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  • Figure 1. A3 Surfaces has developed an antimicrobial treatment for aluminum, which can significantly reduce the spread of bacterial or viral infections from surfaces such as door handles. (Photo: Alexan Tremblay, Les Films de La Baie.)

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    ARTICLE: Fighting the Impact of Disease with Antimicrobial Anodized Aluminum

    Hospital-acquired infections (called nosocomial infections) are a common problem, causing the deaths of around 8-12,000 people per year in Canada and around 80,000 people per year in the U.S. A3 Surfaces, a start-up based in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, is focused on making the world a safer place by eliminating cross contamination in healthcare institutions with […]

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    USMCA Implemented Amidst Fears Tariffs will be Reimposed on Canada

    The Aluminum Association applauded the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), calling it an historic achievement for the North American aluminum industry. The agreement, ratified by all three countries, officially went into effect on July 1, 2020. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican governments in ensuring this trade agreement guarantees […]

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    Constellium Leads ALIVE Project to Develop New Al Battery Enclosures for EVs

    On June 25th, Constellium announced that it will lead a consortium of automotive manufacturers and suppliers to develop structural aluminum battery enclosures for electric vehicles. The £15 million Aluminium Intensive Vehicle Enclosures (ALIVE) project will be developed in the UK and funded in part by a grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) as a component of its […]

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    Asbestos, a Town with a Dark Past, Looks Forward to a Bright Future with Green Magnesium

    Today, Alliance Magnesium officially broke ground on the construction of its high value-added magnesium ingot production plant. Construction of the environmentally responsible magnesium plant in Asbestos, Quebec, is expected to create more than 100 jobs in the region. The casting center will become operational first, ready to recycle magnesium as of the first quarter of […]

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    Constellium Launches Aluminum Powder for Additive Manufacturing

    Constellium SE introduced a new line of aluminum powders for additive manufacturing. This new development will enable the company to meet the demand for aluminum additive manufacturing, which is increasingly gaining traction, as more applications are being developed for the aerospace, motor sport, and automotive industries. “As a global leader in innovative aluminum products and solutions, we […]

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    Nissan’s Rogue 2021 has More Aluminum Than Ever Before

    Last week Nissan released its new Rogue, their best-selling vehicle. The 2021 model features more aluminum throughout the body than previous iterations. Its hood, fenders, and doors are all made of aluminum. According to Nissan, some aluminum exists on the current-generation Rogue. “The new model just has an increase,” said Jeff Wandell, electric vehicle and […]

  • Figure 1. Prof. Xiaochun Li, founder and chief scientist of MetaLi, holding a prototype bike frame welded together with the company’s proprietary AA7075 welding wire.

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    ARTICLE: Nanotechnology-Enabled Welding and Manufacturing of High Performance Aluminum Alloys

    Lightweighting has been and continues to be a major concern for the aerospace, automotive, and transportation industries. Whether it’s an airplane, automobile, boat, or train, the use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum, provide significant fuel savings and performance benefits. Like its competitors in the lightweighting arena (steel, composites, etc.), aluminum is working to continually […]

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    Rusal Commissions Ingot Casting Line for Automotive

    UC Rusal commissioned a new ingot casting complex at the Boguchansky smelter with a capacity of 120,000 tonnes of aluminum alloys per year. The more than 600 million ruble (US$8.7 million) project enables the company to increase its production of value-added products (VAP). “The new foundry complex at the Boguchansky aluminum smelter, the most modern enterprise […]