Project to boost Sohar Aluminium output

The so-called 'Amperage Creep' project is one of two important initiatives launched by the company with the aim of optimising energy efficiency and productivity at its giant smelter located in Sohar Industrial Area.

The other initiative concerns a comprehensive revamp of the potline designed to achieve a reduction in energy consumption, according to a top official.

"During the last two years, Sohar Aluminium (SA) initiated an upgrade of the pot lining, thereby opening new avenues in terms of current efficiency and operating amperage. The full deployment of...

Hydro agrees to sell aluminium casthouse

The Hannover casthouse is focused on special aluminium alloys, mainly hard alloys for the aerospace industry.

Through the agreement, IQ Industrial Holding will acquire 100% of the shares in Hydro Giesserei Hannover GmbH.

The Hannover casthouse was taken over by Hydro through the acquisition of VAW...

UC RUSAL to produce products with the use of red mud cycle wastes

In 2014, the company plans to produce its first scandium concentrate. Both new products will be produced at a large output rate.
In 2013 RUSAL’s R&D proposed a new technology, and a pilot production area was launched to test the red mud recycling process at UAZ that later resulted in quite a successful flux additives...

JLR China plant ‘to start production before year is out’

The plant will have an initial annual production capacity of 130,000 vehicles – more than double the number it sells in the UK, according to Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) China president Bob Grace.

Meanwhile, talks are ongoing over another major plant in Saudi Arabia, as JLR’s giant global expansion continues apace.

“They start to make the first prototype bodies this week, and it’s almost a miracle that’s come out of the ground in such a short period of time,” Mr Grace told reporters at the Beijing motor show. “It’s...

Aluminium business booms in the Hunter

Midal Cables International’s new $60 million facility is the Bahrain company’s first venture into Australia and will produce 50,000 tonnes of alloy rod, wire and conductors annually for the Australian and international markets.

Maitland Business Chamber president Steve Thomson said the company’s move to Tomago was an indication that business and consumer confidence were rising in the Hunter.

He said it meant Hunter residents who had lost manufacturing jobs had a chance to keep working in the industry.

“The local manufacturing...

Novelis expands finishing capacity for beverage can sheet in Europe

With an investment of approximately €15 million, it will increase the plant’s finishing capacity for beverage can sheet.

“This investment reflects the solid growth of the aluminium beverage can market in Europe, which has resulted in significantly increased can sheet sales,” said Pierre Labat, vice president and general manager, Can for Novelis Europe. “As part of its growth strategy, Read more

Alba to host ARABAL 2014 in the Kingdom of Bahrain

ARABAL is being hosted for the fourth time by the Kingdom of Bahrain, and this year, it is expected to attract more than 700 delegates including key decision makers and industry leaders from all sectors of the aluminium industry in the region and across the world.
The statement was announced during the meeting held by ARABAL Organising Committee on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Gulf Hotel, Bahrain.
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For an ambitious EU Waste policy review

The European aluminium industry strongly supports more ambitious recycling targets and a gradual phasing out of landfilling. Together with better collection schemes and innovative sorting technologies, these are the preconditions for an effective and successful circular economy.
EAA director general Gerd Götz states: “Bold policy measures are needed to secure the availability of aluminium scrap in Europe, a key resource for increasing recycling rates and one of Europe’s energy security components. We are calling for investment and innovation in the...

$32m coil coating project in Sohar

The Coil Coating Plant is part of the overall OARC’s new rolling facilities that began commercial operations in 2014, with the plant hitting its full 160,000-ton production capacity by 2019.

HLG’s CEO and Managing Director, José Antonio López-Monís, said the plant project is an important milestone for the Group as it is the first EPC project that HLG has been awarded in Sohar.

“Oman is an important market for HLG and we are grateful to have been selected by Oman Aluminium Rolling Company to build their plant facility.  This...

Alba awarded British Safety Council award

Competing with over 500 organisations spanning all sectors from the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the West Indies, Alba won the much-coveted honour for its commitment and determination to prevent workplace injuries and maintaining health and well being of its workforce during 2013.
The award was received...