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Sept/Oct 2012 | Aluminium International Today

Sept/Oct 2012

Sept/Oct 2012

The September/October 2012 edition of Aluminium International Today breaks a few boundaries. We have two exclusive interviews with leading industry figures and we invite some of the world's leading suppliers to discuss their feelings about the global industry they serve.

In this issue, we travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, to meet Phil Martens, CEO of Novelis and discuss his aspirations surrounding recycling. In an ideal world, Phil wants 80% of the company's production output to be from recycled metal by 2020. We also nipped over to Montreal to be talked through an exciting new alumina extraction system that eliminates the Bayer process. Richard Boudreault, president and CEO of Orbite Aluminae, has developed a process that can extract alumina, rare earths and metal oxides from clay.

Leading figures from Pyrotek, ABB and Arun Technology offer their perspective on the global aluminium industry and Jean Simard, president of the Canadian Aluminium Association, argues that while the short-term prospects for the industry are tough, the long-term outlook is very positive.

Sustainability is a key theme this month with articles from the International Aluminium Institute, the American Aluminum Associaton and the European Aluminium Association. Chris Baylis of the IAI discusses aluminium's route 'from mine to market' while Heidi Brock, president of the AAA, argues that aluminium's recyclability sets it apart from other metals. Bernard Gilmont, the EAA's building and transport director, looks at lightweighting, but argues that vehicles are getting heavier due to added safety and comfort equipment and consumer demand for bigger cars.

We offer updates and country reports from the USA, South America, China and the Gulf and provide some interesting technical articles on primary production and casthouse.

Front cover image courtesy of Dubal.

UPDATES

• USA - Power Games.

• Brazil - Markets and costs are king.

• China - How technology saves the Chinese aluminium industry.

SECONDARY

• Interview with Phil Martens, CEO Novelis.

SUSTAINABILITY

• From mine to market, Chris Baylis, IAI.

• Aluminium - a precious metal, Heidi Brock, AAA.

• The importance of lightweighting, Bernard Gilmont, EAA.

• Investment for a sustainable future, by Rio Tinto Alcan.

• Dubal: tight control reduces emissions.

• Destroying the red menace, by Matthew Moggridge, editor, AIT.

COUNTRY FOCUS

• Gulf Euro exports dampened by tax, Mahmood Daylami.

• Dubal's leading regional role, by Dubal

• Turkey's strategic advantage

PRIMARY

• Reducing roof vent emissions

• Reducing hydrogen fluoride emissions

TRANSPORT

•  Farnborough International Airshow 2012.

CASTHOUSE

• Optimised grain refinement.

PERSPECTIVES

• Jean Simard, president and CEO, the Aluminium Association of Canada

• Allan G Roy, Pyrotek.

• Max Wiestner, ABB.

• Laurie Palmer, Arun Technology.

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