Andrea Svendsen

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  • Coiled aluminum at the Novelis Guthrie aluminum rolling plant

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    North American Aluminum Demand Increased in 2022

    The Aluminum Association released preliminary estimates showing 4.8% year-over-year demand growth for the aluminum industry in North America (U.S. and Canada) in 2022. This outpaced overall estimated 2.7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the U.S. in 2022. While estimates show year-over-year growth, the report indicates a slowdown in demand for the second half of […]

  • The Las Tadeas wind farm in Spain. (Source: Capital Energy.)

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    The Shift Toward Renewable Power in Aluminum Smelting

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. Sixty-eight million tonnes of primary aluminum were produced worldwide in smelters in 2021. According to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), the aluminum sector was directly responsible for 275 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2021, a 2% increase over the previous year. If the indirect emissions from electricity are included, the […]

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    Yamaha First to Use Green Aluminum in Japanese Motorcycles

    Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. reached an agreement with an aluminum ingot supplier for the procurement of green aluminum, which enabled the company to begin using the metal as a raw material for parts in Yamaha motorcycles in February 2023. This is the first time that green aluminum will be used in Japanese motorcycles and the […]

  • Image of a building with blue and white flags that read Hydro and Hueck

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    Hydro Acquires Hueck Building Systems and Extrusion Business

    Hydro completed the acquisition of Hueck, a globally active manufacturer of extruded aluminum profile systems for windows, doors, and façade applications, for €60.3 million (~US$64.3 million). This follows approval from competition authorities in Germany and Austria. Founded in 1814, Hueck is headquarted in Lüdenscheid based, Germany. The company has decades of experienced developing profile systems, […]

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    Western Magnesium Moves Toward Commercial Production

    Western Magnesium Corporation plans to expand its operations with the construction of a commercial plant and a Research & Development Centre in Nevada. The facility will have an initial production of 25,000 tonnes per year. The company will also be relocating its West head office to the new location. Nevada was selected as the site […]

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    U.S. Imposes 200% Tariffs on Russian Aluminum Imports

    On Friday, February 24, 2023, the U.S. government joined the European Union and other nations in imposing new sanctions on Russia — marking the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The new sanctions target a variety of sectors, including a 200% tariff on aluminum imports from Russia and products from third-countries that incorporate […]

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    Emerging Challenges in Copper Bring Opportunity for Aluminum

    By Peter Pollak, The Aluminum Association (Retired). According to goals announced by the U.S. and European Union, there are widespread commitments to eliminate global carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. An important aspect of achieving a net-zero emissions goal within this time frame is electrifying the global vehicle fleet and switching power generation to renewable energy […]

  • bauxite residue, also known as red mud

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    Hydro Partners with Wave to Recover Minerals from Red Mud

    Hydro’s Alunorte alumina refinery signed a contract with Wave Aluminium to build a plant in Brazil that will work to address the challenges of bauxite residue — also known as red mud. The new plant will process bauxite residue, aiming to recover commercially valuable materials. Bauxite residue is generated after the bauxite ore has been processed […]