UC Rusal has contracted Danieli for the supply of a rolling mill specifically for conducting research, to be installed at the company’s engineering and technology centre in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The new rolling mill will allow Rusal to perform and accelerate the development of new aluminium alloys and processes in a comprehensive, efficient and economic way, enabling a low-risk implementation of the newly developed process knowledge.
The time has come round again: the four trade fairs Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast are in the process of starting. Invitations have been sent to exhibitors, companies from all over the world can register for the trade fair quartet and reserve the best stand locations with immediate effect. From 25 to 29 June 2019, everything will be focussing on foundry technology and castings, metallurgy and thermoprocess technology in Halls 3 to 5 and 9 to 17 on the exhibition site, where the joint motto will be ‘The Bright World of Metals’.
UC Rusal has launched the pilot operation of eight new generation RA-550 pots at the Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter. The project to develop the technology and launch the RA-550 site at SAZ was implemented within three years. The key advantage of this new development is its high energy efficiency: RA-550 consumes 10-15% less electricity compared with pots of previous generations. Due to design and technological solutions, RA-550 became lighter, more compact and more environmentally efficient. The new technology applies a number of innovative engineering solutions that define a new standard of the industry: a) A fundamentally new busbar design with two-side current supply that ensures a symmetrical magnetic field and high MHD stability without using a compensating loop, b) ‘Modular busbar principle’ that lifts restrictions for creating higher capacity pots, c) The maximization of metal production per unit of area in the premises due to establishing a new pot width standard.
At the Euroguss 2018 trade fair taking place in Nuremberg (Germany) from 16 to 18 January, the focus will be on innovative solutions for aluminum, magnesium or zinc high-pressure die casting processes. As a supplier of innovative software and engineering services for the simulation of casting processes, Magma GmbH, based in Aachen (Germany) has been exhibiting at Euroguss right from the start, closely communicating with the visitors to demonstrate the many possibilities offered by the virtual optimization of high-pressure die casting processes.
Advanced ideas require development space in order to optimise tube machining processes through the introduction of perfectly suited solutions. This already applies to prototyping, and of course to fully automated complex production systems. This is why the solution finders from transfluid have now further extended their production area by an additional 1,000 square metres, to a new total floor area of 7,000 square metres.
Harald Rackel, currently head of Digitalization at SMS group GmbH, is leaving this post on 31 March 2018 and, as from 1 April 2018, will join the managing board of elexis AG, a subsidiary in the SMS group. On 1 July 2018, he will take over the position of CEO from Siegfried Koepp, who is due to retire on 30 June.
Katja Windt has been appointed managing director of SMS group GmbH as from 1 April. As a member of the managing board, she will be responsible for the Digital Solutions and Electrical and Automation Systems Divisions. To take on her new post, the doctor of Engineering specializing in production technology is leaving Jacobs University Bremen. She has been president of the University for several years. Over more than ten years in this function, she has successfully implemented digitalization and logistics projects for customers in the steel industry.
Through die-casting processes, demanding components can be economically manufactured. The progress made in die-casting technology, project partnerships, energy and cost-efficient machines and the possibilities that arise from digitized production help die-casting foundries assure and enhance their competitiveness. From 16 to 18 January an insight into the state-of-the-art in die-casting and suggestions as to how die-casting foundries can strengthen and expand their market position will be provided at the trade fair Euroguss in Nuremberg, Germany. The range of information is enriched by the 18th International Die Casting Congress and the presentation of prize-winning castings of the Zinc Die Casting, the International Aluminium Die Casting and the Magnesium Die Casting Competitions.
Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization, announced its partnership with Alro, the largest aluminium smelter in the Central and non-CIS Eastern European region. Quintiq’s solution will provide capacity planning, inventory management and production scheduling support capabilities. Alro of Slatina, Romania, aims to increase its delivery performance and production volume while keeping costs low and minimizing scrap. The company also plans to increase its momentum in highly demanding sectors such as aerospace and automotive metals.
Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, finished the year with 37.6% Emiratisation, exceeding its 2017 target of 37% and reaching the highest level of Emiratisation at the company since its formation in 2014 through the merger of Dubal and Emal.
Rusal’s Krasnoyarsk Aluminium Smelter in Russia has ordered a new billet and slab homogenizing furnace from Danieli Olivotto Ferrè. The scope of work includes the engineering, equipment supply and supervision of the commissioning. The new furnace is designed for homogenizing of slabs and billets of all 1xxx to 9xxx aluminium alloys series. The unit will heat-treat products with sizes ranging from 300-700 mm up to 800-3,200 mm, and diameters from 127-1,320 mm, in lengths from 1,000-6,800 mm. Final cooling will be performed by means of air flow.
Once again the WorldStar competition, organised by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), has recognised excellence in aluminium foil innovation by naming four winning entries from the Alufoil Trophy 2017 in its own list of winners. Amcor and Constantia Flexibles provided the successful entries in the prestigious and globally recognised WorldStars.
Aleris has signed a new multi-year contract with Embraer to supply aluminium flat rolled products for use in the production of all Embraer aircraft. The contract includes the supply of technically advanced alloys and extends the portfolio of products for different applications. Aleris will supply the material from its facilities in Koblenz, Germany, and Zhenjiang, China.
The joint venture with Bohai aims at strengthening the international footprint of the Automotive division as a system supplier to the globally operating car manufacturers, for whom China is a particularly important growth market. With the joint venture Trimet is making the jobs at its plants in Harzgerode and Sömmerda future-proof.
Hydro has decided to upgrade and start up the second production line at Hydro Husnes in Norway. With both lines in operation, production of primary aluminium at Husnes will double. The line is expected to begin operations in the first half of 2020 and will create 90 new positions.
Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, US Trade Representative, agreed to strengthen trilateral cooperation in the WTO and other forums in order to battle unfair trade. European Aluminium, the voice of the entire aluminium value chain, welcomes the new commitment.
Arconic Inc. has sold its Latin America Extrusions (LAE) business to Hydro. The divestiture is part of Arconic’s drive to streamline its business portfolio, reduce complexity and further focus on its higher-margin products and continuous profitable growth. Under the terms of the agreement, Arconic will receive around USD10m in cash for the LAE business, subject to working capital and other adjustments. Depending on customary regulatory and anti-trust reviews, the deal is expected to close in the first half of 2018.
Constellium N.V. has strengthened its long-term partnership with Audi to supply aluminium automotive body sheet (ABS) as well as structural components for the new Audi A7 Sportback. Produced at the Audi plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, the new A7 model embodies Audi’s new design language with particularly dynamic lines and a sporty character.
The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), organisers of the Alufoil Trophy, announced the closing date for the next competition has been extended to 15 December 2017. This is to enable as many companies as possible to prepare entries, which will be judged in January 2018.
Continuing recovery in European markets more than offset volatility in exports of alufoil products, according to figures just released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). Deliveries of all gauges rose 0.5% year on year, in the three months to September 2017, with domestic deliveries ahead by 1.4% compared with last year. Exports performance continues to be weak, falling 2.8% in that period.
The automobile market is and continues to be a driver of growth and innovation for the aluminium industry and is one of the greatest drivers for aluminium material and process development. This is something the participants of the EAC European Aluminium Congress 2017 could agree on. With approximately 300 participants, the Congress held in Düsseldorf in late November of 2017 served as the industry meeting point of the year for the international aluminium industry's experts. The EAC 2017 was organized as part of the German-Austrian-Swiss aluminium alliance 'D-A-CH, Allianz für Aluminium' by the GDA Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie, Düsseldorf, in cooperation with the Swiss aluminium association 'alu.ch' and the Austrian Economic Chamber WKO, 'Fachverband NE-Metallindustrie'. These three countries represent by far the largest European economic area with a common language.
Rolling mill manufacturer Mino SpA in Italy has been awarded a contract by Gränges Americas for the supply of a new 90-inch cold rolling mill. Through this expansion at its facility in Huntingdon, Tennessee, Gränges will meet the growing demand for foil, automotive heat exchanger materials, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications of its North American customers. The new mill will be equipped with latest rolling technologies and process control solutions and “set a benchmark for quality in the foil and automotive heat exchanger markets,” stresses Mino.
Hydro has launched two new low-carbon aluminium products, designed to help customers reach their sustainability goals and meet the demand from ever more climate-conscious consumers. The new products will be independently certified by DNV GL.
The new products are:
• Hydro 4.0 hydropower-based aluminium with a maximum content of 4.0 kg CO2 per kg aluminium, and
• Hydro 75R aluminium with a guaranteed post-consumer recycled content of minimum 75%.
Novelis Inc. has announced a USD4.5 million manufacturing investment at its facility in Warren, Ohio. The investment in state-of-the-art technology provides greater versatility for pre-treatments, improves operational efficiency and reduces costs over time. The Warren facility has 75 employees dedicated to applying coating to rolled aluminium sheet. The sheet is then used for production of lids for the tops of aluminium beverage cans, producing enough for more than a billion beverage can lids each month.
The US Department of Commerce yesterday announced the self-initiation of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of common alloy aluminium sheet from China. “President Trump made it clear from day one that unfair trade practices will not be tolerated under this administration, and today we take one more step in fulfilling that promise,” said Secretary Wilbur Ross. “We are self-initiating the first trade case in over a quarter century, showing once again that we stand in constant vigilance in support of free, fair, and reciprocal trade.” In 2016, imports of common alloy sheet from China were valued at an estimated USD603.6 million.
Aluminum USA 2017, which took place on 25-26 October in Nashville, reports a 13% increase in attendance and a 23% increase in exhibiting companies over 2015 with significant increase in representation in the sectors of aircraft and aerospace, automotive, building and construction, and engineering.
Early this month, Bloom Engineering welcomed Kip Bailey as a full-time Field Service Technician. He most recently worked for a furnace builder, so is intimately familiar with process and furnaces. He brings a wealth of experience in both combustion and specific process knowledge and is a welcome addition to the team. Bloom now has four full-time technicians and six part-time technicians.
Led by Kerry Henderson, the service team works on sites throughout North America with capabilities to handle trouble-shooting, commissioning, installation supervision, and controls tuning for combustion systems. Although they most commonly support the steel and aluminum industries, the service team can handle a wide range of combustion systems, regardless of the original manufacturer of the equipment.
Spectro Alloys Corp. is to invest USD5.5m in its aluminium recycling facility in Rosemount, Minnesota. The investment will add jobs, expand recycling capabilities and improve melting safety and efficiency – reducing gas and electricity needed in the recycling process. The project, which will be implemented by mid-2018, includes a new building addition which will house a 21-tonne rotary furnace capable of melting a wide range of aluminium scrap types. It will incorporate state-of-the-art technology, including a filtration plant that will reduce emissions from the recycling process.
Arconic Inc. plans to install a new horizontal heat treatment furnace at its Davenport Works in Iowa. Heat treatment is a required step in the production of certain high-strength products, and is essential for products intended for large aerospace and industrial applications. This new furnace will enable Arconic to heat-treat longer and thicker plate than before, including material for Arconic’s recently installed Thick Plate Stretcher, which began commercial production this year and is the largest thick plate stretcher in the world. Need for thick aluminium plate is growing, particularly as demand for composite wings, made with monolithic thick plate wing ribs, increases.
At their joint general meeting in Frankfurt am Main, the VDMA Specialist Associations – Foundry Machinery, Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills, and Thermo Process Technology –announced the formation of a new joint group: the VDMA Metallurgy Specialist Association. The previous specialist associations are to be specialist sections of the new body. The overall board of VDMA Metallurgy will comprise the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the previous specialist associations. The designated chairman of the board is Ioannis Ioannidis, president & CEO of the Oskar Frech company. Designated deputy chairmen are Christian Bartels-von Varnbüler, president of the Küttner Group, and Joachim G. Wünning, managing director of WS Wärmeprozesstechnik GmbH.
Aleris has opened its aluminium automotive body sheet production facility in Lewisport, Kentucky. The project, which represents a USD400 million investment, positions Aleris to meet significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminium use for the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The company began shipping automotive products from Lewisport to customers this month.
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