Discover surface quality knowledge and more in the December 2014 issue of LMA!

December 2014 Cover - featured image

The December 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

Feature Articles include:

  • Cosmetic Corrosion of Aluminum Automotive Closure Sheet, by Geoff Scamans, Innoval Technology
  • Application of Advanced Al-Li Plate on the NASA Orion Crew Module, by Michael Niedzinski, Constellium Aerospace & Transportation
  • Aluminum’s Explosive Growth into Automotive in America – Interview with Tom Boney, Aluminum Association, ATG
  • Europe Continues Very Steady Growth in Automotive – Interview with Patrik Ragnarsson, European Aluminium Association, A&TG
  • Nanostructured Wire Rod Research and Development in Russia, by V.Kh. Mann, A.Yu. Krokhin, and I.A. Matveeva, UC Rusal, and G.I. Raab, M.Yu. Murashkin, and R.Z. Valiev, Institute of Physics of Advanced Materials, Ufa State Aviation Technical University
  • Eastern European Extruder Increases Volume to Serve Growing EU Market
  • Defects Affecting Extruded Surface – Transverse Weld, by Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto Alcan
  • The Extrusion Press Container: Thermal Stability of the Liner Not Uniformity of the Container Mantle, by Paul Robbins and Dr. Ken Chun Chien, Castool
  • UMC Expands Market Scope with New Coil Coating Capacity
  • First Laser-Welded Aluminum Door Blanks for Mass Production

Editorial departments include a Personality Profile on Charles K. Gillespie, who marks 50 years at Gillespie & Powers and a Book Review on the Aluminum Statistical Review for 2013, published by the Aluminum Association, as well as two Spotlight articles: “Heat Treating Furnaces for Flat Rolled Aluminum,” by Gerald Eckertsbertger, Ebner Industrieofenbau Gmbh and B.J. Austin, Ebner Furnaces, Inc. and “Secondary Containment for Aluminum Rolling Mills” about a system for secondary oil containment developed by Albarrie.

Also included is a preview of the combined Aluminium Two Thousand – ICEB 2015 congress and coverage of Flat Rolled News, Extruder News, and Contracts & Expansions.

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

LME Roundup

This roundup covers the time period of October 18 through December 10.

October 23 -Natixis predicts a positive future for aluminium,” Al Circle

Nic Brown, the head of commodities research at Natixis announced at the LME Metals Seminar in London that aluminium prices will average above $2000 per tonne in 2015.  

October 27 -Why China blurs the global aluminum picture,” Reuters

Is the world aluminum market in a supply-demand deficit or surplus?  It’s a simple enough question but an extraordinarily difficult one to answer.  That much was clear at last week’s LME Seminar. Two respected bank analysts, Citi’s David Wilson and Natixis’ Nic Brown, offered diametrically different views.

October 29 -The debate between aluminium surplus and aluminium deficit: LME seminar,” Al Circle

October 30 -US aluminium premiums continue to rise,” Metal Bulletin

October 30 -Rusal Sees Flat Aluminum Market For the Next 3 Years,” Metal Miner

A recent report by Reuters quoted comments from UC Rusal Deputy Chief Executive Oleg Mukhamedshin at London Metal Exchange Week saying the world’s largest producer did not intend to bring any idled production back onstream for the next 3 years and expected its production to remain flat for the period.

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ArtPrize Entry Inspired by Aluminum – “We are all connected.”

Alla Dickson, This Enigmatic World

Alla and Richard Dickson experienced a fire in their home last year, on December 24th. Neighbors, volunteer firefighters, and American Red Cross volunteers came to the Dickson family’s aid immediately. Fire fighters battled a fire that has kept the Dickson’s out of their home for most of 2014. In gratitude, West Michigan artist Alla Dickson recently dedicated a painting that she entered into the international ArtPrize exhibition to the Red Cross. According to Alla, they helped her family transition that night “instantly from disaster to recovery.”

The painting, This Enigmatic World, was inspired by a macro image of aluminum, which Alla had seen in the laboratory of the Technical Support Center at Hydro Aluminum in Holland, MI, where her husband works. “The motivation to paint it was the vibrant energy of the passion in the industry I have always witnessed between my husband and his colleagues during business discussions. The concept that a macro image of aluminum plays such a crucial role for an entire industry was very symbolic to me,” said Alla. “So, those elements: the passion, energy, the enigmatic world on the molecular level of a substance and this connection with the whole has been the main subject matter of my art piece, that I can honestly say was initially dedicated to the aluminum industry.” The piece was painted in layers of acrylic laid on top of an aluminum print.

Alla said, “This art work is dedicated to the Red Cross volunteers and their selfless mission of love and kindness, where the connection between those who help and those who are helped is simply immeasurable in value. Our family’s tragic experience this past Christmas Eve, caused by a home fire, turned into a celebration of life and kindness and generosity of the local community. We are all connected.” A video describing Alla’s journey and inspiration for her painting can be seen on YouTube.

The Bright World of Metals – METEC 2015

METEC 2015 logoThe best metallurgy experts in the world will meet to exchange ideas and experience at METEC 2015, the 9th International Metallurgical Trade Fair, on June 16-20 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The international exhibition focuses consistently upon reflecting on challenges in order to recognize the requirements and technologies for a future that is efficient and environmentally sound.

Main product groups at METEC will be plants and equipment for aluminum and non-ferrous metal production (as well as iron and steel), equipment for casting and pouring of molten metal, environmental protection (including disposal and gas purification), electrical engineering and process control technology, measurement and testing technology, equipment and components for rolling mills, and much more.

In 2011, METEC reported another increase in exhibitors, when a total of 486 companies from 33 countries presented their know-how about the growing metallurgical sector and demonstrated that they are actively involved in ensuring a strong future for metallurgy. More than 19,000 trade visitors came to METEC in 2011 for networking and to obtain valuable information on new technologies and equipment efficiency, with half of them traveling from European countries outside Germany or from overseas. Photo galleries and video reports from the event can be found online.

METEC 2015 will be held concurrently with three successful trade fairs — GIFA (13th International Foundry Trade Fair), THERMPROCESS (for innovative thermo processing technology), and NEWCAST (focused on precision castings) — together representing “The Bright World of Metals.”

Auto Conference to Unveil the Road Ahead for Aluminum

Jaguar XE

Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminum at the Aluminium in Road Transport Conference to be held November 11-12 at the Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham, U.K. Organized by ALFED (the Aluminium Federation), the event will feature an evening banquet and a tour of the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull.

Until recently, aluminum has only been used in mechanical components in cars, with all-aluminum vehicle bodies being the preserve of high end or specialist vehicles. That’s changing as mass-market models begin to utilize the recyclable material in chassis and bodies.

The two-day conference will build on the previous year’s successful gathering with more than 100 delegates due to attend each day from OEM companies including Jaguar Land Rover, Morgan, and Toyota. This year’s event will also see Lotus attend for the first time and Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), will chair a key session about manufacturers’ race to lighten the weight of vehicles with lightweight materials such as aluminum.

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LME Roundup – September 17 through October 17

September 17 –Record high aluminium premiums lift 2015 cost outlook,” Shanghai Metal Market

September 19 –LME Inventory: Aluminium falls the most by 11950 tons,” Commodity Online

September 23 –LME to forge ahead on warehouse rules,” American Metal Market

The London Metal Exchange is committed to new warehouse regulations, no matter what the U.K. Court of Appeals decides next month, an exchange executive said.

“If we win, we will introduce linked load-in/load-out rates. If we lose, we will start another consultation process,” LME head of business development Matt Chamberlain told delegates at AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin’s 29th International Aluminium Conference in Abu Dhabi. “We have a clear path forward, whichever way the judgement goes.”

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