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.
Interpack 2017, the world’s most important packaging show, provides the perfect platform to demonstrate the continued importance of aluminium foil as one of the major forces in packaging development and technology; keeping it at the heart of the industry. The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), Stand C53 in Hall 10 at the exhibition, will once again feature live Foil & Taste events, showing all the benefits of alufoil packaging in a diverse range of markets and with experts on hand to answer questions. The Stand, shared with Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE), will enable visitors from across the world to see how aluminium foil works with other materials too, such as plastics and paper, to provide the best solutions for an ever-increasing range of products.
Zhengzhou Mingtai Transportation New Materials (ZMT) in Xingyang, Zhengzhou, China, has placed follow-up orders with SMS group for a 125-MN extrusion press and a 60-MN tube press to be installed in its new works built in Xingyang. In the summer of 2016, ZMT had already ordered an 82-MN extrusion press for the same site. The now ordered 60-MN tube press will produce 8,000 tonnes a year of seamless tubes in diameters of up to 400 mm. While the 82-MN extrusion will be designed for a maximum profile width of 700 mm, the 125-MN press will be able to make profiles up to 900 mm wide.
Ball Corporation and Unilever have partnered to bring a more sustainable aluminium aerosol can to the market. The new Rexona and Sure antiperspirant cans employ Ball’s innovative ReAl technology. The new metal alloy that utilizes recycled content exhibits increased strength and allows Ball to lightweight its impact extruded aerosol cans by 20%. This equates to an product carbon footprint reduction of 18% for the 150-millilitre aerosol can used for Unilever’s Rexona and Sure antiperspirant when compared to a standard can.
Sapa will deliver to Alstom structural aluminium frames, solebars and end-wall profiles for rail carriages in high-speed trains that will be used by Amtrak in the United States. The aluminium solutions to be delivered from Sapa’s upgraded operation in Lichtervelde, Belgium, cover extrusion, machining, welding and kitting – in total about 1,000 tonnes.
Outotec has agreed with Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) on the design and delivery of anode rodding shop facility for Alba’s smelter expansion. This is the largest order for Outotec in close to two years. Outotec is to deliver fully equipped anode rodding shop as well as bath and butts material recycling facility. The scope of supply includes process engineering, proprietary and other process equipment as well as procurement and construction. Once operational this will be the world’s most modern rodding shop, says Outotec.
Arconic announced that Klaus Kleinfeld, by mutual agreement with the Arconic Board of Directors, has stepped down as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Arconic and has resigned as a Board member. David P. Hess, a current Board member, has been appointed as Interim CEO of Arconic and will remain on the Board. Patricia F. Russo, Arconic’s current Lead Director, has been appointed as Interim Chair of the Board. Ms. Russo has served on the Board since 2008 and has been serving as Lead Director since 2015.
From 25 to 26 October 2017 ALUMINIUM USA will take place for the second time. After the promising launch in Detroit in 2015 it moved from Motor City to Music City in Nashville, Tennessee, to enlarge its commuting area. With ALUMINIUM USA Reed Exhibitions have enforced their event activities in one of the aluminium sector’s most important regions worldwide.
Alum SA Tulcea in Romania will take delivery of a new central chain bucket elevator type BWZ from Aumund Fördertechnik GmbH in April 2017. The new 100 t/h bucket elevator will be used in the production process to feed calcined aluminium oxide into the silo. The installation of the new bucket elevator will enable the plant operator to dispense with a machine previously purchased from another manufacturer which is no longer performing.
Arconic has announced that the installation of a new plate stretcher is complete. The stretcher produces highly-differentiated aerospace and industrial plate. The USD150 million investment in the machine is backed by customer contracts, including one with Airbus, valued at around USD1 billion. The plate stretcher stands for multiple world records: it is the longest (over 26 yards, 24 m), widest (over 14 feet, 4 m), thickest (over 12 inches, 30 cm) and heaviest (over 40,000 lbs, 18 t) stretcher ever built, and equipped with a world-record pull force of 35 million pounds (15.9m t).
The international journal for industry, research and application of aluminium is published monthly. It provides information on all topical issues concerning the material, its production, processing, recycling and application. Furthermore, economic topics and ecological consequences of aluminium application are discussed. Thirty percent of all articles in the journal are written in English.
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