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    ARTICLE: Sierra Aluminum Implements Casting Pit Upgrades for Improved Billet Quality

    Based in Riverside, CA, Sierra Aluminum is a 100% employee-owned extrusion company that manufactures standard and custom extrusions on seven UBE presses—two 7 inch presses, four 8 inch presses, and one 9 inch press. Downstream of the presses, Sierra has two paint lines, a modern anodizing line, and fabrication capability to supply a wide customer […]

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    U.S. Government Imposes Aluminum Tariffs on the EU, Canada, and Mexico

    The U.S. government will begin imposing 10% tariffs on the import of aluminum from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico as part of Section 232. The temporary exceptions that had delayed the implementation of these tariffs expired on June 1st and were not renewed (read the full presidential proclamation). However, Argentina and Australia will remain exempt […]

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    ARTICLE: Extrusion Productivity, Part I – Billet Geometry

    By Ken Chien and Paul Robbins, Castool; Chris Jowett, Rio Tinto Aluminium; and Yu Wang, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Dept., University of Waterloo Introduction When extruders decide to install a new press they naturally consider the product mix and profile size and weight (lb/ft). Depending on the run-out table, this determines the ideal billet weight. […]

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    ARTICLE: Floating Staircase – A Collaboration Between Aluminum Extruder and Designer

    By Nancy E. Klein, Contributing Editor. Almag Aluminum, Inc., an aluminum extruder based in Brampton, ON, Canada, recently sought to design, build, and install a new floating staircase at the south-facing entrance of its 300,000 sq ft corporate headquarters offices. Made from aluminum extrusions, glass, wood, and steel, the completed staircase is both a visually […]

  • Elysis

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    Alcoa and Rio Tinto Form Joint Venture to Develop Emissions-Free Aluminum Production Process

    Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto introduced a revolutionary process that could dramatically improve the carbon footprint of the primary aluminum process. The patent-protected technology, developed by Alcoa, is designed to eliminate all direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional aluminum smelting process. “This discovery has been a long-sought goal for the aluminum industry, and this announcement […]

  • Rio Tinto Arvida

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    Arvida Casthouse Upgrades with Revolutionary Billet Casting Technology

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Rio Tinto produces aluminum billet used in the manufacture of profiles for the building and construction, automotive, and consumer durables industries. Most of this billet is sold to the North American market, with 60% going to the U.S. The company expects the automotive and transportation industries to be the main […]

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    ARTICLE: Additive Manufacturing of Aluminum Alloys

    By Joseph C. Benedyk, Editor. Introduction For decades, additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing (3DP), has grown and proliferated worldwide into a multibillion dollar industry encompassing many different technologies and types of materials. AM methods embody a group of emerging technologies that create a functional 3D object from any one of a variety […]

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    U.S. Aluminum Tariff Proclamations Set – Exemptions for Canada and Mexico

    Yesterday, President Trump signed proclamations to formally adjust the tariffs on aluminum (10%), stating national security as a major reason for their implementation under Section 232. These tariffs will go into effect 15 days from this signing. Canada and Mexico are temporarily exempt from the tariffs, depending on the outcome of NAFTA negotiations. Other countries will also have an […]

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    Section 232: U.S. Aluminum Industry Reacts to Proposed Tariffs

    Earlier this week, President Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on U.S. imports of aluminum (10%) to be applied across the board to all countries for an unspecified period of time. This is in response to reports regarding the 232 Investigation that were recently released by the U.C. Department of Commerce, which looked into the […]