Novelis has recently celebrated the commissioning of its third automotive finishing line in Oswego, New York, USA. Installed to support the production of stronger, lighter and safer vehicles, the line represents Novelis’ latest investment of USD120 million to expand high-strength aluminium alloy supply for Ford F-Series trucks.
ASAS Alüminyum Sanayi ve Ticaret in Sakarya, Turkey, a strong brand in the market for aluminium extruded products over a long time, can look back on four successful years of building an ultramodern production plant of aluminium flat rolled products. By recently placing an order with Achenbach for two more extra-wide aluminium foil rolling mills, one additional aluminium foil separator and another foil slitting machine, the company introduces the next step of expansion. In the near future, ASAS Alüminyum will produce high-class aluminium foil for a wide range of foil products. They are used as basis for sophisticated packaging foil such as blister packs for pharmaceutical products or intelligent compound packagings for food products for national and international market.
First quarter results for aluminium foil deliveries from European suppliers showed positive growth in domestic demand, after a sustained period of mixed or declining results. Exports, however, remain under pressure due to strong competition from non-European producers. Overall, the first three months of 2016 saw a small decline of 0.6% in total tonnage to 217,000 year-on-year, according to figures released by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association.
Hilde Merete Aasheim, executive vice-president of Hydro’s primary metal business, has been appointed chairwoman of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), at the 89th meeting of its board of directors in Shanghai. Aasheim takes over from Abdulla Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminium, who stands down at the end of his two year tenure.
Varron Auto Kast Ltd (VAKL), based in Pune, India, has ordered two extrusion lines from the SMS group. VAKL will be supplied one 18-MN and one 10-MN short-stroke, front-loading extrusion press. The 18-MN press will process 7-inch billets of between 300 and 1,000 mm length, the 10-MN press 5-inch billets of between 300 and 600 mm length. The presses will have a combined annual capacity of more than 20,000 tonne of aluminum profiles. Commissioning of the two lines is scheduled to take place in the third quarter of this year.
Constellium has reported Q1 2016 results. Revenues fell by 17% to 1.2 billion euros year-on-year, primarily driven by lower metal prices and a 5% decrease in volumes. Adjusted Ebitda amounted to 92 million euros, down 3%. Overall Q1 2016 shipments were 362,000 tonnes (-5%).
Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal has announced its Q1 2016 results. Revenue in the first quarter of 2016 decreased by 22.7% to USD1.9bn year-on-year due to falling LME aluminium prices and premiums. However, the continuing decrease in cost per tonne ensured a steady Ebitda margin at 16.3%.
Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal has commenced the modernization of the Boksitogorsk Alumina Refinery. The goal of the USD2 million modernization programme is to increase the production of corundum, which is used in the manufacturing of abrasive and fire-resistant products.
Novelis has announced that its aluminium is used in the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 body. The new mixed material vehicle construction featured in the Cadillac CT6 represents a first of its kind for General Motors (GM) in North America and China. In North America, Novelis’ plant in Kingston, Ontario, will supply GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Michigan. Novelis’ plant in Changzhou, China will supply GM’s Shanghai plant, which will produce the CT6 manufactured locally in China.
Novelis reports net income of USD29m for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016. Excluding tax-effected special items, net income amounted to USD50m in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, a 35% percent increase over the period a year earlier. For fiscal year 2016, the company recorded a net loss of USD38m million. Excluding tax-effected special items, net income was USD131m for the full year.
“We ended fiscal 2016 with strong operational performance globally, enabling us to achieve record total shipments and automotive sheet shipments for the year,” said Steve Fisher, president and CEO of Novelis. “This volume growth and our portfolio management strategy translated into our highest full year Ebitda excluding metal price lag since fiscal 2012. Heading into fiscal 2017, we remain focused on driving asset efficiency as well as managing costs and working capital. In addition, we will continue to strengthen our product portfolio through further growth in the premium automotive sheet segment while continuing to deliver quality products and service to all of our customers."
Hydro and Brazilian mining company Vale have ended negotiations on the possible acquisition of Vale’s 40 % interest in Brazilian bauxite producer Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN). The two companies entered into a letter of Intent (LoI) regarding the possible transaction in October 2015, but have not been able to agree on commercial terms. Hydro will continue to own 5% of MRN, as well as to purchase bauxite from Vale under commercial agreements entered into in 2011.
Alcoa has reached an agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) that will help improve the competitiveness of its Intalco smelter. As a result, the smelter will not curtail production at the end of the second quarter as previously announced. The amendment to the power contract is effective 1 July 2016 through 14 February 2018 and provides for additional access to market power during this period.
Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that it will manufacture aluminum extrusions for the US automotive sector, namely bumper materials for cars and car frame materials. The new business will operate through a company called Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. (KPEX) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The new company will have an integrated production facility, including a melting and casting line, one extrusion press and two bumper fabrication lines. Plans call for construction of the plant to begin this summer. Fabrication will start in the second half of 2017, and the melting to extrusion processes will begin in the second half of 2018. Annual production capacity of the USD46.7 million investment will be about 6,000 tonnes, and KPEX expects to create 110 jobs.
SMS group has delivered and commissioned a cutting-edge twin-stand aluminium tandem cold mill at Alcoa Inc. near Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. The new facility is part of Alcoa’s automotive growth project. In September 2015 Alcoa announced that the mill was complete and shipping to customers. The expansion focuses on the production of wide and durable aluminium sheets for lightweight car body construction.
Shandong Weiqiao Aluminium & Electricity Co., Ltd granted SMS group the Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) for an aluminum hot strip mill on 5 March 2016. The Chinese company is setting up a new aluminum rolling mill complex at its site in Zouping in the Shandong Province. In addition to the hot rolling mill, SMS group supplied two single-stand cold rolling mills, one three-stand cold tandem mill and a fully automatic high-bay warehouse for aluminum coils for the new works.
Ford recycles as much as 20 million pounds (9,100 t) of aluminium stamping scrap a month using the closed-loop system at Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the best-selling F-150 pick-up truck. That is the equivalent of more than 30,000 F-150 bodies in the largest configuration – a SuperCrew body including doors, plus hood, tailgate and 6.5-foot cargo box.
The national recycling rate in the UK for all aluminium packaging now stands at 55% (previously 48%) and the estimated recycling rate for aluminium drinks cans has reached 69% (from 60%), but the figures could be even higher, says the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).
A new study shows the continued importance of the US aluminium industry to the national economy. Research conducted by John Dunham & Associates found that the domestic aluminium industry directly employs nearly 161,000 workers and contributes more than USD75 billion to the national economy. When supplier and induced impacts are taken into consideration, the industry is responsible for nearly 713,000 jobs and USD186 billion in economic impact – more than 1% of national GDP.
The German machine builder Heinrich Georg takes over Capco Machinery Systems, Inc. and transfers it into the new company Georg Capco Inc. So far Georg has been present in the US market with its subsidiary Georg Manufacturing Systems. By taken over the majority of the know-how, production programme and employees of Capco, Georg strengthens its activities in the North American and international markets.
Henan Zhongfu Industrial Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Henan Yulian Energy (Group), is an aluminium strip processing company. In order to expand its production capability, Henan Zhongfu has awarded Danieli China to deliver a cut-to-length line and a tension levelling line for wide and thick gauge material. The automatic control architecture of the two lines, the Level 1 and advanced Level 2 for the automation system, will be developed and supplied by Danieli Automation.
Are there outstanding new developments in your company? Are you proud of your efficient production processes? Have you any fresh, leading-edge designs? Then you are a candidate for the European Aluminium Award 2016. Presented for the tenth time, the most important prize of the aluminium industry honours the sector’s innovations. The Award Ceremony will take place at ALUMINIUM 2016 in Düsseldorf on 29 November. The application deadline is 15 July 2016.
Bechtel has been appointed the EPCM contractor by Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) for its Potline 6 expansion project. Bechtel will be responsible to design and construct the sixth potline as well as support industrial services. The Line 6 project will increase Alba’s aluminium smelter capacity by 540,000 tpy to 1.5m tpy. Line 6 will have 424 pots using the proprietary EGA DX+ Ultra technology, which is characterized by highest operating efficiency.
In the light of increasingly volatile global commodity markets, Aluminium China 2016 will be focusing on opening up new business opportunities in the rapidly growing South East Asia markets. As one of the largest international aluminium industry events of the year, the trade fair, taking place from 12-14 July at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, will bring together the complete aluminium value chain, from raw materials to primary aluminium and semi-finished and finished products. Visitors from over 60 countries will also be able to meet end-user application providers, equipment, technology and accessories suppliers, auxiliary materials manufacturers and consultancy, support services and import-export businesses.
The portal milling machine specialist F. Zimmermann GmbH, based in Germany, has opened a subsidiary in China. By taking this step the machine maker will be able to provide better support to its customers in the aerospace industry, as well as those in the automotive, model making and mould making sectors. This will also stimulate the growth of its customer base. China's HRD trade representation opened the way for this measure to strengthen the company's already successful presence in the country.
Once again the Alufoil Trophy competition has underlined the versatility and practical advantages of aluminium foil to create highly original new developments as well as fresh ideas to enhance existing products. The aluminium foil sector’s annual premier awards competition, the Alufoil Trophy brings out the best in both multinational and specialist foil manufacturers and converters. This year is no exception with 65 entries across the five major categories producing 10 outstanding winners, plus an Overall Excellence winner, which scored extremely high marks in all categories.
The US-American extrusion plant Service Center Metals (SCM) in Prince George, VA, has placed an order with Hertwich Engineering to supply a second compact-type remelt plant for the production of extrusion billets. The new unit processes post-consumer scrap in a continuous, automated process to produce high-grade logs up to 14 inches (356 mm) in diameter. Provisionally, the unit is scheduled to begin operating by the end of 2016.
For 15 years first-tier auto-industry supplier KSPG has been sharing in a successful joint venture for the production of castings in Shanghai. Founded in 2001, KPSNC Kolbenschmidt Pierburg Shanghai Nonferrous Components combines the casting operations of KSPG and Hasco, a subsidiary of SAIC, in the Middle Kingdom.
Alcoa has announced that Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (Awac) has secured multiple bauxite supply contracts valued at more than USD350m over the next two years. Under the contracts, the company will supply bauxite to external customers from three of its global mines. The new contracts cover customers in China, Europe and Brazil.
Constellium has opened the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) at Brunel University London, a dedicated centre of excellence for the design, development and prototyping of aluminium alloys and automotive structural components. Featuring industrial size aluminium casting and extrusion equipment in the first phase, the Constellium UTC will provide rapid prototyping capability that is expected to reduce development times by at least 50% for advanced aluminium alloys required for the continued lightweighting of automotive structural components. The newly developed alloy and process technologies are expected to be transferred to Constellium’s extrusion and automotive structures plants worldwide, thereby closing the gap between fundamental R&D and series production.
With fuel consumption and CO2 regulations becoming stricter in the automotive field, the need for lighter automobiles is anticipated to grow in the future, while enhanced safety requirements are increasing. In addition to raising the competitiveness of ultra-high strength steel and aluminium, noted for their outstanding balance of weight savings and cost, Kobe Steel plans to expand its share of the global market and firmly secure growth in the automotive field, leveraged by its original solution technologies (the joining of dissimilar metals, etc.) for multi-materials.
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