Aluminium International Today Nov/Dec 2017

Smarter manufacturing

The term ‘Industry 4.0’ is everywhere at the moment, but do you know what it really means and what impact it could have on aluminium manufacturing?

As this new era approaches, it seems that companies are applying Industry 4.0 concepts to add value along the entire supply chain; from managing production to ensuring the appropriate quality and delivering orders exactly as expected.

Where can I find out more about how these processes can benefit or might affect my business, I hear you ask...

The Future Aluminium Forum is a new event we are launching at Quartz Business Media, which will discuss and present how Industry 4.0 will be applied across the aluminium supply chain and the impacts.

Being held in Milan on 8-9 May 2018, the Forum will examine how ‘smart manufacturing’ will revolutionise aluminium production. You can find out more about how to be involved and make the most of Earlybird registration rates here

Coming back to this issue and there has been a big focus on the automotive market recently, so I visited the Lochaber smelter to find out how and why it is focusing on alloy wheel production. 

You’ll also find a detailed Furnaces Directory with listings of companies dedicated to thermal processing of metals and materials and a focus feature on rolling technology. 

See you in 2018!

Nadine Bloxsome
Editor, Aluminium International Today

Front cover image courtesy of Novelis PAE

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Nov/Dec 2017 highlights


Liberty Aluminium: Investing in British Aluminium

Focus on: low emission vehicles
Lightweighting boosts vehicle safety
Capturing aluminum’s potential with systems engineering
Getting real with recycling


Listing of companies
Furnace plant equipment, materials & services
RGB Metallurgical delivers new gas nitriding furnace to Uzbekistan
Expanding aluminium extrusion billet production

Thermal glass technology prevents aluminium corrosion

Making safety a priority

Improved technologies for mill roll inspection
Hot rolling emulsion monitoring
Assan Alüminyum’s expansion
Stressometer flatness control: On a roll for 50 years

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