Aluminum is a solution to many of the societal and economic challenges that Europe faces as it seeks to build a competitive and sustainable industrial sector. Hence, aluminum is a key enabler of Europe’s transition to a low carbon and resource efficient economy. On this basis, the European Aluminum Association (EAA) along with the European aluminum industry has developed a roadmap of how this ambition can become reality.
The fruit of long reflection by the aluminum industry — and the subject of consultation with stakeholders around Europe — the European Aluminium Industry’s Sustainability Roadmap combines concrete commitments with a voluntary approach.
Encompassing alumina and primary production through to semi-fabrication, end-use products, and recycling, the scope of the roadmap is broad. It targets everything from raw materials sourcing to product design to employee welfare and community engagement, setting out an ambitious journey to sustainability commitments that covers all aspects of the aluminum value chain. The Sustainability Roadmap is a significant milestone for EAA member companies, and a tool to proactively engage with political, NGO, and community stakeholders. Getting the most from aluminum requires a collective effort. An inclusive approach is the best way to harness all the societal benefits that our material can deliver, in other words The Aluminium Effect.
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The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) released details about its 2015 Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois, scheduled for September 22-24, 2015 at the Hilton O’Hare Airport Hotel. The event will offer comprehensive education and networking opportunities for aluminum extrusion industry professionals. Rich in sessions focused on how the extrusion industry is “Strengthening the Future,” the conference will feature business and industry speakers who will share their insights and knowledge on important issues that affect aluminum extrusion operations. The program is comprised of General Sessions, Focus Sessions, and networking events, including a reception that features tabletop exhibits from AEC Supplier Members.
Topic Highlights include:
- Technical Topics covering extrusion press issues, die preparation and protection, and the pretreatment process related to corrosion prevention.
- Industry Promotion, highlighted by sessions on promoting extrusions to potential customers, including advances in joining technology, PR and marketing for manufacturers, and a session that outlines the new AEC Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program getting under way.
- Management Issues covering key topics such as safety management systems and credit risk management.
- Statistical Review: How to Use AEC Data takes a look at “Super Extruders” and how they reach levels of high productivity by using all the AEC member benefits available to them, including participating in AEC education, meetings and volunteer opportunities, as well as completing various surveys and studies offered only to AEC members.
Notable speakers include:
- Thomas Landstreet, an economist and writer who boasts a successful career on Wall Street, will share his wit and wisdom on politics, investments and economic policy.
- Justin Craig, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, will present a timely look at “Attracting and Motivating Young, Talented Employees.”
- Michael Walsh, Director ADCVD Policy & Programs, U.S. Customs, will explain how the Federal Government handles reports of deliberate tariff circumvention, the role his team plays in investigations and the remedies available to industry.
- Timothy Hayes, Principal, Lawrence Capital Management, will provide an Industry Outlook for U.S. downstream aluminum markets with an emphasis on the domestic extrusion industry, as well as demand projections through 2019 for major extrusion markets.
The Management Conference begins with a welcome reception Tuesday evening, September 22, and concludes at noon on Thursday, September 24. As a convenience to volunteers, most AEC committees and teams will meet just prior to the Conference. Members of the AEC are eligible to register for the conference. For complete details on the program, visit www.AECmeets.org and follow the link to the AEC Management Conference registration website.
In this video, Kaiser Aluminum reports that recent aluminum industry reports indicate a continued rise in aluminum extrusion demand, expanded use of aluminum in mainstream SUV applications, aluminum’s contribution to better vehicle safety ratings, and the need for more automotive aluminum content to assist vehicles in meeting stricter CAFE and emissions regulations.