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  • European Aluminium-Environmental Report

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    European Aluminum Industry Strongly Improves Environmental Performance

    According to the new Environmental Profile Report, released by European Aluminium, the European aluminum industry continues to greatly improve its environmental performance by substantially reducing its carbon footprint across the entire aluminum value chain. “The report demonstrates that the industry is delivering on its aim to realize the industry’s greenhouse gas reduction potential towards 2050 […]

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    Metric Version of Aluminum Standards & Data 2017 Now Available

    The Aluminum Association released the latest metric version of its longest-running and most popular publication, Aluminum Standards and Data Metric (SI) 2017. The Association released its U.S. Customary Edition earlier in the year, which was reviewed by Light Metal Age. Aluminum Standards and Data is an indispensable book for anyone who works with aluminum, as it […]

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    ARTICLE: 2017 Molten Metal Incident Report

    The Aluminum Association just released the 2017 Molten Metal Incident Report covering calendar year 2016. The report highlights the predominant hazards that result in explosions during molten aluminum management worldwide, incorporating roughly 300 aluminum plants in 20 countries. Though not a statistical representation of the industry due to the fact that incidents are voluntarily reported, […]

  • Aluminum Upcycled

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    Book Review – Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective

    Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective Author: Carl A. Zimring Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (©2017) Reviewed by John A.S. Green With the very first sentence, “Waste is a product of design,” the reader is put on notice that Aluminum Upcycled is different. Thorough, well-researched, and thought provoking, the book is also timely because […]

  • 2016 Aluminum Statistical Review

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    Aluminum Demand Shows Seventh Straight Year of Growth

    Aluminum demand in the U.S. and Canada totaled 26.4 billion pounds in 2016 (an increase of 2.6% from the previous year), representing the seventh straight year of consecutive demand growth, according to the 2016 Aluminum Statistical Review. The review, published by the Aluminum Association, includes statistical information on all aspects of the aluminum value chain through 2016. Aluminum […]

  • Sapa Extrusion Press

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    ARTICLE: New AEC Survey Provides Extrusion Press Performance Benchmark Data

    For a number of years, the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has conducted the annual Key Indicator Survey, which provided information on the press performance (pounds per press hour, scrap percentage, etc.) of participating AEC members. In early 2017, the AEC initiated a new survey program, the Press Productivity Survey, which replaces the prior version and […]

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    Updated Aluminum in Green Buildings Guidelines

    The Aluminum Association released the 2017 version of Aluminum in Green Buildings – A Guide to Environmental Declarations. The updated guidelines detail how life cycle assessments (LCAs) and environmental product declarations (EPDs) are awarded for green building credits in major rating systems, and what architects and designers can do to meet the requirements. The guidelines, […]

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    ARTICLE: The 50th Anniversary of the Specification for Aluminum Structures

    By J. Randolph Kissell, The TGB Partnership. In November 1967, the Aluminum Association published the first edition of the Specification for Aluminum Structures. The document’s purpose was to provide designers the means to calculate the strength of aluminum components in structural applications such as buildings, bridges, and transportation vehicles. Now in its 10th edition and […]