World aluminium production in the first half of 2016 amounted to 28.212 million tonnes, down 1.3% compared with the same period a year earlier, according to statistics of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI). The largest aluminium producer was China (15.1m t, -3.3%), followed by the Gulf region (2.553m t, +0.7%) and North America (2.031m t, -9.1%).
Novelis has announced a number of senior executive moves, effective 1 September 2016. Emilio Braghi has been named senior vice-president of Novelis Inc. and president of Novelis Europe; Tom Boney has been named vice-president of Operations, North America; and Ganesh Panneer has been named vice-president and general manager of Automotive, North America.
Hydro's underlying earnings before financial items and tax (Ebit) rose 7.8% to NOK 1,6m in Q2 2016, compared to the previous quarter. The improved results reflected higher realized aluminium and alumina prices and stronger sales volumes, which were partly offset by currency developments. Compared to the prior year quarter, Ebit rose 39%.
The European Commission is considering a deal for the steel sector in exchange for granting China the coveted Market Economy Status (MES). This approach, likely to be debated by the College of Commissioners on 20 July, ignores the enormous Chinese overcapacities in industries like aluminium and creates unfair distortions on the EU market, according to the European Aluminium (EA) association.
Primetals Technologies has received an order from Aluminium Norf GmbH (Alunorf), Neuss, to modernize the drive technology of its KW5 tandem cold rolling mill. The scope of supply includes the power units, digital closed-loop drive controls for all main drives and the interface to the automation. Primetals will also handle the entire installation and commissioning. The project is scheduled for completion in January 2017.
The Austrian producer of aluminium rolled products, Amag Austria Metall AG, has entered into a multi-year contract with aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The contract includes a significant increase of business volume as of January 2017. The contract is the largest ever signed between the two companies.
The official programme for the Aluminium 2016 Conference from 29 November – 1 December 2016 in Düsseldorf is now complete. For the fourth time now the confer-ence for the world's largest aluminium trade fair is being planned and organized by the German aluminium association GDA together with the exhibition organiser Reed Exhibitions. Under the heading ‘Aluminium - Material for the Future’ a total of 42 presentations are planned for the three-day period of the trade fair in the sessions Markets, Automotive, Surface, Recycling, and Plant and Processes.
The gala dinner at the end of the World Tube Congress 2016 organised by etma (the European tube manufacturers association) to mark the 175th anniversary of the tube’s invention provided a glittering setting for the presentation of this year’s winners of the Tube of the Year competition. Some 150 participants and guests from the whole process chain of tube production had gathered in Berlin. “A fitting occasion for the jury, which comprised experienced representatives from our member companies augmented by editors from two well-known trade journals, to get together,” said etma secretary general Gregor Spengler.
The Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) has become a member of the ALUMINIUM Global Partnership Programme, which will help the organisation to raise its profile at the ALUMINIUM series of shows organised by Reed Exhibitions. These events are staged across the world, encompassing USA, Brazil, India, Middle East and China. Membership of the Programme supports GLAFRI’s aim of promoting aluminium foil on the global stage.
As part of the continuing GLAFRI activities the association will be present at the remaining exhibitions in 2016, which will be held in China (12-14 July, Shanghai) and Germany (29 Nov - 1 Dec, Düsseldorf). They will participate at the latter event in conjunction with EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association. Prior to this GLAFRI attended and presented at ALUMINIUM BRAZIL in June 2016.
Constellium N.V. announces that the recently appointed executive director Jean-Marc Germain will assume the role of chief executive officer, effective 11 July 2016. He will succeed Pierre Vareille, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Pierre will work closely with Jean-Marc to ensure a seamless transition and will serve as an advisor to the board.
Nespresso and Constellium co-operate on the recycling of used aluminium coffee capsules in Switzerland. The initiative aims at integrating sustainability across Nespresso’s value chain by giving the coffee capsules a ‘second’ life through aluminium recycling. The collected capsules will be recycled at Constellium’s plant in Singen, Germany, and then transformed into new ones. For a limited time during the summer, iconic and quintessentially Swiss products will be sold at Victorinox and Nespresso shops in Switzerland.
Alcoa has opened its 3D printing metal powder production facility located at the company’s Technology Centre. The plant will produce proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminium powders optimized for 3D printed aerospace parts. Alcoa also has invested in a range of technologies to further develop additive processes, product design and qualification.
Constellium N.V. plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Mexico for the production of automotive structural components made of aluminium. This plant, located in San Luis Potosí, will allow Constellium to meet the increasing demand for lightweight, high-strength aluminium crash management systems and automotive structures for the expanding car industry in Mexico. The automotive industry expects that nearly five million vehicles will be produced annually in Mexico by 2019, making it one of the largest markets for automobile production.
UC Rusal and Sauer GmbH, a member of DMG Mori, have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at jointly developing 3D printing technology, particularly for industrial use of aluminium in the machinery producing, aerospace and automotive sectors.
UC Rusal and Hebei Joy Sense Cable Co., Ltd (HJSC), a Chinese aluminium cable manufacturer have signed an agreement to establish a 50:50 joint venture, JSC Rusal-Hebei Joy Sense Cable Special Aluminium Products Co. Ltd. Investments. The joint venture will be located at HJSC’s plant in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, 300 km away from Beijing.
Primetals Technologies Germany GmbH, Erlangen, and PSI Metals GmbH, Düsseldorf, have signed a cooperation agreement on the sale and implementation of Industry 4.0 (Industrial Internet) production management solutions for the steel and aluminium industries. Customers receive perfectly matched, tailor-made complete solutions from a single source consisting of equipment, basic automation (level 1) and process automation (level 2) from Primetals Technologies, and the PSImetals production management solution (level 3) from PSI. The exclusive global cooperation agreement covers plants with equipment and automation from Primetals Technologies, as well as complete turnkey solutions for modernization projects and new plants throughout the entire supply chain.
Alcoa has entered into a USD470 million multi-year contract with aircraft company Embraer for the supply of aluminium sheet and plate for Embraer’s new E2s, the second generation of its E-Jets family of commercial aircraft, a narrow-body medium-range jet airliner. The E-Jets E2 were launched at the Paris Airshow in 2013 and are scheduled to enter into service in 2018.
Chalco and Baosteel Group have recently signed a cooperation framework agreement on automotive aluminium sheet, reports Shanghai Metals Market. The two companies will establish a joint venture to jointly develop, produce and sell automotive aluminium sheet. The move will be a win-win business: while Chalco is experienced in the production of aluminium plate and sheet, Baosteel has a big market share in high-end automotive steel sheet.
Sapa has sold the metal trading company Cuprochimique NV to Belgium-based European Metal Supplies NV. Cuprochimique trades in aluminium profiles, bars, plates and other non-ferrous metals. European Metal Supplies is in the same field of business as Cuprochimique and will continue the company’s trading operations, according to majority owner David Tavernier. “Together with Cuprochimque we will strengthen our position in the market by expanding our business range and diversifying our product portfolio,” he says. The agreement is effective from June 22.
Next month Aluminium China 2016 will see the launch of China’s first authoritative publication on the processing and purchasing of aluminium for consumer electronics. The white paper, published by Reed Exhibitions China, will provide a single point of reference for the scope and potential of aluminium in the consumer electronic sector and offer guidelines for material and technology suppliers as well as end users, to facilitate informed decision making.
The Austrian company Amag has placed an order with Hertwich Engineering to supply a melting/casting furnace with a capacity of 55,000 tonnes a year, including a charging machine. The new furnace is scheduled to begin operating in the middle of 2017.
Pierburg GmbH, which belongs to first-tier auto-industry supplier KSPG AG, has been awarded major orders worth €375 million by a notable Chinese automotive group. The products to be delivered are intended for vehicle series sold in the Chinese domestic market as well as for models marketed worldwide. The acquired contracts for gasoline and diesel engines cover throttle and control valves, differential pressure flaps, electric recirculating water pumps, switchable mechanical water pumps as well as high- and low-pressure exhaust-gas recirculation valves.
Top executives from primary aluminium smelters in the Gulf region will participate at the 20th Arab International Aluminium Conference (Arabal 2016) in Dubai, UAE, from 22 to 24 November 2016 as part of an industry keynote panel discussion – covering topics such as the various factors relating to the regional downstream aluminium industry. Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) – the largest primary aluminium producer in the Gulf – is host of the two-day conference, which has adopted the theme ‘Global Challenges – Seeking Solutions’, this year marking the sixth time that EGA will have hosted the event.
BASF has signed an agreement to acquire Albemarle’s global surface treatment business, Chemetall. The purchase price is USD3.2 billion. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and is expected to close by the end of 2016.
Alro S.A., one of the largest aluminium producer in Europe, has announced a USD53m investment programme for 2016 aimed to increase energy and equipment efficiency as well as to expand its product portfolio and increase competitiveness. The investment programme includes the increase of scrap processing capacity of the ‘Eco’ Casthouse, such as to reach a capacity of 90,000 tpy. In addition, Alro will commission a new line of aluminium scrap processing, with a capacity of 60,000 tpy.
The new Talex extrusion plant in Abu Dhabi operates using its own extrusion billets. The casthouse, which started operating in February 2016, was built as a turnkey plant by Hertwich Engineering. After the (now completed) first expansion stage the annual output will be around 30,000 to 40,000 tonnes of extrusion billets.
German foundry machinery manufacturers faced a fall of 6% in sales in 2015 whereas orders received stagnated. On average for all regions, orders received fell by 1% last year. Countries outside the Eurozone represented a positive exception, with orders up by 12% compared with the previous year. In line with overall developments in the sector, the production volume was 5.4% below the previous year’s figure. Foundry machinery with a total value of €1.1 billion was produced.
Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro’s fully owned subsidiary, Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH, has secured a power contract with Axpo Trading AG, a Switzerland-based energy company with captive power production and international trading activity, totalling 1.3 TWh (150 MW) annually in the five year period from 2021 to 2025.
All cars need to lose weight to reduce emissions in safe, reliable ways. This applies to e-cars in particular, due to their heavy battery components. The interdisciplinary ‘Light E-Body’ project in 2014 – co-funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research of Germany and comprising 15 partners from automotive industry, suppliers and universities – investigated several options to reduce car body weight from the 314 kg of a conservative concept in full steel. That project agreed on a multi-material concept with a 248 kg body. Going beyond, Hydro and fka have developed a full-aluminium car body that meets the benchmark on safety and stiffness while reducing the weight to just 199 kg.
Magellan Aerospace and Airbus have extended a contract for the supply of aluminium and titanium structural wing components from Magellan UK Ltd facilities located throughout Europe and its joint ventures in India. This contract, valued at around C$700 million, is comprised of precision machined details and assemblies for use on the A320 and A330 families, and the A380 programme. In addition to the contract extension for the machined components, Magellan UK was awarded a contract to supply certain A380 wing ribs to Airbus valued at around C$20 million. “The long-term nature of the contract will allow us to make infrastructure investments in both our domestic and emerging market operations to ensure that we are able to offer our customer a competitive and reliable source into the next decade,” said Phillip Underwood, president and CEO of Magellan.
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