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.
In the first half of 2017, the total number of tubes delivered by all manufacturers which are members of the european tube manufacturers association (etma) amounted to nearly 5.4 billion. This mid-year figure is 2% higher compared with the same period in 2016. Aluminium tubes put in an above-average performance, having increased by a good 3%. The aluminium tube sector benefited from stable demand from its main markets, namely cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, as well as considerable increases in the household and food segment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ball Corporation will cease production at its Birmingham / Alabama, Chatsworth / California and Longview / Texas, beverage packaging plants in 2018. Existing customers will be supplied by other Ball facilities. The company will also begin construction on a new beverage packaging facility in Goodyear / Arizona, which is expected to start production in the second quarter of 2018 and will serve growing customer demand for specialty cans in the southwestern US.
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.
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.
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.
The technology company Continental has developed the New Wheel Concept to meet the specific requirements of electric vehicles. The wheel rim consists of two aluminium (Al) parts, the inner Al carrier star with the Al brake disk and the outer Al rim well with the tire. In contrast to conventional wheel brakes, the New Wheel Concept brake engages the Al disk from the inside. This allows it to have a particularly large diameter, which benefits the braking performance.
This year's International Motor Show (IAA) Cars takes place in Frankfurt from September 14 to 24. As at the previous event, first-tier auto-industry supplier Rheinmetall Automotive AG with its Kolbenschmidt and Pierburg brands will be displaying on an over 500-square meter stand F26 in Hall 8. Under the motto "Change Driven", the stand highlight is a large exhibit dedicated to electric mobility.
The US Department of Commerce has announced its preliminary determination that imports of certain aluminium foil from China are benefiting from unfair government subsidies. As a result, the agency will instruct US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to require US importers of aluminium foil from China to deposit estimated countervailing duties at the time of importation. The Commerce Department’s determination follows the filing on 9 March 2017 of antidumping and countervailing duty petitions by the Aluminium Association’s Trade Enforcement Working Group, marking the first time the Aluminium Association has filed unfair trade cases on behalf of its members in its nearly 85-year history. As a result of allegations in the petition, the Commerce Department is investigating 26 different subsidy programs maintained by the Government of China.
Shiloh Industries of Plymouth, Michigan, has reduced the weight of a solid rear beam axle housing by 11 kilograms. Shiloh engineers were able to reduce the weight of a traditional cast iron rear beam axle housing by over 40%, creating one of the lightest pickup truck solid beam axle housings in the industry. This innovative design also reduces secondary machining operations saving production time and cost, without compromising strength or performance.
Russia’s aluminium producer UC Rusal has commissioned a two-stage gas treatment centre at the Krasnoyarsk aluminium smelter (KRAZ) producing sodium sulphate. The investment amounted to USD1.14m. Developed by the Engineering and Technological Centre of Rusal the new process offers numerous advantages: there are no liquid and solid waste discharges thanks to a two-stage gas treatment consisting of wet and dry gas scrubbing. Sodium sulphate is generated at the first stage, which is used in production of cellulose, glass, detergents and construction materials. The advanced process will make it possible for Rusal to stop building new waste disposal areas at KRAZ and save up to USD1.39m per year. Also, gas scrubber maintenance costs will be reduced.
Constellium N.V. has introduced a new generation of high-strength 6000-series alloys, Constellium HSA6, to help automakers meet growing demand for lighter weight vehicles. The new aluminium alloy is in production for several 2017 and 2018 model year vehicles, including the Mini Countryman. Ideal for extrusion-based crash management systems, body-in-white structural components and battery enclosures, Constellium HSA6 allows designers to optimize extrusion shapes and reduce wall thickness to achieve weight savings of 15-30% compared to conventional aluminium alloys. With ultimate tensile strength (UTS) higher than 400 MPa, the HSA6 alloy also provides enhanced recyclability, machinability and corrosion resistance.