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Students Invited to Enter the 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition

The ET Foundation, the educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are seeking entries for the 2015 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition.  Scholarships in the form of cash awards will be presented to the top designs.  Bonnell Aluminum will be the sole sponsor for the cash awards, totaling $8,500. This is the first year Bonnell Aluminum is sponsoring the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.

The aim of the competition is to promote the understanding and use of extruded aluminum profiles, as well as highlight innovations and recognize excellence in aluminum extrusion design.  Students studying design and engineering at universities, colleges, and schools around the world are invited to participate.  Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline.

Entries for the 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition are due no later than Monday, March 30, 2015.

2014 First Place Winner – A solar powered charging unit designed by Adam Dowbnia, Purdue University

2014 First Place Winner – A solar powered charging unit designed by Adam Dowbnia, Purdue University

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ALUMINUM USA to Launch in Detroit in 2015

ALUMINIUM-USA logoALUMINIUM, the world’s leading trade fair of the aluminum industry, will expand its global activities to include a North American presence in response to the booming aluminum market in the U.S. ALUMINUM USA will be held November 11-12, 2015 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.

The U.S. market is the aluminum industry’s third-largest global market with total industry sales of $35 billion. It has grown by 4.7% annually since 2009, resulting in an overall growth of 30% over the last five years (source: IBISWorld Industry Report, July 2014). Key growth drivers include the automotive and aerospace sectors. In order to meet the rapidly growing demand in both areas, nearly all aluminum manufacturers are currently expanding their production capacities through upgrades or acquisitions. In the automotive sector alone, the demand for aluminum in the U.S. increased by 22.1% last year.

“The aluminum industry in the United States is all set for growth,” said Michael Köhler, event director of Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH and brand manager of ALUMINIUM global. “All indicators – key production figures, processing quantities and planned capacity increases – make it clear that demand will continue to grow rapidly in future.” For companies with international operations, ALUMINUM USA will provide a point of entry to one of the aluminum industry’s most dynamic markets.

Reed Exhibitions is partnering with the Aluminum Association and expects about 80 exhibitors and up to 2,000 trade visitors at ALUMINUM USA, which will take place every other year.

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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

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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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Mg 2015 – Call for Abstracs

The 10th International Conference on Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications, Mg 2015, will be held on October 11-16, 2015 at the Ramada Plaza Jeju in Jeju, South Korea. Hosted by the Korean Institute of Metals and Materials and organized by Helmholtz-Zentrum Geestacht and the Seoul National University, MSE BK21 Plus, RIAM, the conference will cover all aspects of the science and technology of magnesium alloys.

Topics include:

  • Primary Production & Recycling
  • Alloy Development
  • Casting & Solidification
  • Microstructure & Texture Evolution
  • Deformation & Formability
  • Mechanical Behavior
  • Wrought Alloy Processing
  • Post Processing
  • Corrosion & Surface Treatments
  • Bio Application
  • Modelling & Simulation

Call for Abstracts

Authors are invited to submit abstracts on any of the conference topics for oral or poster presentation at the event. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should be typed or copy/pasted directly into the abstract form on the abstract submission page. Authors may further edit and modify submitted abstracts until the submission deadline. Notification of acceptance will be sent by email and announced on the conference website.

In addition, authors may submit a full paper for publication in a conference proceedings volume that will be made available at the conference. Full papers should be submitted electronically and should be prepared according the template available by download at the conference website.


  • Abstracts are to be submitted online by October 31, 2014.
  • Full papers are to be submitted by March 31, 2015.

First of Its Kind – Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium

AluMag Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium

The Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium, organized by AluMag, will be held October 5-7, 2014 in Duesseldorf, Germany. The symposium is a cutting edge event that brings together the procurement and supply side of lightweight materials and their advanced processes (aluminum, magnesium, carbon, composites, HSS, and thermoplastics) in complement with cost balance or reduction. Localization, material technology, and cost benchmarking, as well as 2025 market outlook are some of the topics to be presented. The event is designed for executives and procurement professionals, who are part of the lightweight supply chain and individuals who are seeking a better understanding of the synergy of cost and weight reduction programs.

At the symposium, OEMs will express their needs and expectations from suppliers, technology, and lightweighting and Tier suppliers will showcase their leading weight reduction solutions, joining technologies, and material and process hybrid components. The event will also include a lightweight technology exhibition. It will feature three days of networking (including three receptions), culminating as ALUMINIUM 2014 and Composites Europe begins, also in Duesseldorf (free of chargefor symposium attendees).

Some of the presentations to be featured at the conference include:

  • Opening Keynote — Structural Lightweighting – New Materials & Advanced Processes, Arne Lakeit, vp Manufacturing Engineering & Process Planning, Audi
  • Closing Keynote — Axel Harries, vp Quality Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars (tbd)
  • Lightweight Component Procurement in North America – An Analysis Of The Strengths & Weaknesses Of The Current Supply Base Against Future OEM Needs by Eric Bach, director of Engineering, Tesla Motors (tbc)
  • Global Quality Improvement In Accompany With Lightweighting & Cost Balance by Axel Harriee, vp of Quality Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars (tbc)
  • Technological And Cost Comparison Of Aluminium – Magnesium vs. Composite Solutions by Achim Schneider, head Of Business Development & Sales, and Klaus Decking, head of Market Communication Sales Support & Business Development & New Markets Sales, Georg Fischer AG
  • Market Trends & Development Of Aluminium In China: Production – Price Building – Products by Hui Xiong, senior analyst, Beijing Antaike

A complete list of presentations can be found on the conference website.

The AluMag symposium is limited to 150 visitors to ensure a friendly atmosphere for knowledge development and exchange of experience.


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