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    ARTICLE: Extrusion Productivity, Part I – Billet Geometry

    By Ken Chien and Paul Robbins, Castool; Chris Jowett, Rio Tinto Aluminium; and Yu Wang, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Dept., University of Waterloo Introduction When extruders decide to install a new press they naturally consider the product mix and profile size and weight (lb/ft). Depending on the run-out table, this determines the ideal billet weight. […]

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    Kobe Steel and FANUC Jointly Develop Robot to Join Dissimilar Metals

    Kobe Steel and FANUC Corporation jointly developed an experimental robotic welding system to join dissimilar metals — such as aluminum and high strength steel — amid the growing trend toward multi-material applications aimed at utilizing the optimal material for the most appropriate use. The companies plan to present the system to automakers in order to commercialize […]

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    Constellium Supplies Aluminum Auto Body Sheet for New Mercedes-Benz CLS

    Constellium N.V. announced that it will be the primary supplier of aluminum auto body sheet for the new Mercedes-Benz CLS model, which entered the market in March 2018. The body shell of the CLS is designed to provide reduced weight and excellent rigidity along with good noise and vibration comfort and a high level of […]

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    STELIA Aerospace Introduces Demonstrator for 3D-Printed Aluminum Fuselage Panels

    STELIA Aerospace, in partnership with Constellium, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, and CT Ingénierie, introduced a demonstrator for metallic self-reinforced fuselage panels, with stiffeners directly manufactured on the surface, through additive manufacturing. In the long term, this new technology could eliminate the current added stiffeners, which are attached to the fuselage panels with fixing screws and […]

  • Novelis Breaks Ground on Automotive Aluminum Facility in Kentucky

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    Novelis Breaks Ground on Automotive Aluminum Facility in Kentucky

    Novelis Inc. broke ground on its its $300 million automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky (first announced in January). Representatives from Novelis were joined by Senator Rand Paul, Congressman James Comer, Governor Matt Bevin, and Senator Mitch McConnell’s staff to recognize the investment in a 400,000 sq ft facility that produce annual nameplate capacity of […]

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    ARTICLE: Floating Staircase – A Collaboration Between Aluminum Extruder and Designer

    By Nancy E. Klein, Contributing Editor. Almag Aluminum, Inc., an aluminum extruder based in Brampton, ON, Canada, recently sought to design, build, and install a new floating staircase at the south-facing entrance of its 300,000 sq ft corporate headquarters offices. Made from aluminum extrusions, glass, wood, and steel, the completed staircase is both a visually […]

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    Latrobe Magnesium to Develop New German Magnesium Plant

    Latrobe Magnesium Limited (LMG) signed a term sheet with RWE Power AG for the development of a new magnesium plant in Germany, with up to 30,000 tpy of production. The magnesium will come from brown coal fly ash from coal mined at RWE’s Hanbach mine and processed through their supercritical brown coal power station near Cologne, Germany. […]

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    Alcoa and Rio Tinto Form Joint Venture to Develop Emissions-Free Aluminum Production Process

    Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto introduced a revolutionary process that could dramatically improve the carbon footprint of the primary aluminum process. The patent-protected technology, developed by Alcoa, is designed to eliminate all direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional aluminum smelting process. “This discovery has been a long-sought goal for the aluminum industry, and this announcement […]