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.
The hunt for the very best products using aluminium foil or aluminium closures is underway once again, with the announcement that entries for the Alufoil Trophy 2018 are now open for submission, until 24 November 2017. Organized by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), the competition is highly recognized in the industry. Past Trophy winners are seen as trendsetters who have helped to shape the future direction of aluminium foil.
Aluminium China 2017 – the biggest event in the Asian aluminium industry – attracted more than 21,590 visitors from 80 countries to Shanghai with the spotlight firmly set on the future of the lightweight auto industry. The event, which took place from 19 to 21 July, showcased some 500 aluminium producers, processing equipment suppliers and materials processors from around the world. The event remained on course for growth, featuring new exhibitors such as Constellium, Gillespie & Powers, Magma, Ruf, Haehne, Stas and Rex Materials from Germany, France, the USA, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Australia, Slovenia and Malaysia. Leading domestic and international players included Aluminium Corp. of China, Zhongwang, Hongqiao, Deli, Yiteli, Yunhai, Zhongfu, Yuhang, Yankuang, Chuangxin, UACJ, Deli, Fenglv, Pyrotek and many others.
Amag rolling GmbH has awarded Primetals Technologies an order to modernize the block milling machine at its Ranshofen plant in Austria. This involves renewing the electrical and automation equipment as well as replacing some components of the secondary plant equipment and adding some new ones. The safety equipment will also be brought up to the state of the art. The goals of the modernization are to simplify maintenance, increase availability and bring the safety equipment up to the requirements of the machine safety ordinance by using standardized solutions. The project is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2018. Primetals Technologies had already carried out modernization projects on the hot rolling mill of Amag rolling in previous years.
Surface treatment specialist Chemetall has expanded its Aluminium Competence Centre in Hamm, Germany. New, state-of-the-art facilities strengthen the company’s position as global supplier of products for the aluminium finishing industry.
Hydro generated revenue of NOK24.6 billion in Q2 2017, up 20.6% on the year-ago period. Underlying earnings before financial items and tax (Ebit) increased to NOK2.9 billion (+up 49%), mainly driven by higher aluminium prices and favourable currency developments. Lower realized alumina prices and increased raw material costs had a negative impact on results.
Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty House Group has acquired Amtek Aluminium Castings (Witham) Ltd and King Automotive Systems Ltd (Amtek UK) – a UK manufacturer of cast aluminium engine and vehicle components in a rescue deal that helps save the jobs of around 550 automotive workers.
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has completed the recovery of Reduction Line 5 pots which had been affected following the power outage incident in April 2017. Alba’s CEO, Tim Murray, said: “The recovery of Line 5 was one of the most painful experiences in the history of Alba. However, the resilience of the team allowed us to set a new industry benchmark on the speed of recovery.”
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.
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