Aluminium International Today Jul/Aug 2019

Back to the future

This year is flying. We’ve checked off the Future Aluminium Forum and METEC/GIFA from the calendar, but event season is still just around the corner.

This issue features a full review of the second Future Aluminium Forum, which reinforced the need for collaboration across the industry when it comes to understanding and integrating digital technologies.

More and more news stories and press releases are starting to trickle through that show in-house developments in companies across the value chain.

One of the most talked about topics at the Forum was ‘Big Data’ and getting to grips with what it means, how it can be applied, measured and analysed. It seems that RUSAL is one of the first to take on this challenge in the potroom...

There are other examples of Industry 4.0 in action in this issue, with a look at how Sohar is positioning itself as a smelter of the future and an overview of how to follow a path to intelligent production.

We also look at new possibilities in metal transfer and furnace automation in an article from Dynamic Concept and ABB presents its work in optimised electromagnetic stirring.

This is alongside market and regional overviews from the US and Russia and an interesting Q&A with a company I met in Quebec, which has developed the world’s first biodegradable, self-disinfecting aluminium surface.

Enjoy!

Nadine Bloxsome,
Editor, Aluminium International Today

Cover courtesy of Novelis PAE

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Jul/Aug 2019 highlights

LEADER

NEWS

FUTURE ALUMINIUM FORUM REVIEW
Adopting digital initiatives in Al manufacturing

MINING & REFINING
Australia, Guinea power bauxite surge

CASTHOUSE TECHNOLOGY
New possibilities in metal transfer and furnace automation
Molten metal cleanliness when casting aluminium slabs - the basics!

INDUSTRY 4.0
Smelter of the Future
The future of aluminium quality assurance
A shift to servitisation helps in the path to intelligent production

ELECTROMAGNETIC STIRRING
Optimised electromagnetic stirring in melting and holding furnaces

US ALUMINIUM MARKET
What’s the current state of play?

RUSSIA UPDATE
Rusal plans to restore position in domestic and global Al markets

FOCUS ON: TRADE WAR
The European Aluminium Market amidst the 'Perfect Storm'

PRODUCTS & PROJECTS

FOCUS ON:
ANTIMICROBIAL ALUMINIUM
Q&A with A3 Surface