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    U.S. Walks Back Tariffs on Canadian Aluminum

    The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) removed Section 232 tariffs on P1020 aluminum (non-alloyed, unwrought primary aluminum), following consultations with the Canadian government. This is based on the USTR’s determination that trade of P1020 aluminum would normalize by the end of 2020, with average monthly imports declining by 50% from the monthly average in the period of January […]

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    U.S. Reimposes 232 Tariffs on Canada

    The U.S. White House announced 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 is […]

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    Rusal Converts Krasnoyarsk Smelter to EcoSøderberg Technology

    UC Rusal completed the transition of cell technology at its Krasnoyarsk (KrAZ) aluminum smelter to EcoSøderberg technology. The EcoSøderberg process is one of many developments achieved by Rusal’s Engineering and Technology Center. The process uses an improved design of the exhaust fume removal system which ensures a high degree of hermetic sealing, as well as an optimized anode […]

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    LME Plans to Implement Low-Carbon Aluminum Trading

    The London Metal Exchange (LME) is planning to create a trading platform specifically designed for users who wish to source low-carbon aluminum — such as those operating in the transportation or packaging industries. In the primary aluminum industry, low carbon aluminum is typically determined as being aluminum produced using renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectricity, […]

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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 […]