Aluminium International Today 2017

And just like that, another year seems to be drawing to an end.

I admit that I have just had to Google “what happened in 2017” mainly to try and pick out some good news stories.

Among the natural disasters and attacks too close to home, did you know that a new species of Orangutan was discovered in Indonesia, becoming the third species of Orangutan and the first great ape to be described for almost a century?

Coming back to the aluminium industry and when choosing what news stories to re-live for this issue, I was reminded of the amount of investment and new technology coming to the forefront.

We are on the brink of the next Industrial Revolution and I’m not sure if we, as an industry are ready for what Industry 4.0 could mean for aluminium manufacturing and the factory of the future...

Thankfully, the knowledge is out there and 2018 will see the launch of the Future Aluminium Forum, which aims to highlight the benefits and explain the challenges that this new era of ‘smart manufacturing’ could bring.

You can join in the discussion and find out more at: www.futurealuminiumforum.com

I hope you enjoy this special issue and the selection of popular features and technical articles from the past year. It’s just a glimpse into the world of aluminium manufacturing and processing that we bring readers regularly, so don’t miss out next year!

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2017 highlights

Contents 

Comment and News

Industry 4.0:
Is ‘Digital’ just a fl ash in the pan? Or is it changing the industry?

Primary:
Power supply outages to cells in aluminium smelters
A balancing act

Rolling:
Assan Aluminyum’s expansion
Let the good times roll...
Aluminium hot rolling

Profile:
Investing in British aluminium

Handling:
New Combilift fleet for Kawneer

Chinese update:
Chinese cuts create an opportunity for aluminium

26 USA Update:
Aluminium’s 3D printing potential

Casthouse technology:
The sustainable casthouse

Automotive:
Getting real with recycling

Gillespie & Powers answers
BWG answers

Alimex:
New dimensions due to precision in aluminium