Topics in issue 9/2020
Date of publication: 1 September 2020
Advert deadline: 18 August 2020
Special: The Aluminium Value Chain
Originally planned as a pre-fair issue for the ALUMINIUM Show in October, the International ALUMINIUM Journal September issue will bundle articles and reports on the entire aluminium value chain due to the postponement of the fair until May 2021. The focus will be on industry, technology and company reports including applications and sustainability / environmental issues.
Company portrait: 3River Metal Group
The 3River Metal Group is a group of companies with production facilities in Germany, Poland and Hungary and an efficient supplier network. The history of the group begins in 1992 with TEC Consult. Founded to restructure industrial sites in the new federal states of Germany, the company is building, among other things, a new remelting plant and a competence centre for automotive in Harzgerode. For the first time, it also relocated plants and products to Eastern European countries, including profile and casting processing for German automotive suppliers. In 2001 TEC Consult moved its headquarters from Harzgerode to Remagen. Today, Tec consult’s mission is to advise and develop individual products for its customers.
Mahle produces 3D-printed aluminium pistons for the first time
As part of a cooperation with sports car manufacturer Porsche and mechanical engineering company Trumpf, Mahle has produced high-performance aluminium pistons using 3D printing techniques for the first time. The pistons were successfully tested on the engine test bench for Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS sports car. The new production process is based on a special aluminium alloy developed by Mahle with a long history of successful use in cast pistons.
Aluminium casthouses must focus on sustainability more than ever
Impexmetal S.A. Aluminium Konin in Poland is increasing its production capacity by investing in a new casthouse that is specifically designed to minimize NOx emissions and fuel consumption. The company has purchased two aluminium melting furnaces, a holding furnace and a charging car from Sistem Teknik for the new facility.
New on the market: Deutsche Aluminium GmbH – for high-quality profiles at competitive prices
Deutsche Aluminium GmbH from Ronnenberg near Hanover is a newly founded distribution company that supplies wholesalers and processors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland across all sectors with high-quality and at the same time inexpensive aluminium profiles and profile systems. The company started its business activities in June and works closely with the Ukrainian aluminium group Braz / Alumeta.
Constellium publishes sustainability report
Constellium has published its 2019 Sustainability Report, which outlines the company's progress towards its sustainability goals. Energy efficiency has been improved by two percent compared to the previous year and by over six percent compared to 2015. Less production waste has been landfilled, and the upstream supply chain has also been assessed more closely against sustainability criteria. Constellium has set itself the goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025 compared to the base year 2015.
Demand for low-carbon aluminium on the rise
More and more suppliers of aluminium products are demanding low-carbon aluminium in order to reduce their carbon footprint. The most recent examples is soft drinks producer Hell Energy, which has signed a contract with Hydro to supply ‘Circal’ aluminium, which is made from scrap aluminium with a recycled content of at least 75 percent. And aluminium producer Alcoa has signed a contract with Gränges to supply ‘Ecolum’ rolling ingots. Ecolum aluminium is produced in smelters that use hydroelectric power, which also reduces the CO2 footprint.
Italpresse Gauss delivers first high-pressure die casting machine made in China
Italpresse Gauss, group member of Norican, has delivered its first locally produced die-casting machine to Huicheng Foundry Ltd, an aluminium foundry based in Jinan City, Shandong province, China. The TF1850 two-platen, high-pressure die-casting machine was manufactured at Norican Group’s facility in Changzhou, China.
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