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    Primary Aluminum Production

    Compiled and edited by Joseph C. Benedyk. U.S. Patents US9822457 — METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LINING THE CATHODE OF THE ELECTROLYTIC CELL — United Company RUSAL Engineering and Technology Centre LLC (Russia) — The invention relates to method and apparatus for lining the cathode of the electrolytic cell for primary aluminum production. The method comprises […]

  • The upgraded EcoSøderburg potroom at the IrkAZ smelter.

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    Developing Technologies for the Future: Interview with Victor Mann, UC Rusal

    UC Rusal has recently invested in the development and implementation of several cutting edge technologies in primary aluminum production and downstream processing at its facilities in Russia, as well as bringing a number of innovative products to the market. Victor Mann, who has been technical director of Rusal since 2005, is in charge of research and […]

  • Rusal RA-550

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    Rusal Launches RA-550 Pilot Plant

    UC Rusal launched a pilot operation with eight new-generation RA-550 pots at its Sayanogorsk (SAZ) aluminum smelter. The US$30 million pilot is the result of three years of technology development within the company’s Technical Directorate. “The successful launch of the RA-550 technology is a true breakthrough event for Rusal,” said Victor Mann, technical director of […]

  • Hydro Aluminium

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    Hydro Inaugurates Karmøy Pilot Plant

    Hydro along with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg inaugurated its primary aluminum pilot plant in Karmøy, Norway. The technology pilot at Karmøy is an industrial-scale test plant, which Hydro’s will use to verify its new technology for aluminum electrolysis — which the company believes is the world’s most climate and energy efficient. The ambition of […]

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    USITC Releases Report on Competitive Conditions Affecting the U.S. Aluminum Industry

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) published Aluminum: Competitive Conditions Affecting the U.S. Industry, a report based on its recent 332 investigation conducted at the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. Focusing on the years 2011–15, the report assesses the strengths and weaknesses of major aluminum producing and exporting countries, provides qualitative and […]

  • Alcoa Warrick aluminum smelter

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    Alcoa Plans Partial Restart of Warrick Aluminum Smelter

    Alcoa Corporation plans to restart three of five potlines at its Warrick Operations aluminum smelter near Evansville, IN, which had been previously closed in March 2016. The remaining two potlines will be classified as curtailed capacity and will remain idle. The three restarted potlines will directly supply the Warrick rolling mill, which serves the North American […]

  • Aluminum Ingot - Public Domain

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    U.S. Files Complaint with WTO on China’s Subsidies to Aluminum Producers

    The U.S. launched a new trade enforcement complaint against the People’s Republic of China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning China’s subsidies to certain producers of primary aluminum. These subsidies appear to be provided through artificially cheap loans from banks and through artificially low-priced inputs for aluminum production, such as coal, electricity, and alumina. […]

  • Alcoa Corporation

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    Alcoa Corporation Stands as Independent Upstream Aluminum Company

    Alcoa Inc. completed its separation into two standalone companies — Arconic Inc. and Alcoa Corporation (learn more about Arconic). Following its separation from Alcoa Inc. (now known as Arconic), Alcoa Corporation has begun operating as an independent, publicly-traded company producing bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products. “We are launching Alcoa Corporation as a world leader in […]

  • Rusal-Sayanogorsk

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    UC Rusal Launches New Generation Aluminum Electrolysis Pot Cell

    UC Rusal launched the first RA-550 pot, which is running at over 550 kA, at the Sayanogorsk aluminum smelter (SAZ) as part of a US$28 million project. “RA-550 is a reduction cell with a breakthrough design for future smelters and upgrade projects at Rusal’s existing smelting capacities,” said Victor Mann, Rusal’s technical director. “Alongside the technical and […]