• Goran Djukanovic

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    U.S. Aluminum Smelters Need Support

    By Goran Djukanovic, Aluminum Market Analyst & Consultant. Uncertainty hangs over the primary aluminum industry in U.S., or what has been left of it. Plummeting aluminum prices and high electricity costs resulted in closure or curtailment of some three-fourths of primary aluminum production in the last five years, leaving less than 1 million tonnes of […]

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    Leading Toward a Zero Incident Industry

    By Garney B. Scott, CEO of Scepter, Inc. and chairman of the Aluminum Association. Ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our workers has long been a top priority for the aluminum industry. As chairman of the Aluminum Association and CEO of aluminum recycling company Scepter, I work hard everyday to prioritize safety — both […]

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    World Primary Production in Review – Part II

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. A conspicuous transformation occurred in the world’s primary aluminum industry during the past five years with the construction of “Mega” aluminum smelters (>1 million tpy) in China, which have boosted aluminum production to levels not previously experienced by companies. Nine aluminum companies had an annual production greater than 2 million […]

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    World Primary Aluminum Production in Review – Part I

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. The largest gain in primary aluminum production during 2015 was in China at 31.1%, followed by India (21.1%) and Saudi Arabia (11.3%). This was due to startup of new low cost smelters and/or the restart of potlines. China accounted for a staggering 54.9% of the total world aluminum production in […]

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    The Legacy of Spent Potliner – Cost or Opportunity?

    By Phil Black. The aluminum industry has an opportunity now to leave a lasting legacy of Spent Potliner (SPL) management that boosts the industry’s ongoing reputation for sustainability. Expensive Legacy Primary aluminum smelters have spent many millions on improved pot linings, squeezing the last available drop from the energy efficiencies in cathodes, ramming materials, and […]