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Minister calls for input on Industra

Addressing members and politicians fron both Houses at a recent breakfast meeting of the Aluminium Industry All Party Parliamentary Group, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry Nick Hurd MP urged Aluminium Federation members to comment on the government's Green Paprt on Industrial Strategy. The consultation closes on 17 April 2017. Notes from the meeting are available here.

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Alu D&T winners announced!

Winners announced in aluminium industry’s national schools design competition – the Alu D&T Challenge    Seventeen students from schools around the UK have been named as winners in the Alu D&T Challenge, a national competition for 11 to 14 year olds organised by the aluminium industry to inspire young designers to create sustainable products using aluminium.

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Material of the Month

Aluminium is March's 'Material of the Month' in Materials World, the journal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Featuring comment by Prof. Geoff Scamans of Innoval Technology/Brunel University. "From aircraft and skyscrapers to smartphones and packaging, aluminium is one of the most versatile materials used today. Natalie Daniels discovers why."  

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Aluminium Alpine targets 1,000kg

Renault's new Alpine sports coupe, a modern tribute to the 1960s original, features an all-aluminium body weighing around 1,000kg, a figure that promises to deliver performance advantages over its main rival, the Porsche Cayman.    

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Ardagh Rugby plant switches to aluminium

Ardagh Group has announced an important investment in its Rugby manufacturing plant  for the purpose of converting its beverage can production capabilities from steel to aluminium. The move will  support partnership agreements with some of the most well-established beverage brands in the world. The timeline for the conversion involves project commencement in Q4 2017 and with an

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Drinks in cans now more popular than ever

More than 40% of UK consumers now rate cans as their preferred drinks container, according to recent research by GfK, which was commissioned by BCME. A drink from a can was consumed at least once a week by 5% of respondents. The research also found that 99% of UK consumers understand that aluminium cans are recyclable. This news coincides with the growing popularity of canning among craft

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Members and Parliamentarians visit London Metal Exchange

Visitors from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Aluminium Industry, together with ALFED members, visited the London Metal Exchange recently at it's new location in Finsbury Square, London. Following a presentation about the London Metal Exchange, on which most global aluminium futures contracts are traded, the visitors watched the end of the day's trading in the open outcry ring - the

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Steady growth for aluminium despite global challenges

From primary to recycling, the total demand for aluminium is increasing by an average of 2% each year, according to figures released by trade body European Aluminium. Dr Gerd Götz, Director General of European Aluminium said, “Our forecasts for 2016 and 2017 show steady growth in both production and demand across the aluminium value chain in Europe. Clearly aluminium is the

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