Alro S.A. in Romania implements a long-term programme of over USD100 million to increase energy efficiency and to reduce the company’s specific consumption, as part of its Green Factory programme. “Over the past 15 years, we have continually invested in modern equipment that has increased not only production, but also operational efficiency,” said general manager Gheorghe Dobra. “In addition, our research programmes have helped us achieve much lower energy consumption and emissions compared to industry average. Now is the time to take the next step, to further reduce the industrial carbon footprint, but at the same time to continue to increase the production of high and very high added-value aluminium and to strengthen our position in sophisticated markets such as aerospace or automotive.”
ASAS Alüminyum is one of the leading aluminium companies in Turkey. The company operates the largest aluminium extrusion press in Turkey and its product range includes high-tech axial corrugated aluminium heat pipes for communication satellites. ASAS has recently won two tenders under a project carried out by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research, especially when it comes to particle physics.
Constellium N.V. has signed a multi-year agreement with Bombardier to supply flat rolled products in a rich mix of alloys, shapes and applications for a number of their aircraft programmes. In this new contract, Constellium will become one of the leading suppliers of flat rolled products to Bombardier globally, strengthening its position as a strategic supplier.
Hammerer Aluminium Industries Santana Srl, based in Santana, Romania has ordered a second homogenizing plant consisting of two batch furnaces, a cooling station and handling equipment from Hertwich Engineering, a subsidiary of the SMS group. Commissioning is scheduled for February 2018.
The number of enterprises and research institutes which are engaged with the manifold application and development opportunities of 3D printing processes is growing. These processes, also called additive respectively generative manufacturing processes, can be applied to produce parts which cannot be manufactured in a conventional way. Up to now, 3D printing processes do not compete with pressure die-casting. They are, however, suitable to enhance the performance capabilities of enterprises in this industry.
The first cast was achieved at Garmco’s new remelt facility in Bahrain early in August. The aluminium slabs were produced in the presence of both Garmco’s operation team and executives, and Fives’ representatives. At the end of August, the first batch of scalped slabs came out from the new production line.
Scalping consists of mechanical removal of contamination from surface of a slab cast prior to hot rolling. Following scalping, the slabs have now been successfully rolled at the
existing hot rolling mill and cold rolled to finished gauge thickness. During the project execution, safety was at the heart of Fives’ priority. Thanks to a very strict HSE policy and the daily work of Fives’ teams on site, 1.5m working hours without any LTI (Lost Time Injuries) were reached.
Aluminium extrusion company Hammerer Aluminium Industries (HAI), based in the Upper Austrian town of Ranshofen, has secured full capacity utilisation for several years to come with major new orders from the automotive and rail vehicle industries. “New orders received – amounting to more than 200 million euros – in addition to our ongoing business mean that our production halls will be working to capacity until 2020,” reports CEO Rob van Gils. “Despite the adverse conditions faced after the financial crisis along with difficulties in the solar industry, we’ve done our homework well in recent years. The acquisition of plants in Germany, our focus on the highest product quality and the expansion of production capacity are now paying dividends.”
Toyota just upped 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.
Kobe Steel, Ltd and Novelis Korea, Ltd have completed their arrangements announced on 10 May to establish a 50:50 joint venture called Ulsan Aluminium, Ltd to produce aluminium rolled products in South Korea. Ulsan Aluminium will provide Kobe Steel with a stable supply of cold-rolled aluminium. This will enable Kobe Steel to continue enhancing its current core businesses of can stock, disks and other aluminium products. Kobe Steel will also be able to further grow its aluminium sheet business to meet the growing demand for automotive closure panels in the expanding Asian market.
Jerry Quick will be president and chief executive of Ulsan Aluminium. The company employs around 600 people, has a production capacity of 300,000 tpy and is equipped with melting and casting facilities, hot and cold rolling line and auxiliary equipment.
BASF Venture Capital GmbH is leading an investment round in the Swedish high-tech company Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB (ANS), headquartered in Uppsala. ANS offers unique surface treatment technologies to reduce friction and wear in industrial and automotive applications. The investment is co-led by the existing investor Fouriertransform AB.
Airbus and Arconic have achieved a 3D printing first – the installation of a 3D printed titanium bracket on an Airbus commercial aircraft, the A350 XWB. Arconic is 3D printing these parts for Airbus’s newest wide-body aircraft at Arconic’s additive manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. “Arconic is proud to partner with Airbus to advance aerospace additive manufacturing,” said Jeremy Halford, president of Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products. “Our comprehensive capabilities, from materials science leadership to qualification expertise, helped make this achievement possible. We look forward to continuing to advance the art of the possible in additive for aerospace.”
Constellium N.V. has extended its long-term contract with aircraft manufacturer Pilatus to support its new executive jets aircraft programme. With this agreement Constellium will supply an increased volume of aerospace plate to Pilatus. Under this contract, Constellium will supply Pilatus with aerospace plates from its manufacturing plant in Issoire, France, to support the delivery of more than 80 PC-24 Super Versatile Jets as part of Pilatus’ efforts to develop a new executive jet segment.
Aluminium extrusion company Sapa is to re-open its factory in Bedwas to supply the growing automotive industry demand for lightweight body structure solutions. The first customer to be supplied from the refurbished facility will be London Electrical Vehicle Company (LEVC), who has developed an all new zero-emissions capable black cab. Sapa is investing £9.6 million (€10.9m) in the plant refurbishment and new equipment to supply advanced aluminium components.
Gränges will invest USD110 million to expand its aluminium rolling operation in Huntingdon, Tennessee, meeting growing demand for light gauge foil, automotive heat exchanger materials, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications. The expansion will create 85 permanent full-time jobs, solidifying Gränges commitment to its North American customers and the markets they serve. The expansion was supported by the state of Tennessee and local Huntingdon Officials.
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.
Gränges Sweden together with Erbslöh Aluminium in Germany invest in a joint venture to produce aluminium billets utilizing advanced spray-forming technology. For Gränges the investment provides opportunities to expand within Active Brazing with products such as Trillium, an innovative technology that enhances the production and performance of brazed aluminium heat exchangers. Furthermore, Erbslöh Aluminium continues the production of Dispal billets for power-train-management and industrial purposes.
Neckarsulm-based KS Huayu AluTech, a joint venture between Rheinmetall Automotive and China’s Huayu Automotive Systems, has been awarded a major order for aluminium engine blocks worth 170 million euros (lifetime volume) by a German premium carmaker.
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.