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Mar

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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24
Feb

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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31
Jan

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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12
Jan

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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6
Dec

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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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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