Aluminium International Today Sept/Oct 2019

Pack it in

I set myself a challenge this month. That challenge was to only buy products that came in either aluminium or glass packaging.

I had to let glass play a part, because as a previous Editor of our sister publication ‘Glass International’ I still hold a flame for the material and am very in favour of its sustainable and clean properties.

Unfortunately, within a few days I had to adjust the rules of the challenge slightly...

While I swerved the unnecessarily wrapped broccoli in favour of its plastic-free friend, there were other elements of my shop that

I instead tried to make more ‘sustainable’ choices with. I know that at least by making small changes we are all contributing to a more environmentally-friendly world, but it is still too hard as a consumer to make the right choices.

Thankfully, the aluminium industry again seems like it is leading the way and I was very pleased to see the launch of a new aluminium bottled water brand hit the headlines recently.

Hopefully it is just about changing people’s attitudes and knowing that because a product is not smothered in plastic, it is not more expensive and no different in quality. If anything, it should be promoted as being better quality.

This issue has a dedicated packaging feature, which highlights aluminium’s part to play here, as well as a number of regional overviews, a focus on safety and more.

Enjoy!

Cover courtesy of Gillespie & Powers

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Sept/Oct 2019 highlights

LEADER
NEWS

SAFETY
Making safety a priority

THE ALUMINA CHRONICLES
The global aluminium market

PRIMARY PRODUCTION
How we can achieve zero-emission aluminium smelters
Rio Tinto R&D Centre

SPOTLIGHT ON: Iran

CRU: OPINION PIECE
How ASI certifications impact the aluminium market

ROLLING
Rethinking and redesigning cold rolling for aluminium
Digitalisation case study

EUROPE
Focusing on the downstream will save European SMEs

PACKAGING
Delivering the total package
An airtight argument for aluminium screw caps

CYBERSECURITY
Maintaining a good reputation... even when under attack

TURKISH ALUMINIUM INDUSTRY
A brief review

BRAZING
Brazing basics

FLUOSPAR FOCUS
Alf3: Fluospar supply - Is relief in sight?