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    U.S. Reimposes 232 Tariffs on Canada

    The U.S. White House announced yesterday it would reinstate Section 232 tariffs on P1020 aluminum from Canada. This decision comes after the recent signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Section 232 tariffs were initially imposed in 2018, with exemptions later granted to Canada and Mexico in 2019.  For many in the aluminum industry, the reimposition of 10% tariffs at this stage […]

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    2021 Ford F-150 Sticks with All-Aluminum Body

    The 2021 Ford F-150 pick-up truck was unveiled in June, and the new model is headed to showrooms this fall. Ford stuck with the all-aluminum body for the 2021 model, which rides on a steel frame. According to Ford, despite looking similar to current models, every exterior aluminum body panel on the F-150 is newly […]

  • Figure 1. A3 Surfaces has developed an antimicrobial treatment for aluminum, which can significantly reduce the spread of bacterial or viral infections from surfaces such as door handles. (Photo: Alexan Tremblay, Les Films de La Baie.)

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    ARTICLE: Fighting the Impact of Disease with Antimicrobial Anodized Aluminum

    Hospital-acquired infections (called nosocomial infections) are a common problem, causing the deaths of around 8-12,000 people per year in Canada and around 80,000 people per year in the U.S. A3 Surfaces, a start-up based in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, is focused on making the world a safer place by eliminating cross contamination in healthcare institutions with […]

  • Figure 1. Prof. Xiaochun Li, founder and chief scientist of MetaLi, holding a prototype bike frame welded together with the company’s proprietary AA7075 welding wire.

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    ARTICLE: Nanotechnology-Enabled Welding and Manufacturing of High Performance Aluminum Alloys

    Lightweighting has been and continues to be a major concern for the aerospace, automotive, and transportation industries. Whether it’s an airplane, automobile, boat, or train, the use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum, provide significant fuel savings and performance benefits. Like its competitors in the lightweighting arena (steel, composites, etc.), aluminum is working to continually […]

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    ARTICLE: Ensuring Accurate Life Cycle Analysis for Automotive Lightweighting

    By Jinlong “Marshall” Wang, Aluminum Association; Jessica Sanderson, Novelis North America; Chris Moore, Consultant for Arconic; Duncan Pitchford, Hydro North America; Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto North America; Karah Davenport, Stratacomm; and Kenneth Martchek, Martchek Consulting The steel industry has made sensational life cycle assessment (LCA) claims about its products in automotive lightweighting applications over comparable […]

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    Aluminum Response to the Novel Coronavirus Crisis

    Publisher’s Note: Light Metal Age has seen the aluminum industry go through a number of challenges during our 78 years of publication. The response has always been the same. The aluminum industry rises to whatever the challenge may be with thoughtful ingenuity born from working with the metal in all of its forms in service […]

  • Figure 4. Flextreme production line installed in 2008, which has since been moved to the new expanded facility.

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    ARTICLE: Bharat Forge Aluminiumtechnik Expands with State-of-the-Art Horizontal Casting Machine

    By Lutz Müller, Bharat Forge Aluminiumtechnik, and Robert B. Wagstaff, Oculatus. Introduction Bharat Forge Aluminiumtechnik (BF-AT), located in Brand-Erbisdorf, Germany, recently completed the construction of a new melting and casting facility in 2019. The new facility is capable of producing approximately 30,000 tonnes per annum of Horizontal Cast Material (HCM™), a forging stock product destined […]

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    Howmet Aerospace Launches as Producer of Engineered Aerospace Solutions

    Howmet Aerospace Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, launched as a standalone manufacturer of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. This follows the announcement that Arconic Inc. would separate into two standalone companies — Howmet Aerospace and Arconic Corporation. Howmet will be led by John C. Plant, who will serve as co-CEO and […]

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    Associations Call for Aluminum to Be Labelled an Essential Industry

    The Aluminum Association released “American Aluminum Jobs: Essential to the Nation,” which provides a framework for policymakers developing economic stimulus and other programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The document underscores the essential nature of U.S. aluminum production, fabrication and recycling and calls for a number of measures to support the industry during the […]