Andrea Svendsen

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    Magnesium as the Metal of Dematerialization

    By Alex Grant, Magrathea. In 1944, Willard Dow told the U.S. Senate, “There is an epic quality involved in [taking] a ladle of gleaming metal out of a curling, white-capped ocean wave. Not even the old alchemists, in their wildest fancies, ever got that far.”1 Dow Magnesium was once the largest magnesium metal producer of […]

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    Shandong Innovation Group to Install 27 New Melting Furnaces

    Shandong Innovation Group is currently upgrading its casthouse operations in order to achieve improved efficiency along with additional benefits. The group placed an order with Gautschi Engineering GmbH for supply of 27 rectangular tilting melting furnaces of 70 tons each at three of its facilities in China, including the engineering of the combustion and control […]

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    Tower Extrusions Upgrades Its Vertical Powder Coating Line with Automation

    Tower Extrusions installed a new automated unloader for the vertical powder coating line at its facility in Olney, TX. The system enables the automated unloading of painted profiles from the coating line to ensure higher productivity, quality, and safety. Since being founded in March 1977, Tower Extrusions has continued to expand its operations — growing […]

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    Solar Atmospheres Achieved Nadcap Merit Status

    Solar Atmospheres announced that its facilities in Michigan and Western Pennsylvania were recently awarded Nadcap Merit status for vacuum heat treating and brazing by the Performance Review Institute (PRI). The Merit status acknowledges the company’s strict adherence to specification requirements, allowing them to reduce their audit frequency to every 24 months (rather than 18 months). All […]

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    Extrusion Jobs Pipeline for Members of the Military

    LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense (DOD)-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, has entered into a new education and workforce development partnership with the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC). This collaboration will establish a nationwide pipeline for graduates of LIFT’s Operation Next® training initiative, funneling them towards jobs in the aluminum extrusion industry. Operation Next is currently […]

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    Century Orders Automated Sawing Line for Aluminum Billet

    Century Aluminum Company ordered a fully automated sawing line and stacking and a packing system for aluminum billets. The new line will be installed in the casthouse at its smelter in Sebree, Kentucky. The investment is aimed at further enhance the facility’s operational efficiency. Century Aluminum is the largest manufacturer of primary aluminum products in […]

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    Gränges to Double Battery Foil Production in Sweden

    Gränges plans to invest SEK 600 million (~US$57.7 million) over two years to double its capacity for battery cathode foil production in Finspång, Sweden. The new capacity will enable the company to meet the growing demand for battery components in Europe. “Recently, we have experienced very high interest in our battery and electrification solutions from […]

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    Trimet and Nexans Develop Recycled Alloy for Electrical Cable

    Trimet Aluminium SE, an aluminum producer headquartered in Essen, Germany, is working with Nexans, a global cable and optical fiber company headquartered in Paris, France, to improve the eco-balance of power cables. In a joint breakthrough development project, the two companies have developed a material with recycled aluminum content for the production of aluminum rod used […]