At this year’s ALUMINIUM trade fair in Düsseldorf from 29 November to 1 December, Achenbach Buschhütten and Goebel IMS will present their joint development: the NovaSlit S – a next-generation aluminium foil slitter for the processing of both hard rolled and soft annealed aluminium foils. Precise cutting of foil thicknesses from 6 to 50 µm into slitting widths starting from 25 mm is guaranteed with this innovative machine. The finished roll diameter ranges up to 800 mm in slitting operation and maximum 1,000 mm for re-reeling operation on the bottom rewinder.
Rio Tinto has reached an agreement to sell its assets at Lochaber, Scotland, to Simec for consideration totalling USD410 million (£330m). The agreement comprises the sale of Rio Tinto’s 100% shareholding in Alcan Aluminium UK Ltd which includes the operating smelter, the hydroelectric facilities at Kinlochleven and Lochaber as well as all associated land. Rio Tinto Aluminium CEO Alf Barrios said: “This is a value-creating sale for Rio Tinto and represents another example of refining our portfolio to focus on our suite of tier one assets. At the same time, our priority has been to ensure a long-term sustainable future for Lochaber and economic benefit for the wider Fort William community. There was significant interest in the assets, but Simec is committed to continuing operations at the smelter and working with the community on further economic development.” Simec’s intention is that the smelter will be operated by the Liberty House Group, its sister company within the international GFG Alliance. The sale is expected to close mid-December 2016.
Super Alloy Industrial Co. Ltd. (SAI) from Taiwan has placed an order with Hertwich Engineering for the supply of a compact remelt plant for aluminium billets in sizes up to max. 305 mm diameter and 7,000 mm length. The plant is designed for a capacity of 40,000 tonnes a year and shall be commissioned in September 2017.
The company Aluminium Konin / Impexmetal in Poland has recently commissioned a high-performing cut-to-length line from Georg GmbH for the processing of coils out of thin and soft aluminium. That the company relies on high-tech from Georg is no novelty: already since 2005 there is a cut-to-length line from Georg in operation.
Russia’s aluminium flagship UC Rusal has completed the sale of a 100% stake in Alumina Partners of Jamaica (Alpart) to the Chinese state industrial group Jiuquan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd (Jisco) for a USD299 million cash consideration. The divestment of Alpart does not affect Rusal’s 100% self-sufficiency in alumina. Vertical integration into efficient upstream assets remains one of the key pillars of the company’s strategy.
Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside the oil and gas industry, is to supply high quality UAE-made aluminium to BMW for use in the manufacture of some of the German car group’s engines. Although EGA has supplied aluminium to the automotive parts industry for decades, the deal with BMW is the first directly with a major automotive group. EGA will supply BMW with aluminium under the deal for the next three years.
As part of its realignment and restructuring, Stockach Aluminium GmbH in Dachau, Germany, is concentrating on wrought alloys and will be discontinuing the production of casting alloys at the end of the year. This decision was made by the management and shareholders of the company. Some 25,000 tonnes of casting alloys capacity is being shut down. The decision was made against the background of the enormous oversupply on the market, which no longer allows for production at sufficient margins. In future, the production of casting alloys will be concentrated at the locations of the sister company Oetinger Aluminium in Weißenhorn and Neu-Ulm.
Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal has announced Q3 2016 figures. Revenue in Q3 amounted to USD2,060m, up 3.9%. Adjusted Ebitda increased by 22.4% to USD421m, and adjusted net profit quadrupled to USD181m. All in comparison with the previous quarter. Compared with the year-ago period, revenue, adjusted Ebitda and adjusted net profit were on the same level.
Aluminium segment cost per tonne declined by 7.6% to USD1,330 in Q3 2016 as a result of efficiency measures, cost reduction initiatives and external factors such as fluctuation of Russian Ruble to the US dollar and decrease of raw materials price.
Four renowned extrusion plant operators could be convinced that exceptionally high temperature control accuracy, maximum flexibility plus energy savings are possible, all at the same time. Billet heating systems relying on combined gas and induction heating have now been successfully commissioned at these customer’s sites in Austria, Finland, Canada and the Czech Republic, respectively.
Alcoa spin-off Arconic has announced a multi-year contract with Airbus for the supply of aluminium sheet and plate. This USD1 billion contract is the first to include material from the company’s new thick plate stretcher in Davenport, Iowa. Arconic’s most significant share gain in the contract is in the A320 family of aircraft, which is Airbus’ highest growth programme. The multi-year agreement will start in January 2017 and makes Arconic sole supplier to Airbus for specific applications, including some wing, fuselage and structural components. In addition, Airbus planes will feature Arconic plate products on every platform, used in key applications such as wing ribs, fuselage frames and other structural parts of the aircraft.
Super Alloy Industrial CO. Ltd. (SAI), located in Dou-Liu City, Taiwan, has placed an order with Hertwich Engineering for the supply of a compact remelt plant for aluminium billets. The plant is designed for a capacity of 40,000 tonnes a year and shall be commissioned in September 2017.
After the disastrous fire at the end of last May, which had caused the entire aluminum hot rolling mill of Impol to fail, SMS group had provided rapid support. Immediately after the news about the damage had spread, a team of SMS group experts set off for Sibenik in Croatia to analyze the fire damage and promptly initiate all necessary actions for repair or replacement of the damaged components.
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), a multi-stakeholder organization with the mission to foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, have signed an agreement to collaborate in their respective efforts to support continuous improvement in the performance of the global aluminium industry and the sustainable use and recycling of its products.
The average recycling rate for aluminium closures in Europe has increased to more than 50%, according to figures released recently by the European Aluminium Foil Association, EAFA. Much of this improvement is due to national initiatives and better collection and recycling schemes across Europe, says EAFA. Aluminium closures, mainly used on bottles of wine, spirits, water and olive oil, can be collected either with the mixed packaging fraction or together with the glass collection stream. Thanks to modern processes the aluminium is easily extracted and recycled, from both material streams.
Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal has launched the first RA-550 pot running at more than 550 kA at the Sayanogorsk aluminium smelter (SAZ) as part of a USD28 million project. The key benefit of the new pots is their energy efficiency. A RA-550 cell consumes around 12 kWh/kg of aluminium, which is 10-15% less than previous generations. According to design documents, one pot will produce 4.21 tonnes of aluminium per day, which is about twice as much as the daily output of a RA-300 pot currently used at SAZ.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced the first delivery of hot, molten aluminium directly from its Al Taweelah operations (Emal) in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) to industrial neighbour Ducab Aluminium Company, a new extrusion plant in the emerging aluminium hub in Kizad. The metal, which Ducab will use to produce aluminium electrical cables, is transported along a dedicated Hot Metal Road.
Vimetco N.V., a vertically integrated producer of primary and processed aluminium products with assets in China, Romania and Sierra Leone, is in discussion with a potential buyer about the possible sale of the company’s entire stake in the entities that hold the company’s main aluminium producing operations in China. The discussion is currently at an early stage and there is no certainty that it would result in a transaction, Vimetco stresses.
Vimetco N.V. controls annual production capacities of up to 1m tonnes of primary aluminium, 340,000 tonnes of processed aluminium products, 600,000 tonnes of alumina, 1.7m tonnes of bauxite and 318,000 tonnes of baked anodes per year.
Bulgarian aluminium product manufacturer Alcomet AD, located in Shumen, has awarded SMS group the order to supply a flexible, modern cold rolling mill for the production of a wide range of high-quality aluminium strips. Alcomet is a leading supplier of rolled and extruded aluminium products in Eastern Europe thanks to the company’s 35 years of experience in non-ferrous metallurgy. The current portfolio of rolled products comprises foil stock for containers and household use, technological foils, sheet and strips for coolers, heat exchangers and for construction. The company uses in-house cast strip of alloy series 1xxx, 3xxx and 8xxx as input material.
Constellium has officially commissioned a new finishing line at its plant in Neuf-Brisach, France, for a total of €180 million. The new line is designed to meet the growing demand for aluminium automotive body sheet. With a production capacity of 100,000 tonnes, the new 240-metre long finishing line features high-speed thermal treatment, precise temperature control, highly efficient quenching process as well as greater flexibility on the thickness of processed alloys. This diverse range of innovative technologies will enable Constellium to manufacture high-quality aluminium products for automotive closure inners, outers and Body-in-White. The new finishing line is in the final stage of the qualification phase and has already started commercial production.
The lightweight construction megatrend ensures excellent growth opportunities for aluminium as an industrial material: above all, the material’s distinct technology and design advantages are making a splash in automotive engineering, the transport sector and the construction industry. ALUMINIUM 2016 in Düsseldorf will reveal how the market for lightweight materials continues to grow. Some 1,000 exhibitors from 50 nations will be on hand at the world’s largest industry trade fair from 29 November to 1 December to present trailblazing solutions for increased efficiency in aluminium production and processing.
Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. has received court approval for the sale of the company’s aluminium smelter and facilities in New Madrid, Missouri, to ARG International AG for a purchase price of USD13.7 million. The court approval follows an auction that took place on 28 September. The company expects to close the transaction in October 2016.
The company has also entered into an asset purchase agreement with an affiliate of Dada Holdings LLC, New Day Aluminum LLC, which will serve as the ‘stalking horse’ bidder in a court-supervised sale process for Noranda’s alumina refinery in Gramercy, Louisiana, and bauxite mining operation in St. Ann, Jamaica. Dada is a management company consisting of the former senior management team of Wise Metals Group LLC, which was sold to Constellium N.V. in January 2015. The asset purchase agreement is subject to higher or better bids. The deadline to submit qualified bids is 17 October and, if multiple bids are submitted, an auction is scheduled to take place the following day.
Novelis has announced it is supplying aluminium solutions for the all-new Jaguar XFL, the first Jaguar model from Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Co., Ltd. The XFL was launched in China at the end of August 29 and features a body-in-white made of 75% aluminium, the highest aluminium content achieved by an automaker to date in the Chinese automotive marketplace.
Sapa has developed the first-ever automotive aluminium brake line using a high-strength aluminium alloy. The company will be showcasing the new development at IZB, one of Europe’s leading trade fairs for the automotive supplier industry. It takes place on 18-20 October in Wolfsburg, Germany. “The entire industry is on a mission to reduce weight in cars as a key to lowering emissions. The brake line development is one such innovation, that can reduce the weight with over 50% compared to steel,” says innovation and technology manager Jens Sandahl Sørensen.
Demag Service is to take over maintenance of cranes and hoist units at the German production sites of the SMS group. The machinery and plant builder has for the first time awarded the contract for the service work at its nine German plants to one company. SMS uses some 560 crane installations/hoist units that have load capacities ranging from 125 kg to 250 tonnes for many lifting and transport jobs. In addition to its plants in Hilchenbach and Mönchengladbach, the SMS group has seven other production sites.
Stephan Witt has been appointed additional managing director of Kampf Schneid-und Wickeltechnik in Wiehl, Germany, with effective from 1 October 2016. He joined the leading engineering company one year ago as technical director. Now he will manage Kampf together with Lutz Busch, who has been managing director of the company since 1999. Witt leads the areas of Technology, Development, Production, Assembly, Materials Management and Project Planning. Busch is responsible for the management of Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Human Resources, Central Services as well as Product and Quality Management.
Constellium N.V. has unveiled a first-of-its-kind application for the automotive industry, which will allow OEMs and businesses to browse through the wide array of Constellium aluminium product offerings available for the automotive sheet and extrusions market. It will now be easier for Constellium stakeholders to better understand, through vivid 3D visualizations, the company’s aluminium offerings to the automotive industry: car body closures, body-in-white, crash management systems, chassis and mechanical parts, decorative parts and equipment and heat exchangers. “The 3D experience will allow market experts to explore various aspects of a car and discover our vast product offerings for the automotive industry, including innovations and solutions,” said Peter Basten, who is in charge of Constellium’s Strategy, Business Development, Research & Technology department.
Garney Scott, president and CEO of Scepter, Inc. and chairman of the US Aluminum Association, as well as Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, will testify at the US International Trade Commission (US ITC) public hearing on the ‘Investigation on the Competitive Conditions Affecting the US Aluminium Industry’, scheduled for 29 September. Mr. Scott and Ms. Brock will call attention to the challenges posed to domestic aluminium producers by overcapacity in China and encourage the US ITC to engage on the issue through its investigation. “We are gratified that the Commission has begun the process of investigating the complex issues driving overcapacity and overproduction in the aluminium sector in China,” Ms. Brock will say, according to her prepared remarks. “We remain committed to a healthy and growing global aluminium industry where all producers play by the same set of rules on a level playing field.”
The member companies of Aerobal, the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, could be more than happy with developments in shipments around the world. In the first half of the year, they boosted output of aluminium aerosol cans by 4.5% compared with the corresponding period a year earlier to about 2.9 billion cans. Aerobal’s member companies account for about 70% of the world’s production of aluminium aerosol cans. “Given the current economic situation we cannot complain about this stable market growth,” says Gregor Spengler, secretary general of Aerobal. “It emphasises the popularity of the aerosol can as a packaging material globally.”
Constellium N.V. will supply aluminium Crash Management Systems (CMS) and automotive body sheets for the new Peugeot 3008, which will be presented to the public at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Constellium will supply the aluminium front CMS for the compact SUV, including a lower beam for enhanced pedestrian safety. Constellium will also provide aluminium coils and sheet for the inner and outer hood panels and for the fenders.
For its competition to find this year’s best aluminium aerosol cans, AEROBAL, the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, once again invited entries from all over the world. AEROBAL’s member companies account for about 70 per cent of all aluminium aerosol cans produced worldwide. The panel of experts comprised journalists from well-known international packaging and can magazines.
“Our World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award is a truly global exhibition of our sector’s capabilities,” says Gregor Spengler, Secretary General of AEROBAL. “The competition is not only a yardstick for the aluminium aerosol can’s high quality standard, it also serves as a pointer to trends in future developments. Moreover, it is a valuable indicator of what is happening in the can markets and where packaging is heading. This year’s winning cans are literally the best examples.”
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