Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has become the first aluminium company in the Middle East to join the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, which brings the world’s leading mining and metals companies together with well-known aluminium customers to set global standards for governance, environmental and social responsibility. EGA has invested almost one billion US-dollars since 2010 in environmental technologies and facilities to reduce and manage its emissions and waste, and makes important social contributions including creating employment, spurring broader economic development and focusing on safety and worker welfare.
Hydro Aluminium in Commerce, Texas, has placed an order with Hertwich Engineering for the supply of a modern batch homogenizing furnace and a further saw for extrusion billets. Hydro processes some 100,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap into extrusion billets at its Commerce facility. The company already operates a Hertwich continuous homogenizing furnace and has now placed an order for a batch homogenizing furnace together with an additional saw. The new furnace will have a capacity of 55 tonnes and be designed for billets up to a maximum length of 7.7 metres and diameters in the range of 178 to 406 millimetres.
The German aluminium association GDA is organizing the European Aluminium Congress 2017 in Düsseldorf from 27-28 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). Papers can be submitted as of now. The call for papers runs until 02 May 2017.
The Saudi National Automobiles Manufacturing Company (SNAM) recently signed an agreement with the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) to increase the aluminium content in vehicles produced in Saudi Arabia. During a signing ceremony in Riyadh, Khaled S. Alohali, Ma’aden vice-president of Strategy and Aluminium said: “Ma’aden and SNAM are united in our goal of increasing the use of aluminium in the automotive industry as an alternative to iron. Ma’aden operates one of the world’s largest fully integrated aluminium complexes and we are currently supplying Jaguar Land Rover with high quality auto sheet product from our world class rolling mill facility.”
Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal has announced its operating results in 2016. Aluminium production totalled 3.7 million tonnes, up 1.1% year-on-year. Aluminium sales volumes amounted to 3.8 million tonnes, which is an increase of 4.9%, largely attributable to additional volumes from the Boguchansky smelter. Alumina output totalled 7.5 million tonnes (+1.7%). Bauxite output amounted to 12.2 million tonnes (+0.6%).
Danieli Fata Hunter has supplied and installed a cold rolling mill and a tension levelling line at the new Eurometal greenfield plant located in the new Kleszczów Industrial Park in Poland. The cold rolling mill produces 120,000 tpy of aluminium coils, coming from two casting machines, with a thickness of 10 to 6 mm and which are rolled down to a thickness of min 0.15 mm at a speed up to 1,200 m/min; strip width is max. 2.1 metres.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has placed an order for the supply of an additional batch homogenizing furnace for the heat treatment of billets with Hertwich Engineering. Including this new unit, which will go into operation at the end of 2017, a total of five batch furnaces of this type will be operating at EGA’s Jebel Ali plant (Dubal) and two at EGA’s Al Taweelah smelter (Emal).
The Aluminium Closures – Turn 360° campaign, which promotes the advantages of aluminium closures for winemakers, will again host a daily competition at ProWein, the leading trade fair for wine professionals, in Düsseldorf, Germany, 19-21 March. The campaign team can be found in the dedicated Packaging & Design sector adjacent to the ProWein Forum, Hall 13, Stand F16.
Hydro’s underlying operating earnings (Ebit) rose to NOK1,829m in the fourth quarter from NOK1,477m in the previous quarter. Higher realized alumina and aluminium prices lifted results for the quarter, partly offset by seasonally higher costs and lower aluminium product sales. Hydro expects continued healthy demand for aluminium and aluminium products, forecasting global primary demand growth at 3-5% in 2017.
Aluminium company Novelis reported net income of USD63m for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to a net income of USD6m in the prior-year period. Excluding tax-effected special items in both periods, the company more than doubled third quarter fiscal 2017 net income to USD67m from USD32m in the prior year. Current year net income reflects record adjusted Ebitda and an 18% reduction in interest expense, a result of the refinancing of two senior note issuances during the second quarter of fiscal 2017.
“Continued operational efficiencies combined with strong aluminium automotive sheet demand and strategic capacity investments delivered record, sustainable adjusted Ebitda results this quarter,” said Steve Fisher, president CEO of Novelis.
The European Aluminium (EA) association reiterated its commitment to the circular economy at this week’s 14th International Aluminium Recycling Congress. Europe plays a leading role in this debate but will need to cooperate more closely on a global level to close the loop. EU policymakers should ensure equivalent standards for treating exported EU scrap to truly impact the global stage.
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, has launched a new web-based tool to visualise the aluminium value chain, from bauxite to scrap, including inter-regional trade flows. The IAI’s mass flow visualisation, available at www.world-aluminium.org/statistics/massflow, allows users to manipulate an animated Sankey diagram, showing the production, consumption and trade of bauxite, alumina, ingots (primary and recycled), semis, final products and scrap across nine regions over the period 1962 to 2014.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) proceeds in the development of its bauxite mining and export facilities in the Republic of Guinea. Jan de Nul, a Belgian marine contractor that also worked on the construction of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, completed a three month project for site infill and elevation of 50 hectares of land at Kamsar on the Guinean coast for a rail loop and bulk materials handling facilities. Marine sand was piped to the site through a specially-built 5 km pipeline, significantly reducing the need for truck movements in Kamsar town.
PSI received an order from Gränges AB in Sweden to implement PSImetals as a production management solution to harmonize their production processes. Gränges, which focuses on rolled products for the heat exchanger industry, aims to establish globally integrated production processes based on one common platform. Today Gränges operates different manufacturing execution systems (MES) in their sites in Sweden, China and in the US which are developed and maintained in-house. To standardize business processes and to reduce administration and maintenance efforts, Gränges implements PSImetals as integrative production management solution from Planning to Execution.
Bonnell Aluminum of Newnan in Georgia, announced that its parent company, Tredegar Corp., has agreed to acquire 100% ownership of Futura Industries. Upon the closing of the transaction, expected by mid-February, Futura will become an operating division of Bonnell Aluminum. Futura, headquartered in Clearfield, Utah, with a national sales presence and particular strength in the western US, designs and manufactures a wide range of extruded aluminium products for a number of industries and end markets, including branded flooring trims and TSLOTS, as well as OEM components for truck grills, solar panels, fitness equipment and other applications. Futura has some 350 employees.
apt Hiller GmbH with headquarters in Monheim, Germany, has recently ordered the fourth front-loading extrusion press from SMS group. The new machine operates with an extrusion force of 2,700 tonnes in front-loading design, thus enabling high productivity and product quality. At the Monheim location, it replaces an older 20/22-MN extrusion press of apt Hiller. At the same time, a new highly effective billet heating furnace will be installed and part of the run-out equipment will be newly built.
Thermo process technology is not merely essential for a large number of the major areas of industry – it is more than just that: it plays a crucial role in determining the properties of individual products and all industrial manufacturing operations. This is true for example of the automotive and aviation industries, and the metal production and processing. A number of global challenges need to be tackled at the same time: the general economic and political conditions around the world, climate protection, carbon footprint, energy and resource efficiency – to mention just the most important ones. Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, global portfolio director, Metals and Flow Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, emphasizes: “This is precisely what the two-day ITPS focuses on, offering the thermo process industry and its stakeholders a customised programme. As was already the case at the premiere in 2013 and the subsequent events in India in 2014 and in the USA last year, we are again expecting high-level decision-makers to be among the visitors.”
Metals and mining flagship Alcoa reported Q4 2016 results that reflect profit growth at the combined segment level and an improved cash position, driven by higher alumina and aluminium pricing. Since launching as an independent company on 1 November 2016, Alcoa has increased its cash position by $198m and closed the Q4 2016 with a cash balance of $853m. “Alcoa’s first reporting period as a new, standalone, publicly-traded company points to our ability to deliver shareholder value,” said CEO Roy Harvey. “Rising alumina and aluminium prices improved the bottom line, our alumina segment had exceptional profit growth in a stronger market environment and doubled margins, while our bauxite business also increased profits and reported robust margins. In addition, we continued to streamline our portfolio and generated cash to strengthen the balance sheet.”
F. Zimmermann GmbH, based near Stuttgart, Germany, has opened their new branch in Wixom, Oakland County, Michigan. The milling machine specialist, which now operates a facility covering 1,230 square metres (13,250 sq. ft.) intends to expand its activities in the North American market. “Demand in the American aviation and aerospace industries is continuously growing, and that is also true for the automotive industry,” said shareholder Frieder Gänzle. “By opening this new branch we're sending a strong message to our customers in these fast-growing industries that we will give them the best possible service.” What makes the location so attractive is the proximity of numerous suppliers in the Wixom area. The management team of Zimmermann Inc. consists of Matthias Tockook, who has worked for the specialist manufacturer of milling machines for eleven years, and Cornelius Kiesel, a longtime employee of the parent company in Neuhausen.
Emirates Global Aluminium has placed an order for the supply of an additional batch homogenizing furnace for the heat treatment of billets with Hertwich Engineering. It means there will be five batch furnaces of this type operating at EGA’s Jebel Ali plant (Dubal) when the new unit goes into operation at the end of 2017, and two at EGA’s Al Taweelah smelter (Emal).
Novelis has given Tenova the Final Acceptance Certificate for its aluminium automotive line at Nachterstedt Plant in Germany. Located adjacent to Novelis’ rolling mill, the USD85m global investment will increase production capacity by 120,000 tpy of automotive sheet and will provide global customers with high-quality sheet of alloys used in lightweight vehicle structures and body panels.
Novelis, a world leader for surface-finished and coil-coated aluminium products, presents innovative surfaces and fascinating facades at the BAU 2017 fair in Munich. One example: the corporate headquarters of the Belgian mechanical engineering group, Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie in Seraing (see photo), blossoms through its attractive three-dimensional aluminium façade of 6,500 square metres. The Paris’ architects Reichen et Robert Associate chose Novelis J57S due to its outstanding consistency of colour and gloss level. The combination of glass elements and 2 mm thick batch-anodized aluminium in a golden champagne colour shade provides a lively play of light and shadow. The most striking façade element is a golden metal net that unfolds around the building. The second layer of suspended, 3 mm perforated aluminium plates with rectangular cutouts provides a visual highlight and an extraordinary atmosphere.
In recognition of their packaging excellence six products, which won the prestigious Alufoil Trophy, have been awarded a WorldStar by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The winning alufoil products were made by Ampac Flexibles, Ardagh and Amcor Flexibles, Constantia Flexibles, Guala Closures and Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging.
Five WorldStars were received by Alufoil Trophy winners in the food category. Ampac were given the award for its Marinade Pouch, an innovative, 3-side-sealed pouch with a special zipper solution, which contains 200 ml of sauce, to marinate fresh meat within 30 minutes.
Magna International, in cooperation with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and partners FCA US and Grupo Antolin, has developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves the project objective of 42.5% mass savings compared to an average current production door. Making the announcement at the Detroit Auto Show, Magna and its project partners presented a solution to further help global automakers meet emissions standards and reduce fuel consumption through lightweighting. The door-in-white assembly makes extensive use of aluminium, which achieves around half of the total mass reduction of the door assembly.
The Ceratizit Group has acquired the German company Becker Diamantwerkzeuge, a producer of extremely wear resistant tools for the automotive, mechanical engineering, medical technology and aerospace industries. Becker tools are used when it comes to materials that are exotic and difficult to machine, such as aluminium, carbon fibre reinforced plastics or high alloy steel. In order to minimize the wear while machining, the cutting edges of the carbide tools are reinforced with diamonds or boron nitride.
Over the next five years, the automobile industry will be undergoing greater changes than over the past hundred years, and these changes will be worldwide. Megatrends such as growing urbanization with new business models of urban mobility, the spread of interconnectivity and the greater and greater use of electro-mobility – these are transforming our world. Rheinmetall Automotive CEO Horst Binnig commented on the occasion of the Detroit Auto Show starting on 9 January: “The auto industry is facing the greatest upheaval in its history. It must rise to the challenges if it is to continue to play a key role in the mobility of individuals. And this is only possible through a concerted effort by all concerned.”
Kobelco Aluminum Products and Extrusion, Inc. of Bowling Green, Kentucky has selected Granco Clark to supply a complete billet/log processing and extrusion handling systems for their new press line. The scope of supply includes Granco Clark’s next generation high efficiency log furnace, hot billet sawing, a billet taper quench system, eight IR die ovens, a high performance / high impact spray quench, 24’ air quench, cut-on-the-fly double puller system, high velocity cooling ducts, stretcher, a complete belt/conveyor system, ECS (Extrusion Cutting System) and gauge with scrap handling, age oven, extrusion stacking system, age oven rack stacking, powered roll rack conveyor with lift/transfers, and age oven rack de-stacking. This project will also have Granco Clark’s SCS Extrude software that provides powerful diagnostics with system diagrams, step-by-step troubleshooting instructions and graphics.
Danieli Fröhling’s new high-speed trimming line installed at Henan Zhongfu’s Gongyi plant in the Henan province, is in full production, processing 250,000 tonnes a year of aluminium strip. The strip thickness of the main product is 0.1 to 0.8 mm, with widths in the range of 900 to 2.150 mm, for a maximum coil weight of 30 tonnes. The line’s maximum strip-cutting speed is 1,500 m/min, producing primarily alloys of series 1xxx, 3xxx, 5xxx, and 8xxx.
Danieli supplied mechanical and process technologies for the entire system, including coil entry side, in-line coil preparation, electrostatic oiling, side trimming, scrap suction and high-speed recoiling, as well as the auxiliary systems and electrics/automation. Special technological features are also included in the package, such as in-line preparation with a drum shear (head end cropping) at a speed of 200 mpm, CNC trimming shear for fully automatic adjustment of width, knife immersion and cutting gap, and a reliable scrap suction and removal system, including a wet washer unit.
Primetals Technologies has been awarded an order from Jiangsu Dingsheng Aluminium (Dinsheng) in China to supply 60 sets of Air Bearing Shapemeters, ISV Spraybars, Magnescale Transducers and four packages of spare parts. The equipment is part of Dingsheng’s foil rolling mill expansion project taking place on three sites: the new Tong Liao site in Inner Mongolia and the two existing sites Zhengjiang in Jiangsu Province and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. First deliveries were made in October 2016 and final deliveries will be made in February 2019.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that the first bauxite bulk sample shipment from its mine under development in the Republic of Guinea has left from the port of Kamsar, bound for bauxite customers in China. The shipment of 55,000 tonnes is a milestone in EGA’s programme to unlock Chinese and other markets for Guinean bauxite.
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