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.
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 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.
The Aluminium Closures Group (ACG) of the European Aluminium Foil Association will sponsor this year’s prestigious international wine award, the Mundus Vini Spring Tasting. Via this engagement with a group of internationally recognized experts in the wine industry, the ACG aims to expands its presence within the core market segment of fine wines.
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’.
Through die-casting processes, demanding components can be economically manufactured. The progress made in die-casting technology, project partnerships, energy and cost-efficient machines and the possibilities that arise from digitized production help die-casting foundries assure and enhance their competitiveness. From 16 to 18 January an insight into the state-of-the-art in die-casting and suggestions as to how die-casting foundries can strengthen and expand their market position will be provided at the trade fair Euroguss in Nuremberg, Germany. The range of information is enriched by the 18th International Die Casting Congress and the presentation of prize-winning castings of the Zinc Die Casting, the International Aluminium Die Casting and the Magnesium Die Casting Competitions.
Once again the WorldStar competition, organised by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), has recognised excellence in aluminium foil innovation by naming four winning entries from the Alufoil Trophy 2017 in its own list of winners. Amcor and Constantia Flexibles provided the successful entries in the prestigious and globally recognised WorldStars.
Aleris has signed a new multi-year contract with Embraer to supply aluminium flat rolled products for use in the production of all Embraer aircraft. The contract includes the supply of technically advanced alloys and extends the portfolio of products for different applications. Aleris will supply the material from its facilities in Koblenz, Germany, and Zhenjiang, China.
Constellium N.V. has strengthened its long-term partnership with Audi to supply aluminium automotive body sheet (ABS) as well as structural components for the new Audi A7 Sportback. Produced at the Audi plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, the new A7 model embodies Audi’s new design language with particularly dynamic lines and a sporty character.
The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), organisers of the Alufoil Trophy, announced the closing date for the next competition has been extended to 15 December 2017. This is to enable as many companies as possible to prepare entries, which will be judged in January 2018.
The automobile market is and continues to be a driver of growth and innovation for the aluminium industry and is one of the greatest drivers for aluminium material and process development. This is something the participants of the EAC European Aluminium Congress 2017 could agree on. With approximately 300 participants, the Congress held in Düsseldorf in late November of 2017 served as the industry meeting point of the year for the international aluminium industry's experts. The EAC 2017 was organized as part of the German-Austrian-Swiss aluminium alliance 'D-A-CH, Allianz für Aluminium' by the GDA Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie, Düsseldorf, in cooperation with the Swiss aluminium association 'alu.ch' and the Austrian Economic Chamber WKO, 'Fachverband NE-Metallindustrie'. These three countries represent by far the largest European economic area with a common language.
Rolling mill manufacturer Mino SpA in Italy has been awarded a contract by Gränges Americas for the supply of a new 90-inch cold rolling mill. Through this expansion at its facility in Huntingdon, Tennessee, Gränges will meet the growing demand for foil, automotive heat exchanger materials, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications of its North American customers. The new mill will be equipped with latest rolling technologies and process control solutions and “set a benchmark for quality in the foil and automotive heat exchanger markets,” stresses Mino.
Novelis Inc. has announced a USD4.5 million manufacturing investment at its facility in Warren, Ohio. The investment in state-of-the-art technology provides greater versatility for pre-treatments, improves operational efficiency and reduces costs over time. The Warren facility has 75 employees dedicated to applying coating to rolled aluminium sheet. The sheet is then used for production of lids for the tops of aluminium beverage cans, producing enough for more than a billion beverage can lids each month.
Arconic Inc. plans to install a new horizontal heat treatment furnace at its Davenport Works in Iowa. Heat treatment is a required step in the production of certain high-strength products, and is essential for products intended for large aerospace and industrial applications. This new furnace will enable Arconic to heat-treat longer and thicker plate than before, including material for Arconic’s recently installed Thick Plate Stretcher, which began commercial production this year and is the largest thick plate stretcher in the world. Need for thick aluminium plate is growing, particularly as demand for composite wings, made with monolithic thick plate wing ribs, increases.
Aleris has opened its aluminium automotive body sheet production facility in Lewisport, Kentucky. The project, which represents a USD400 million investment, positions Aleris to meet significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminium use for the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The company began shipping automotive products from Lewisport to customers this month.
UC Rusal has announced that aluminium alloys 8030 and 8176 have been successfully approved by Russian authorities for the use in electrical wiring applications. This approval opens up new market opportunities for aluminium.
Novelis has announced that its Advanz 6HF-e/s200 aluminium alloy is now available in North America. This heat-treatable alloy, first introduced on the European market, provides automakers greater design flexibility due to its superior formability, strength performance and weight savings for outer and inner applications.
German manufacturers of tubes and aluminium aerosol cans are currently enjoying good market conditions. However, the industry is concerned about increases in the price of raw materials and consumables, which are substantial in some cases. The price of oil has risen by about 20% since June 2017, as the German aluminium association, GDA, points out, and the price of aluminium has increased by a good 10% during the same period. Furthermore, the coatings and printing inks industry is bemoaning bottlenecks in the supply of some raw materials.
Boeing has announced its investment in Valencia, Calif.-based Gamma Alloys, a leader in aluminium alloys focused on developing advanced metal-matrix composites for use in aerospace, automotive and other industries. This investment by Boeing HorizonX Ventures, which was established earlier this year, is its first in advanced materials and machining development and applications.
Aleris has signed a multi-year agreement with Bombardier to supply aluminium flat rolled products for a variety of Bombardier aircraft programmes. The new agreement extends the scope of products supplied by Aleris to include technically demanding high strength and superior corrosion resistant plate products.
Aluminium beverage cans are the most recycled drinks package in the world, according to a new analysis by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS). Commissioned by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and Abralatas in Brazil, the study used global recycling data to calculate and validate the global recyclability rates for aluminium, PET and glass beverage containers. The study established a global weighted average recycling rate for aluminium at 69%, compared to PET at 43% and glass at 46%.
China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in SilverYachts, an Australia-based all-aluminium superyacht builder. The transaction marks a strategic move for both parties to make further inroads in expanding the application of aluminium in the marine sector. “We are delighted to join hands with SilverYachts to navigate the high-end marine sector at full speed,” said Lu Changqing, president and executive director of China Zhongwang.
Charles “Chip” Blankenship (51) has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Arconic and a member of the board of directors, effective 15 January 2018. He is a 24-year veteran of General Electric (GE) who spent much of his career in its aviation and jet engine businesses.
Blankenship brings 20 years of aerospace experience to Arconic, having worked across GE’s aviation businesses, including aero engines, industrial gas turbines and aerospace alloy development. He previously led GE Aviation’s Commercial Engines Operation, the world’s leading producer of large and small jet engines for commercial aircraft.
Toyota recently raised 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.