Australian conference success

Marc Sibun, Managing Director of Lemarc Engineering, said they were “proud to have taken part in the conference” and thanked the organisers for “a spectacular event.” 

The conference attracted a record attendance from industry, suppliers as well as academics and consultants from Australia and New Zealand along with many international delegates from Thailand, USA, Canada, Middle East, China, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and the UK.

The technical programme on the conference theme Aluminium in a Competitive Environment was opened...

Hydro signs power contract for Norwegian aluminium

The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Hydro's fully owned subsidiary Hydro Energi AS and Agder Energi Vannkraft AS covers electricity supply over a 10-year period from January 1, 2021, with an annual volume of 1 terawatt hour (TWh) and a total delivery of 10 TWh.

Trimet purchases Voerde Aluminium

Trimet said it would continue production at Voerde and retain the plant's 280 personnel. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Voerde, which produces 115,000 tonnes of aluminium annually, went insolvent in 2012, blaming high German electricity prices.

The German government's recent decision to continue to give financial relief for high energy prices to power-intensive industries had been a key enabling the takeover, said Trimet owner and supervisory board chairman Heinz-Peter Schlueter.

Trimet expected continued strong aluminium demand in...

Ducab Aluminium plans manufacturing facility in Kizad

The plot of land will be used to set up a manufacturing plant with an investment of Dh220 million for buildings, machinery and infrastructure.

The plant will be Ducab’s sixth in the UAE, alongside its three facilities in Musaffah and two in Dubai. Ducab also owns AEI Cables in the UK, which was purchased earlier this year. Ducab’s facility in Kizad is expected to be operational by 2015.

This was announced at the signing ceremony attended by Khaled Salmeen, CEO of Kizad, and Jamal Salem Al Daheri, Ducab’s Chairman.


Alcoa expands in Indiana to capture growing aerospace demand

The new 320,000-square-foot facility will expand Alcoa’s reach from structural engine components for business and regional jets to large commercial aircraft, including narrow- and wide-body and military airplanes. Engines for narrow-body aircraft are among the top selling jet engines in the world.


Rio Tinto appoints new chief executive of Aluminium

He will succeed Jacynthe Cote who will leave the business for personal reasons to pursue other interests.

Alfredo will assume the role on 1 June 2014 and join the Executive Committee on this date. He will be based in Montreal, subject to obtaining all necessary immigration approvals from the Canadian authorities. Jacynthe will continue in an advisory role until 1 September 2014 in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Alfredo Barrios' most recent role was Executive Director and Executive Vice President Downstream at the joint venture TNK-BP, one of Russia's...

Alcoa reports safest, most environmentally efficient year on record

The achievements were announced in Alcoa’s 2013 Sustainability Report, which also highlighted breakthrough innovations to help customers meet sustainability challenges, including technology to enable lightweighting in transportation.

“Alcoa is a values-based company. Our Values guide our work and help us accomplish our goals the right way,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. “I’m incredibly proud that last year we worked safer, with less environmental impact than ever before. And while we are reducing our own footprint, our light-metal...

Kobe Steel and Toyota Tsusho joint venture

The two companies plan to conduct further studies with the aim of concluding an agreement for the JV by the end of September 2014.
The JV is envisaged to produce and sell mainly aluminium sheet for automotive body panels, along with aluminium sheet for automotive heat exchangers. Operations would start in 2017. In the JV scheme, Kobe Steel will be responsible for production, quality assurance and business operations. Toyota Tsusho will undertake the important role of marketing the products. The JV’s equipment is anticipated to mainly cover downstream...

UC Rusal: Rolling slabs for automotive BiW

This is a new high-end product for Rusal, which will be produced at the Sayanogorsk aluminium smelter in Russia and has been successfully qualified with one of Europe’s major rolling companies.
Rusal has been supplying 5xxx series rolling slabs for application in automotive structural parts for more than three years and has now complemented the product portfolio with 6xxx...

Norsk Hydro: New chair of the Board and new board member

Terje Vareberg resigns from the Board of Directors and will be replaced by Dag Mejdell as new chair of the Board effective from May 27, 2014. Victoire de Margerie resigns from the Board of Directors and will be replaced by Irene Rummelhoff as a shareholder-elected board member as of May 27, 2014. The Board of Directors is reduced by one member from 11 to 10.
After the election, the Board of Directors in Hydro consists of chair Dag Mejdell, deputy chair Inge Hansen, shareholder-elected board members Finn Jebsen, Liv Monica Bargem Stubholt, Eva Persson, Pedro...