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Our February 2015 issue highlights the worldwide primary aluminum industry!

February 2015 Cover

The February 2015 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 a pot tending machine using the crust breaker during an anode
change at Qatalum.

Feature Articles include:

  • Primary Aluminum Industry in the Year 2014 & Primary Aluminum Smelters of the World: Nameplate Capacities and Shutdown Capacities on a Temporary Basis, by Rudolf P. Pawlek, Contributing Editor
  • Century Aluminum Expands with Acquisition of U.S. Aluminum Smelters: Making Strategic Changes to Increase Profitability, by Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor
  • Novelis Opens the World’s Largest Recycling Center in Nachterstedt, Germany: Moving Toward a Circular Economy, by Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor
  • Ideal Aluminum Smelting – Superheat Control and Moving Towards Renewable Energy: Interview with Dr. Martin Iffert, Trimet Aluminium, by Joseph C. Benedyk, Editor
  • Arabal 2014: Part I – Global Aluminum Outlook and Downstream Industry Growth in Bahrain, by Andrew Hall, Contributing Editor
  • Defects Affecting Extruded Surface – Coring, by Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto Alcan
  • AluMag Auto Lightweight Procurement Symposium: Aluminum Proves Its Worth in European Automobiles, by Joseph C. Benedyk, Editor
  • The Changing Shape of the U.K. Aluminum Industry: Interview with Will Savage, ALFED
  • ALUMINIUM 2014 Photo Layout: Record Attendance Reflects Record Industry Growth
  • Horizontal Core-Filling Continuous Casting of Copper Clad Aluminum Conductor Materials: Properties and Applications, by Jian-Xin Xie, Xin-Hua Liu, and Hai-You Huang, Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing of Ministry of Education, Institute for Advanced Materials and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, and Beijing Laboratory of Metallic Materials and Processing for Modern Transportation

Editorial departments include four Spotlight articles, including:

  • Magnesium Overmold Automotive Components, Leggera Technologies
  • Innovation in SPL Transformation – the Industrial Ecology Way: Spent Pot Lining as a Valuable Commodity, by Phil Black, Regain Materials
  • New Developments in Anode Baking, by Detlef Maiwald and Domenico Di Lisa, innovatherm
  • Double-Chamber Melting Furnace Advantages, Reiter & Crippa

The issue includes the Directory of Aluminum Smelting Equipment Manufacturers & Suppliers and coverage of Primary Aluminum News, Extruder News, and Contracts & Expansions.

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


2014 in Review

Light Metal Age is pleased to present the 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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 as-rolled aluminum foil produced by Hydro’s Grevenbroich rolling mill in Germany. The foil is only 15 μm thick but completely free from grease. Previously material could only be cleaned of residual rolling oil by undergoing heat treatment. Hydro announced earlier this year a sophisticated bath process whereby foil can be chemically degreased yet still retain the original degree of hardness.

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!

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October 2014 Cover

October 2014 Cover

Light Metal Age is pleased to announce that we will be attending ALUMINIUM 2014 at Messe Dusseldorf in Germany from October 7-9.

The international world trade fair is world’s biggest industry meeting place, bringing together aluminum manufacturers, processors, and suppliers of technologies and equipment for the manufacture, processing and finishing of aluminum, as well as the representatives of the application industries. The event showcases the entire aluminum process chain — from the raw material to semi-finished products to finished products for all areas of application of aluminum.

Light Metal Age can be found at Hall 11, Booth J35, where we will be offering complimentary one-year digital subscriptions to every visitor. Guests to our booth may also pick up a copy of both the August and October issues of the magazine, as well as the 2014 Master Directory of Equipment Manufacturers & Suppliers. Our Aluminum Extrusion Article Archive and Magnesium Article Archive will be available for purchase at discounted rates.

We hope to see you there!

Aluminum in a Mixed-Material Automotive World – LMA October Issue Now Available!

October 2014 Cover - Light Metal Age

The October 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 Lotus Evora sports car, which has a multi-material structure utilizing aluminum, steel, and composite materials. The Evora chassis is primarily constructed of aluminum sheet and extrusions joined using adhesive bonding and self-piercing rivets (a process called riv-bonding) for the front and center modules and a steel rear structure to support the engine and suspension. Lotus uses a variety of innovative joining technologies in the design of its multi-material vehicles. Gregory E. Peterson, Lotus Engineering, in his article in this issue, discusses non-traditional joining technologies used in the automotive industry.

Feature Articles include:

  • Automotive in a Mixed-Material World – GALM: Optimizing Design, Joining Techniques, and Material Capabilities, While Reducing Cost, by Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor
  • Vitex Extrusion: The Total Turnaround – From Aging Plant to Nimble, Value-Added Manufacturer
  • Overview of Non-Traditional Joining Technologies for Multi-Material Vehicle Structures, by Gregory E. Peterson, Lotus Engeering
  • SCM Commissions Unique Remelt Plant: First in the World to Horizontally Cast 14″ Billet
  • CIAC – Aluminum Industry Challenges and Opportunities: Game Changing Developments in Transportation Sectors, by Andrea Svendsen
  • Defects Affecting Extruded Surface – Speed Cracking, by Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Characterization of the Aging Behavior and the Formability of 6xxx Al Alloys for Automotive Applications, by Ramona Prillhofer, Josef Berneder, and Josef Enser, AMAG Rolling GmbH
  • Extrusion Press Icon Returns to the U.S. – Built in America, Engineered in Germany
  • Constellium: Expanding Investment and Increasing Capacity to Supply Auto Solutions to OEMs
  • Design, Regulation, and Positioning of Modern Container Heating Systems, by Christian Eckenbach, Marx GmbH
  • On the Future of Automotive Lightweighting: Body Design Coming Out of the Niche, by Christian Kleinhans, Berylls Strategy Advisors

Editorial departments include the editorial, “Lightweight E-Type Recalls Jaguar’s Aluminum-Bodied Past and Present,” a New Equipment Spotlight about the new pot ramming machine from STAS, and a review of automotive-focused international patents, as well as coverage of Automotive News, Extruder News, and Contracts & Expansions.

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

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!


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