Hydro has decided to upgrade and start up the second production line at Hydro Husnes in Norway. With both lines in operation, production of primary aluminium at Husnes will double. The line is expected to begin operations in the first half of 2020 and will create 90 new positions.
Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, US Trade Representative, agreed to strengthen trilateral cooperation in the WTO and other forums in order to battle unfair trade. European Aluminium, the voice of the entire aluminium value chain, welcomes the new commitment.
Arconic Inc. has sold its Latin America Extrusions (LAE) business to Hydro. The divestiture is part of Arconic’s drive to streamline its business portfolio, reduce complexity and further focus on its higher-margin products and continuous profitable growth. Under the terms of the agreement, Arconic will receive around USD10m in cash for the LAE business, subject to working capital and other adjustments. Depending on customary regulatory and anti-trust reviews, the deal is expected to close in the first half of 2018.
Constellium N.V. has strengthened its long-term partnership with Audi to supply aluminium automotive body sheet (ABS) as well as structural components for the new Audi A7 Sportback. Produced at the Audi plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, the new A7 model embodies Audi’s new design language with particularly dynamic lines and a sporty character.
The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), organisers of the Alufoil Trophy, announced the closing date for the next competition has been extended to 15 December 2017. This is to enable as many companies as possible to prepare entries, which will be judged in January 2018.
Continuing recovery in European markets more than offset volatility in exports of alufoil products, according to figures just released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). Deliveries of all gauges rose 0.5% year on year, in the three months to September 2017, with domestic deliveries ahead by 1.4% compared with last year. Exports performance continues to be weak, falling 2.8% in that period.
The automobile market is and continues to be a driver of growth and innovation for the aluminium industry and is one of the greatest drivers for aluminium material and process development. This is something the participants of the EAC European Aluminium Congress 2017 could agree on. With approximately 300 participants, the Congress held in Düsseldorf in late November of 2017 served as the industry meeting point of the year for the international aluminium industry's experts. The EAC 2017 was organized as part of the German-Austrian-Swiss aluminium alliance 'D-A-CH, Allianz für Aluminium' by the GDA Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie, Düsseldorf, in cooperation with the Swiss aluminium association 'alu.ch' and the Austrian Economic Chamber WKO, 'Fachverband NE-Metallindustrie'. These three countries represent by far the largest European economic area with a common language.
Rolling mill manufacturer Mino SpA in Italy has been awarded a contract by Gränges Americas for the supply of a new 90-inch cold rolling mill. Through this expansion at its facility in Huntingdon, Tennessee, Gränges will meet the growing demand for foil, automotive heat exchanger materials, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications of its North American customers. The new mill will be equipped with latest rolling technologies and process control solutions and “set a benchmark for quality in the foil and automotive heat exchanger markets,” stresses Mino.
Hydro has launched two new low-carbon aluminium products, designed to help customers reach their sustainability goals and meet the demand from ever more climate-conscious consumers. The new products will be independently certified by DNV GL.
The new products are:
• Hydro 4.0 hydropower-based aluminium with a maximum content of 4.0 kg CO2 per kg aluminium, and
• Hydro 75R aluminium with a guaranteed post-consumer recycled content of minimum 75%.
Novelis Inc. has announced a USD4.5 million manufacturing investment at its facility in Warren, Ohio. The investment in state-of-the-art technology provides greater versatility for pre-treatments, improves operational efficiency and reduces costs over time. The Warren facility has 75 employees dedicated to applying coating to rolled aluminium sheet. The sheet is then used for production of lids for the tops of aluminium beverage cans, producing enough for more than a billion beverage can lids each month.
The US Department of Commerce yesterday announced the self-initiation of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of common alloy aluminium sheet from China. “President Trump made it clear from day one that unfair trade practices will not be tolerated under this administration, and today we take one more step in fulfilling that promise,” said Secretary Wilbur Ross. “We are self-initiating the first trade case in over a quarter century, showing once again that we stand in constant vigilance in support of free, fair, and reciprocal trade.” In 2016, imports of common alloy sheet from China were valued at an estimated USD603.6 million.
Aluminum USA 2017, which took place on 25-26 October in Nashville, reports a 13% increase in attendance and a 23% increase in exhibiting companies over 2015 with significant increase in representation in the sectors of aircraft and aerospace, automotive, building and construction, and engineering.
Early this month, Bloom Engineering welcomed Kip Bailey as a full-time Field Service Technician. He most recently worked for a furnace builder, so is intimately familiar with process and furnaces. He brings a wealth of experience in both combustion and specific process knowledge and is a welcome addition to the team. Bloom now has four full-time technicians and six part-time technicians.
Led by Kerry Henderson, the service team works on sites throughout North America with capabilities to handle trouble-shooting, commissioning, installation supervision, and controls tuning for combustion systems. Although they most commonly support the steel and aluminum industries, the service team can handle a wide range of combustion systems, regardless of the original manufacturer of the equipment.
Spectro Alloys Corp. is to invest USD5.5m in its aluminium recycling facility in Rosemount, Minnesota. The investment will add jobs, expand recycling capabilities and improve melting safety and efficiency – reducing gas and electricity needed in the recycling process. The project, which will be implemented by mid-2018, includes a new building addition which will house a 21-tonne rotary furnace capable of melting a wide range of aluminium scrap types. It will incorporate state-of-the-art technology, including a filtration plant that will reduce emissions from the recycling process.
Arconic Inc. plans to install a new horizontal heat treatment furnace at its Davenport Works in Iowa. Heat treatment is a required step in the production of certain high-strength products, and is essential for products intended for large aerospace and industrial applications. This new furnace will enable Arconic to heat-treat longer and thicker plate than before, including material for Arconic’s recently installed Thick Plate Stretcher, which began commercial production this year and is the largest thick plate stretcher in the world. Need for thick aluminium plate is growing, particularly as demand for composite wings, made with monolithic thick plate wing ribs, increases.
At their joint general meeting in Frankfurt am Main, the VDMA Specialist Associations – Foundry Machinery, Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills, and Thermo Process Technology –announced the formation of a new joint group: the VDMA Metallurgy Specialist Association. The previous specialist associations are to be specialist sections of the new body. The overall board of VDMA Metallurgy will comprise the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the previous specialist associations. The designated chairman of the board is Ioannis Ioannidis, president & CEO of the Oskar Frech company. Designated deputy chairmen are Christian Bartels-von Varnbüler, president of the Küttner Group, and Joachim G. Wünning, managing director of WS Wärmeprozesstechnik GmbH.
Aleris has opened its aluminium automotive body sheet production facility in Lewisport, Kentucky. The project, which represents a USD400 million investment, positions Aleris to meet significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminium use for the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The company began shipping automotive products from Lewisport to customers this month.
UC Rusal has announced that aluminium alloys 8030 and 8176 have been successfully approved by Russian authorities for the use in electrical wiring applications. This approval opens up new market opportunities for aluminium.
Novelis has announced that its Advanz 6HF-e/s200 aluminium alloy is now available in North America. This heat-treatable alloy, first introduced on the European market, provides automakers greater design flexibility due to its superior formability, strength performance and weight savings for outer and inner applications.
German manufacturers of tubes and aluminium aerosol cans are currently enjoying good market conditions. However, the industry is concerned about increases in the price of raw materials and consumables, which are substantial in some cases. The price of oil has risen by about 20% since June 2017, as the German aluminium association, GDA, points out, and the price of aluminium has increased by a good 10% during the same period. Furthermore, the coatings and printing inks industry is bemoaning bottlenecks in the supply of some raw materials.
Aleris Corporation has announced that the company’s planned acquisition by Zhongwang USA LLC will not proceed. The merger agreement between the parties expired by its terms on 12 November 2017. The merger was subject to customary regulatory approvals, including approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. In July the Committee raised concerns about the transaction, and the parties withdrew their filing while extending the merger agreement to allow for additional discussions.
Boeing has announced its investment in Valencia, Calif.-based Gamma Alloys, a leader in aluminium alloys focused on developing advanced metal-matrix composites for use in aerospace, automotive and other industries. This investment by Boeing HorizonX Ventures, which was established earlier this year, is its first in advanced materials and machining development and applications.
UC Rusal has launched a new aluminium brand, Allow, which features a significantly lower carbon footprint (specific volume of greenhouse gas emissions) as compared to the industry average. As demand amongst consumers grows for more sustainable and environmentally friendly aluminium, Rusal utilizes its unique access to clean, renewable hydro power to provide a product with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. According to Rusal, Allow’s carbon footprint is lower than four tonnes of CO2 per tonne of aluminium, while the world average is currently around 12 tonnes of CO2/tAl (scope 1 and 2 at the smelter). All Allow branded metal produced by Rusal will be independently verified so as to provide credible quality assurance for our customers.
Aleris has signed a multi-year agreement with Bombardier to supply aluminium flat rolled products for a variety of Bombardier aircraft programmes. The new agreement extends the scope of products supplied by Aleris to include technically demanding high strength and superior corrosion resistant plate products.
The new Danieli DiamondFlex 6-high cold rolling mill (CM4 designation) will be installed in a new building at Logan Aluminum in Logan County, Western Kentucky, USA. The operation of the new mill will further enhance Logan’s capabilities by rolling 29.5-tonne coils with maximum strip width of 2,133 mm at speeds of up to 2,200 m/min. Logan’s new mill will be the fastest cold mill in the world, and also the most powerful with a nominal stand power of 9,500 kW.
The mill will produce can-stock and supply the substantial increases in demand forecast for automotive flat products. The close collaboration and partnership between Logan and Danieli ensures that the CM4 mill will encompass Logan’s experience and expertise in operating and optimizing high performance mills.
Aluminium beverage cans are the most recycled drinks package in the world, according to a new analysis by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS). Commissioned by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and Abralatas in Brazil, the study used global recycling data to calculate and validate the global recyclability rates for aluminium, PET and glass beverage containers. The study established a global weighted average recycling rate for aluminium at 69%, compared to PET at 43% and glass at 46%.
China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in SilverYachts, an Australia-based all-aluminium superyacht builder. The transaction marks a strategic move for both parties to make further inroads in expanding the application of aluminium in the marine sector. “We are delighted to join hands with SilverYachts to navigate the high-end marine sector at full speed,” said Lu Changqing, president and executive director of China Zhongwang.
The US Department of Commerce has imposed fresh import duties on aluminium foil from China accusing exporters from China selling their product at prices that resulted in preliminary dumping margins of 96.81 to 162.24%. Upon issuance of this preliminary determination, the Department of Commerce will instruct US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of aluminium foil from China based on the preliminary rates. Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final antidumping determination on 23 February 2018.
Charles “Chip” Blankenship (51) has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Arconic and a member of the board of directors, effective 15 January 2018. He is a 24-year veteran of General Electric (GE) who spent much of his career in its aviation and jet engine businesses.
Blankenship brings 20 years of aerospace experience to Arconic, having worked across GE’s aviation businesses, including aero engines, industrial gas turbines and aerospace alloy development. He previously led GE Aviation’s Commercial Engines Operation, the world’s leading producer of large and small jet engines for commercial aircraft.
Toyota recently raised the stakes to remain the top manufacturer of hybrid vehicles worldwide with a USD373.8m investment in five US manufacturing plants that will support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain and to implement Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) at its Alabama plant. Each of the projects is scheduled to begin this year and all should be operational by 2020.
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