Aluminium International Today News

US October production down

Published: November 01, 2009 by Greg Morris

According to the Aluminium Association the annual rate of production rose 2.2% over the September 2009 annual rate of 1.5Mt. The year-to-date annual rate of production for 2009 was 1.7Mt, down 35.4% from the 2008 annual rate of 2.7Mt.

Participating companies account for 100% of US…

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Chinese direct power deal approved

Published: November 01, 2009 by Greg Morris

It paves the way for a pilot project launched in March this year to be carried out in major aluminium-producing regions.

According to the deal between Fushun Aluminium Smelter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinalco in Liaoning Province, and Huaneng Yimin Power Plant in Inner Mongolia,…

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Mexican contract

Published: November 01, 2009 by Greg Morris

The refurbishment at its Tulpetlac facility will replace the existing mill controls with a Fata Hunter ‘h System’ mill automation package.

Almexa said it would improve the gauge accuracy and flatness of the rolled products and increase overall mill efficiency. The project also includes…

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UK smelter closes

Published: November 01, 2009 by Greg Morris

The owners said the site was too expensive to run in its present form.

But many workers are angry that the company turned down £48M from the UK and Welsh Assembly Governments to keep its business going. A union representative said work prospects for the 390 people losing their jobs in…

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Rio Tinto Alcan cancels S Africa smelter plan

Published: November 01, 2009 by Greg Morris

The action followed a move by South Africa’s government and energy supplier Eskom to terminate an energy supply deal for the 720kt/y shelter planned for Coega in the Eastern Cape province.

Alcan Inc, later Rio Tinto Alcan, entered an electricity supply agreement with Eskom in 2006 ahead…

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Romanian recycling aim

Published: November 01, 2009 by Greg Morris

The figure was published at the first Aluminium Can Recycling initiative in Romania (ALUCRO) seminar. It was disclosed that collected cans are baled and transported for recycling to the main aluminium cansheet producers in Europe.

Alucro started in early 2009 with school campaigns in…

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