BASF Venture Capital GmbH is leading an investment round in the Swedish high-tech company Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB (ANS), headquartered in Uppsala. ANS offers unique surface treatment technologies to reduce friction and wear in industrial and automotive applications. The investment is co-led by the existing investor Fouriertransform AB.
Airbus and Arconic have achieved a 3D printing first – the installation of a 3D printed titanium bracket on an Airbus commercial aircraft, the A350 XWB. Arconic is 3D printing these parts for Airbus’s newest wide-body aircraft at Arconic’s additive manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. “Arconic is proud to partner with Airbus to advance aerospace additive manufacturing,” said Jeremy Halford, president of Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products. “Our comprehensive capabilities, from materials science leadership to qualification expertise, helped make this achievement possible. We look forward to continuing to advance the art of the possible in additive for aerospace.”
Constellium N.V. has extended its long-term contract with aircraft manufacturer Pilatus to support its new executive jets aircraft programme. With this agreement Constellium will supply an increased volume of aerospace plate to Pilatus. Under this contract, Constellium will supply Pilatus with aerospace plates from its manufacturing plant in Issoire, France, to support the delivery of more than 80 PC-24 Super Versatile Jets as part of Pilatus’ efforts to develop a new executive jet segment.
Aluminium extrusion company Sapa is to re-open its factory in Bedwas to supply the growing automotive industry demand for lightweight body structure solutions. The first customer to be supplied from the refurbished facility will be London Electrical Vehicle Company (LEVC), who has developed an all new zero-emissions capable black cab. Sapa is investing £9.6 million (€10.9m) in the plant refurbishment and new equipment to supply advanced aluminium components.
Gränges will invest USD110 million to expand its aluminium rolling operation in Huntingdon, Tennessee, meeting growing demand for light gauge foil, automotive heat exchanger materials, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications. The expansion will create 85 permanent full-time jobs, solidifying Gränges commitment to its North American customers and the markets they serve. The expansion was supported by the state of Tennessee and local Huntingdon Officials.
Zhongwang USA and Aleris Corp. have agreed to extend the termination date of their Merger Agreement until 29 September 2017. An Aleris spokesman is cited that the two companies remain in discussions on the pending acquisition of Aleris. The transaction still faces regulatory hurdles in the US. There is concern that the takeover of Aleris by Zhongwang would touch national security interests.
The US Department of Justice last week filed a complaint accusing a Zhongwang affiliate, Perfectus Aluminum, of illegally importing aluminium from China into the US between 2011 and 2014 and avoiding tariffs of USD1.5 billion.
Talum d.d. based in the Slovenian town of Kidri?evo has ordered a continuous homogenizing furnace and a helical ultrasonic testing station from Hertwich. The new plant will start operation in July 2018 and will almost double the homogenizing capacity of the group.
Gränges Sweden together with Erbslöh Aluminium in Germany invest in a joint venture to produce aluminium billets utilizing advanced spray-forming technology. For Gränges the investment provides opportunities to expand within Active Brazing with products such as Trillium, an innovative technology that enhances the production and performance of brazed aluminium heat exchangers. Furthermore, Erbslöh Aluminium continues the production of Dispal billets for power-train-management and industrial purposes.
Neckarsulm-based KS Huayu AluTech, a joint venture between Rheinmetall Automotive and China’s Huayu Automotive Systems, has been awarded a major order for aluminium engine blocks worth 170 million euros (lifetime volume) by a German premium carmaker.
At a ceremony held during the Aluminium CHINA 2017 in Shanghai, the first ever winners of the prestigious Alufoil Trophy competition to be held in China were announced. Sixteen aluminium foil products and solutions from 13 companies were awarded an Alufoil Trophy China.
Ball Corporation will cease production at its Birmingham / Alabama, Chatsworth / California and Longview / Texas, beverage packaging plants in 2018. Existing customers will be supplied by other Ball facilities. The company will also begin construction on a new beverage packaging facility in Goodyear / Arizona, which is expected to start production in the second quarter of 2018 and will serve growing customer demand for specialty cans in the southwestern US.
Aluminium foil deliveries in the period April to June 2017 showed little difference to the same period in 2016 according to figures just released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). Total domestic deliveries of all gauges increased by only 0.2% compared with last year, while exports dropped by just 1%, an encouraging sign this area of trade could be improving again.
Business activity in the German aluminium industry has shown a largely positive trend in the first half of 2017. Aluminium producers (+5.7%) and converters (+3%) both in-creased production, although there was a slight decline (-1%) in the production of semis. The expectations for the whole of 2017 remain positive: “Despite political uncertainty, the German economy is reporting good growth,” said Christian Wellner, executive member of the managing board of the German Aluminium Association (GDA). “Besides these underlying conditions, there are also the positive economic forecasts for aluminium, which are pointing upwards for almost all product sectors in Germany and Europe.”
In the context of its second quarter results, Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal commented on the market conditions as follows: “During the first half of the year, the market environment was favourable for the aluminium industry. On the back of global economy growth, demand for aluminium since the beginning of the year was robust reaching 5.7% in the first half 2017 on the year-ago period. On the supply side, the market outside of China remained in deficit, supporting the LME price. Such trends positively impacted Rusal’s financial results.”
Siemens is to equip several Chinese aluminium factories with medium and low voltage drives. The value of the order is in the low tens of millions of euros. Commissioning will be completed in several stages between November 2018 and April 2019. The objective is to safeguard the productivity in the rolling mills with powerful, reliable drive systems.
Fluke Process Instruments has announced the launch of a new website, www.flukeprocessinstruments.com, combining its extensive global capabilities in industrial temperature measurement. The website was designed to reflect the company’s core competencies and mission to provide the most comprehensive infrared temperature measurement and profiling solutions for industrial, maintenance and quality control applications.
Arconic has announced that its Alcoa Wheels product portfolio is expanding to include forged aluminium wheels with a combined Dura-Bright/Dura-Flange surface treatment. The new treatment offers more protection against rim flange wear, doubling the service life of the wheel while continuing to require low maintenance: extensive testing of the finish across customer fleets showed the wheels displayed no signs of rim flange wear even after 240,000 kilometres. The treatment also kept its high-shine, high quality appearance after hundreds of washes, which would result in reduced maintenance costs.
UC Rusal has launched a new calciner at the Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter (IrkAZ). The investment amounts to USD23.7m. In 2015 it was decided to upgrade the Calciner 2 at the smelter to produce calcined coke supplied to the Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter for the production of baked anodes. Production capacity of the calciner is 72,000 tpy. Currently Russia is short of calcination capacity, and as a result customers of calcined coke are forced to purchase the finished product in China at high prices.
Teka now offers a unique solution for an easy and safe extraction and filtration of fumes and dusts at manual welding stations or welding robots especially for small and medium-sized users. As simple as possible in assembly, maintenance and service and as efficient as possible when it comes to the power – based on this premise the manufacturer has developed the EcoCube as a modularly built device that can be mounted in a less than half an hour field installation.
Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal has commissioned a complex of furnaces for the hardening of wire rods at the Kandalaksha Aluminium Smelter. The investment outlay on the project amounted to USD5.6 million. The project, launched in March 2016, enables annual production of 6,800 tonnes of wire rods from the 6101-T4 alloy. Consumers of the KAZ hardened wire rods are both domestic and foreign manufacturers of cable products.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) in the UAE has shipped around 5,000 tonnes of spent pot lining (SPL), a by-product from its industrial process, to Befesa, a UK company that specializes in waste management and recycling. Befesa will treat and recycle the SPL to create useful raw materials for the cement, fibreglass and ceramics industries.
Taking place for the second time on 25 and 26 October, ALUMINUM USA will showcase the potential of the American aluminium industry. Following the 2015 premiere in Detroit, the trade show is moving to Nashville, Tennessee. Once again, the Aluminum Association will serve as partner. An extensive supporting programme will enhance the diverse range of goods and services offered by the exhibitors.
The technology company Continental has developed the New Wheel Concept to meet the specific requirements of electric vehicles. The wheel rim consists of two aluminium (Al) parts, the inner Al carrier star with the Al brake disk and the outer Al rim well with the tire. In contrast to conventional wheel brakes, the New Wheel Concept brake engages the Al disk from the inside. This allows it to have a particularly large diameter, which benefits the braking performance.
Arconic has announced that its fully forged aluminium wheels (Arconic Wheels) have received a Quality Achievement award from Paccar for meeting or exceeding stringent ten parts per million (ppm) quality performance requirements. Arconic achieved 0 ppm in 2016 for deliveries to DAF, a subsidiary of Paccar, reflecting excellence in every step of the manufacturing process, forging to finishing to packaging. PPM is used to measure quality. Ten ppm would reflect ten incidents per one million products received by customers – or .001% of deliveries. The industry standard is 50 ppm.
This year's International Motor Show (IAA) Cars takes place in Frankfurt from September 14 to 24. As at the previous event, first-tier auto-industry supplier Rheinmetall Automotive AG with its Kolbenschmidt and Pierburg brands will be displaying on an over 500-square meter stand F26 in Hall 8. Under the motto "Change Driven", the stand highlight is a large exhibit dedicated to electric mobility.
The US Department of Commerce has announced its preliminary determination that imports of certain aluminium foil from China are benefiting from unfair government subsidies. As a result, the agency will instruct US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to require US importers of aluminium foil from China to deposit estimated countervailing duties at the time of importation. The Commerce Department’s determination follows the filing on 9 March 2017 of antidumping and countervailing duty petitions by the Aluminium Association’s Trade Enforcement Working Group, marking the first time the Aluminium Association has filed unfair trade cases on behalf of its members in its nearly 85-year history. As a result of allegations in the petition, the Commerce Department is investigating 26 different subsidy programs maintained by the Government of China.
Sohar Aluminium, organizer of the 21st Arab International Aluminium Conference & Exhibition (Arabal) has announced full details of the agenda for the event. The event will feature international industry leaders and their insights in the aluminium industry. Arabal 2017 is scheduled to be held in Muscat, Oman from 6-9 November 2017. Organized under the theme ‘Driving Strategic Growth across the Global Aluminium Industry’, participants are expected to discuss topics such as market challenges of the current global economic situation, prospects in supply and demand, and sustainable resources.
Shiloh Industries of Plymouth, Michigan, has reduced the weight of a solid rear beam axle housing by 11 kilograms. Shiloh engineers were able to reduce the weight of a traditional cast iron rear beam axle housing by over 40%, creating one of the lightest pickup truck solid beam axle housings in the industry. This innovative design also reduces secondary machining operations saving production time and cost, without compromising strength or performance.
Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal has commissioned a two-stage gas treatment centre at the Krasnoyarsk aluminium smelter (KRAZ) producing sodium sulphate. The investment amounted to USD1.14m. Developed by the Engineering and Technological Centre of Rusal the new process offers numerous advantages: there are no liquid and solid waste discharges thanks to a two-stage gas treatment consisting of wet and dry gas scrubbing. Sodium sulphate is generated at the first stage, which is used in production of cellulose, glass, detergents and construction materials. The advanced process will make it possible for Rusal to stop building new waste disposal areas at KRAZ and save up to USD1.39m per year. Also, gas scrubber maintenance costs will be reduced.
Constellium N.V. has introduced a new generation of high-strength 6000-series alloys, Constellium HSA6, to help automakers meet growing demand for lighter weight vehicles. The new aluminium alloy is in production for several 2017 and 2018 model year vehicles, including the Mini Countryman. Ideal for extrusion-based crash management systems, body-in-white structural components and battery enclosures, Constellium HSA6 allows designers to optimize extrusion shapes and reduce wall thickness to achieve weight savings of 15-30% compared to conventional aluminium alloys. With ultimate tensile strength (UTS) higher than 400 MPa, the HSA6 alloy also provides enhanced recyclability, machinability and corrosion resistance.
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