drop-on-demand digital print engines, will put the spotlight on digital printing direct to the can at InPrint in Munich (14-16th November).

Tonejet’s direct-to-can digital printer – Cyclone – with inbuilt Rockwell iTRAK transport system has been designed to remove the barriers associated with small batch canning and includes features and capabilities adapted to the requirements of today’s print environment – a unique approach to beverage can production.

“We’ve chosen to launch Cyclone at InPrint as the show provides us with a great opportunity to discuss developments, changes and requirements within the industry” comments Marvin Foreman, Sales Manager at Tonejet. “We will demonstrate how Cyclone can revitalise production capabilities and create flexible run-length opportunities.”

“This system brings a new level of competitiveness to beverage can production for short to medium runs as well as ultra-short runs” continues Foreman. “Built to accommodate any design at any run length, Tonejet’s direct-to-can printing capabilities provides brands with an opportunity to manage special or one-off print runs and easily accommodate for events or festivals, social media campaigns and competitions or even limited-edition beverages. We recently worked with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest brewer, to produce customised cans for a large music festival they had sponsored.”

Using Tonejet direct-to-can printing capabilities, AB InBev created 10,000 customised cans for Tomorrowland (20-23rd and 28-30th July), the world’s biggest electronic dance music festival, bringing together some 400,000 visitors from around 200 countries.

Tonejet, working together with AB InBev, printed 15 different can designs featuring national flags across just 10,000 units. The cans were produced in the exact quantities required, without the minimum-order restrictions associated with traditional printing. The largest print run was 1400 cans, and the shortest was just 15 cans!

Unlike analogue processes, the low cost of digital can production means that specially brewed and branded products can be produced cost effectively and quickly and every single can could be produced with a different image if required.

Long lead times and minimum order requirements are eliminated, and as the system can print multiple jobs without stopping, product time-to-market is significantly decreased too. The cost per print is comparable to traditional can decorating processes and the digital offering means ‘one is the new minimum’.

The Tonejet Cyclone, with integrated Rockwell Automation iTRAK transport system, will be on show throughout InPrint 2017 in hall A6 on stand 536, demonstrating the many advantages of direct to shape digital beverage can printing.

For more information visit: http://www.bespoke.co.uk/tonejet-brings-direct-can-digital-printing-inprint-munich-2017/

EGA $300m project

EGA $300m project

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial project in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has completed a three-year, $300 million project to replace older production lines at its Jebel Ali aluminium smelter with the company’s own UAE-developed technology, boosting production capacity and reducing costs and environmental emissions.

All EGA’s 2,777 reduction cells, the swimming-pool sized tanks in which aluminium is smelted, now run on home-grown technology.

EGA produces one tonne in every 25 tonnes of aluminium made worldwide and makes the UAE the world’s fifth biggest aluminium producing nation. Aluminium is the largest made-in-the-UAE export after oil and gas.

EGA has focused on innovation for over 25 years and has used its own technology for smelter expansions since the 1990s, including the construction of EGA’s Al Taweelah smelter in Abu Dhabi which was the largest in the world when built.

The 520 reduction cells at Potline 1 and Potline 3 at EGA Jebel Ali were the company’s oldest and were originally built from 1979.

The new reduction cells each have the capacity to produce 20 per cent more aluminium than those they replaced, with 10 per cent less specific energy consumption to make each tonne of metal.

The new reduction cell’s technology also reduces emissions of perfluorocarbons, a greenhouse gas generated in the aluminium smelting process from anode effects, by 96 per cent.

The project boosts EGA’s production capacity by over 58,000 tonnes of aluminium per year.

The execution of the modernisation project took six million man-hours of work, and was finished without a single Lost Time Injury.

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at EGA, said: “This project to replace older reduction cells with UAE-developed technology boosts our competitiveness as one of the largest ‘premium aluminium’ producers in the world as the new reduction cells can produce more aluminium with less energy and with lower emissions. The most important achievement for me though was that a continuous focus on safety meant this challenging project was completed without hurting anyone.”

The replacement work at Potline 1 and Potline 3 was conducted progressively in 16 separate sections, to minimise the time reduction cells were out of production. The first stage took 55 days, but this was accelerated to just 38 days by the final section.

EGA’s latest technology, the 10th generation since the company’s technology development programme began, is amongst the most competitive in the global aluminium industry.

Last year EGA became the first UAE industrial company to license its technology internationally, in a major milestone for the development of a knowledge-based economy. Aluminium Bahrain selected EGA's technology for its new Potline 6 following a competitive tender.

In 2016 EGA produced 2.5 million tonnes of aluminium, a record for the company.

For more information visit: www.ega.ae

Ecosoderberg Pilot

Ecosoderberg Pilot

Rusal has announced the launch of an experimental reduction area at the Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter, which will operate under the EcoSoderberg technology.

The total amount of investment in the project amounted to 540 million roubles.
Implementing EcoSoderberg technology is one of the priority retrofitting projects for RUSAL. New generation potcells have a significantly reduced environmental impact, and bring increased energy efficiency to aluminium smelters and automation for the majority of production processes.
The pilot production at the Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter includes four retrofitted potcells. Before the end of 2017, the number of modernised potcells will increase to six.
Victor Mann, Technical Director of UC RUSAL, commented: “Based on the results of the pilot project, we will decide on the time-frame of the modernisation that will target all operating self-baking anode cells. In total, there are more than 500 of them at the smelter, which in the coming years will be upgraded.”
EcoSoderberg is a unique proprietary solution developed by the RUSAL's Krasnoyarsk-based Engineering and Technology Centre. The environmental effectiveness of the technology is due to its improved structural design and effective gas removal system.
As of today, over 60% of KrAZ capacities have been converted to the EcoSoderberg technology. Over the past three years, project investments have amounted to over 3 billion roubles. Retrofitting at KrAZ has resulted in a significant improvement in production efficiency and has reduced specific emissions of harmful substances: hydrogen fluoride emissions were reduced by 1.5 times, tarry substance was reduced by 2.7 times, and benzapyrene was reduced by 2.5 times. Re-fitting potcells to EcoSoderberg technology is now taking place at the Bratsk Aluminium Smelter (40 new generation cells have been installed). RUSAL is also planning to convert two potrooms at the Novokuznetsk Aluminium Smelter (NkAZ) to EcoSoderberg.
Introduction of the EcoSoderberg technology at IrkAZ is part of the integrated environmental initiatives ran by the smelter. Between 2016 and 2021, RUSAL will invest 5 billion roubles in a comprehensive retrofitting that will involve the modernisation of the treatment facilities and redesign of the gas removal systems.

For more information visit: https://rusal.ru/en/press-center/press-releases/20066/

Rio Tinto talks

Rio Tinto talks

According to reports, Rio Tinto is in advanced talks to sell its aluminium assets in Australia and New Zealand to GFG Alliance, the investment company run by Sanjeev Gupta.

While the talks could end without agreement, Mr Gupta is said to be keen to buy Rio’s Pacific Aluminium business as he looks to build a global industrial conglomerate spanning metals, power, renewable energy and finance.

For more information visit: https://www.ft.com/content/c8f3b678-b269-11e7-aa26-bb002965bce8

Alcoa power contract

Alcoa power contract

Alcoa Corporation has announced that the company and power provider Luminant Generation Company LLC have terminated the electricity contract tied to Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations in Texas.

The smelter at Rockdale has been fully curtailed since the end of 2008.

The termination of the contract, which had been set to expire no later than 2038, was effective as of October 1, 2017.

While the Company sold surplus electricity since the smelter’s curtailment, Alcoa’s cost of power under the contract exceeded the related revenue.

The Company expects an annual improvement to net income and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) of $60 million to $70 million as a result of the contract termination, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017.

“Reaching a resolution on the Rockdale power contract aligns with two of our strategic priorities – to reduce complexity and to drive returns,” said William Oplinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “It eliminates a complex, long-term contract tied to the Rockdale location, and positions Alcoa for improved profitability and higher returns.”

In accordance with the early termination agreement, Alcoa made a lump sum payment of $237.5 million on October 10, 2017 and transferred approximately 2,200 acres of related land and other assets to Luminant. The Company will record a charge of approximately $250 million (pre- and after-tax) in the fourth quarter of 2017 associated with the transaction.

In addition to the power contract, Alcoa and Luminant terminated other related fuel and lease agreements effective as of the same October 1 date.

As a result of the early termination, Alcoa has initiated a strategic review of the remaining buildings and equipment associated with the smelter, casthouse and the aluminium powder plant. A decision on those assets is expected by the end of 2017. Separately, the company continues to own more than 30,000 acres of land at the Rockdale site.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/ybh32xht

Constellium contract

Constellium contract

Constellium N.V. has announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Bombardier to supply flat rolled products in a rich mix of alloys, shapes and applications for a number of their aircraft programs such as C Series, CRJ Series, Q Series, Global and Challenger. 

In this new contract, Constellium will become one of the leading suppliers of flat rolled products to Bombardier globally.

Constellium and Bombardier are long-time partners, with a strong history of collaborative research. Bombardier’s C Series aircraft aluminium-lithium fuselage sheets and extrusions are all currently supplied through Constellium’s Airware®platform.

“I am proud to see Bombardier and Constellium continuing to build on their partnership. This new contract allows us to further anchor our position as a key supplier of innovative aluminium solutions for Bombardier’s aircraft programs and as an industry leader more generally,” said Ingrid Joerg, President of Constellium’s Aerospace and Transportation business unit. “It demonstrates our expertise and skills in providing tailored products and spurs our ambition to pursue growth in the aerospace industry.”

Bombardier will be served by both of Constellium’s industrial facilities in Ravenswood, USA and Issoire, France.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/y7q75z97

Falsified data

Falsified data

According to reports, Kobe Steel has admitted to falsifying inspection data on about 20,000 tonnes of metals used in aircraft and automobiles in the latest quality scandal to hit corporate Japan.

Products affected included 19,300 tonnes of aluminium plate and extrusions; 2,200 tonnes of copper strip and pipe; and 19,400 cast and forged aluminium parts.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said that aluminium used in its regional passenger jet was among the shipments with falsified data. However, it said there was no safety issue and delivery of the jet — which is currently undergoing certification in the US after a troubled development — remained on schedule.

EGA bauxite research

EGA bauxite research

Emirates Global Aluminium has signed an agreement with The University of Queensland, Australia, to conduct a three-year research programme into turning a by-product of the alumina industry into soil.

The ground-breaking research project with The University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences will investigate combining bauxite residue with agricultural and domestic wastes to create a soil for greening and other uses. 

The research project is led by Professor Richard Haynes, a renowned soil scientist and expert in the remediation and rehabilitation of bauxite residue deposits. Universities in the United Arab Emirates are expected to join the research project in the coming years, to help tailor the soil for the UAE’s desert conditions. 

Bauxite residue is a by-product of alumina refining - the process of turning bauxite ore into alumina which is the feedstock for aluminium smelters.
EGA is constructing the first alumina refinery in the United Arab Emirates, next to its Al Taweelah smelter in Abu Dhabi.

Industry experts estimate that at least 150 million tonnes of bauxite residue are produced worldwide each year. It is thought that less than two percent of this is currently put to productive use.

While new productive uses for bauxite residue are being developed, EGA will operate a dedicated  storage site in line with current world-class best practice, about 30 kilometres inland from the coast in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.

When Al Taweelah alumina refinery starts production, bauxite residue will be washed, pressed into a dry cake, and transported to the area for permanent managed storage. The site will eventually be covered and used for other industrial purposes. 
EGA intends to reduce and aims to even eliminate the need to store new bauxite residue in the longer term.

Abdalla Alzarooni, EGA’s Vice President of Technology Development & Transfer said: “The project at The University of Queensland is cutting edge research that could turn waste into a useful product that fills a need in the UAE. The UAE has set tough targets for the use of bauxite residue, which requires us to take a global lead in finding innovative solutions.”

For more information visit: www.ega.ae

ARABAL update

ARABAL update

SOHAR Aluminium to host ARABAL 2017 under the patronage of H.H. Sayyid Harib Bin Thuwaini Al Said

Under the patronage of H.H. Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini Al Said, Assistant Secretary General of the Council of Ministers for Conferences, Sohar Aluminium is gearing up to host the 2017 Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL). Scheduled to take place in Muscat from November 7th – 9th 2017, the event will be attended by all of the region’s primary aluminium manufactures, in addition to top executives from a cross section of industries, VIPs and over 500 delegates from 30 countries. 

“The aim of ARABAL is to establish greater collaboration between the leaders and decision-makers in the aluminium industry in the region. The event has become one of the leading and specialised conferences in the aluminium sector, and as the organisers of ARABAL 2017, we are very delighted to have the support of His Highness. This edition of ARABAL will feature senior representatives from all of the region’s aluminium manufactures, as well as senior executives and thought leaders from other major aluminium markets, further bolstering its ability to showcase the capabilities of our thriving aluminium industry in Oman and the wider region,”  Said Al Masoudi, CEO of Sohar Aluminium explained. 

 Regarded as the leading aluminium industry event in the Middle East, ARABAL 2017 will consist of a two-day conference and exhibition, featuring over 60 international experts under this year’s theme of ‘Driving Strategic Growth across the Global Aluminium Industry’. ARABAL has also attracted 20 major sponsors from around the world, showcasing their latest technological innovations at an exhibition held during the conference, which is also open to the public. 

Hosted by Sohar Aluminium for the second time, ARABAL 2017 represents a unique platform to showcase the Middle East’s growing role as an industrial powerhouse. For more information about ARABAL 2017 and to see the full list of speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, visit www.arabal.com.

For more information visit: www.arabal.com

Alu pioneer honoured

Alu pioneer honoured

A pioneering metallurgist has been presented with an award for his contribution to the global aluminium industry.
The Aluminium Industry Award was presented to Prof. Scamans at the Aluminium Federation’s 2017 Dinner by Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead (pictured).
The event, at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire, was attended by more than 200 guests from across the aluminium sector.
Chief scientific officer at Innoval Technology, Professor Scamans is also Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University’s BCAST metals research facility. He started his research career in 1974 at Alcan International, initially as research scientist and later as principal scientist, a role he took with him when moving to Innoval Technology in 2003.
Over the last 30 years he has initiated and managed a number of R&D programmes on both materials development and technological innovation, making
substantial scientific and technological contributions to the light metals sector, his work being described in over 130 publications.
A world authority on automotive lightweighting, Prof. Scamans has been closely involved with aluminium car body development for Ford, and subsequently with Jaguar Land Rover, which has resulted in JLR’s current industry-leading range of aluminium-intensive vehicles.
“Geoff has been a great supporter of the Aluminium Federation over many years, always willing to give his time and share his expertise, “ said Mr Ashmead.

“He has succeeded not only in becoming an aluminium ‘go-to’ expert, but also in developing and nurturing younger and talented scientists throughout his career.
“It's rare that we make such an award, indeed Geoff is only the fourth recipient. This recognition is well deserved, and Geoff continues to make a significant contribution to the development of aluminium globally.”
In November, Professor Scamans will be a keynote speaker at the Advanced Aluminium Engineering for the Automotive Industry conference in Birmingham.

Sapa acquisition complete

Sapa acquisition complete

Norsk Hydro's acquisition of Orkla's 50% ownership in Sapa was completed today, October 2, giving Hydro full ownership in the global leader in extruded aluminium solutions and making Hydro a leading force in the global aluminium industry. 

The combination makes Hydro the only global company in the aluminium industry that is fully integrated across the value chain and markets, and gives Hydro unparalleled strength in technology, R&D, innovation and product development, as well as an unmatched product and service offering to the benefit of more than 30,000 customers throughout the world. It also provides Hydro with the capability and freedom to grow in the most attractive areas of aluminium, as well as further strengthening the sustainable solutions for the future low-carbon economy.
"Today symbolises the start of our exciting journey as the leading force within the global aluminium industry, fully integrated from bauxite to end-user products and with the best-possible platform for further growth and optionality, innovation and product development, and sustainability and responsibility," says President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg.
Sapa will become a new business area in Hydro, Extruded Solutions, and will be headed by Egil Hogna. Hydro will consolidate the Sapa financials in its financial statements starting October 2, 2017. At the same time, Hydro will discontinue reporting Sapa as an equity accounted investment.
Formed as a 50/50 joint venture between Orkla and Hydro in 2013, Sapa has been a highly successful aluminium solutions provider and the world's largest extrusion company. As Hydro's new Extruded Solutions business area, it will continue to operate with the business units Extrusion Europe, Extrusion North America, Precision Tubing and Building Systems, and has 22,400 employees and presence in around 40 countries.
The agreed enterprise value for 100% of Sapa is NOK 27 billion. A preliminary purchase price for the shares, adjusted for net debt and normalised working capital, of NOK 11.86 billion was paid in cash to Orkla today. There will be a customary post-closing adjustment of the purchase price, based on a closing balance sheet. 
The transaction is initially financed by utilisation of cash positions and drawings under Hydro's revolving credit facility. Parts of the financing will thereafter be replaced by issuance of bonds.

For more information visit: http://www.hydro.com/en/press-room/Archive/2017/norsk-hydro--acquisition-of-sapa-completed/

Innoval appointment

Innoval appointment

Effective as of August 1st, 2017, Dr Gary Mahon has become Managing Director of Innoval Technology (Innoval).

Gary moves into his new position having been a Director of Innoval for the last 10 years. He is a metallurgist with 30 years aluminium product expertise, and so is ideally placed to take the company forward.

He replaces Dr Tom Farley who, after much consideration, has decided to retire from the aluminium industry after 28 successful years. Tom joined Innoval at its inception in 2003 and was appointed Managing Director in 2007. Over the last 10 years he has successfully led the company and played a key role in the purchase of Innoval Technology by Danieli in 2012. The company would like to acknowledge his significant contributions and thank him for his commitment and dedication throughout the years.

For more information visit: https://www.innovaltec.com

Alu D&T challenge

Alu D&T challenge

The UK’s aluminium industry is on the search for the designers and engineers of the future as it launches this year’s Alu D&T Challenge. 

Secondary schools throughout the UK are invited to take part in the Challenge which aims to teach 11-14 year olds about sustainable design. The Challenge includes an opportunity for students to enter their ideas in a national competition for a chance to win prizes for themselves and their school.  
The Alu D&T Challenge supports the D&T curriculum for 11-14 year olds. It provides free lesson plans and a range of interactive materials to explain the material properties and sustainability potential of aluminium. Students can attempt one of three design briefs to create a sustainable building, vehicle or package using aluminium.

Developed and funded by the UK aluminium industry, the Alu D&T Challenge’s design briefs are based on real-life challenges faced by designers who need to meet consumer demands with products that don’t have a negative impact on the environment. Designs will be judged on how well they address the ‘6Rs’ of sustainability, as well as their creativity and the use of aluminium. The competition is open for entries throughout the autumn term and winners will be announced in March 2018.

Students can enter in teams of up to four people, or as an individual. In each category there will be a winner and runner up, chosen by a panel of experts representing the fields of engineering, design, manufacturing and architecture. They will be invited to a prize giving ceremony in March 2018. 
This year’s prizes have been sponsored by specialist D&T equipment provider Technology Supplies. The winners will receive innovative equipment for their school’s D&T department, including programming kits and drones, plus vouchers for the students. All finalists will receive a named certificate and a 3D pen. Events and PR Manager of Technology Supplies Rebecca Byrne says: “We are delighted to be the official prize sponsor for the Alu D&T Challenge 2017. Fast changing technologies, industry challenges and demands mean that it’s imperative to ensure we are embracing tomorrow’s designers and engineers. Supporting initiatives like the Alu D&T Challenge enables us to celebrate creativity, innovation and the importance of product development.”

The 2017/18 resource booklet and information about the competition is available to download for free at www.learningaluminium.co.uk/aludtchallenge

For more information visit: www.learningaluminium.co.uk/aludtchallenge

Sapa Welsh plant

Sapa Welsh plant

Sapa has re-opened its factory in Bedwas, Wales to supply the growing automotive industry demand for lightweight body structure solutions.

The first customer to be supplied from the refurbished facility will be London Electrical Vehicle Company (LEVC), who has developed an all new zero emissions capable black cab.

Sapa is investing £9.6 million in the plant refurbishment and new equipment to supply advanced aluminium components.

The investment is backed by £550,000 from the Welsh Government which helped secure the project for Wales as Sapa looked into production at another European Sapa facility with spare capacity. In excess of 130 jobs will be created over the next five years.

“This is great day for both Sapa and manufacturing in Wales. Sapa had to end extrusion operations in Bedwas in 2014 due to overcapacity in the market, but we are now pleased to be able to return to Wales with our new automotive components business. This is a good example of how industrial companies such as Sapa are growing in advanced markets fueled by demands for lighter vehicles and more sustainable materials” says John Thuestad, Business Area President, Sapa.

Lightweight cars fueling growth 
Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates is delighted the facility in Bedwas will now be brought back into operation. He says “The Welsh Government is proud to have supported Sapa’s extensive investment in the refurbishment of its site in Bedwas and I am proud that Wales will be playing a key role in the production of a new generation of environmentally friendly black cabs.
“Wales has a growing reputation as a location for supporting innovative new technologies and the Low Carbon Vehicle sector is a particular growth area for our advanced materials and manufacturing industry.” 

Calvin Carpenter, MD Sapa Component UK, adds “This is a proud day as it is a culmination of nearly 3 years working with London Taxi throughout its development phases to enable us to supply major body components to the ‘new state of the art’ facility in Ansty, Coventry”.

High-performance alloy

High-performance alloy

Following a successful debut at the Paris Air Show, last month, the two companies are working together to optimise the processing techniques for the high-performance alloy on Renishaw metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems.  They are also investigating a range of heat treatment regimes to deliver optimum properties in additively manufactured components.  The results of these developments will be made available to Renishaw and Aeromet customers.
A20X® is a family of next generation high-strength aluminium alloy technologies, developed and patented by Aeromet. The A20X® family includes the Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardisation (MMPDS) approved A205 casting alloy and AM205 powder for additive manufacturing.  A20X® is an aluminium-copper alloy with a highly-refined microstructure and a unique solidification mechanism, giving it greater strength, fatigue and thermal characteristics compared to other alloys.  Originally developed as a casting alloy, A20X® cast parts are available today from Aeromet and a global network of licensees. A20X® powder is available for use in additive manufacturing.  More details can be found at www.a20x.co.uk
Mike Bond, Director of AMT a Division of Aeromet said, “A20X is being rapidly adopted for additive manufacture of aero engine, airframe, space, defence and automotive parts.  It’s unique combination of high strength, high ductility and performance at high operating temperatures make it ideal for light-weight, stressed components.  We look forward to making processing techniques for this innovative alloy more widely available to accelerate its adoption.”
Marc Saunders, Director of Global Solutions Centres at Renishaw added, “Renishaw’s metal AM systems feature high power lasers, an inert processing environment and open parameters, making them ideal for supporting innovative new materials like A20X.  We are working closely with Aeromet to qualify this exciting new alloy on our machines. Through our network of AM Solutions Centres, we can help manufacturers to develop industrial AM processes using A20X.”
The two companies plan to release processing techniques and material properties information in the coming months.

For more information visit: www.renishaw.com/additive

UC Rusal investment

UC Rusal investment

UC Rusal has announced the completion of the modernisation of Befesa-2 line for standard alloyed ingots production at the Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter (IrkAZ).

In 2018, RUSAL plans to commission another line, Befesa-1, and the total investment in both lines will amount to USD7.6 million.

The purpose of the project is to maintain share in the casting alloys market as well as to improve quality characteristics of the products to meet the demand of the IrkAZ’s customers in Europe and Asia.

Within the framework of the Befesa-2 line, the specialists of the Engineering and Technology Center of RUSAL jointly with the experts of the Spanish firm Befesa Aluminio S.L. modernised various aspects including: installing a new casting wheel, a metal distribution system, changing the ingot mold design for ingots production and improving the water cooling system with automatic water flow adjustment and an ingot extraction/transportation unit. Similar activities are planned for the Befesa-1 line. 

‘RUSAL completed a test operation at the first line for standard alloyed ingots production at IrkAZ which has allowed us to improve the quality of our products. Due to the commissioning of the two lines, the smelter will retain its positions in the casting alloys market in the amount of 55 thousand tonnes per annum, whilst gaining an even larger share in the foreign markets,’ said RUSAL Director of Aluminium Division Evgeny Nikitin.

For more information visit: http://www.rusal.ru/en/press-center/press-releases/19677/

Alba: Line 6 update

Alba: Line 6 update

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) has been making steady progress with the execution of its flagship development, the Line 6 Expansion Project, according to a statement issued by the Chairman of the Alba Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa.
The site preparation, earthworks and concrete (including precast) works continue to ramp-up with the overall project progress at 25% through the end of July (including 50% progress in engineering and 70% progress in procurement and contracts). In addition, the first structural steel is scheduled for erection in the new pot room in September 2017.
Shaikh Daij added:
“We are delighted to see that the Line 6 Expansion Project continues to progress on schedule as that will accelerate our position to be the largest single-site smelter in the world. I thank our EPCM contractor, International Bechtel Co. Ltd. (Bechtel), Alba CEO, Tim Murray and the Alba Line 6 Owner’s Team for their commitment to deliver our Project on a timely and safe manner.”
Bechtel’s President for Mining and Metals, Paige Wilson said: “We are thrilled to be breaking ground on Alba’s historic project. We also look forward to continuing to work with the Alba Line 6 Owner’s Team as the project targets First Hot Metal (FHM) by 1 January 2019 and to furthering our long-term partnership.”
This Game Changer, which involves the construction of sixth pot line, a 1,792 MW power station and other industrial services, is expected to begin production by January 1, 2019 and will boost the smelter’s per-annum production by 540,000 metric tonnes, bringing its total production capacity to 1.5 million metric tonnes per year.

For more information visit: http://www.albasmelter.com/About%20Alba/Pages/Line6.aspx

New can plant

New can plant

Crown Holdings, Inc. has announced that it will build a new plant in the Valencia region of Spain to produce aluminium beverage cans.

The location of the facility, Parc Sagunt, is approximately 10 miles north of the city of Valencia, and was selected based on its close proximity to key customers as well as the excellent local infrastructure and transportation links.

The Company currently operates two steel beverage can plants in Spain, in Agoncillo and Seville, and will be constructing the new facility to meet the growing demand and preference for aluminium beverage cans in the Iberian region. The plant, which is expected to be operational during the fourth quarter of 2018, will have an initial annual capacity of approximately 900 million units in multiple sizes and will be designed to accommodate further expansion. Initially, the capacity will be utilised to facilitate customers' transitions from steel to aluminium beverage cans and subsequently to support the growing demand for both beer and non-alcoholic beverage cans in the region.

Ziya Ozay, Senior Vice President CROWN Bevcan Europe and Middle East, commented, "We are excited about the aluminium beverage can market growth in the Iberian region, and our new plant will be ideally located to supply the increasing requirements of a number of key customers and support our other facilities during the conversion from steel to aluminium."

For more information visit: https://www.crowncork.com/news/press-room/crown-holdings-inc-build-new-beverage-can-plant-valencia-region-spain

Three new can sizes

Three new can sizes

To celebrate its presence at this year’s Drinktec in September, Ball Corporation, the world’s leading can manufacturer, will showcase three new can sizes to visitors for the first time.
In response to international market trends, the three new can sizes include 25-centiliter Sleek® and 45-centiliter super Sleek® cans, as well as a 90-centiliter King can. The new varieties add to Ball’s already vast portfolio of cans, which will also be displayed at the show this year.
Both the 90-centiliter King and 45-centiliter super Sleek cans have been launched in Russia, bringing to the market an effective packaging solution addressing the recent market pressures on excise duties to alcohol. Designed primarily for Russian brewery customers, the cans will be displayed on Ball’s one-of-a-kind ‘Can-shi’ bar throughout the show with company experts available to discuss the unique design in greater detail.
Irina Dolyanovskaya, Sales Manager at Ball, comments: “The new 90-centiliter and 45-centiliter cans allow our customers to maintain their products at an affordable, standard price on shelf. These can sizes are seen as more premium and are becoming the new industry standard for the Russian beer market, gradually replacing standard 50-centiliter cans. Although created primarily for the Russian market, we have seen demands for similar can sizes in other countries. We are hoping to gain even further interest from new customers during Drinktec.”
Launching in Western Europe after Drinktec, the new aluminum 25-centiliter Sleek can with its 202 end has been designed to make it easier for filling locations to adopt the Sleek can, with customers including NESTLE Waters. The new can was chosen by San Pellegrino for its new fizzy tea range, which is available in peach and lemon flavours.
Marianne Freund, Marketing Manager at Ball, comments: “These three new can sizes are a prime example of how our customer needs are at the heart of what we do. With customers continuing to present Ball with unique requirements, our wide range of cans continues to evolve to meet their needs within their specific markets. Ball promises to listen and respond to these needs in the most effective way possible by identifying the right packaging solution for the right occasion. We are dedicated to innovating cans that truly fit to the consumer.”
Ball’s dynamic Drinktec stand will feature the latest additions to the product range, interactive displays, samples, and opportunities for visitors to discuss innovative packaging solutions with experts. Ball’s ‘Happy Hour’ events will also be taking place and will focus on beverage categories including craft beer, water, juice, tea and coffee.

Held in Munich from the 11th-15th of September, Drinktec is the leading world fair for the beverage and liquid food industry. To visit Ball at Drinktec, please find them at stand 348, Hall A1.

For more information visit: http://www.ball.com

JLR alu recyling

JLR alu recyling

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc, the UK’s largest vehicle manufacturer, is expanding the use of recycled aluminium in its car bodies to cut waste and reduce carbon emissions.

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc, the UK’s largest vehicle manufacturer, is expanding the use of recycled aluminium in its car bodies to cut waste and reduce carbon emissions.

The £2 million project, called REALITY, has found a way to enable the closed-loop recycling of aluminium from end-of-life vehicles back into high-performance product forms for new vehicle body manufacture in the UK by Jaguar Land Rover.

REALITY builds on the REALCAR project allowing tens of thousands of tonnes of aluminium generated in the manufacturing process to be recycled and reused as a closed-loop. Aluminium from other sources, including  end-of-life vehicles, can now be graded and ‘born again’ in the manufacture of new cars.

This unique ‘closed-loop’ automotive recycling system helps to further develop the circular economy model to deliver both financial and environmental benefits.

REALCAR began as a partnership between Jaguar Land Rover, Innovate UK, Novelis, Norton Aluminium, Stadco, Brunel University London, Zyomax and Innoval Technology. The original project and subsequent work with suppliers enabled Jaguar Land Rover to reclaim more than 75,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap and re-use it in the aluminium production process in 2016/17.

Implementing closed-loop aluminium recycling has involved cutting-edge chemistry, new infrastructure and investment of more than £13 million. It is driving a new culture that treats waste material as a high-value commodity. Quality will remain paramount, and the project has evaluated aluminium grades at chemistry and microstructure level to increase tolerance to recycling.

The project, part-funded by Innovate UK, has involved more than 10 press shops (Jaguar Land Rover and external suppliers) with aluminium being remelted by Novelis.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/ybadbplk

Rusal alloy investment

Rusal alloy investment

UC RUSAL has announced the completion of the modernisation of Befesa-2 line for standard alloyed ingots production at the Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter (IrkAZ).

In 2018, RUSAL plans to commission another line, Befesa-1, and the total investment in both lines will amount to USD7.6 million.
The purpose of the project is to maintain share in the casting alloys market as well as to improve quality characteristics of the products to meet the demand of the IrkAZ’s customers in Europe and Asia.
Within the framework of the Befesa-2 line, the specialists of the Engineering and Technology Center of RUSAL jointly with the experts of the Spanish firm Befesa Aluminio S.L. modernised various aspects including: installing a new casting wheel, a metal distribution system, changing the ingot mold design for ingots production and improving the water cooling system with automatic water flow adjustment and an ingot extraction/transportation unit. Similar activities are planned for the Befesa-1 line. 
‘RUSAL completed a test operation at the first line for standard alloyed ingots production at IrkAZ which has allowed us to improve the quality of our products. Due to the commissioning of the two lines, the smelter will retain its positions in the casting alloys market in the amount of 55 thousand tonnes per annum, whilst gaining an even larger share in the foreign markets,’ said RUSAL Director of Aluminium Division Evgeny Nikitin.

For more information visit: http://www.rusal.ru/en/press-center/press-releases/19677/

Arconic awarded

Arconic awarded

Arconic has announced that it has received two 2017 Values Partner awards from Spirit AeroSystems for superior performance.

Spirit recognised Arconic’s Global Rolled Products (GRP) and Arconic Fastening Systems and Rings (AFSR) businesses at the Spirit AeroSystems Suppliers Awards Dinner in Wichita, Kansas, on August 31.

“Spirit cannot be successful without world-class partners,” said Tom Gentile, Spirit president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to recognise these suppliers for sharing our passion in delivering high-quality products on time. We look forward to collaborating with them in the future as we continue to meet our customers’ delivery needs and rate requirements.”

Spirit AeroSystems Supply Chain Management awards these honorees to recognise suppliers that have achieved superior performance, with nominations typically coming from the company’s procurement groups. Suppliers like Arconic can be nominated for offering outstanding support, expediting deliveries or providing weekend assistance.

“Arconic is committed to delivering innovation, quality and superior performance to our customers through collaboration and diligence,” said Eric Roegner, Arconic Executive Vice President and GRP Group President. “This award recognises that commitment across our businesses and throughout our facilities, and we are very honoured to receive it.”

Craig Brown, Arconic Fastening Systems and Rings President, added, “The Spirit Values Partner Award is a testament to the skill and dedication our workforce brings to producing high-quality products that help our customers succeed. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and trusted partnership with Spirit in the years to come.”

For decades, Arconic has supplied Spirit AeroSystems with highly engineered aluminium fuselage sheet and high-tech, multi-material fastening systems and installation tools, which Spirit uses to build aircraft components. Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defence customers including fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components.

For more information visit: https://www.arconic.com/global/en/news/Spirit-AeroSystems-Recognizes-Arconic-for-Superior-Performance.asp

Metal 3D printing

Metal 3D printing

A “widespread” factory for the development of metal 3D printing technology... 

this is the objective of the project Metal AdditivE for LOmbardy (MADE4LO), which will start in the upcoming autumn under the leadership of Tenova, international company specialiSed in the development of innovative solutions for the mining and metal industry.
The ultimate goal of this pilot project is to cover the entire value chain – from equipment supply to the finished product – creating a new model of factory based on 3D manufacturing, network infrastructure and digital processes accessible to several partners, and intensive training activities of the technical staff involved.   
The project, partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will last 30 months for a total investment of 6.6 million euros, involving eleven partners from Lombardy, north-western Italian region, specifically two Universities (Politecnico di Milano and Università di Pavia), three Big Industries (Tenova, BLM, and GF Machining Solutions), and six SMEs (TTM Laser, 3D-NT, GFM, Fubri, Co. Stamp, and Officine Meccaniche G. Lafranconi).
Additive Manufacturing
Metal additive manufacturing (AM), also known as metal 3D printing, makes possible to produce complex three-dimensional objects starting directly from a 3D CAD model by adding material layer by layer, without the design constraints of traditional manufacturing routes. No longer solely a prototyping technology and in spite of today limitation in size and available metal powders, AM is now emerging as a competitive process for the production of series components for the most demanding applications while reducing material inventory.
“For Tenova digital innovation is a crucial factor in the creation of added value to the client. MADE4LO represents an important opportunity to achieve concrete outcomes in the development of additive manufacturing for metal components, a technology that affects us both as users and as plant engineers. Our goal is to become a key player in this sector in order to provide our clients with effective solutions which will make them more dynamic and competitive on the market” affirmed Andrea Lovato, CEO.
All Business Units of Tenova Metals are involved in the implementation of MADE4LO to define the most cost/effective equipment’s for metal powder production process, to select, design and test the metal components to produce by AM, and to design and manufacturing of a heating treatment furnace to be installed at Pomini factory within Tenova HQs.
“MADE4LO is the first pilot project developed in Lombardy in the field of additive manufacturing which involves a network of physical and digital systems interconnected with each other, which exchange products and information through a widespread infrastructure (digital information on the product to be printed, powder and process data, data gathered from the process related to the qualification of the realiSed products)”, commented Professor Marco Bocciolone, Director of the Mechanics Department of Politecnico di Milano.
Along with the great potential of digitaliSation and interconnection offered by this new Italian platform dedicated to AM, Professor Barbara Previtali, Scientific Supervisor of the project, pointed out how the focus of applications and the sectors of development targeted through MADE4LO go beyond the area where additive processes are currently applied. “MADE4LO will explore new applications in relevant sectors like the printing of new metals’ components (such as copper and tool steel alloys) or the additive and subtractive repairing/revamping of big components of high added value”.

EGA research partner

EGA research partner

Emirates Global Aluminium will work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on six new practical research projects at EGA later this year.

MIT is the leading research university in the United States.

The new projects extend EGA’s partnership with MIT’s David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, a programme through which post-graduate students apply their academic knowledge and expertise by suggesting 'out of the box' solutions for industrial problems.

Dr. Alan Hatton, the director of the school, and Dr Brian Stutts, who runs the school’s projects with industrial companies, visited EGA to finalise the new projects.

EGA has worked with the MIT programme since 2015. The programme has a history stretching back over 100 years and EGA was the first Middle East company to participate.

Previous MIT research projects at EGA have led to technical and operational improvements at EGA that have saved over US$2 million as well as giving EGA technical experts and MIT students opportunities to learn from each other. 

The 2017 projects range from improving maintenance programmes to reducing emissions.

Abdulla Al Zarouni, Vice President Technology Development and Transfer at EGA, said: “We work closely with local and international universities to combine the latest academic thinking with EGA’s decades of experience in aluminium smelting in order to find solutions to the industry’s technological challenges. We look forward to making new breakthroughs with MIT’s engineers later this year.”

Dr Hatton said: “Our six projects at EGA this year are challenging, but they each have the potential to advance chemical engineering as well as deliver tangible improvements at EGA. We work with innovative industrial companies in the United States and all over the world, and we are glad that the Middle East’s leading aluminium producer is among them.”

EGA’s academic collaborations in the UAE include Masdar Institute, the American University of Sharjah, Rochester Institute of Technology and Higher Colleges of Technology. Other international academic partners include the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the University of New South Wales in Australia.

EGA has also run its own technology development programme in the UAE for 25 years.

EGA’s latest home-grown technology is among the most efficient and competitive in the global aluminium industry.

EGA has used its own technology for every smelter expansion since the 1990s, including the construction of Al Taweelah smelter in Abu Dhabi, which was the world’s largest single-site smelter when it was completed.

EGA’s research and technology development focuses on continually improving the aluminium smelting process, reducing the amount of electricity required saving costs and reducing environmental impacts.

In 2016, EGA became the first UAE industrial company to license its own large-scale industrial technology internationally.

For more information visit: https://www.ega.ae/en/media/newsdetail/?id=6117

Aleris extends deal

Aleris extends deal

According to reports, Aleris International has extended a merger agreement with a Chinese company to September 15th. 

The Cleveland, Ohio-based aluminium and rolled products producer now has until September 15 to work out a mutually acceptable deal with Zhongwang USA LLC, controlled by Chinese businessman Liu Zhongtian. 

The deal was initially scheduled to expire August 31.

Hydro pilot

Hydro pilot

Thousands of Karmøy residents gathered in Kopervik to see Prime Minister Erna Solberg inaugurate the technology pilot at Karmøy in western Norway on 24th August. 

“The technology pilot here at Karmøy is green, smart and innovative,” said the Prime Minister.

"I think it's fantastic that we are getting the world's greenest aluminium production here at Karmøy," says Astrid Margrete Lie. She is one of the many who were present when the technology pilot in Karmøy was inaugurated earlier today.

The technology pilot at Karmøy is an industrial-scale test plant, and Hydro's ambition with the pilot is to verify the world's most climate- and energy-efficient technology for aluminium electrolysis. The ambition is to reduce energy consumption by around 15 percent per kilogram of aluminium produced in relation to the international average, and with the lowest CO2 emissions in the world. Production is expected to start during the fourth quarter of 2017.

A total of NOK 4.3 billion has been invested in the project, including NOK 1.6 billion in support from the government energy conservation agency ENOVA.

For more information visit: http://www.hydro.com/en/press-room/Archive/2017/karmoy-technology-pilot-inaugurated-by-prime-minister-erna-solberg/

Transportation Group

Transportation Group

The Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) has announced the addition of two new member companies—Alcoa Corporation and Tri-Arrows. 

These additions bring total membership in the ATG to 11 companies. Both companies are leaders in producing aluminum alloys for automotive applications.

“The addition of Alcoa and Tri-Arrows reflects the impact of the growing automotive market and demonstrates the industry’s continued commitment to its customers in the automotive space,” said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association. “These new members come at an exciting time for automotive aluminium as we enter a time of unprecedented growth. By 2028, forecasts project total aluminium content will reach 565 pounds per vehicle. As automotive aluminium’s market share rises, so too does its impact on the nation’s manufacturing base and the U.S. economy.”

Alcoa’s roots date back to the discovery of aluminium about 130 years ago. Today, it is a global leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminium products, including patented foundry alloys that are utilised for specific automotive applications. With more than 14,000 employees at manufacturing locations across the globe, Alcoa supplies the transportation industry with a variety of other cast primary products, including rolling ingot and billet.

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Tri-Arrows produces rolled aluminium sheet products at its jointly-owned rolling mill, Logan Aluminum. With capabilities and experience in ingot casting, hot rolling, cold rolling and finishing operations, the company recently announced an investment of $290 million to expand manufacturing capabilities for the emerging North American automotive aluminium sheet market and to increase overall plant capacity, including a new aluminium recycling/ingot casting facility.

Working with its member companies, the ATG will continue to promote research and programs that highlight the benefits of aluminium use in automotive transportation, which include efficiency, safety, durability, performance and sustainability. According to a recent survey of automakers, Ducker Worldwide reaffirms the continued growth trajectory of automotive aluminium as automakers continue transitioning to a multi-material vehicle (MMV) design approach, choosing lightweight aluminium for closures, body-in-white components and crash managements parts over conventional materials.

For more information visit: www.DriveAluminum.org

ASI news

ASI news

Path to Launch: elementAl pilot phase forges ahead

Testing and trials are proceeding with active member participation; improvements based on feedback have already been implemented.
The pilot phase began on July 18 to provide each ASI member and invited participants with an opportunity to carry out one or more self assessments against ASI's draft Standards via ASI's new online assurance platform, elementAl.

Over 65 users have been actively working with elementAl to create test self assessments and learn about the many features this new platform has to offer. Constructive feedback has been plentiful and has already led to improvements to the self assessment maturity ratings, as well as numerous other pages and functionalities.

The Secretariat has also been busy preparing support materials to ease the learning curve for new users. To this end, the platform's Help Desk and FAQ have been active, and the first two of a regular series of elementAl webinars have been produced: one to address how to define the certification scope and a second to explain the maturity rating self assessment procedure.

The pilot phase will run through to late September/early October. 

For more information visit: https://aluminium-stewardship.org/asi-standards/path-asi-standards-launch/

Combilift expansion

Combilift expansion

Combilift, the manufacturer of 4-way forklifts and other handling solutions, is set to double its output in the next few years as its new factory nears completion.

€40 million has been invested in the new 46,000m² factory on a 40 hectare site, which will be the largest single manufacturing plant under one roof in Ireland. 

Combilift invented the world’s first i.c. engine powered, all-wheel drive multidirectional forklift in 1998 and has experienced exceptional growth ever since. It now exports its wide range of products to over 75 countries around the world.

The new global HQ and production facility will include a dedicated Research and Development building and adjoining administrational offices and is based in the company’s home of Monaghan, Ireland, close to where Combilift was first established. Production of some model ranges such as the Straddle Carrier has already moved to the new site, which will be fully operational in the spring of 2018. The expansion will also create around 200 new jobs, mainly for skilled technicians and design engineers. 
Combilift’s products are a popular choice in the metals sector due to their ability to handle loads safely in confined spaces and for their space saving storage and versatile indoor/outdoor operation. “Whether you handle long awkward loads, pallets, containers, oversized products or a combination of these, there is a Combilift to suit your requirements. We are continually adding to our range, so keep an eye on our website or visit us at trade fairs to keep up to date on developments,” said Martin McVicar, MD, Combilift.

For more information visit: www.combilift.com

Drive technology

Drive technology

Siemens is to equip several Chinese aluminium factories with medium and low voltage drives.

The value of the order is in the low tens of millions of euros. Commissioning will be completed in several stages between November 2018 and April 2019. The objective is to safeguard the productivity in the rolling mills with powerful, reliable drive systems.

Siemens received the order from SMS China, part of the SMS group, a worldwide plant constructor and machine manufacturer in the ferrous and non-ferrous metal industry. In the light of increasing demand for aluminium, the company has received the order to construct a number of aluminium rolling mills. Siemens will supply the drive technology for cold rolling mills near Liaoyang in Liaoning Province in Northeastern China, and for a cold and hot rolling mill near the port of Yingkou, which also lies in Liaoning Province. The scope of delivery of the aluminium rolling mills includes the medium voltage drive system, comprising Sinamics SM150 frequency converters, the entire drive control system, the cooling plant, engineering station, the associated project management, the hardware and software engineering, including the commissioning of the individual plant sections and the low voltage drive components.

In addition, a heavy plate and Steckel mill will be equipped with low voltage equipment. It is located near Rizhao, a city of over one million inhabitants in Shandong Province in Eastern China. This plant will mainly use Sinamics S120 low voltage frequency converters. In order to guarantee the agreed key performance indicators (KPIs), the order includes multiple tests (uncoupled and coupled test runs, availability test, load optimisation, final test), which will be performed in the plant.

For more information visit: https://www.siemens.com/global/en/home.html

Sohar resumes operation

Sohar resumes operation

Oman's Sohar Aluminium has announced that the company was assessing to resume the production as soon as possible after the interruption at its smelters, according to the news published by Reuters.

On August 4, Sohar Aluminium informed about an accident at its plant in Sohar which interrupted normal operations and resulted in no injuries. The accident halted production for six-and-a-half hours. According to the company statement, the accident will have no long-term implications on the operations of Sohar Aluminium.

Chief Executive Said Al Masoudi said in a statement, "The company has put together a team of industry experts to assess how quickly metal production can be restarted and a return to full production levels be restored as early as possible."

For more information visit: http://www.alcircle.com/primary_aluminium/newscircle/general/detail/28490/omans-sohar-aluminium-to-resume-normal-operations-post

Alumina Ltd appointment

Alumina Ltd appointment

Alumina Limited has announced that Mr Peter Day has been appointed to the new position of Deputy Chairman of Alumina Limited effective immediately.

Mr Day has been an independent non-executive Director of the Company since January 2014 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Company’s Compensation Committee and the Nominations Committee.

Partnership announcement

Partnership announcement

American Douglas Metals (ADM), the premier metal service centre for aluminium metal distribution, processing and fabrication for commercial and industrial applications, has announced their new partnership with the Italian company Master Italy Srl, a leader in window and door hardware and accessories manufacturing.

ADM has been commissioned as Master Italy’s North American Partner to represent and distribute their vast window and door product line in the United States and Canada. With ADM’s 16-year history servicing windows and doors, the collaboration was a natural fit.

For more information visit: http://www.AmericanDouglasMetals.com

EGA: Waste management

EGA: Waste management

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), has shipped around 5,000 tonnes of spent pot lining, a by-product from its industrial process, to Befesa, a company in the United Kingdom that specialises in waste management and recycling.

Befesa will treat and recycle the spent pot lining to create useful raw materials for the cement, fibreglass and ceramics industries. 

Spent pot lining is the worn out inner lining of aluminium smelting pots. The lining is typically replaced every four to five years.

The global aluminium industry produces over one million tonnes of spent pot lining every year according to industry experts, much of which is then kept in indefinite storage.

EGA aims to recycle all its spent pot lining over the longer term and the shipment to Befesa, which is EGA’s first internationally, accelerates this process.

EGA has supplied spent pot lining to UAE cement plants for use as a feedstock since 2010. Last year local cement plants used over 37,000 tonnes of EGA’s spent pot lining, more than EGA’s average annual production.

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “Ultimately our objective is to use all our spent pot lining here in the UAE in ways that are both responsible and create additional value for the UAE’s industries. We are making great progress with the cement industry, creating benefits for both sectors. Meantime, to achieve the highest standards of responsibility, we must also find economic uses for our spent pot lining internationally.”

EGA aspires to be measured amongst the world’s leading metals and mining companies in meeting its environmental responsibilities.

Earlier this year, EGA became the first Middle East headquartered company to join the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, a global programme to foster greater sustainability and transparency in the aluminium industry.

Aluminium trades above $2,000

Aluminium trades above $2,000

According to reports, the price of aluminium has traded above $2,000 a tonne for the first time in almost three years.

This is as a result of Chinese authorities cutting production as part of an environmental crackdown.

Officials in Shandong province have ordered 3.2 million tonnes of smelting capacity to be shut down, which is more than was anticipated by the market.

Some of the measures are aimed at combating pollution and emissions, but other are an attempt to rein in excess capacity.

GARMCO expansion project

GARMCO expansion project

Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill (GARMCO), the Bahrain-based international aluminium rolling mill and one of the largest downstream aluminium facilities in the Middle East, announces that first aluminium was cast successfully at GARMCO’s expansion project on Thursday 3 August 2017.

The new US$ 55 million new state of the art recycling and cast house facility is designed to develop GARMCO’s metal recycling capability, which will increase GARMCO’s production capacity by 150% to 200,000 tonnes of aluminium slabs per annum.

Till date, the expansion team has recorded 1,417,305 man-hours without any lost time injury. This achievement demonstrates GARMCO’s high commitment to safety. 

This expansion comes as part of a three year programme aimed at growing the company on a regional and international level. It is designed to enable GARMCO to consolidate and expand in its key strategic sales markets with higher recycle content aluminium alloys.

GARMCO’s Acting CEO, Mr. Mohamed Essa commented: “We take this opportunity to thank all team members and partners who have contributed to achieving first metal at the expansion project. This project will further develop the Kingdom’s downstream aluminium industry; the facility will increase GARMCO’s production capacity by 150%. We now look forward to a safe and successful ramp-up to full production capacity by November 17’."

Alufoil Trophy 2018

Alufoil Trophy 2018

The hunt for the very best products using aluminium foil, or aluminium closures, is underway once again, with the announcement that entries for the Alufoil Trophy 2018 are now open for submission, until 24 November 2017.

Organised by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), the competition is seen as the most influential competition in the industry. It is widely recognized as identifying the most original ideas and developments currently on the market. Past Trophy winners are seen as trendsetters who have helped to shape the future direction of aluminium foil.
Entries are accepted from packaging designers, brand owners, foil rollers, foil converters, foil container manufacturers, closure manufacturers, household foil manufacturers, retailers, industrial solution providers, as well as interested consumers and consumer groups or associations It offers them the chance to demonstrate their very latest ideas and products. It is also possible to combine entries from any of these disciplines.
EAFA’s Executive Director Guido Aufdemkamp announced the start of the 2018 contest; “The hunt for the best applications and products is always an exciting one for us. Members of the alufoil and closures industry always surprise us with their ingenuity and creativity. We are sure this year will be no exception and we look forward to a strong set of entries.”
Competition categories cover every aspect of aluminium foil and closures use. Applications are accepted from packaging, construction and automotive, as well as industrial and decorative products:
Marketing + Design: Entrants should deliver real improvements to graphic and structural packaging design, ergonomics and ideas that lead to greater shelf appeal at point-of-sale, as well as industrial design applications.
Consumer Convenience: Answering calls for improved technical performance that provide real benefits to the consumer.
Resource Efficiency: Sustainable environmental performance is among the foremost challenges faced by industry. Developments should provide real benefits and demonstrate environmental and commercial advantages whether in consumer or industrial applications.
Product Protection: Consumers are increasingly demanding fewer preservatives in food and this is where packaging can really come into its own by delivering products safely and hygienically.
Technical Innovation: The development of innovative ideas should provide benefits for the brand owner, retailer, consumer and industrial user through the performance of a material, manufacturing method or conversion process.
Entries will be accepted from now until the deadline of 24 November 2017. More details and applications forms are available on www.alufoil.org.

For more information visit: www.alufoil.org

Aluminium China 2017

Aluminium China 2017

Aluminium China - the biggest event in the Asian aluminium industry – attracted more than 21,590 visitors from 80 countries to Shanghai this month with the spotlight firmly on the future of the lightweight auto industry. 

The event showcased some 500 aluminium makers, processing equipment providers and materials processors from around the world.
The event continued its strong international presence, featuring new exhibitors such as Constellium, Gillespie & Powers, Magma, Ruf, Haehne, Stas and Rex Materials from Germany, France, US, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Australia, Slovenia and Malaysia. Leading domestic and international players included Aluminium Coporation of China, Zhongwang, Hongqiao, Deli, Yiteli, Yunhai, Zhongfu, Yuhang, Yankuang, Chuangxin, UACJ, Deli, Fenglv, Pyrotek, Mingde, Huafeng, SMS, Huangchang and Haomei.
Aluminium China 2017 attracted senior industry figures including Mr. Chen Quanxun, consultant of the State Council and president of China Non-Ferrous Metals Industry Association; Mr. Ron Knapp, Secretary General of International Aluminum Institute, and Mr. Onuki, General Manager of Japan Aluminum Association.
This year’s event focused on lightweight auto with the Development Forum on Connection Technologies for Lightweight Vehicle Structures and the Forged Part Exhibition Zone featuring the latest developments in aluminium welding, connectivity, processing, car body and lightweight chassis technologies. The event also saw the launch of the first Lightweight Vehicle Research Paper in China, addressing lightweight material makers, processors and equipment providers. Keynotes and presentations were provided by experts from the Lightweight Research Department of SAE-China, Böllhoff China and GM China Science Institute.
As a high-quality lightweight material, aluminium also plays a key role in the aerospace and high-speed train sectors. With the rise of subway and light rail transportation infrastructure projects across Chinese cities, advanced materials deep processing was a key industry focus, with discussions and presentations on processing, welding and connectivity.
International visitors to Aluminium China 2017 were given special attention, including a free one-day trip to two factories, Yinbang and Qianxun, while a new online ‘matchmaking’ service offered personalised visitor experiences. The show organiser also launched Reed Connect, an e-platform for trade visitors to follow updates, market information and deal-making opportunities in real-time via their mobile devices. By scanning codes at the venue, exhibitors and visitors were able to access product, technology and device information and arrange face-to-face meetings. 
Aluminium China 2018 will return to Shanghai next year from July 18th to July 20th at Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC), while Asia’s only Lightweight Transportation Trade Fair - Lightweight Asia 2018 will take place at the same time and venue.

Retirement announcement

Retirement announcement

After a career spanning 47 years, the last six of which were spent as a successful Managing Director of SCHADE Lagertechnik GmbH, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Karl-Heinz Fiegenbaum was given a fitting send-off into retirement in the presence of approximately 70 staff and with the best wishes of the President of the Group, Franz-W. Aumund. 

Karl-Heinz Fiegenbaum became Managing Director in July 2011 with responsibility for the sales and commercial side of the business. “Your time as MD has seen a marked growth in turnover, a significant increase in headcount and a transition to the company’s new strategic vision.” This was how Franz-W. Aumund described the major developments at SCHADE under the leadership of Mr Fiegenbaum.

A new sales organisation under the campaign name “SCHADE goes mega” was built up with the aim of marketing not only single machines but complete solution packages. This led to large projects with various customers and orders, in particular from Asia, in the range of tens of millions of Euros.

The exit strategy was well prepared and the transition was implemented by Mr Fiegenbaum before his departure. His successor, Dr Christoph Seifert, had joined the business as Technical Managing Director in February 2015, and he has now moved across to take responsibility for sales and commercial management. On 1st March this year, 57-year-old Klaus Paul joined SCHADE Lagertechnik to take over from Dr. Seifert as Technical Managing Director.

SCHADE Lagertechnik GmbH is one of the leading global manufacturers of stacking and reclaiming equipment for bulk materials stockyards and blending beds. The company benefits from the international network of the AUMUND Group in the cement industry, but has also made a name for itself as a partner to the power sector and in other important industries all over the world. 

Photo: From left: Dr. Christoph Seifert (SCHADE, MD Sales), Franz-W. Aumund (AUMUND Group, President), Karl-Heinz Fiegenbaum (SCHADE, MD Sales), Andreas Klottka (AUMUND Holding, MD) and Klaus Paul (SCHADE, Technical MD) 

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/y859oug3

Bauxite sale

Bauxite sale

The company confirmed a sale of 30,000 tonnes of cement grade bauxite from its Bald Hill Bauxite mine, Campbell Town, Northern Tasmania.

The bauxite will be dispatched from Bell Bay Port of Launceston before 30 September 2017. The company has issued the road transport contract to Dave Wagner & Son Pty Ltd. It has contracted with QUBE Logistics at Bell Bay for the stevedoring services and the stockpiling arrangements.

ABx’s Logistics Manager, Paul Glover said, “It is very clean bauxite due to efficient processing by Stornoway contractors at the Bald Hill mine and careful transport pit-toport by Wagners, in close coordination with QUBE stevedores and TasPorts.”

Porous aluminium

Porous aluminium

A new technology of producing an unsinkable aluminium alloy was developed at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU). Porosity is produced by the addition of foaming gas into liquid aluminum during re-melting. The porous materials can increase stiffness and sound and heat insulating proprieties, according to the SPbPU's Media-center.

"A high porosity level can be used to decrease the density of structural elements, e.g. sheets. The density can be decreased even lower than the density of water. Resulting structural elements would be unsinkable. And its usage in shipbuilding will ensure unsinkability even with a leak in the hull," says Oleg Panchenko, deputy head of the Laboratory of Light Materials and Structures SPbPU, one of the inventors.

In many cases, the carrying capacity of thin materials (1 mm or less) is sufficient for a lot of structures. But material with such thickness sometimes has geometric limitations (the thickness is too small for manipulation) or it can't be joined without deformation. Due to the material's porosity, it is possible to increase the thickness, maintaining the weight while stiffening the structure.

A similar technology has been patented in Japan, but it produces only entirely porous material. Researchers of SPbPU found a way to produce homogeneous and heterogeneous distribution of pores in the material. Because it is made of solid material, it can be either porous if necessary or with nonporous thickening or solid structure. Using this technology, double-layer sandwiches may be produced in which only one side is porous, increased density can be conferred to selected areas for mechanical or welded joints.

For more information visit: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-technology-porous-aluminum.html#jCp

Alba safety campaign

Alba safety campaign

In line with its commitment to Safety Tomorrowland, Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) launched a new safety awareness campaign “My Health ... My Responsibility” on Monday July 10th 2017 targeting Line 6 Contractors at the Alba Oasis Hall.
Organised by Alba and in partnership with the Ministry of Health, this two-day event was held under the patronage of the Undersecretary of Bahrain’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Subah bin Salem Al Doseri. The campaign was inaugurated by Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray in the presence of Alba Executives, Directors, and Managers as well as Line 6 Contractors’ Officials, in addition to representatives from both ministries.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said:
“We are pleased to team-up with the Ministry of Labour and Social Development along with the Ministry of Health to safeguard the Safety of our employees and contractors especially as Line 6 construction is underway. We also believe that Safety is woven in our business as we aim to provide the best safety practices to maintain a safe working environment especially in the hot summer months.”
This tailored campaign aims to improve the contractors’ awareness towards safety and health during the summer months especially heat stress and dehydration. This event features a number of presentations delivered by speakers from Alba, Ministry of Health as well as Ministry of Labour and Social Development.

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/y7677nsh

Gulf Extrusions: New CEO

Gulf Extrusions: New CEO

Gulf Extrusions is pleased to welcome Christian Witsch as the new Chief Executive Officer, responsible for all the Metals initiatives within the Al Ghurair Group.

Christian brings 30 years of extensive business management experience to Gulf Extrusions of which 25 years have been dedicated to the Global Aluminium Extrusion Industry with leading producers such as SAPA and Hydro Aluminium Extrusions.

Throughout Christian's career he has been recognised as a Manager who is passionate for Manufacturing Excellence. His extensive understanding, and experience, of business and industrial manufacturing has ensured his continued success. Christian has held various managerial roles within the Hydro Aluminium Extrusion organisation including Vice President for Operational Excellence for Europe and Asia, Managing Director of Hydro Aluminium Poland and Hydro Aluminium UK as well as Manufacturing Manager of Austria, Germany, Argentina and Poland.

Christian is a distinguished and talented Leader who demonstrated passion and capability throughout his impressive career. We are confident that Christian's joining further strengthens Al Ghurair Group Metals initiatives TOWARDS A FUTURE OF POSSIBILITIES.

Smelter restart

Smelter restart

Alcoa Corporation has announced plans to restart three of five potlines at its Warrick Operations aluminium smelter near Evansville, Ind., an action that will further improve the competitiveness of the on-site rolling mill.

The process to restart the three lines, with 161,400 metric tons of annual capacity, will begin immediately and is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2018. The three potlines will directly supply the Warrick rolling mill, which serves the North American market with flat-rolled aluminium for the food and beverage can packaging industry. The smelter’s molten metal will supplement purchased scrap metal and other raw materials that the Warrick site will continue to procure.

“By restarting a portion of the Warrick smelter, we will provide an efficient source of metal for the co-located rolling mill and help it meet an anticipated increase in production volumes,” said Tim Reyes, President of Alcoa’s Aluminum business unit. “The action will enable us to more fully utilise the assets at this integrated site for the benefit of our investors, customers, employees and the community.”

The smelter at Warrick closed in March of 2016. Two of the five smelting potlines will be classified as curtailed capacity and will remain idle. After this partial restart, Alcoa will have approximately 886,000 metric tons idled of its total smelting capacity of 3.4 million metric tons.

Restart expenses expected to be incurred in the third and fourth quarters of 2017 are estimated to be between $30 and $35 million (after-tax), or $0.16 and $0.19 per share, on a combined basis.

Additionally, in third quarter 2017, Alcoa will record an after-tax benefit of approximately $25 million, or $0.13 per share, for the reversal of liabilities related to the original closure.

The Warrick location currently employs about 1,250. The restart will increase the site’s employment by approximately 275, including those who will be hired or recalled from layoff status. Some existing employees will transfer to the smelter.

The federal, state and local governments have all been supportive of the restart plan. Alcoa appreciates the actions the Trump Administration has taken to address the challenges faced by the U.S. aluminium industry, including Chinese overcapacity. As Warrick Operations restarts aluminium production, Alcoa is confident the Administration will continue to be attentive to the industry’s needs.

The state of Indiana, through the Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC), and Warrick County offered preliminary assistance to support the restart plan. The IEDC offered Alcoa up to $2.4 million in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on plans to add new full-time jobs for Indiana residents.

"With its decision to restart operations in Indiana, Alcoa is showcasing the value that this facility and Indiana's manufacturing expertise provide to its global operations," said Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "In Indiana, we're witnessing incredible momentum as manufacturers continue to choose Indiana for growth, and we're pleased that Alcoa once again chose Indiana."

Alcoa Warrick Operations is comprised of the smelter and the rolling operations, which includes state-of-the-art casting, hot and cold rolling, slitting and coating capabilities. The operations also include the power supply for the smelter and rolling operations, consisting of a coal mine that fuels four generating units with a combined net capacity of about 750 megawatts. Three of those units are wholly-owned by Alcoa Power Generating Inc. A fourth unit, Warrick Unit 4, with 300 megawatts of net capacity, is owned in a 50-50 partnership with Vectren, a utility headquartered in Evansville.

As part of the smelter restart plan, Alcoa Power Generating Inc. and Vectren have agreed to jointly own and operate Unit 4 through December 31, 2023. Vectren’s support in the restart decision provides important clarity for the power portfolio at Warrick.

Carl Chapman, Vectren Chairman, President and CEO said: “Restarting the operations of the smelter is a significant economic development win, and we were pleased to play an important role in helping make this a reality.”

Ed Hemmersbach, Vice President of Operations for Alcoa Aluminum said: “We appreciate the assistance and collaboration with numerous stakeholders in this process, including our employees, United Steelworkers Local 104, Vectren, and the local and state officials who have all provided support in our work to strengthen the integrated operation here in Southwestern Indiana.”

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Hydro acquires Sapa

Hydro acquires Sapa

Norsk Hydro has agreed with Orkla to acquire its 50 percent interest in Sapa for a total enterprise value of NOK 27 billion, giving full ownership in the global leader in extruded aluminium solutions and making Hydro a leading force in the global aluminium industry.

The transaction will be financed through cash positions and issuance of bonds in Norwegian and international markets, and will be temporarily funded by committed undrawn credit lines. Following the transaction, Hydro is committed to retain its investment grade rating and a robust balance sheet. Hydro will maintain its dividend policy of returning 40 percent of net income over the cycle, with NOK 1.25 per share seen as a floor in 2017.

The purchase price will be paid in cash at completion, adjusted for net debt and normalised working capital.

Completion of the transaction is subject to approval from relevant competition authorities, and is expected in the second half of 2017.

Union representatives from both companies have been involved in the acquisition process from the very start, making sure the voices of their members are heard. 
Completion of the transaction is expected by second half 2017, pending approvals from relevant competition authorities in Brazil, Canada, China, EU and Turkey.

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