Sohar Aluminium, the organizer of the 21st Arab International Aluminium Conference & Exhibition (Arabal), have announced that the official website www.arabal.com and portal for early bird registration is now live. The website of the Middle East’s premium event for the aluminium industry allows prospective participants and delegates the opportunity to view details of speakers, insights into the programme, venue, as well as exhibitors and partners.
Constellium N.V. has delivered its 10 millionth part to Ford Motor Company. A provider of aluminium structural components for the Ford F-150 and Super Duty trucks, Constellium will also supply the all-new Ford Expedition starting in Fall 2017.
Alcoa Corporation is restarting three of five potlines at its Warrick Operations aluminium smelter near Evansville, Indiana – a step that will further improve the competitiveness of the on-site rolling mill. The process to restart the three lines, with 161,400 tonnes of annual capacity, is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2018. The three potlines will directly supply the Warrick rolling mill, which serves the North American market with flat-rolled aluminium for the food and beverage can packaging industry. The smelter’s molten metal will supplement purchased scrap metal and other raw materials that the Warrick site will continue to procure.
Norsk Hydro has agreed with Orkla to acquire its 50% interest in Sapa for a total enterprise value of NOK27 billion (€2.8bn), giving full ownership in the global leader in extruded aluminium solutions. Formed as a 50/50 joint venture between Orkla and Hydro in 2013, Sapa is the world’s largest extrusion company. Sapa has 22,400 employees and is present in 40 countries. Completion of the transaction is expected in the second half of 2017, depending on the approval from competition authorities in Brazil, Canada, China, EU and Turkey. Following the transaction, Hydro will become a global, integrated aluminium company with more than 35,000 employees and activities in around 40 countries.
2017 marks a key year for China’s aluminium industry, with the 13th Five-Year Plan putting the emphasis on the development of lightweight vehicles and the implementation of policies to encourage the auto industry to deliver greater energy efficiency and low emissions. With lightweight construction becoming the new global norm, the aluminium industry is gearing up to seize new opportunities, and next month’s Aluminium China 2017 in Shanghai from 19-21 July will put the spotlight on lightweight trends that will drive new growth. The event will feature over 500 exhibitors from China and around the world and will attract some 20,000 trade visitors from more than 40 countries.
Bruno Rea, commercial director at Laminazione Sottile Group of Italy, has been elected the new President of the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) at the Association’s summer conference in Bilbao, Spain. He succeeds Jan Homan of Constantia Flexibles, who served two terms. EAFA is the international body representing companies engaged in flexible packaging, in rolling and rewinding of alufoil as well as in the manufacture of aluminium closures and semi-rigid containers. Its more than 100 members include companies in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.
Primary aluminium producer Alba in Bahrain started construction site-works for its Potline 6 expansion project in the second quarter of 2017. The project plot covers an area of some 60 hectares. As of the first week of June, approximately 40% of the material to be excavated from the potline has been removed. Earthworks at the Line 6 project is expected to be complete by the end of September.
Rolled aluminium manufacturer Gränges has officially opened its newly expanded research and innovation centre in Finspång, Sweden. The R&I centre in Finspång has more than 40 years of successful research and innovation work in material used for brazed aluminium heat exchangers. It has been a key factor in developing the company to a global leader in this field, as well as giving Gränges a high technology recognition in the global aluminium community. As of today, Gränges’ research and development efforts have resulted in 52 patent families and 168 patents. One example of current research projects that Gränges offers commercially to its customers is ‘Trillium’, which is a technology that simplifies the brazing process and offers a more environmental friendly production process.
After commissioning a new hot rolling mill in September 2014, Amag Austria Metall AG opened its new aluminium cold rolling mill in the presence of numerous guests on 22 June 22. With continuous investments of around one billion euros (of which around 90% in Austria) over a ten-year period, Amag ranks among the most efficient aluminium sites in Europe. Around 300 million euros of this amount is attributable to the most recent plant expansion. Most of the investments were financed from the company’s own cash flow.
GF Automotive in Altenmark, Austria, manufactures high-grade pressure die castings for the automotive industry. The manufacturing process is very energy intensive. Therefore, GF uses Siemens Simatic B.Data to efficiently manage energy consumption and achieve a sustained increase in energy efficiency in compliance with DIN EN ISO 50001.
The Qatalum aluminium plant is working to solve logistical challenges arising from the uncertain situation in the Middle-East after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut off transportation links and severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.
Qatalum is a joint venture between Hydro and Qatar Petroleum, and is producing more than 600,000 tonnes per year of value-add primary aluminium to customers in Asia, Europe and the US. Most Qatalum shipments normally go through the large Jebel Ali port in UAE, but this port looks to be closed for all Qatar shipments from Tuesday morning.
Supported by owners Hydro and Qatar Petroleum, the Qatalum JV is currently working to find alternative shipment routes to enable it to continue to serve its global customers.
Henan Zhongfu Industrial Co. Ltd has contracted Danieli Fröhling for the design, supply and installation supervision of a new high-speed edge trimming line. The new line will process around 200,000 tpy of coils with strip thicknesses from 0.1 to 0.8 mm at a maximum speed of 1,500 m/min. The line will be installed in the Gongyi production facility where two more 2,300-mm strip and foil slitting and trimming lines recently supplied by Danieli are in operation. Electrical components and the Level 1 and 2 automation system for the entire line will be supplied by Danieli Automation. The plant start-up is expected by the end of 2017.
Beverage cans in the UK make up by far the largest sector of the 180,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging placed on the market during the year; and with the UK being the largest beverage can market in Europe, and aluminium the dominant metal used for can manufacturing, the 70% milestone for aluminium cans makes a major contribution to the European metal packaging sector’s ambition to reach and exceed an average 80% metal packaging recycling rate by 2025.
The Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) has announced the inauguration of The Robert V Neher Award, an academic competition designed to seek out and reward the very best in innovative packaging and technical applications within the context of aluminium foil and closures.
Saudi Arabian Mining Company Ma’aden and Alcoa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims at further developing the existing partnership: the two companies will assess the feasibility of a potential expansion of smelting capacity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ma’aden and Alcoa jointly developed the first and only fully integrated high efficiency aluminium production complex located in Ras Al-Khair Industrial City.
The year started with strong demand for all grades of aluminium foil in European markets. Production increased to 226,900 tonnes in the first quarter of 2017, 1.5 percent higher than the same period last time, according to the latest figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). Exports continued to be volatile, showing a downturn of 14 percent in the first quarter compared to the previous year, after a strong finish to 2016.
International business leaders, engineering experts and academics from the automotive industry and complete aluminium value chain will be converging in Shanghai in July for Aluminium China 2017, to share the latest developments in lightweight automotive design and manufacturing. Aluminium is increasingly seen as playing a key role in minimizing overall weight while ensuring strength and safety for a new generation of lightweight vehicles. And the global auto industry has a lot to gain, including the enhancement of power, reduction in fuel consumption and the mitigation of air pollution to strengthen energy efficiency and improve environmental protection. Statistics show that the aluminium-made vehicle body can reduce the overall vehicle weight by 10-15%.
Constellium has signed a multi-year contract with Robert Bosch to supply Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) profiles for the automotive industry. This agreement reinforces the partnership Constellium’s Decin plant, based in the Czech Republic, has had with Robert Bosch since 2009. Under this new contract, Constellium will continue to provide its customized aluminium alloys for tailored solutions to meet rigorous quality and delivery requirements. With a ramping up volume of several million pieces per year in 2016, additional long-term solutions will be supplied to several Bosch plants worldwide with an expected overall volume per year targeted to double, subject to auto market demand and ramp-up of future ABS solutions.
KS Huayu AluTech of Neckarsulm in Germany, a member of Rheinmetall Automotive, has booked a major order from a German carmaker for electric motor housings installed in passenger cars. Worth a total €100 million, the contract will run for seven years.
Production start-up of the highly complex aluminium housings is scheduled for mid-2018 at KPSNC Kolbenschmidt Pierburg Shanghai Nonferrous Components in China, another member of Rheinmetall Automotive. The components will be built into various all-electric car models of the OEM. With a range of several hundred kilometres, the vehicles are exclusively destined for the Chinese market.
Constellium N.V. officially opened its new US plant in White, Georgia, on Thursday. The plant is dedicated to the production of advanced aluminium automotive structural components and crash management systems. The 135,000 sq. ft. facility is strategically located to supply automakers in the southeast of the USA and may be expanded to 220,000 sq. ft. to meet customers’ supply needs in the future. Constellium expects to have 150 employees in White by 2019.
From 19 to 21 July 2017, the Aluminium China trade fair will be attracting experts from around the world to Shanghai. The German saw and storage specialist, Kasto, will be as an exhibitor and present its innovative solutions for the machining and storage of metal bar stock to the public. At stand 1C20 in Hall W1, visitors will be able to experience the KASTOwa M9 fully-automatic circular sawing machine in action and get to know many other company products. The saw has been designed for the fast, high-precision cutting of nonferrous metals such as aluminium, brass and copper.
The die casting industry in China is growing at an enormous rate. The reason: the rapid development of the Chinese automotive industry in the past few years. The mega city of Shanghai is playing a key role in this process. It is home to the largest location of automotive manufacturers and their suppliers in China and thus also the perfect location for the International Diecasting Congress and Exhibition, which from 19 to 21 July 2017 in Shanghai will already be held for the 12th time. Since 2013, the co-organizer, NürnbergMesse China, has been extremely successful in staging this trade fair. At this year’s event, around 350 exhibitors (2016: 295) and 15,000 trade visitors (2016: 12,032) from the automotive, electronics and mechanical and plant engineering sectors are expected. For German and European companies, China Diecasting is a good opportunity to get to know the flourishing Chinese die casting market and open up new business potential.
Novelis has entered into a joint venture agreement with Kobe Steel, a producer of aluminium rolled products in Japan. The joint venture, to be named Ulsan Aluminium, will be formed by Novelis selling Kobe Steel 50% of its ownership interest in its Ulsan, South Korea facility for USD315 million. Through the venture, Novelis and Kobe Steel will jointly own and operate the Ulsan facility, with each company remaining responsible for its metal supply and commercial relationships. The joint venture transaction is expected to close in September 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.
The German aluminium association GDA is organizing the European Aluminium Congress (EAC) 2017 in Düsseldorf on 27 and 28 November 2017, with the topic “Aluminium in Automotive Engineering – Challenges and Solutions” in cooperation with the “D-A-CH Alliance for Aluminium”, the Swiss Aluminium Association (alu.ch) and the Austrian Non-Ferrous Metals Federation - Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO). Lectures can be submitted.
The deadline for submitting the abstract is extended until 12 May 2017.
Impol d.o.o. based in Slovenska Bistrica in Slovenia has placed an order for a stationary aluminium melting furnace and charging equipment for a melting rate of 6-8 tonnes an hour with Hertwich Engineering. It will be part of a new casting plant for rolling ingots due to start operation in May 2018.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg yesterday inaugurated Hydro’s new automotive line for light and advanced aluminium solutions in cars. The ceremonial inauguration in Grevenbroich, Germany, was attended by around 500 guests from politics and civil society, the German automotive industry, key suppliers, R&D networks and internal stakeholders. The new automotive line will strengthen Hydro’s ability to supply car makers with aluminium by quadrupling the company’s production of car body sheet to 200,000 tonnes a year.
KSM Castings Group further expands its leading position as supplier of complex aluminium lightweight components. The group has been awarded a €270m order by a premium carmaker for the production of front axle cross members. Start of production is early 2020. Investment in the range of €35m also ensures a long-term capacity utilization. In total, the Hildesheim location in the north of Germany will receive investments of €70m until 2020.
The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) has upgraded its website to improve navigation and give it a contemporary look and feel. It takes into account the greatly enhanced content, which has been added over the last six years and aims to help users find the answers they seek quickly and easily.
With more than 250 participants and speakers from EU institutions, industry and academia, European Aluminium’s event Driving Mobility to a Low Carbon Future yesterday discussed lightweighting’s potential to reduce CO2 emissions in transport. The industry unveiled new evidence and positioned itself as a leading voice to abandon the mass-based system.
US President Donald J. Trump signed a presidential memorandum yesterday calling on Secretary Wilbur Ross to prioritize a Department of Commerce investigation to the effects of aluminium imports on US national security. The inquiry will consider overcapacity, dumping, illegal subsidies and other factors to determine whether aluminium imports threaten American economic security and military preparedness.
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