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    UC Rusal Launches New Generation Aluminum Electrolysis Pot Cell

    UC Rusal launched the first RA-550 pot, which is running at over 550 kA, at the Sayanogorsk aluminum smelter (SAZ) as part of a US$28 million project. “RA-550 is a reduction cell with a breakthrough design for future smelters and upgrade projects at Rusal’s existing smelting capacities,” said Victor Mann, Rusal’s technical director. “Alongside the technical and […]

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    Noranda Obtains Court Approval to Sell Aluminum Smelter to ARG International

    Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation obtained U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval for the sale of the its aluminum smelter and facilities in New Madrid, Missouri, to ARG International AG for a purchase price of $13.7 million. The Court approval follows an auction that took place on September 28, 2016. The company expects to close the transaction in […]

  • 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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    Noranda Finds Bidder for Its Flat Rolled Business

    Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation entered into an asset purchase agreement for its flat rolled products business with Gränges AB, a supplier of rolled products for brazed aluminium heat exchangers in Sweden. Under the agreement, a subsidiary of Gränges will serve as the “stalking horse” bidder for Noranda’s flat rolled products business in a court-supervised sale process […]

  • Alba upgrades to EGA DX+ Ultra Technology for Line 6

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    Alba Upgrades to EGA DX+ Ultra Technology for Line 6 Expansion

    Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), Bahrain, signed a contract with Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to upgraded the technology for its Line 6 Expansion Project from EGA DX+ to the EGA DX+ Ultra. The upgrade to the DX+ Ultra technology will improve energy efficiency, which in turn will allow Alba to increase its metal production with no increase […]

  • Hydro Karmoy

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    Hydro to Build Karmøy Primary Aluminum Pilot Plant

    Hydro made a formal decision to build its planned full-scale technology pilot at Karmøy, Norway, aiming to verify the world’s most climate and energy efficient production of primary aluminium, as well as achieve the lowest CO2 footprint in the world. “After several successful improvement programs, the next steps in our efforts to further strengthen our […]

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    China’s Search for Bauxite Deficit Solutions

    In 2015, China produced just over half of the world’s aluminum and its demand for bauxite has been increasing year-on-year, according to a report from Roskill Information Services. Following Indonesia’s decision to implement a ban on the export of unprocessed ores, China turned to Malaysia in an attempt to fill the void in its bauxite […]

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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 […]

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    Personality Profile: The Father of the Chinese Aluminum Industry – Professor Qiu Zhuxian

    By Dr. Gao Bingliang, School of Metallurgy, Northeastern University Editor’s Note: This article is a companion piece to “Innovations in Aluminum Production Technology at Northeastern University, Shenyang, China,” also by Gao, which appeared in the February 2016 issue of Light Metal Age. Introduction The Chinese aluminum smelting industry has gone through tremendous growth during the […]