In the first half of 2017, the members of the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (Aerobal) delivered an impressive 2.9 billion aluminium aerosol cans worldwide. That means the output is more or less at the same level as 2016, a year that ended with record results for the industry.
Talum d.d. based in the Slovenian town of Kidri?evo has ordered a continuous homogenizing furnace and a helical ultrasonic testing station from Hertwich. The new plant will start operation in July 2018 and will almost double the homogenizing capacity of the group.
Aluminium foil deliveries in the period April to June 2017 showed little difference to the same period in 2016 according to figures just released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). Total domestic deliveries of all gauges increased by only 0.2% compared with last year, while exports dropped by just 1%, an encouraging sign this area of trade could be improving again.
Business activity in the German aluminium industry has shown a largely positive trend in the first half of 2017. Aluminium producers (+5.7%) and converters (+3%) both in-creased production, although there was a slight decline (-1%) in the production of semis. The expectations for the whole of 2017 remain positive: “Despite political uncertainty, the German economy is reporting good growth,” said Christian Wellner, executive member of the managing board of the German Aluminium Association (GDA). “Besides these underlying conditions, there are also the positive economic forecasts for aluminium, which are pointing upwards for almost all product sectors in Germany and Europe.”
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.
After commissioning a new hot rolling mill in September 2014, Amag Austria Metall AG opened its new aluminium cold rolling mill in the presence of numerous guests on 22 June 22. With continuous investments of around one billion euros (of which around 90% in Austria) over a ten-year period, Amag ranks among the most efficient aluminium sites in Europe. Around 300 million euros of this amount is attributable to the most recent plant expansion. Most of the investments were financed from the company’s own cash flow.
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.
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.
A strong performance from European aluminium foil rollers in the last half of the year has lifted deliveries above pre-economic crisis levels for the first time in a decade. Domestic deliveries showed a marked improvement (+1.5%) compared with a year earlier, and exports performed better than expected, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
BAGR Berliner Aluminiumwerk GmbH in Germany, which is a group company of Metalcorp Group in Amsterdam, has acquired 50% of the shares of Stockach Aluminium GmbH from SSVP III, a Private Equity Fund that is advised by Orlando Management AG. BAGR and Stockach Aluminium produce rolling slabs made from secondary aluminium. With locations in Berlin and Stockach, the companies do not only complement each other from a geographical point of view but also with regards to their product portfolio.
Amag Austria Metall AG looks back on a successful 2016 business year. The company achieved record shipments for the sixth consecutive year. Driven by strong demand for aluminium, particularly from the transport industry, shipments climbed to an all-time high of 405,900 tonnes, up 6% compared with the previous year. Net income after taxes improved 14% to 46.3 million euros. The volume and earnings growth underscores the growth course at the group’s main site in Ranshofen, supported by the installation of new equipment and productivity improvements.
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.
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.”
From primary to recycling, the total demand for aluminium is increasing by an average of 2% each year. These figures released at the ALUMINIUM 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, confirm aluminium to be the material of choice for a broad range of strategic applications. Gerd Götz, director general of the European Aluminium (EA) association said: “Our forecasts for 2016 and 2017 show steady growth in both production and demand across the aluminium value chain in Europe. Clearly aluminium is the preferred material for applications with strategic value for a sustainable economy, such as transport, packaging and buildings.”
Developments in business activity in the German aluminium sector have been mixed so far this year. Producers of semi-finished aluminium products in-creased production by 6.1% during the period January to September 2016, but aluminium producers (-0.5%) and converters (-1.8%) reported declines. The expectations for 2017 tend to be positive. According to Christian Wellner, ex-ecutive member of the board of GDA, the German Aluminium Association: “Although the economy is currently characterised by considerable uncertainty, the business outlook for the coming year is nevertheless positive. Demand for aluminium worldwide will continue to increase, in Germany as well. Further-more, the past has shown that the German aluminium industry can assert itself very well despite increasingly more intensive competition and cooling demand. This good performance by German companies is largely attributable to their high innovation potential and good competitive position.”
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.
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.”
In March 2016 Hertwich Engineering has successfully commissioned a continuous homogenizing plant with a capacity of 118,000 tpy at the Seydisehir plant of Eti Aluminyum AS, Turkey. The investment takes into account the fact that the extrusion industry in Turkey has been growing for years. Currently around 130 Turkish extrusion plants are operating a total of 230 extrusion lines.
Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal has announced its Q1 2016 results. Revenue in the first quarter of 2016 decreased by 22.7% to USD1.9bn year-on-year due to falling LME aluminium prices and premiums. However, the continuing decrease in cost per tonne ensured a steady Ebitda margin at 16.3%.
Shandong Weiqiao Aluminium & Electricity Co., Ltd granted SMS group the Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) for an aluminum hot strip mill on 5 March 2016. The Chinese company is setting up a new aluminum rolling mill complex at its site in Zouping in the Shandong Province. In addition to the hot rolling mill, SMS group supplied two single-stand cold rolling mills, one three-stand cold tandem mill and a fully automatic high-bay warehouse for aluminum coils for the new works.
The national recycling rate in the UK for all aluminium packaging now stands at 55% (previously 48%) and the estimated recycling rate for aluminium drinks cans has reached 69% (from 60%), but the figures could be even higher, says the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).
Once again the Alufoil Trophy competition has underlined the versatility and practical advantages of aluminium foil to create highly original new developments as well as fresh ideas to enhance existing products. The aluminium foil sector’s annual premier awards competition, the Alufoil Trophy brings out the best in both multinational and specialist foil manufacturers and converters. This year is no exception with 65 entries across the five major categories producing 10 outstanding winners, plus an Overall Excellence winner, which scored extremely high marks in all categories.