SAPA strengthens communications team

Aluminium industry increases focus on branding and communication.

“As the world largest aluminium extrusion-based solutions company in the world, counting 100 production sites in more than 40 countries, and with 23,500 employees, we are a relatively unknown company.

However we increasingly see the importance of building our brand and using communication as a driver for growth”, explains EVP Communication Erika Ahlqvist. 

I am therefore pleased to be able to strengthen our communication department with the appointment of Hilde Haugen Kallevig with...

JVM Castings appoints new Group Sales Manager

Midlands-based JVM Castings has appointed a new Group Sales Manager to help the company meet growth targets over the next few years.

Bob Freeman, who joined the team earlier this month, brings with him 32 years of experience in the castings and automotive industries, most recently with Sales & Purchase Management roles at King Automotive Systems Ltd and Sarginsons Industries Plc.

Prior to that, Bob held a Supervisory MP&L role at Jaguar Cars’ Radford Plant in Coventry for almost a decade. His background in aluminium castings for the automotive, construction...

Hydro power outage

Following the power outage on Friday night, around 10% of Hydro Årdal's primary aluminium production capacity is temporarily shut down.

Hydro expects to leave customers unaffected by the incident by increasing remelt of cold metal at the plant’s cast house, compensating the temporarily reduced primary production.

Full primary aluminium production is expected to resume in Q2 2016, and financial effects are expected to be limited, based on the current information. Casthouse operations at the plant has fully resumed after the incident, and efforts are ongoing...

Alcoa appoints new Board Directors

Alcoa Inc. has announced that it will appoint Ulrich “Rick” Schmidt, John C. Plant and Sean O. Mahoney to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors, effective February 5, 2016.

These appointments will further strengthen the company and add valuable aerospace and automotive experience to the Board as Alcoa prepares to separate into two independent companies in the second half of 2016.

With these appointments, the Alcoa Board will be expanded to consist of 15 directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Rick, John, and Sean to the Alcoa Board,”...

Fears for future of Fort William aluminium smelter

Workers at the aluminium smelter at Fort William, Scotland have been told that the owners are reviewing its operations.

The announcement from Rio Tinto said the review would include its assets in Lochaber.

The plant is one of the largest employers in the area. It is thought to support more the 160 full-time jobs.

The Scottish government said Highlands and Islands Enterprise was "engaging with the company" to understand the potential impacts of the announcement.

The smelter is Rio Tinto's only operational site in the UK and is unique in that it...

Alcoa wins fourth Boeing contract

Alcoa has announced a long-term supply agreement with Boeing for multi-material aerospace parts. 

Under this agreement, Alcoa will supply components for the 777X—Boeing’s newest commercial airplane—the 737 MAX—scheduled for first delivery in 2017—and the 787 Dreamliner. The deal draws on capabilities gained through the Firth Rixson acquisition and the company’s new aluminium-lithium facility in Lafayette, Indiana.

“This is the latest in a series of Boeing contract wins made possible by Alcoa’s recent aerospace...

AMAG certifies final acceptance of Danieli’s Twin-Coiler Rolling Mill

In 2012, AMAG rolling GmbH selected Danieli to design, manufacture and install a new aluminium hot rolling mill, with its auxiliaries.

Danieli took the challenge and supplied a plant that meets AMAG’s high quality standards, and achieves the demanding quality performances required from the machine.

This hot rolling mill is used to process products ranging from medium-thickness plates to thin-strip coils, for alloys ranging from series 1xxx to 8xxx for  aerospace, marine, transportation and commercial applications.
The aluminium ingots are rolled to produce...

Granco Clark promotion

Granco Clark is pleased to announce the promotion of long-time team member Jason Luscombe to the position of Customer Service Manager.

Mr Luscombe has been a dedicated employee for more than 16 years. He has worked previously for Granco Clark as both a Controls Engineer and a Service Engineer. His performance in these roles has resulted in an impressive history with efficient on-site installations, and unmatched support of our customers. His contributions and quick attention to customer requests have helped us improve our reputation as a full-service company. 


Lightweight luxury

The future of pure luxury motoring is already taking shape as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars begins testing its new aluminium space-frame architecture which will underpin all future Rolls-Royce model lines.

The architecture will arrive in market from early 2018.

Engineering mules will be assessed on public roads in various locations around the world. The current testing phase aims to ensure that the new space-frame structure perfectly delivers Rolls-Royce's trademark 'magic-carpet ride' on a variety of surfaces and that it is resilient to extreme weather conditions....

Alcoa: Long-Term Contract with GE Aviation

Alcoa has signed a long-term contract with GE Aviation for jet engine components in an agreement valued at more than $1.5 billion over the contract life.

Under the deal, Alcoa will supply advanced nickel-based superalloy, titanium and aluminium components for a broad range of GE Aviation engine programs.

“We greatly appreciate GE’s continued confidence in Alcoa’s aerospace capabilities, and are proud to support its advanced jet engine programs through this agreement,” said Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld.