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    Rio Tinto to Expand Low-Carbon Aluminum Billet Production in Canada

    Rio Tinto is investing US$188 million (CA$240 million) in the expansion of its production capacity for low-carbon, high value aluminum billet at its Alma smelter in Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada, in response to growing demand for aluminum extrusions. “This expansion of our low-carbon aluminum billet production capacity in Quebec will allow us to better meet our […]

  • Vista Metals Breaks Ground on Casthouse Expansion Project

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    Vista Metals Georgia Breaks Ground on $30 Million Casthouse Expansion Project

    Vista Metals Georgia broke ground on a new $30 million casthouse expansion project at its Adairsville manufacturing facility in Georgia. The project will support the company in serving the aerospace extrusion, forging, and rolling markets. “Vista’s continued investments further demonstrate the commitment we have to our customers and the market space,” said Andrew Primack, president […]

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    University of Birmingham Breaks New Ground in Developing High Strength Alloys

    Scientists from the University of Birmingham recently completed research on aluminum alloys that paves the way for improving the tensile strength of alloys used in casting and welding. The research focused on how microscopic crystals grow and change shape in molten metals as they cool. Led by Dr. Biao Cai from the university’s School of Metallurgy […]

  • Hydro CIRCAL aluminum billet

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    Shape Corp and Hydro Partner to Deliver Low-Carbon CIRCAL Aluminum to Automotive

    Shape Corp. signed an agreement with Hydro Aluminium through which the companies will partner on bringing low-carbon Hydro CIRCAL® aluminum to the U.S. market. CIRCAL is a low-carbon aluminum product, which contains high amounts of post-consumer scrap. As a global Tier 1 supplier of multi-material impact energy management and lightweight body structures, Shape will explore […]

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    Constellium and Partners Launch Joint Laboratory to Develop Advanced Aluminum Alloys

    One of the key challenges facing metallurgy today is the need for parts and components with increased strength that are also economical and environmentally friendly, especially in regard to aluminum products for automobiles, packaging, and aeronautics. Aiming to address this challenge, Constellium is partnering with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the […]

  • Rio Tinto-Scandium oxide

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    Rio Tinto Becomes the First Producer of Scandium Oxide in North America

    Rio Tinto has completed the commissioning of the first module of the commercial scale demonstration plant at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada. The plant has produced a first batch of high purity scandium oxide — making it the first North American producer of this critical mineral, which […]

  • Rio Tinto Commissions New Aluminum Remelt Furnace in Quebec

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    Rio Tinto Commissions New Aluminum Remelt Furnace in Quebec

    Rio Tinto commissioned a new remelt furnace at its Laterrière Plant in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada. The furnace provides rolled product customers in the North American automotive and packaging industries a new sustainable supply solution combining low-carbon and recycled aluminum. “Aluminum is 100% recyclable and the demand for recycled metal is continually growing,” […]

  • An explosion occurred at the Suzhou Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products facility in China in 2014.

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    Proper Handling and Management of Aluminum Fines

    By Alex Lowery, Contributing Editor. The accumulation of aluminum fines in manufacturing spaces is commonplace throughout the industry. Polishing, cutting, grinding, sawing, casting, shredding, melting, sanding, and conveyance are among the activities that can generate aluminum fines. For decades, aluminum fines were simply considered a nuisance—just a housekeeping issue to be swept up and placed […]