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    ARTICLE: AMAG Completes Massive Growth Plan

    AMAG Austria Metall AG started up production of a new aluminum cold rolling mill in Ranshofen, Austria, as part of a massive expansion plan aimed at making the integrated company Europe’s most state-of-the-art aluminum manufacturer. The official opening of the new mill, along with heat treating and passivation capacity, was held on June 22, 2017 […]

  • 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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    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 […]

  • Taber Extrusions

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    ARTICLE: Taber Extrusions Building New Legacy with Casthouse Modernization

    Taber Extrusions recently completed significant upgrades to their aluminum casthouse in Gulfport, MS (Figure 1), enabling the company to integrate its casting, extrusion, and fabrication services in-house. The upgrades provide Taber with the ability to improve the quality of its products throughout every step of the manufacturing process, which opens up opportunities in a variety […]

  • GARMCO

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    ARTICLE: GARMCO’s New Recycling Facility

    Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the August 2017 issue of Light Metal Age. To read more articles from this issue, please subscribe. Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill (GARMCO) successfully cast its first rolling slab at the new recycling facility constructed at its rolling complex in the Kingdom of Bahrain (Figure 1). The US$55 million […]

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    ARTICLE: AACOA Expands to Meet Growing Demand from Automotive and Specialty Markets

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Light Metal Age. To read more articles from this issue, please subscribe. AACOA, Inc., a division of Bonnell Aluminum, is currently completing the installation and startup of the third press at its Niles, MI, facility (Figure 1). The $18 […]

  • Bosch Rexroth pres hydraulics

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    ARTICLE: Upgrading Press Hydraulic Drives and Controls

    By Tom LaCombe, Bosch Rexroth Corporation. Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the April 2017 issue of Light Metal Age. To read more articles from this issue, please subscribe. A  significant portion of extrusion press and system capacity in the Americas and Europe is comprised of press and auxiliary equipment that has been installed and […]

  • Pyrotek

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    ARTICLE: Reducing Melt Loss and Dross Generation

    By James Grayson, Pyrotek Inc. Editor’s Note: “Casthouse Management” is an exclusive series of articles presenting the practical aspects of improving economics in the casthouse. The series includes coverage of the melting operations, practical aspects of improving process efficiency, understanding melt loss and dross generation, practical operator training, and fundamental management practices with a focus […]