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    UC Rusal Celebrates 20 Years of Aluminum Leadership

    UC Rusal, one of the world’s major producers of aluminum and alumina, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. “At first glance, 20 years seems not long for the company to be in the place that it is currently in,” said Evgenii Nikitin, CEO of Rusal. “Nevertheless, over these years, Rusal has managed to achieve a lot […]

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    February 2020

    Cover The Lochaber smelter in Scotland celebrated its 90th anniversary in December 2019. GFG Alliance, which owns the smelter, is forming a new aluminum group, called ALVANCE Aluminium. (Photo courtesy of ALVANCE Aluminium Group.) Articles Table/Primary Aluminum Industry in the Year 2019 By Rudolf P. Pawlek, Contributing Editor Page 6 Rusal Starts Up One of the […]

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    Elysis to Construct Research and Development Center in Saguenay

    Elysis, a joint venture between aluminum companies Alcoa and Rio Tinto, is constructing a new research and development facility in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region in Québec, which will directly employ more than 25 experts when it is fully operational. “With the development of this research centre, we can proudly root our company in Québec, and in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean in […]

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    TMS Announces Four Aluminum Courses for 2019

    Partnering with world class experts in the aluminum industry, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) develops aluminum courses that provide the latest tools and techniques for solving current problems and anticipating future challenges. The courses feature networking events, plant tours, and individualized instructor attention to provide unmatched opportunities to connect and learn from colleagues and […]

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    Scientists Develop Automated Electrolyte Composition Analysis for Aluminum Production

    Researchers from Siberian Federal University (SibFU) together with scientists from Siberian State Aerospace University, both in Russia, presented a new method for automatic composition analysis of samples from the electrolytic bath in potcells. This technology will provide for more accurate technological control and increase the efficiency of aluminum production. To improve the technological properties of the […]

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    Primary Aluminum Production

    US10151039 — SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF PROTECTING ELECTROLYSIS CELL SIDEWALLS — Alcoa USA Corp. (USA) — A system is provided including an electrolysis cell configured to retain a molten electrolyte bath, the bath including at least one bath component, the electrolysis cell including: a bottom, and a sidewall consisting essentially of the at least one […]

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    Liberty Completes Purchase of the Aluminium Dunkerque Smelter

    GFG Alliance (owned by Sanjeev Gupta) completed its purchase of Aluminium Dunkerque, Europe’s largest aluminum smelter, from Rio Tinto for around US$500 million. GFG aims to make the smelter – to be renamed Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque – a foundation for a wider integrated manufacturing business serving the French and European markets. The acquisition paves the way for a downstream […]

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    ALDEL Reopens Potline One, Aims to Reach Full Production Capacity

    Damco Aluminum Delfzijl Coöperatie U.A. (ALDEL), located in Delfzijl, Netherlands, reopened potline one, six years after it had been closed. Potline one has a total of 120 pot cells, of which 44 have been started up with the expectation that full operation will be achieved by the end of 2019. In combination with the smelters […]

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    Alba Commissions Potline 6, Becomes Largest Single Site Aluminum Smelter

    Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) officially announced the commissioning of its sixth potline on December 13th. The $3.5 billion Line 6 Expansion Project precedes the gradual ramp-up of 424 pots, which will make the company the largest single-site aluminum smelter in the world upon completion. The commissioning of Line 6 was completed ahead of its first hot metal […]