AFRC forms new partnership with Japanese manufacturing giant

Mitsubishi Materials Group, one of the world’s leading cutting tools suppliers, has signed up to be the latest member of the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
The AFRC will act as a test facility for the development of new products and manufacturing processes, which will be used to produce metal components for use in a range of industries – including oil and gas, aerospace and automotive.
The partnership will also give Mitsubishi greater access to the...

Membership on the rise as Aluminum Association welcomes four new members

The Aluminum Association has announced the addition of three new member companies – UC RUSAL, Tri-Star Glove and MAGNECO/METREL.

In addition, the Association introduced a new member category and announced its first ever individual membership for Professor Diran Apelian of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

These additions bring total membership in the Association to 116 companies which reflect the scope and breadth of today’s global aluminium industry. UC RUSAL joins the Association as a producer member – firms that make or fabricate aluminium –...

Novel research on cast aluminium products wins international award

A research team from the UK has won the 2016 Charles Hatchett Award.

The award-winning research, from Brunel University London, has considerable potential for commercial application in aluminium cast products in the automotive industry. The use of niobium as a grain refiner in cast aluminium alloys allows the manufacture of lighter aluminium parts, contributing to lowering the overall weight of vehicles, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

The annual Award, now in its 38th year, is sponsored by Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM). This...

Rusal produces first output of scandium oxide

Rusal has produced scandium oxide for the first time with the concentration exceeding 99%.

The new product output commenced at the Urals aluminium smelter (UAZ) after the installation and launch of the pilot unit for the processing of scandium concentrate into scandium oxide. Experts at Rusal Engineering and Technology Centre earlier developed the unique carbonisation technology for scandium extraction from the red mud and this technology makes no negative effect on alumina production. Productivity of the pilot unit has made 96kg of scandium per year and the project investment has...

Alufoil Trophy 2017

Each year the Alufoil Trophy competition offers the opportunity for companies to showcase the very best and latest aluminium foil and closure applications and ideas. 

EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association has announced that entries for the 2017 competition are now open and will be accepted until 18 November 2016. A particular benefit for 2017 winners is that their products will be presented on the Association’s stand at interpack, the world’s largest packaging exhibition, in Düsseldorf, Germany next May.

The Alufoil Trophy is widely regarded...


The Aluminium Federation (ALFED), the UK aluminium association, has joined as an Associations member.

ALFED is the trade association that represents the interests of the whole of the UK aluminium industry. ALFED has more than 70 member companies drawn from every sector of the UK aluminium industry, from primary production and secondary refining through to fabrication, finishing, distribution, stockholding and recycling. Members also include companies supplying the aluminium sector, and those manufacturing in aluminium.

“The Aluminium Federation supports the drive...