AluSolutions: New zones announced

AluSolutions 2016, the only free exhibition and conference addressing sustainability challenges in aluminium production and processing, has just announced two new feature areas.

The AluSolutions exhibition will now include a ‘Lightweight Vehicle Zone’ and ‘Aluminium in Architecture Area’.

The dedicated zones will offer companies the opportunity to display aluminium applications and highlight how the metal’s environmental benefits continue into the use-phase.

The two-day exhibition, being held on 10-11 May 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National...

Awareness takes alufoil container recycling to new high

New data released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) confirms that recycling rates in Europe for alufoil trays and semi-rigid containers in 2013 reached about 55%.

The previous reporting period (2010) saw that figure rise above 50% following concerted efforts by the industry to promote the benefits of resource efficient and sustainable packaging options.

The Association says continued work by the industry to promote the value of collection and recycling; along with national campaigns are having significant effects. Increased awareness has seen consumers...

UC Rusal joins UN IMPACT 2030

UC Rusal has become the first Russian company to join the UN IMPACT 2030 network.

IMPACT 2030 aims to help deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a set of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and address climate change.
IMPACT 2030 was initiated by a private sector led global collaboration supporting the UN Resolution adopted by the 66th General Assembly. The Resolution welcomes the broader involvement of the private sector to support volunteerism, and encourages further engagement through the expansion of corporate...

AluSolutions 2016: Conference speakers announced

AluSolutions 2016, the only free exhibition and conference addressing sustainability challenges in aluminium production and processing, has announced Dr Fiona Solomon (pictured), Executive Director of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), as a keynote speaker.

Dr Solomon brings nearly 20 years of experience in sustainability and corporate social responsibility to her role at the...

Alcoa to curtail smelting and refining capacity

Alcoa is taking decisive action to curtail uncompetitive smelting and refining capacity to ensure continued competitiveness amid prevailing market conditions.

The company will reduce aluminium smelting capacity by 503,000 metric tons and alumina refining capacity by 1.2 million metric tons. Alcoa will begin the curtailments in the fourth quarter of 2015 and will complete them by the end of the first quarter of 2016.

The reductions will further improve the cost position of the Upstream business and ensure competitiveness in a lower pricing environment, including a 30...

Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products to expand production

Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that its U.S. joint venture, Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC (or KAAP), will expand its production facility to meet the growing demand in North America for aluminium forged suspension products.

KAAP will invest approximately $56.6 million in capital investments. Start-up of the new production equipment is anticipated to begin in 2017.
KAAP will install an additional melting and casting line and two forging presses. The expansion will increase production capacity up to 750,000 pieces per month. The investment also includes the...

Aleris selected for Grand Egyptian Museum

Aleris has signed a contract with Alico/ORASCOM to supply an aluminium product for the roofing and wall cladding of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

Described to be the largest archaeological museum devoted to Egyptology in the world, GEM is the most prestigious project of Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities so far. The site is located on 50 hectares (120 acres) of land between the ancient pyramids of Giza and Cairo.

Aleris will contribute to this impressive project by supplying its unique 151EX aluminium product for the roofing, ceiling and wall cladding of the museum....

Aluminum Association updates

The Aluminum Association has announced membership growth, additions to its board, and the election of a new Chairman.

In addition, the Association announced the winner of the 2015 Marlan A. Boultinghouse Award, the highest award given by the North American industry. 

The announcements were made during the Aluminum Association’s annual meeting – “Aluminum Country” – in Nashville, TN.
“This is an exciting time for the North American aluminium industry with strong demand growth and domestic expansion,” said...

Aluminium solutions for automotive and building sectors

Sapa President & CEO Egil Hogna recently witnessed new developments related to both sectors at company sites in Gloucester and Tewkesbury, both in the UK.

The visits were part of Hogna’s 100-day programme, in which he is travelling to company locations and meeting employees around the world. He joined Sapa as its chief executive on September 1.

First at the Gloucester plant, which employs 140 people, one of the first stops made by Hogna (pictured in orange helmet) and local management was to examine the facility’s fabrication processes and quality tracking...