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24
Nov

Lochaber smelter sale agreed by Rio Tinto

The UK's last primary aluminium smelter, at Fort William in Scotland, is set to change owners. Rio Tinto has reached agreement to sell its assets at Lochaber to SIMEC for consideration totalling $410 million (£330 million). The sale of Rio Tinto’s 100 per cent shareholding in Alcan Aluminium UK Limited includes the operating smelter, the hydroelectric facilities at Kinlochleven and

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17
Nov

Aluminium body and floorpan for Jaguar's first EV

JLR has revealed details of its forthcoming 'I-Pace' electric vehicle. As with all recent JLR models, the I-Pace, due in 2018, features an aluminium-intensive body, including a new floor pan  - the 'electric skateboard' on which the battery pack and motors are mounted, keeping the vehicle's centre of gravity as low as possible.  

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25
Oct

Aluminium APPG elects new Chair

  The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the UK Aluminium Industry has elected a new Chair. Adrian Bailey MP, who represents the West Bromwich West constituency, was elected at a meeting of the Group on 19 October. The vacancy as Chair arose because David Mowat MP, the previous Chair of the Group, has been appointed the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and

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14
Oct

£15m Innovate UK Funding for SMEs

UK businesses are invited to apply for a share of £15 million to work on projects that tackle challenges in manufacturing and materials. Innovate UK has up to £15 million to invest in business projects that seek solutions to technical and commercial challenges in the field of manufacturing and materials. The UK is the 9th largest producer in the world with an output of $247 billion,

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30
Sep

Defender replacement will be aluminium

 JLR boss Ralf Speth has confirmed that a new Defender model is in development, which will use Land Rover's latest aluminium architecture

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21
Sep

Noble stars at ALFED Dinner

Bloodhound SSC project manager Richard Noble held the 190-strong audience captivated for nearly an hour as he addressed ALFED's 2016 Dinner at Tortworth Court.         Members had earlier  attended a briefing, with updates from the Chairs of ALFED's Extruding, Recycling, Finishing, Innovation and Automotive groups.  Diana Caldwell of Aluoro

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21
Sep

Strong Finish

Gary Mothersole of Chemetall has been appointed Chair of ALFED's Finishing Group, which comprises members engaged in powder coating, anodising and supplying materials to the finishing sector. Gary succeeds Giles Ashmead of Powdertech Corby, who earlier this year was appointed ALFED Vice-President. Gary Mothersole (l) with Giles Ashmead "I am pleased to welcome Gary to this important role,"

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7
Sep

Aluminium surge in cars to continue

The aluminium content in cars is set to increase by up to 30% over the next ten years, according to a new study by Ducker Worldwide. This predicted surge comes mainly from rolled and extruded products, body sheet leading the growth with an expected increase of 110% over the same period. The growth is largely attributed to aluminium’s role in lightweighting cars, thereby contributing to low

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