Primary aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium, United Arab Emirates, announced on 18th March that it recycled over 96,000 tonnes of waste in 2017, up 25% compared with 2016 figures. The volume of waste that EGA recycled in 2017 is the result of reduced stockpiles from previous years for which the company has found economically viable solutions. The date of announcement was well chosen: the 18th of March is the first Global Recycling Day which is being marked worldwide to encourage the economic re-use of waste.
Die apt Group gehört mit ihren beiden Extrusionswerken in Monheim am Rhein und im niederländischen Roermond mit einer Jahreskapazität von 80.000 Tonnen in die Spitzengruppe der europäischen Aluminium Profilproduzenten. Ergänzt wird die Kompetenz der Gruppe durch zwei moderne Weiterbearbeitungswerke in Eckental und Cheb/CZ. An beiden Standorten werden Produkte für Automotive-, Pkw-, Nutzfahrzeug- sowie Industrie-Kunden hergestellt. Im Januar 2018 wurde im Werk Monheim die vorhandene 2.000 Tonnen bzw. 20 MN-Presse durch eine neue moderne Kurzhub-Frontlader-Presse von SMS mit 27 MN Presskraft ersetzt. Zusätzlich wurde der Blockofen erneuert. In beiden Strangpresswerken wurde zudem in neue automatische Sägeanlagen investiert.
Constellium N.V. has opened its new Automotive Structures plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, to supply aluminium crash management systems and structural components to automakers in Mexico.
Innoval Technology, a technical consultancy to the global aluminium industry, has announced that Mike Clinch will become leader of their Materials Development Group with immediate effect. He will oversee the company’s collaborative R&D projects and development work with existing clients. He will also take an active role in creating new business.
Norsk Hydro has made a USD345 million binding offer to acquire Rio Tinto’s 100% share of Icelandic aluminium smelter Isal. The offer includes the Dutch anode facility Aluchemie and Swedish aluminium fluoride plant Alufluor. Given successful approval from the EU competition authorities, the transaction is expected to be closed in the second quarter of 2018.
The European aluminium industry continues to improve its environmental performance by substantially reducing its carbon intensity across the entire aluminium value chain. This is the main outcome of a new Environmental Profile Report released by the European Aluminium (EA) association.
Aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), UAE, released that its emissions of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) were a record low for the company in 2017, and that EGA has signed an agreement with the University of New South Wales to research further reductions.
“2017 marks the start of new chapter in Hydro’s history. With the Sapa acquisition, Hydro is now the world’s leading integrated aluminium company, with 35,000 employees in 40 countries serving 30,000 customers globally. I am pleased with the strong, full-year and quarterly results, supported by higher aluminium and alumina prices. I am also pleased to see the Better improvement programme on track to reach the increased 2019 target of NOK3.0 billion,” Hydro president and chief executive Svein Richard Brandtzæg comments full-year and quarterly results of the company.
Primetals Technologies, a leading mechanical and plant engineering partner for the metals industry, has appointed Satoru Iijima chief executive and chairman, effective 1 April 1 2018. He succeeds Yasukuni Yamasaki, who will continue to serve as a director of the board.
In Tianjin, near Beijing, Tianjin Zhongwang Aluminium Co. Ltd operates two high-capacity hot rolling lines supplied by SMS group. In January 2018, one of the two lines in 1+1+3 configuration, i.e. two reversing roughing stands and a three-stand finishing mill, received a further finishing stand. SMS completed the line expansion to 1+1+4 configuration during a shutdown period of only 23 days. The first aluminium coil was successfully rolled towards the end of January, one day ahead of schedule.
For the fourth time the German aluminium association GDA together with Reed Exhibitions are planning and organizing the conference accompanying the Aluminium 2018 trade fair (09 to 11 October 2018). Under the title “Aluminium – Material for the Future” presentations are planned on the subjects of plant and equipment, additive manufacturing, automotive, surface, recycling technologies and aluminium markets. The lectures are intended to provide a broad overview of the future prospects of the material aluminium in the various application markets. Suggested topics and presentations can now be submitted.
After two years of engineering, sourcing, construction and commissioning activities, the Garmco casthouse is now producing aluminium slabs from clean and post-consumer aluminium. EPC contractor for the new 120,000 tpy slab casting facility in Bahrain was technology partner Fives.
Rio Tinto will invest C$250m to extend operations at the Vaudreuil alumina refinery in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada. Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said: “This investment will extend operations at the Vaudreuil refinery beyond 2022. The high quality, cost competitive alumina from the Vaudreuil plant will continue to support our world class, low carbon aluminium smelting operations in the region to deliver a range of products that meets our customers' needs.”
The aluminium rolling mill in Amorebieta, Spain, which has been operating under the name Aludium (www.aludium.com) since 2015, has ordered an Ecomelt-PS275 multi-chamber melting furnace with preheating shaft for clean and contaminated scrap from Hertwich Engineering. This investment sees the plant adapting to the growing amount of recycled material available. The new melting furnace will go into operation in spring 2019.
The Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (Glafri) concluded its recent general assembly by announcing the election of Göksal Güngör as its new president with immediate effect. This follows Oliver Hommel stepping down from his role as he left the aluminium foil industry. Mr Güngör, general manager of Assan Alüminyum, previously served as one of the three vice-presidents. “We will continue to focus on promotion of aluminium foil and demonstrating the capabilities in the areas of sustainability and resource efficiency,” he said in a statement.
At its site in Slovenska Bistrica, Impol Group Slovenia has successfully rolled the first aluminium strip on the cold rolling mill modernized by SMS group. In the summer of 2016, the company had awarded SMS Technical Services (UK) Ltd the contract to revamp its over 40-year-old cold rolling mill.
Constellium N.V. has signed a binding agreement with Novelis to sell the North Building Assets of its Sierre plant in Switzerland, which have been leased and operated by Novelis since 2005, and to contribute the plant’s shared infrastructure to a 50-50 joint venture with Novelis. Constellium and Novelis agreed on a total purchase price for the transactions of €200 million.
Hydro has started producing the first aluminium metal at the technology pilot in Karmøy. Compared to the world average, the Hydro-developed technology will use 15% less energy in aluminium production and has the lowest CO2 footprint in the world. “Through the technology pilot we have developed the world’s best electrolysis technology: low energy consumption, high productivity and a low environmental footprint,” says Hilde Merete Aasheim, executive vice-president for Hydro’s Primary Metal business area.
UC Rusal will invest around USD250m in the implementation of the Eco-Soderberg technology at the company's production facilities between 2018 and 2022. The transition to Eco-Soderberg technology involves a number of engineering activities, including the construction of dry and wet two-stage gas-cleaning plants, the implementation of an automated system to supply raw materials to reduction cells, the innovative high-performance systems for gas removal from reduction cells, among others.
Ducab Aluminium Company (DAC) in the Khalifa Industrial Zone of Abu Dhabi (Kizad) was recently inaugurated as a joint venture between Ducab, the UAE-based manufacturer of cables and cabling products, and Senaat, a holding company in the UAE industry. The new company is the result of an AED220m (USD60m) investment that seeks to strengthen the UAE’s industrial supply chain.
UC Rusal has contracted Danieli for the supply of a rolling mill specifically for conducting research, to be installed at the company’s engineering and technology centre in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The new rolling mill will allow Rusal to perform and accelerate the development of new aluminium alloys and processes in a comprehensive, efficient and economic way, enabling a low-risk implementation of the newly developed process knowledge.
The time has come round again: the four trade fairs Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast are in the process of starting. Invitations have been sent to exhibitors, companies from all over the world can register for the trade fair quartet and reserve the best stand locations with immediate effect. From 25 to 29 June 2019, everything will be focussing on foundry technology and castings, metallurgy and thermoprocess technology in Halls 3 to 5 and 9 to 17 on the exhibition site, where the joint motto will be ‘The Bright World of Metals’.
UC Rusal has launched the pilot operation of eight new generation RA-550 pots at the Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter. The project to develop the technology and launch the RA-550 site at SAZ was implemented within three years. The key advantage of this new development is its high energy efficiency: RA-550 consumes 10-15% less electricity compared with pots of previous generations. Due to design and technological solutions, RA-550 became lighter, more compact and more environmentally efficient. The new technology applies a number of innovative engineering solutions that define a new standard of the industry: a) A fundamentally new busbar design with two-side current supply that ensures a symmetrical magnetic field and high MHD stability without using a compensating loop, b) ‘Modular busbar principle’ that lifts restrictions for creating higher capacity pots, c) The maximization of metal production per unit of area in the premises due to establishing a new pot width standard.
At the Euroguss 2018 trade fair taking place in Nuremberg (Germany) from 16 to 18 January, the focus will be on innovative solutions for aluminum, magnesium or zinc high-pressure die casting processes. As a supplier of innovative software and engineering services for the simulation of casting processes, Magma GmbH, based in Aachen (Germany) has been exhibiting at Euroguss right from the start, closely communicating with the visitors to demonstrate the many possibilities offered by the virtual optimization of high-pressure die casting processes.
Advanced ideas require development space in order to optimise tube machining processes through the introduction of perfectly suited solutions. This already applies to prototyping, and of course to fully automated complex production systems. This is why the solution finders from transfluid have now further extended their production area by an additional 1,000 square metres, to a new total floor area of 7,000 square metres.