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  • All of the major equipment at INTEX is adorned with custom artwork by French artist Manucollage as a reflection of the company’s strength, independence, and resilience. This includes the new vertical powder coating line (pictured), nicknamed the Black Widow.

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    INTEX Reinvents Itself with Major Expansion Projects

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Headquartered in Garden City, MI, International Extrusions (INTEX) is an independent, family-owned company in the process of reinventing itself through capital investments designed to grow its capabilities and capacities. This includes the installation and start up of a new extrusion operation with two new presses, as well as a new […]

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup

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    The Value Proposition for Lightweighting in Electric Vehicles

    By Andrew Halonen, Mayflower Consulting LLC. Electric vehicles (EVs) and electrification of transportation in general are topics that dominate news outlets, magazines, and social media. OEMs, materials manufacturers, and those looking to capitalize on this new electrified economy are constantly sharing a barrage of information and data on new business models, the projected performance of […]

  • The exterior of the MoMA demonstrates the beauty of extrusions.

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    Lightweight Matters: Elevating Aluminum in Thailand

    A new Museum of Modern Aluminum (MoMA) has risen on the busy streets of Nonthaburi, Thailand. The project displays a stunning use of aluminum extrusions and pays homage to the history of aluminum in the country. There are about 40 extruders in Thailand today with seven main extrusion companies, which account for 80% of the […]

  • EGA aluminum cell technology potline smelter

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    EGA Signs Multiple Smelting Technology Agreements

    Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), based in the UAE, has a long legacy of developing aluminum smelting technology designed to increase production while limiting the amount energy required. Since the 1990s, the company has developed and implemented its own cell technologies throughout its smelters, including both expansions and retrofits of existing lines. EGA became the first […]

  • FALCO is working to start up its first extrusion line for the production of hard alloys.

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    New Arizona Extruder to Produce Hard Alloy Profiles for the Aerospace Industry

    Located at the Lone Butte Industrial Park within the Gila River Indian Community near Phoenix, AZ, FALCO is a new women-owned and family-run extrusion company currently in the process of starting up its extrusion operations. The company aims to produce hard alloy products for the aerospace and other industries, with a high level of customer […]

  • 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 […]

  • Elysis low carbon aluminum ingot

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    Elysis Moves Toward Commercialization of Inert Anodes

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Elysis, the joint venture formed by Alcoa and Rio Tinto, is making great strides toward the commercialization of its proprietary inert anode technology, which is said to be able to produce aluminum without any direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This would help to meet the primary aluminum industry’s need to […]

  • EGA potline extension project

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    Increasing Primary Aluminum Production Through Potline Extensions

    By Jean-Denis Carrier, Hatch, and Saif Alhashmi, EGA. Introduction Regardless of the market price, the aluminum industry has continuously been working to improve its cost position by optimizing the utilization of existing assets. This push for optimization has been especially true in the challenging market conditions prevailing since the global financial crisis of 2008. The […]

  • Taishet aluminum smelter

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    Rusal Starts Up New Low Carbon Aluminum Smelter

    UC Rusal opened the first phase of its Taishet aluminum smelter, one of the world’s most advanced low-carbon aluminum production plants. Based in Taishet, Siberia, Russia, the smelter combines state-of-the-art technologies and hydropower to produce low-carbon aluminum. “The opening of our new low-carbon aluminum smelter in Taishet is an important milestone in Rusal’s journey to […]