Five Tips to Produce a Safer and More Productive Casthouse Environment

Almex USA published a campaign to promote safety awareness for aluminum casthouse operations. “Five Days of Safety” offers five tips — focused on Hazard Assessment, Personnel Protective Equipment, Technology Controls, Moisture Management, and Best Practices — along with colorful infographics that visually emphasize the safety tips to consider when working with molten aluminum.

“Every casthouse should maintain safety policies and procedures that are catered to its unique needs in addition to statutory and regulatory obligations,” notes Almex. “One size does not fit all.” The information presented provides a general guideline for risk assessment in order to allow companies and casthouse operators a starting point for beginning their own safety assessment program.

Learn more at: Five Safety Tips, One Ultimate Goal.


LME Roundup – June 17 through July 28

June 17 – “Europe braces itself for another aluminium premium hike,” Metal Bulletin

European aluminium market participants are preparing for a last increase in premiums ahead of the summer slowdown, with producers, traders and consumers all forecasting higher premiums over the next few weeks. Metal Bulletin’s European duty-paid aluminium premium stands at $405-435 per tonne, while the duty-unpaid premium is at $330-355 per tonne. Both are all-time record highs, and neither has anyone calling for a decrease.  “We’re at [a duty-paid premium of] $435 on our way to $440, and it will be $450 by the end of the month,” a trader said. “There will be one more push to mid-July and then it will settle.”

June 26 – “Brazilian aluminium premiums flat on sluggish demand,” Metal Bulletin

June 26 – “LME OFFICIALS: Aluminium back below $1,900 as activity slows,” Metal Bulletin

July 2 – “Alcoa tells U.S. SEC that warehousing reforms could hit premiums,” Reuters

In a reply to queries from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Alcoa said warehousing reforms could push more aluminum onto the physical market, weighing down the premiums paid by users who take physical delivery of the metal. It added that it would in future raise the number of the risk factors disclosed in its filings. 

“Decreases in regional delivery and product premiums, decreases in LME aluminum prices and increases in the supply of aluminum could have a material adverse effect on Alcoa’s business, financial condition and results of operations or cash flow,” it said in a sample of the disclosure it plans to include in future filings.

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Video: Ford Unveils Ultra-Lightweight Concept Car

The lightweight concept vehicle represents Ford’s ongoing research for future light-weighting and advanced materials applications, building on the all-new Ford F-150, which sheds up to 700 lbs through use of high-strength aluminum (front sub-frame, high pressure die castings, aluminum brake rotors, etc.) and steel alloys. Lightweighting is a key component of Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.


Highlighting Extrusion Technology and Aluminum Recycling, Remelt, and Scrap Recovery in our August 2014 Issue

August 2014 Cover

The August 2014 issue of Light Metal Age is now available. The digital edition has been released to subscribers and the print edition will be shipped next week.

The cover features the newly built HybrEx 25, the radically different 25 MN extrusion press designed by the SMS Meer R&D and Technology Group headed by Uwe Muschalik , general manager of hydraulic press R&D and technology. Pictured in front of the press are SMS Meer’s Axel Bauer (left), general manager of extrusion press sales, and Muschalik (right). The innovative HybrEx press is the focus of an article by our editor, Joseph C. Benedyk.

Feature Articles include:

  • World Secondary Aluminum Industry Annual Review, by Rudolf P. Pawlek, contributing editor
  • Postle Extrusions Expands to Capture Booming RV Market, by Andrea Svendsen, managing editor
  • The New and Innovative HybrEx Extrusion Press, by Joseph C. Benedyk, editor
  • Automotive Aluminum for the Masses – a review of the 2015 North American Light Vehicle Aluminum Content Study, commissioned by the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) and conducted by Ducker Worldwide
  • The U.S. Aluminum Lifecycle, 1900-2009: Quantifying Various Recycling Rates, by Wei-Qiang Chen and T.E. Graedel, Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale University
  • Defects Affecting Extruded Surface – Blistering, by Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Australasian Aluminium Extrusion Conference 2014, by Barbara Rinderer, Consulting in Partnership Pty Ltd.
  • AEC Leads the Way to Extrusion Industry Success: Interview with Jeff Henderson, AEC
  • Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident: Interview with Alex Lowery, Wise Chem
  • The Power of Extrusions: How Aluminum is Reshaping the B&C Industry, by Scott Condreay, Sapa North American Technical Center
  • TMS 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibition
  • 71st World Magnesium Conference: China Continues to Lead World Production, by Robert E. (Bob) Brown, contributing editor
  • 2014 Magnesium Awards of Excellence

Editorial departments include a Book Review on Aluminum Recycling – Second Edition by Mark E. Schlesinger and coverage of Secondary Aluminum News, Extruder News, and Contracts & Expansions, as well as  several Product and Technology Spotlights, including:

  • Compact and Scalable Casthouse System Converts On-Site Extrusion Scrap into Quality Billet
  • Improved Molten Metal Level Control for Slab Casting
  • Solving Aluminum Scrap Recovery Challenges: Shredding and Separation Technologies
  • Pilot Testing of the Green, No-Waste, Dross-Spin Metal Recovery Process
  • Ultrasonic Degassing Process for Continuous and Stationary Mold Casting of Aluminum

If you would like to receive a copy of the August issue, as well as future issues of Light Metal Age, subscribe online today!

Video: F150 Changes Not Just What Trucks Are Made of, But How They’re Made

The assembly line that mass produces the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F150 is as innovative as teh truck itself. Two decade in the planning, it features precise computer-modeled stamping, rivets, flow-through screws instead of welds, and scrap recycling. Ford demonstrates these innovations in a new video.

Video: The Aluminium Unique Life Cycle Story

The European Aluminium Association released a new video about the unique lifecycle story of aluminum.


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