Alufoil deliveries pick up in Europe

It improved by 0.3% compared with the same period in 2014. This means that the shortfall on total deliveries has narrowed to just 0.7%, down markedly from the 2.5% seen in the first three months of 2015, according to new figures released by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association.

From January to June deliveries in the EAFA region* were 439,300 tonnes (compared with 442,200t for the first...

Century: Permanently closing Ravenswood smelter

The Ravenswood smelter has been idled since February 2009. The decision to permanently close the Ravenswood plant is based on the inability to secure a competitive power contract for the smelter, compounded by challenging aluminium market conditions largely driven by increased exports of aluminium from China. As a result, the economics of restarting and operating the facility are unfavourable.

"We have worked diligently with local, state and federal officials, along with the power company, to reopen the smelter but we have been unable to secure a long-term, competitive power...

UC Rusal new sales appointment

Bob Katsiouleris will join Rusal on 1st August 2015 following a successful period as Senior Vice President for Marketing, Sourcing and Sales at Nyrstar, where he was accountable for the company’s global commercial activities and supply chain management.

Mr Katsiouleris will be responsible for leading and developing the company’s European sales portfolio, reporting to Steve...

Alupro: Packaging recycling report

Alupro advocates streamlining the reprocessor/exporter accreditation system and reducing the administrative burden with the aim of capturing the true amount of aluminium packaging recycled in the UK or exported for recycling. 

Presently, packaging recycling data comes via the PRN system. The system requires voluntary accreditation by reprocessors and exporters, and yet many choose not to...

Alcoa realigns downstream portfolio

Alcoa’s downstream portfolio will become two segments, one with a core focus on aerospace, and the other centred on the construction and commercial wheels markets. The realignment supports Alcoa’s transformation strategy to build its value-add portfolio for greater profitability.

With Alcoa’s successful acquisition of RTI International Metals, Inc. (NYSE: RTI), the recent acquisitions of Firth Rixson and TITAL, and other innovation-led organic growth investments, the company continues to deepen its reach into the high-growth aerospace market.


Constellium: New progress on sustainability agenda

The company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability began in 2012 with the definition of an ambitious roadmap made of commitments and targets on four main pillars: development and manufacturing of sustainable products; safety and skill development; reduction of the environmental impact of operations; and conducting business responsibly with respect to governance and supply chain.

“The progress we continue to make is a proof of our commitment to sustainability. Every day, thanks to our people’s contributions and the cooperation with our external stakeholders,...

ALFED calls for manufacturing to receive greater support

Addressing the Aluminium Federation’s annual lunch at the House of Lords, its President, Simon MacVicker, managing director of Bridgnorth Aluminium, welcomed the development of the UK’s first Industrial Strategy for Metals, but highlighted the severe decline in the country’s aluminium capacity in recent years.

“The UK has lost two of our three primary smelters,...

Cash boost for Materials Processing Institute

The Institute, based in Teesside, is recognised as the UK’s centre for industrial materials research and has opened its doors to companies outside of the steel sector to make use of its top class research and development facilities.

The organisation, which was first founded 70 years ago, evolved to become the research and development arm, firstly of British Steel and more recently Tata Steel. 

After returning to independent ownership in November, it is welcoming contracts from across the globe.

MPI Managing Director and CEO Chris McDonald said:...

Ma’aden to host Arabal Conference

Featuring international participation, the conference is scheduled to take place from 15-17 November 2015 at the Dhahran International Exhibitions Center in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

While the conference will focus on "the integration of the upstream and downstream aluminium industry in the GCC", it will also discuss topics related to the future of the global aluminium industry, promoting cooperation between producers and consumers, in order to achieve the common objectives of the participants in this gathering and the aluminium industry...