Aluminium International Today March/April 2019

Deal or No Deal?

While the title of this month’s column implies a no frills TV game show with contestants gambling on uncertainty, it seems ironic that the UK is currently playing its own version, just thankfully minus Noel Edmonds...is he still in the jungle?

I won’t profess to know all the ins and outs of what the outcome will be on 29th March and what it means for the UK aluminium industry. It has an essence of ‘Millennium Bug’ about it all and I am actually quite looking forward to being out of the country (on a tour of the Québec aluminium industry) on said date.

Tom Jones, Chief Executive of ALFED confirms the consequences he believes a ‘no deal’ exit would bring: “Significant disruption of the supply chain across all industries, delays at customs, movement of all goods, including foods and medicines will impact on UK industry and those employed in it.

“A secure withdrawal agreement, together with the right transition period would give business in the UK time to adapt and prepare to the new trading landscape, as well as ensure our future relationship with the European Union brings mutual growth and the right trading partnership.”

In the meantime, if you’d rather avoid the ‘B’ word, then this issue has a large focus on the future of aluminium manufacturing, furnace and heat treatment technology, analysis & testing and a focus on value- added products. Enjoy!

Nadine Bloxsome
Editor, Aluminium International Today

Front cover courtesy of Granco Clark

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March/April 2019 highlights

LEADER
NEWS

CHINA UPDATE
Production and exports to increase despite low global prices

INDIA UPDATE
Indian market overview
Hindalco to uplift downstream capacity

SUPPLIER PROFILE: GLAMA
New projects to support automation

INDUSTRY 4.0
Industry 4.0: Where is the revolution?
The future of aluminium manufacturing
Heavy Metals:Industry trends to watch in 2019

FURNACES/HEAT TREATMENT
The amazing factory with 4.0 furnaces
Heat treatment of aluminium alloyed parts: Addressing diverse challenges
Alicante cast house produces first slabs after major revamp
Aluminium recycling furnace for Fonderie Pandolfo

ANALYSIS & TESTING
Advantages of automated surface inspection

AUTOMOTIVE
Aluminium to accelerate electric and self-driving vehicles
Increasing die-casting productivity and reducing costs

PACKAGING
Advantages of automated surface inspection