LME Roundup – U.S. Aluminum Producers Take Aim at China

October 7 –LME rules strain trader-warehouse storage talks,” American Metal Market

“LME warehouse reforms to cap rents for material covered by warrants that have been canceled for more than 30 days, as well as to control “excessive incentives,” have made warehouse companies wary about bidding for aluminum.”

October 8 –New Products,” London Metal Exchange

“There will be four regional aluminium premium futures – designed for hedgers and traders everywhere.

LME Aluminium Premiums are new contracts designed specifically to help the physical industry hedge the premium portion of the ‘all-in’ aluminium price.The four regional premium contracts sit alongside our parent LME Aluminium contract, combining global liquidity with regional flexibility.”

October 8 –LME signs up 9 warehouse firms for new aluminium premium contracts,” Reuters

October 20 –Aluminum’s losing streak extends to sixth day on glut concerns” Bloomberg Business

“Aluminum fell for a sixth day, the longest slump in three months, on concern that a glut will worsen amid weakening demand in China, the world’s biggest metals consumer.  The Asian nation is boosting aluminum production at the same time that economic growth is expected to be the slowest in decades, adding to the outlook for a global surplus. Dwight Anderson, the founder of hedge fund Ospraie Management, said he saw little reason for short-term optimism on industrial metals.”

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Entries Invited for the 2016 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

The ET Foundation, the educational and research organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are inviting entries for the 2016 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. The 2016 competition is divided into two classes: Professional and Student. Bonnell Aluminum is the sole sponsor for the cash awards, totaling $20,000, including a Grand Prize of $3,500 awarded to the best design across all categories and classes. The 2016 Design Competition will include a new student design category, the Bonnell Aluminum LED Lighting Design Challenge, which encourages students to think about aluminum extrusions as a holistic solution to a design problem.

Professional designers, engineers, and manufacturers along with students studying design and engineering at universities, colleges, technical schools and high schools around the world are invited to participate. The ET Foundation will accept entries for the 2016 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition through March 7, 2016. Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline.

Winning designs from this and previous competitions will be on display at the Eleventh International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar and Exposition – ET ’16, scheduled for May 2-6, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The ET Seminar is the longest running and most respected technical conference in the industry devoted to worldwide advancements in aluminum extrusion technology, equipment, processes, applications, and more.

Student Class

Student scholarships will be presented as cash awards to the top student designs, including $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place, and $1,000 for Third Place. Students also may compete for the Bonnell Aluminum LED Lighting Design Challenge Scholarship Award of $2,500. The LED Lighting Design Challenge tasks students with designing an LED lighting application that uses aluminum extrusions, while addressing some of the material’s excellent advantages, including aluminum’s superior heat dissipation properties, natural reflectivity, light weight, ease of fabrication, and the designer’s ability to create complex integral shapes that are joinable with various methods and materials, to name just a few. Designers must also take into consideration the limitations of the aluminum extrusion process.

2013 First Place Winner – Solarboard, a semi-permanent solar-powered bulletin board, by Dominic Atibil, Purdue University

2013 First Place Winner – Solarboard, a semi-permanent solar-powered bulletin board, by Dominic Atibil, Purdue University

“Many of the student designs in previous competitions were clever ideas but they lacked practicality,” said Design Competition judge David Asher, process optimization manager for Bonnell Aluminum. “With this new category we want to encourage students (and their instructors) to better understand the aluminum extrusion process and all of its advantages. Don’t design a part that is overly wide and will need to be manufactured on a 24 inch press. The reality is that there are very few presses that can handle that profile size, and the cost for extruding that part is simply not practical. Addressing issues such as this will impact the judging process. The winning design will really come down to whether or not the student has a good understanding of the aluminum extrusion process.”

Students currently enrolled in a college, university, or technical school, including graduate students, are eligible to enter the Student Design Competition. Entries from high school students also will be accepted.

Professional Class

Entries received in the Professional Class will be divided into four categories: Structural/Architectural, Transportation, Engineered Products, and Alternative Energy. First-place cash prizes in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded to the best design in each category. Individual designers and companies are eligible to enter the Professional Design Competition. Aluminum extruders and their customers are encouraged to team up to enter their design in the Competition. Team and multiple submissions will be accepted for both the student and professional classes.

An extruded heat sink for LED hazardous industrial lighting from Richard Hinkle and Joe Becknell of Magnode Corporation won the 2014 Professional Award in the Engineered Products category.

An extruded heat sink for LED hazardous industrial lighting from Richard Hinkle and Joe Becknell of Magnode Corporation won the 2014 Professional Award in the Engineered Products category.

Alcoa Foundation Awards $75,000 Aluminum Training Grant to the Collision Repair Education Foundation

The Alcoa Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alcoa, awarded the Collision Repair Education Foundation a $75,000 grant that will provide aluminum repair focused training and technical presentations to high school and college collision school instructors. Working together with industry partners, the Collision Repair Education Foundation will bring over 50 collision school instructors into the Chicago, IL, area in March 2016 for several days of “train the trainer” aluminum repair technical training, as this group is educating the future repair professionals of the collision industry. As more and more of today’s and future vehicles are being constructed with aluminum, it is crucial that current and future repair professionals complete aluminum repair technical training in order to repair consumer’s collision damaged properly.

“Alcoa Foundation seeks solutions that reduce weight, improve fuel efficiency, and minimize the environmental footprint of mass transportation,” said Alice Truscott, program manager, Alcoa Foundation. “As aluminum usage becomes more popular in the making of cars with these very sustainable properties, we value partnerships with organizations like Collision Repair Education Foundation that will help prepare the workforce.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode, noted, “We are very appreciative of Alcoa Foundation’s continued support and willingness to work together on providing collision school instructors with technical information about aluminum repair training. These instructors are able to bring this knowledge back to their classrooms and help students understand that repairing aluminum isn’t difficult, it’s just different.”

73rd World Magnesium Conference – Call for Abstracts


The 73rd World Magnesium Conference, hosted by the International Magnesium Association (IMA), will be held May 16-17, 2016 in Rome, Italy. The IMA’s Annual Conference is the premier international magnesium industry conference highlighting technological advances, innovative applications, and emerging developments in the global marketplace. This valuable conference will provide magnesium industry professionals with the latest information and advances on magnesium processes, applications, technology and environmental concerns.

This valuable Conference will provide magnesium industry professionals with the latest information and advances on magnesium processes, applications, technology, and environmental concerns. The program includes:

  • Technical Sessions
  • Current Industry Updates
  • Awards of Excellence Presentations
  • Exhibit Showcase featuring magnesium industry suppliers
  • Networking Events
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Opening President’s Reception
  • And more!

Call for Papers

Be among the best and the brightest in the industry — magnesium industry professionals and researchers are invited to share their expertise and knowledge by presenting a paper at the IMA Conference. Presentations help to advance the industry and provide an unparalleled opportunity for speakers to address magnesium professionals, industry leaders, and decision-makers, who seek cutting-edge information and problem-solving resources.

While renowned experts are prominent among IMA authors, not everyone has to have a lengthy set of credentials: there’s room on the program for solid common-sense work reflecting real-world practice.

Submitted abstracts should be no more than 150 words for a proposed presentation. The abstract must include sufficient detail to permit a thorough review and evaluation of the paper’s proposed content and significance. Abstracts are also invited from practitioners and researchers from in and around the aluminum extrusion industry.

Abstracts can be submitted in electronic format through the IMA online Abstract Collection Portal.

Submit 150 word abstracts are due no later than December 18, 2015.

AEC Files Scope Clarification and Circumvention Case against China Zhongwang Holdings

China Zhongwang

Alleges the Company has Systematically and Illegally Evaded Duties on Aluminum Extrusions Imported into the U.S.

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) filed a petition against China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd., alleging the company has systematically and illegally evaded duties on aluminum extrusions imported into the United States. The alleged scheme involves hundreds of millions of pounds of aluminum extrusions that are simply cut and welded into aluminum slabs. Upon entering the U.S., these extrusions are being identified as “pallets” even though the testimony the Council has gathered makes it clear the sole purpose of these extrusions is to remelt them back into billets.

“In late July, the AEC released a statement to the press calling on the United States Government, as well as others identified in the Dupre Analytics report, to investigate issues of transshipment and circumvention by Zhongwang,” said Jeff Henderson, director of Operations at the AEC. “We have made our case to U.S. Customs regarding the transshipment allegations, and now we are filing our circumvention case with the Department of Commerce.”

The report, released in July by Dupre Analytics, contended that Zhongwang’s chairman, Liu Zhongtian, and his family have developed a “network of proxies and intermediaries outside of China, and used them to secretly set up entities and aluminum processing facilities that span the globe.”

Zhongwang has denied all short-seller allegations, calling them “groundless or untrue.”

The circumvention and scope clarification case brought on by the AEC also alleges that China Zhongwang has been exporting 5xxx series alloy extrusions into the U.S. in order to avoid U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties.

Once filed, the Department of Commerce has forty-five days to review and decide whether or not to launch a full investigation. “Given the severity of this case to our domestic industry, we call on the Department of Commerce to investigate this case,” said Henderson.

Image: China Zhongwang.

Don’t Miss Out – Free Registration for ALUMINUM USA

Foto: Behrendt & Rausch Fotografie

On November 11-12, the ALUMINUM USA trade show will be held at the Cobo Center Detroit. Representing the entire value chain of the aluminum industry, the event will feature over 100 companies from 18 nations, with about 40% from the U.S. and Canada and 60% from Europe and Asia, bringing a global perspective to the show. Around 2,000 visitors, including managers, engineers, and decision-makers, from around the world are expected to attend the event.

ALUMINUM USA 2015 will also be offering visits to two automotive highlights in Detroit — the Ford Rouge Factory Tour – The Henry Ford or the Automotive Hall of Fame. Registered visitors interested in attending one of the tours, should email Reed Exhibitions  at attractions@aluminum-us.com by October 30, 2015 to get one of the 50 tickets available for each attraction. Please mention in the subject line which museum you would like to visit.

Registration for ALUMINUM USA is now open. Readers of Light Metal Age are invited to use the code ALU46 to receive free entry into the trade show, granting them access to aluminum company representatives ranging from materials and primary production and moving downstream to semi-fabricated producers, secondary remelters and recyclers, fabricators, and final applications, as well as equipment suppliers.

Register with discount code: ALU46. 

Photo from ALUMINIUM 2014.

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